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Swallows Retreat

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Hartland, Devon
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A great location for a family holiday. Ideal for beaches, countryside or simply enjoying the outdoor play area and grounds.

Swallows Retreat is the perfect choice for a relaxing holiday for family and friends at any time of year. This renovated, detached barn conversion is beautifully furnished and sits beside the owner’s 260-acre cattle and sheep farm within the Hartland Peninsula. The property features granite worktops in the kitchen and both bedrooms have a TV and DVD player. This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is on the stunning North Devon Coast just 3 miles from the coastal path. You can stroll out direct from the farm on many circular coastal walks and enjoy stunning views of Welcombe and Welcombe Mouth. Conveniently placed on the Devon/Cornwall border, this is an ideal location for a seaside holiday. The coastline in both directions offers some of the most breathtaking scenery in the West Country and there are many long sandy beaches and hidden coves to explore.
Hartland village is just 3 miles away and has a good selection of village shops and pubs serving food. Bude, 13 miles, also has a variety of shops and restaurants, many specialising in locally caught seafood. There is also a golf course, indoor ‘Splash’ pool’, surf schools and bowling. The delightful port town of Bideford, 16 miles, has all town amenities, restaurants, a weekly market and boat trips to Lundy Island. Coastal walking, cycling, golf, riding, fishing, surfing and sailing are all available in this stunning area. Docton Mill, Hartland Quay and Hartland Abbey are close by along with many pretty fishing villages to explore including nearby Clovelly, Instow and Appledore. For family fun the Big Sheep and Milky Way Adventure parks are a must. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

4 steps to entrance. All on the ground floor.
Open plan living space:
With wooden floor and French doors leading to decking.
Living area: With 3D Smart TV and DVD player.
Dining area.
Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed, Freeview TV, DVD player and en-suite with shower over bath, toilet and heated towel rail.
Bedroom 2: With zip and link twin beds (can be super kingsize on request), Freeview TV and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Welcome pack. Enclosed lawned garden with decked area, garden furniture and gas barbecue. 260-acre farmland (shared with owner). Children’s play area. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There is a step in the garden.

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  • Barbecue
  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Highchair
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Decorated at Christmas
    Decorated at Christmas
  • Wifi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Pets – not allowed
    Pets – not allowed
  • Coastal within 5 miles
    Coastal within 5 miles
  • All En-suite
    All En-suite
  • Open Plan
    Open Plan
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Childrens Play Area
    Childrens Play Area
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 12/05/2018
    This was our second stay at Swallows Retreat and we are pleased to confirm that the standard is just as high. An ideal location for a quiet, peaceful chill out or a full on tourist base with a huge range of attractions within easy reach. Thanks again for the tasty welcome pack and we may well be back for a third visit.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 20/04/2018
    Lovely place to stay. Friendly owners.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 17/03/2018
    Very clean peaceful and comfortable

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 10/03/2018
    If you want peace, quiet, stunning views and comfort, Swallows Retreat has it ! Thoroughly enjoyed our week. Thinking about a return visit already!!

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 23/02/2018
    Lovely cottage clean and very comfortable , owner left us super welcome pack Bacon Sausages eggs milk bread tomato , very thoughtful . It took us a while to find as was getting dark and there was a fog coming down over the moors . quite well placed to visit Cornwall also.Would choose to stay again at Swallows Retreat if we visit north Devon again in the future. we recommend this property.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 30/12/2017
    Very comfortable cottage well equipped.As we stayed over the Christmas period all the lovely touches with the tree and decorations were much appreciated as was the food in fridge.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 21/10/2017
    A very enjoyable break in a quiet location

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 07/10/2017
    Brilliant! Fabulous location away from it all. Could not fault the cottage. Clean comfortable, well equipment, fabulous views. What more could you ask for.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 30/09/2017
    We spent a wonderful week in this beautiful cottage which is in a nice quiet and peaceful location. The owners were very friendly and helpful.We intend to return in2018.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 23/09/2017
    Superb cottage. All you could wish for to ensure an enjoyable holiday. We can only echo the positive comments of previous guests. All that is missing is a gold award hanging on the wall. Thank you.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 16/09/2017
    very spacious well equipped cottage

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 02/09/2017
    Fantastic cottage in a lovely quiet location, loads of lovely places to visit around the area. Very clean and tidy just like in the photos. The owners are very nice and friendly to. Would definitely recommend to anyone and would go back again in the future.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 26/08/2017
    A lovely quiet location although a little too remote for our liking. A very friendly and welcoming owner who provided us with a fabulous welcome breakfast.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 19/08/2017
    Great cottage, fantastic place to stay and very peaceful. Fairly remote, but as long as you don't mind a short drive to get anywhere, that should not cause any issues. Would thoroughly recommend.

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