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Swallow Cottage

(Ref. 971302)

Ilfracombe, Devon Show on map


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  • 3 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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29 Customer Reviews

  • "Fabulous accomadation & location with nearby zoo and castle/ adventure park, coastal walks and its own fabulous private beach cove."

    Cottage was clean well presented with no signs previous doggie guests. Super quiet with no farm noises or smells just some friendly field animals to feed. Only cautious comment is that the 'double' bed is super small and unless you are skinny winnys you will struggle.

    Reviewed by Jane4.4Aug 2023

  • "Very nice and comfortable"

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2023

  • "This was a little gem of a stay."

    Gorgeous cottage, beautiful place and amazing private beach. We stayed in Swallow Cottage for a week and thoroughly enjoyed it. Beautifully kept surroundings, with a good playpark and very friendly alpacas that you can feed. The cottage kitchen was well equipped, new spacious bathroom and comfy beds. The utility room included washing machines and a tumble dryer all for a small cost. There was a lovely fenced front garden with table and chairs. Parking was close to the cottage that was just outside Ilfracombe itself. Would recommend and will definitely return. Loved our stay.

    Reviewed by Kirstin5.0Jul 2023

  • "We have just enjoyed a wonderful week at Swallow Cottage."

    Widmouth Farm has it all. From the approach down the drive to the parking area then onto the cottage everything was very well presented. The cottage was immaculate with no issues to report. The beds were comfortable and the outside area a bonus on a warm evening. The cottage is well equipped with everything you will need for an enjoyable stay. The dog exercise area was well looked after as was the rest of the farm. When I say farm it should really read ‘“Estate” as this is one very clean farm. The animals are all friendly and very relaxed around people and dogs. The beach is a wonderful place to spend time if you want to relax with the only noise being the waves. We were pleased to have sat where the Enid Blyton film Five on a Treasure island adaptation had been filmed in 1995. You can walk to Ilfracombe along the coastal path which takes around 2 hours at a slow pace. A great location with wonderful cottage to use as a base for exploring the area.

    Reviewed by Cheryl5.0Jun 2023

  • "Fantastic cottage, well equipped."

    All queries dealt with efficiently and quickly. Fabulous place with lovely beach, excellent location, super friendly alpacas! Loved every relaxing minute. Thank you

    Reviewed by Helen5.0May 2023

  • "I’ve just got back from a few days away at Widmouth Farm Cottages and can truthfully say this is one of the nicest, cleanest and most peaceful places I’ve ever stayed."

    The cottages are all laid out within a large courtyard area, with picnic benches and private gardens. I booked Robin but was very kindly upgraded to Swallow and when I walked in, I was not disappointed. First impression was that it was beautifully decorated with modern furniture and soft furnishings. It was spotlessly clean from top to bottom and very welcoming. The kitchen area is very well stocked and the bathroom is well appointed with a nice big walk in shower. The bedrooms were again spotlessly clean with crisp, fresh sheets and lovely soft furnishings, throws and cushions. Walking out of the cottage into my own front garden with furniture, out into the larger courtyard towards the animal enclosure, I didn’t see much of them while I was here, but I took a walk down the field, on the mowed path to the private beach. It’s quite steep and a little rocky but that’s the Devon coast for you. The beach is lovely and quiet and I could see Watermouth bay from where I stood on the shore. I have nothing negative or neutral to say about this place, it’s all positive. Turning right out of the cottages and a couple of miles later, you come across Hele Bay, which is a lovely little inlet cove. I had a pasty and coffee at the cafe there and found a comfy place to soak up the sun and read. I spent several days at Woolacombe, and visited my favourite food outlet, S&P Fish Shop in Ilfracombe harbour, where I bought a delicious crab sandwich, which I took to Woolacombe and sat on the beach watching the tide come in. Widmouth Farm is beautifully kept outside too, grass neatly mowed, planters full and the courtyards all swept and clean. The helpful utility room gives you washing machine and dryer, and there’s also a basket full of bagged animal feed, at 40p/bag and there’s an honesty box next to it to pay for these. There’s also a boot wash area for ramblers. Just lovely. Thank you, Bethany and family for this wonderful and peaceful little haven. I very much hope to return!

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0May 2023

  • "Hi we did not stay in the Swallow cottage the owners up graded free of charge to ..."

    Hi we did not stay in the Swallow cottage the owners up graded free of charge to the Heron cottage The cottage was brilliant everything you needed was there the beds linen and trowels excellent The areas around the cottages very tidy and the animals are grandson loved to feed them All round a great break Thank youn

    Reviewed by Janet4.7Apr 2023

  • "Lovely cosy cottage, cottage and grounds clean and well maintained, great to have access to an enclosed dog exercise area and the private beach and costal path."

    Nice to be able to feed the goats, sheep and alpacas. Would definitely stay again if in North Devon

    Reviewed by Jennifer4.7Mar 2023

  • "We had an excellent break in a fantastic place which really recharged my batteries!"

    ! I came home feeling refreshed, particularly as I was able to swim most days in the sea at your private beach, how brilliant. I would recommend your property to all my friends. Thank you. Alison Dahill

    Reviewed by Alison4.4Oct 2022

  • "Very much enjoyed my week at Widmouth Farm."

    I stayed in Swallow Cottage which was very clean and comfortable. It is a great location from which to explore the north Devon coastline and Exmoor.

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Sep 2022

  • "Delightful cottage in the best location - dog friendly and the property owners lovely and welcoming."

    The private beach was absolutely amazing and made this an extra special stay. We can't wait to come back next year and will be looking at dates shortly! The location has everything you could possibly want and was peaceful and stunning.

    Reviewed by Melody5.0Aug 2022

  • "We loved the cottage and the surrounding area."

    The private beach was amazing and we loved swimming there. We were close to other beautiful beaches and it was fun driving and finding new places to walk and swim.

    Reviewed by Melany5.0Jul 2022

  • "A lovely little cottage in a wonderful setting."

    Clean with all the facilities you’d expect. My son loved the play area, animals and beach. The only thing I’d say is that I’d rather forego the bedside tables and have a king size bed.

    Reviewed by Rebecca4.4Jul 2022

  • "Widmouth farm cottages are set in the most beautiful location."

    We couldn’t of found a better place to relax and enjoy the whole visit. Beth the manager was great, we fed the animals with her and fresh eggs were brought to the cottage. We will definitely be re booking.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Jul 2022

  • "Wonderful stay in an idyllic location."

    The best walks ever right from the door. A wonderful spot for old and young.

    Reviewed by Susan4.7Oct 2021

  • "Very nicely presented and all had been thought of."

    The extra touch of food to feed the farm animals and delightful Alpaca was a bonus. We feel privileged to have holidayed in this beautiful location

    Reviewed by Jonathan4.7Sep 2021

  • "I would love to say it was horrid just so I could easily re-book in future."

    The place was ideal especially with a 8 month pup. The owners/managers were great people, friendly and attentive. If you are looking for a nice setting with lovely walks and close by towns to drive to I would highly recommend Widmouth Farm Cottages

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Aug 2021

  • "My husband had to sleep in single bed as the double bed was only a 3/4 … no signal on our phones which was a real pain."

    So no internet. No leaflets left in the cottage for things to do.

    Reviewed by John3.4Jul 2021

  • "Beautiful, clean holiday cottage in an absolutely stunning location."

    Being on a farm AND having a private beach meant that this was just perfect for children and dogs!

    Reviewed by Claire4.7Jun 2021

  • "The cottage was very cute and well kitted out."

    The main bed was very small and soft which made it difficult for two full sized people to sleep in however there was a spare bedroom. The grounds were beautiful, it was really good fun feeding the goats and Alpacas on the farm. Great location for walking the South West Coastal path as the entrance to the path is just across the field. Beautiful views from the farm and lovely little courtyard and private beach. The owners were extremely helpful, and friendly.

    Reviewed by Sharon4.7Apr 2021

  • "Absolutely fabulous location - great farm, beautiful alpacas- awesome little beach and cove."

    Brilliant dog friendly pubs with food everywhere. Despite awful weather we had a brilliant holiday.

    Reviewed by Anonymous4.4Oct 2020

  • "Wonderful place and experience."

    Reviewed by Benjamin5.0Oct 2019

  • "We loved the location and the animals on the farm."

    The upstairs of the cottage was beautiful. The kitchen/lounge area was small but adequate for 2 people. It could do with a bathroom refurbishment but other cottages on site were going through updates whilst we were there so hopefully Swallow Cottage will too.

    Reviewed by Christine3.4Sep 2019

  • "Wonderful hosts, beautiful location and very dog friendly"

    Reviewed by Joanne4.1Jul 2019

  • "Great location between Combe Martin and Ilfracombe, the cottage we stayed in ( Swallow ) is in need of some TLC, but there are plans to update all the cottages."

    The animals on the farm have free range and you get to meet the goats, geese, chickens and alpacas, especially at 9am every morning when you get the chance to feed them. Really well organised establishment, very clean and the private beach is an added bonus. We needed some extra plates and bowls, but the owners responded very quickly to our request. Highly recommend and we will return as soon as we can

    Reviewed by Alan4.4May 2019

  • "Beautifully equipped cottage in a peaceful & relaxing setting."

    Friendly welcome by the owners & all our requests were catered for without any fuss.

    Reviewed by Eleanor5.0Oct 2018

  • "Second time at swallow cottage, definitely be a third."

    Relaxing surroundings, private beach, animals to feed with my daughter and lots of things within driving distance, loved it

    Reviewed by Nik4.4Sep 2018

  • "Cottage was lovely and clean, had everything we needed in a beautiful location."

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Aug 2018

  • "The cottage was lovely, it was clean and reasonably well equipped."

    It’s location was beautiful and the private beach a real asset. The bed in the double room was not a standard double - it was smaller. Although very comfortable not ideal. The sofa was very uncomfortable and would put us off returning to this cottage.

    Reviewed by Sallie4.1May 2018

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x single
  • Ground floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area.
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge
  • Shared utility room with 2 x coin-operated washing machine, 1 x coin-operated tumble dryer, fridge, freezer and iron
  • TV with Freeview
  • WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot, stairgate and highchair on request
  • Designated parking space, smoke free, garden/patio, wifi/broadband, dog friendly, cot available, stair-gate available, highchair available, sea side, dog friendly
  • Private courtyard with furniture
  • Shared private beach 500 yards
  • Shared picnic area, dog exercise field, playground
  • One well-behaved dog welcome at charge of £15.00
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1.5 miles
  • Note: Check-in time 4pm
  • This property requires a Good Housekeeping Bond of £100
  • Note: The owners do have Wi-fi in the cottages, however being in a secluded spot, the wi-fi speed is much slower, which means streaming etc can be difficult Sending and receiving emails and messages is fine as well as internet browsing They are continuously investing in top of the range boosters to improve this but sometimes guests may experience intermittency This is beyond their control
  • Please note: Between 1st April - 30th September, this owner can only accommodate bookings on Friday changeovers.

The property

Semi-detached cottage with enclosed patio garden at rear.

Open plan living room and ground floor bathroom plus two bedrooms.

Note: This property is onsite with Refs. 971309, 971308, 971307, 971306, 971305, 971304, 971303, 971299, 971301 and 971300, together they sleep 48.

Widmouth Farm Cottages, Watermouth

Widmouth Farm Cottages is in a unique position on the stunning North Devon Coast, between Ilfracombe and Combe Martin. With spectacular sea views, a private beach and 35 acres of beautiful headland to wander through, this really is a perfect setting for a holiday cottage. The owners, who live on the farm along with their sheep, goats, alpacas, pigs, chickens and ducks, provide a huge welcome to guests who just love to help at animal feeding time, walking their dog along the coast path or just relaxing on the private beach, just 500 yards from the cottages. The beach reveals a large sandy expanse at low tide when you can swim, fish or walk around to Watermouth Harbour and return on the coast path with stunning views across the bay. The cottages are beautifully presented; some have sea views and share the play area, dog exercise field, laundry facilities and picnic area where you could spend hours relaxing with some locally-sourced goodies whilst gazing at the spectacular sea views and glorious sunsets over Samson’s Bay. The cottages are a couple of miles from the unspoilt village of Berrynarbor, with a welcoming pub and village shop. Explore Watermouth Castle, the award-winning Tunnels beach and Combe Martin Wildlife Park, all of which are close to the cottages. Alternatively, visit Ilfracombe, where Damian Hirst's Verity statue rests above the picturesque harbour, and the bustling seafront has many good-quality restaurants and bars, along with small independent shops. If you can tear yourself away from the splendid setting of Widmouth Farm and its private beach, then the three mile long sandy beach at Woolacombe, which holds the England for Excellence Gold Award for best family resort and was voted the Best British Beach in the Mail On Sunday, is a short drive away. This really is a truly stunning location to spend relaxation time with your four-legged friends.

Note: This property has a refundable Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Barnstaple 11 miles.

The bustling seaside town of Ilfracombe lies on a beautiful stretch of North Devon coastline, with five beaches, much of it owned by the National Trust. Ilfracombe is only a ten minute drive from Exmoor National Park, with its rolling countryside and quaint villages. Ilfracombe's heritage harbour and quay are spectacular, with many pubs, shops and restaurants and frequent live music, creating a lively, friendly atmosphere. From here, take a wildlife cruise, a fishing trip or a boat trip to magical Lundy Island, a place of natural beauty, which will provide you with an unforgettable experience. Ilfracombe is the centre for some of the finest walking country in England. Whether you enjoy a gentle promenade walk around Capstone Hill, tackling the rugged coastal path or prefer the river valleys and tranquillity of the moorland hills of Exmoor, you will find the scenery spectacular. Ilfracombe also boasts a number of high-quality eateries, with local fish being prominent on their menus. To the east of Ilfracombe are the unique villages of Lynton and Lynmouth with its clifftop railway, and to the west lie the delights of Clovelly and Hartland. Moreover just a short drive away is the 3 mile long golden beach of Woolacombe Bay, which was been voted one of the top 20 beaches in the world, the perfect place to relax in the sun or catch some waves surfing. Ilfracombe is the perfect location for a North Devon holiday, offering you a gateway to an exciting blend of stunning coastal scenery, seaside fun, rural tranquillity and centuries of heritage and style.

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Please note: Between 1st April - 30th September, this owner can only accommodate bookings on Friday changeovers.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas