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

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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 July 10, 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.
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Older travelers Families with young children
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Management Response
Jul 20, 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 November 24, 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!

Traveling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Dec 10, 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 November 17, 2012 for a stay in October 2012
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Liked best: the peacefulness even with 5 kids around us - it was heaven
Liked least: nothing - everything was fantastic
Traveling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Large groups People with pets
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Management Response
Dec 9, 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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