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Holiday Rental House -
4 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10
Halwell, Devon, England

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Barbara H
Bristol, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Excellant”
Reviewed 30 December 2016 for a stay in December 2016
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The accommodation was excellent. All bedrooms are en suite which was good as our party was 10 people. Plenty of comfortable seating in both lounge area and dining area. I have never been in such a well equipped holiday rental before. There wasn't anything lacking. Owners are lovely people who help if you need it but leave you alone to enjoy your holiday if you don't.
Would not hesitate to recommend this accommodation as it is a good location to other places of interest also. Will definitely come back again.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
3 Jan 2017
Many thanks for your kind feedback. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay at Swallows Reach and that everything you needed was available.
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Ralphus27...
Kent, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Great base and great facilities”
Reviewed 21 July 2016 for a stay in July 2016

Swallows Reach is a nice holiday home with good facilities, the pictures do not do it justice.
There's pretty much all the mod cons at the house and a large enough fridge and ample cooking facilities to keep everyone happy.

The swimming pool is excellent and never busy in our stay, trampoline and play area great. Nice track over the hill to Halwell, dogs can be let off the lead on this track provided you keep them within sight, and they can't jump over or through the gates. Do not be put off by the single track up, only once in a week did we have to give way.

Both Totnes and Dartmouth are a short drive away (15-20 mins), both lovely. We would heartily recommend the Round Robin from Dartmouth (Ferry to Kingswear, Train to Paignton, Open top bus to Totnes and River boat to Dartmouth well worth £25.50 for adults) Blackpool Sands beach (shingle no sands but lovely), the Sharpham Wine and Cheese vineyard and taste tour.

Top tip: make sure the late/light sleepers go upstairs and not the ground floor, the kitchen sounds are easily heard below. There is Wifi in the games room and good enough to keep teenagers happy, but if you can't do without the internet on an hourly basis then you might find this a pain to walk from the property to the games room.

Swallows Reach is almost 5-star, a few refinements and a welcome pack would make it so.

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Liked best: The Swimming pool
Liked least: Lack of wifi directly in the property
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups People with pets
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Management Response
11 Aug 2016
Many thanks for your review of Swallow Reach, your comments are most useful. We are delighted to hear that you had the opportunity to explore this wonderful area.
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Michael A
Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Fantastic family holiday home, so welcoming and accommodating”
Reviewed 10 July 2015 for a stay in May 2015

We stayed at Swallows Reach for the half term break - 7 of us in total, including 3 children aged 4, 11 & 13, as well as our puppy. Bickleigh Farm is a beautiful location, with owners who are both welcoming and accommodating. The setting is a combination of converted farm land for the cottages, immediately alongside working farmland. Features include heated indoor swimming pool, indoor games room with pool, table tennis and wifi. There is an outdoor play area, as well as a couple of grass areas to play including a large trampoline.

Swallows Reach itself is the perfect combination of the old style outer stone farm building, with modern interior. En-suite bathrooms, fitted to a high standard. The first floor has an open plan lounge area leading to the large dining room table and open kitchen with range oven. Bedrooms are on the ground floor and second floor. The building feels spacious, and adaptable to needs for the family - relaxing, versatile, spacious and able to offer fun for the children and individual space if required too. A lovely stay and we greatly look forward to returning to stay at Bickleigh Farm again in the near future!

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Liked best: Great welcome, quality and comfortable accommodation and options for great weather and rainy days alike!
Liked least: Maintenance needs to be kept on top of.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups People with pets
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Management Response
20 Jul 2015
Many thanks for your wonderful review of Swallows Reach; it sounds like the ideal place for a family with plenty on offer to keep the children and dogs busy. The owners would be delighted in knowing that you enjoyed your stay at their property and that they made you feel so welcome, I am sure they would be happy to welcome you back in the future.
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Manada64
Exeter, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
129 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Lovely location well equipped”
Reviewed 24 November 2014 for a stay in November 2014

The house is located at the edge of a working farm so the geese can be noisy but not a night! The house was we'll equipped for our party and beautifully furnished. The down side is the heating was not on and nor where any of the towel rails so we couldn't get the towels dry. The fire kept everything upstairs lovely and warm but the the ground floor rooms were quite cold. We had a wonderful weekend break but beware of the potholes on the drive up, don't bring the sports car!

Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
11 Dec 2014
Thank you very much for providing feedback about your stay at Swallows Reach. I’m glad that you so enjoyed the house.
I’ve spoken to the owner about the issues raised in your feedback and he says that there was indeed a problem with the heating, and is sorry for this inconvenience. Unfortunately, he wasn’t aware of this until after your stay and would very happily have arranged for it to be fixed for you if he had been made aware. If you should book with us again and have any issues of this nature, please do let the homeowner or caretaker know at your earliest convenience; if anything should go awry during your stay they are always keen to put it right as soon as possible.
You’re absolutely right that the road up to the properties, managed by County Highways, is becoming a little rough. If you have a particularly low slung car, we’d always recommend that you mention this to us at the time of booking and we can let you know the current situation.
Thank you again for taking the time to provide feedback, and I’m glad that you had such a lovely holiday.
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Devizes, England, United Kingdom
Reviewed 17 November 2012 for a stay in October 2012
1
person found this review helpful

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Liked best: the peacefulness even with 5 kids around us - it was heaven
Liked least: nothing - everything was fantastic
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
9 Dec 2012
Sounds like you had a great time! Thanks for leaving your kind comments which we'll pass on to the owner for you. Happy holiday = good for the soul :-)
Best wishes
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