Ms Teasdale June 2022
Had a great stay, the owners are welcoming and friendly. Excellent if you like a bit of wild swimming - easy access to the river! The property had all you need for a stay for a couple or solo traveller. You need to like the farm atmosphere as you’re surrounded by cows & sheep. You can clearly hear traffic on the main road but this didn’t detract from the rural seclusion.
Mrs Harding May 2022
Great location for exploring Devon. A quirky cottage with nice kitchen area, lovely shower room.Comfortable bed , cosy woodburner
Mrs Winfield May 2022
Was looking forward to this holiday as first for long time, very disappointed when we arrived, lacking in cleanliness! Sofa disgusting & yet had removable covers so not excuse there. Bathroom and bedroom was OK Young lad who was looking after farm was very friendly & chatty Could easily have been so much better
Reply from Classic Cottages
Thanks so much for taking the time to let us have your thoughts and we're so sorry that there were some elements of housekeeping that you felt needed a little more attention. We would've loved to have been given the opportunity to look into this during your stay but we're greatful that we have spoken to you directly and have found an acceptable resolution for you. Tressa, Customer Support
Mrs Tregunna May 2022
Great place to go and unwind owner very friendly and helpful .
Mrs Hogg April 2022
Cosy, quiet and well placed for exploring Exmoor and Devon. Hosts were extremely approachable and informative. Full access to the river running through their farm. Perfect place for a restful break.
Mrs Owens April 2022
What a lovely spot! If you like quirky and unique - this is the place for you. Great care in fitting out the 'Nest', with lovely attention to detail. Located within a working farm, the surrounds aren't as cared-for as Swallow's Nest and it's courtyard, but only to be expected. Good location for exploring the beautiful Exe Valley and surrounding villages.
Mrs Hobbs April 2022
Shallows Nest was one of the best holiday accommodations that we had stayed in, we loved the decor, the location on the working farm and absolutely loved waking to the sound and sight of the sheep and lambs in the field. The owners were friendly and gave us lots of information about what to see in the area and places to visit. The cream tea on arrival was a welcome surprise after a 4 hour drive too.Even though it was small it was very well equipped and the bed was huge and so comfy, the bath in the bedroom was perfect for a relaxing bath with candles lit and my kindle after a day walking. We will miss our lamb friends and will most certainly be back.
Mrs Smyth March 2022
We loved our stay here. It was quirky & perfect for us. The cream tea on arrival was amazing - such a lovely touch. The owner made us extremely welcome. We arrived just as they were brewing beer so we were able to watch the process along with a knowledgable description. Thoroughly enjoyed the bottles we were given to try! It was good to hear about the efforts the owners are making towards a sustainable future for the farm re the animals & trees etc. Sadly I didn’t get my planned dip in the river but that can be for the next time. We will definitely be booking this again. Perfect.
Reply from Classic Cottages
We're thrilled to read how enjoyable your stay was at Swallow's Nest. The cream tea and locally brewed beer sound delicious. We hope that you get to enjoy your dip in the river when you return! Julie, Customer Support
Mrs Fernandes February 2022
The hosts were very friendly, with Eunice approaching they made sure that we had supplies in case of emergencies. Very thoughtful couple. Drake and Millie (the dogs) were eager to meet new people. Spectacular views, gorgeous, warming log fire, wonderful bath next to the bed. It was great to know that the farm is self sufficient too. Everything you need to have a relaxing time away.
Miss Bryan January 2022
I could not reccomend staying here enough! Such a beautiful little countryside getaway which is ideal for couples, we had the most wonderful time and appriciated the small and thoughtful touches (the scones, jam and cream went down a treat!). A truly lovely place that exceeded expectations in every way. Will definately try to return here soon.
Reply from Classic Cottages
Thank you so much for your review - what a recommendation! The scones do sounds like such a treat to tuck into on arrival and are glad that you appreciated the thoughtful touches the owner does for their guests. We so hope to welcome you back again in the future. Sarah, Customer Support
Mr Pentecost December 2021
Host was very friendly and knowledgable of the area. Was very welcoming of us and our dog, had full access to the owners 40 acres of outstanding beauty.
Mrs Sparkes October 2021
Beautiful, peaceful spot. Hosts were lovely.
Very quirky place to stay. Everything you're likely to need, dishwasher included! Milo (springer) loved his holiday ??
Mrs Parfitt October 2021
Would recommend this experience for anyone who likes being in a working farm environment and enjoys the countryside. We will definitely be going back there hopefully in the near future.
Mr Meek August 2021
Nice area not far to travel out for supplies
Miss Stagg July 2021
We loved our stay at Swallows Nest, we loved the setting, interior and hospitality! Richard & Alison are really friendly and made us feel right at home. We particularly liked seeing the cows outside in the field each day! Their son has a brewery on the farm and was kind enough to give us some free beer and run through the brewing process which we really enjoyed. We’d love to go back and would highly recommend this place.
Mrs Marriner July 2021
Swallow's Nest's situation and the friendly owners made this a holiday to remember for a long time. We absolutely loved it and hope to go back. If you love riverside wildlife and farm animals you just can't go wrong. The steep stairs are not for anyone who is at all infirm.
Ms Hobart May 2021
Peaceful location, lovely wild life all around especially the birds nesting in the nesting boxes on the back of the cottage
Mr Snell May 2021
Beautiful location and lovely owners
Mr Bradshaw April 2021
Very much enjoyed our stay a Swallow's Nest. Richard and Alison were welcoming, helpful and informative. The river side setting was lovely and the Kingfishers nesting in the bank were a bonus.
Ms Horrill December 2020
The hosts were warm and welcoming, the cottage was gorgeous and full of character and the farm and scenery provided for lovely walks and beautiful views.
A perfect getaway from the stresses of the day to day!
Mrs Conlon Ash October 2020
We had a lovely stay at Swallows Cottage. It was cosy and clean and we both said how nice it was to return to after a day of exploring. Lots of great finishing touches and the hosts are lovely and friendly.
Mr Cash October 2020
What made this stay for us was staying in a unique property, Quirky with a capital Q! But more so staying on a real farm, never for one moment did you not feel like it was a proper working farm. Richard and Alison made us very welcome and Richard gave us the grand tour of the micro brewery and his passion for his rare breed cows. A special holiday which will live long in the memories of a very happy week, down on the farm. Farm with a brewery what’s not too like! Just sorry that bottling is next week!!!
Miss Guthrie October 2020
A beautiful location even the wet weather couldn’t spoil! A lovely relaxing break with a very welcome gorgeous bath. The owners have us a good intro on arrival on what to expect and we loved meeting Drake and Lily their dogs! Thank you
Ms Dix August 2020
As soon as I saw Swallow’s Nest I fell In love with it. And it did not disappoint. It is quirky, comfortable, intimate and in a most beautiful tranquil setting. The kitchen is well equipped with appliances, tableware, cookware and utensils, it has all your need. The bedroom is amazing. I haven’t slept that well and managed to relax like that in a long time. You can tell that a lot of love has gone into the conversion of the accommodation as well as the whole setting. It has everything you would want. The owners are lovely and couldn’t do enough for us. They made us feel welcome, a delicious cream tea was waiting for us and they were so helpful with providing wood for the wood fired pizza oven which was fantastic. And so was the Kamado BBQ. We had the most delicious pizzas and BBQs. It was so interesting to learn about their conservation work, the land and the rare breeds they are looking after. You can tell they really care about the animals and the land. We cannot wait to return as soon as we get chance. I would highly recommend.
Mrs Ramsay August 2020
Charming accommodation where we lovely welcome from Richard on our arrival. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay, fully equipped kitchen, everything you need in a peaceful rural location. Would love to return.
Mr Lakin July 2020
What an absolutely fabulous bolt-hole for 2 on a fascinating farm in a beautiful valley.
From the moment we arrived we were made to feel welcome and we were captivated by the brilliant design of the barn conversion. It was just a wonderful escape from the busyness of life in a relaxing, comfortable, well equipped cottage.
Loved swimming in the river, walking round the farm, having a tour of the brewery, cooking al fresco and having a bath in the bedroom.
Thank you to our hosts so much for sharing this wonderful corner of the world - your attitude to life, business and the environment is truly inspirational!
(Can't tell you if the TV worked on not - we never switched it on!)
Miss Carpenter July 2020
We booked for a few days once the UK Gov had given the green light for overnight stays, and it was exactly what we needed after a tough few months of working long hours at home, recovering from illness and having to deal with our wedding being cancelled. The property is beautifully furnished, and so much care has been given to the all of the finer details, including a beautiful outdoor dining area overlooking the Devon countryside and the farm animals. Our hosts were so welcoming and friendly, and we were able to explore their farmland and meet all of their beautiful animals - I’ve genuinely never met such pretty cows! It was so nice to stay self-catering, and find they’d left us the little things such as dishwasher tablets, washing up liquid, hand gel, and hand wash, which is so frequently missing in properties. The cream tea and jug of milk was my favourite surprise though! We loved it, and would love to return again in the future.
Mr Millais February 2020
Well equipped barn conversion on a lovely rare breeds farm, a nature lovers paradise, with beautiful views across the farm and up the valley so peaceful . Wonderful hosts that could not do enough for us and made us very welcome , the best place we have ever stayed, we will definitely be back to this little slice of paradise.
Mr Pole February 2020
Beautifully renovated place with a quirky feel. Will definitely be returning with the canoe.
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