The bedroom is on a mezzanine level and boasts a gorgeous roll-top bath.
A delightful, quirky and cosy retreat for two.
A sumptuous super-king double bed to rest your heads on.
Sit back and relax in the roll-top bath - glass of wine and book on-hand, of course.
The perfect place to unwind after a day out and about exploring.
A welcoming space for a restorative break.
Looking down from the mezzanine level to the open plan living space and out into the courtyard.
The patio doors and surrounding windows allow the natural light to flood in.
Dine inside or out, the choice is yours.
Your four-legged friends are more than welcome to join you.
Welcome to Swallow's Nest!
The kitchen is small but perfectly formed, with all you could need provided.
The warming wood-burner ensures year-round cosiness and adds a lovely atmosphere to out-of-season breaks.
Switch off from modern life and reconnect with one another.
The super stylish shower-room.
With hot shower.
And equally stylish features.
A staircase leads up to the mezzanine level - please take care with the narrow-treaded steps.
The courtyard provides the perfect place to dine al fresco.
Enjoy a glass of your favourite tipple in the sunshine.
Not only is there a Kamado (barbecue and ceramic smoker) but there's a wood-fired pizza oven too!
Pizza or barbecue - decisions decisions!
Swallow's Nest nestles at the heart of the farmstead which is home to rare breed cattle, sheep and goats, incredible wildlife and a free-spirited ethic that is infectious.
Spot the medieval patterns engraved into the cob walls, carved to welcome in good fortune and fend off witchcraft.
Every little detail has been thoughtfully put-together.
The ladder stairs are protected by a carved wooden panel, reclaimed long ago from a local church (please take care when using them, as the steps have a narrow tread).
The cob wall is one of the many fantastically quirky features.
A fully stocked inventory.
Just gorgeous!
Hatherland Mill Farm has it's own micro-brewery, you must have a tasting!
From the courtyard your own gate leads to the meadow that borders the river - you are welcome to explore.
Rover will love his holiday!
The friendly owners are happy to advise where the best riverside spots are for the chance to see an otter or a kingfisher.
What an amazing location! Hatherland Mill Farm is shown here towards the middle of the shot - Swallow's Nest's courtyard backs onto the meadow in the foreground.
The owners' rare breed cattle are nearby - just look at the gorgeous calf!
One of your neighbours!
The River Exe runs through the farmland.
Just such a gorgeous setting for a back-to-nature break.
This traditional smallholding has earned conservation awards from Natural England and offers a wonderful opportunity to feel part of a sustainable and environmentally friendly way of living.
Looking back to Swallow's Nest from the meadow.
The main entrance to Swallow's Nest from the farmyard.
Wow! The wonderful setting of Hatherland Mill Farm - Swallow's Nest is the grey roof in front of the tree, near the middle of the farmstead.
Swallow's Nest is the jewel in the crown that is Hatherland Mill Farm.
The Exmoor National Park is well worth a visit. This is taken from Hadden Hill overlooking Wimbleball Lake.
Exmoor is a wonderful mixture of open moorland, deep valleys and tumbling rivers. Dulverton and Withypool are two lovely places with riverside walks and picnic spots.
You can be at the East Devon Jurassic coast in just under an hour. This is Sidmouth.
The rugged North Devon coast is also just under an hour's drive. For a sandy beach try Instow.

Swallow's Nest


3 miles N of Tiverton / Sleeps 2 + cot* (no children from 1 to 15)

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Swallows Nest is an absolute Gem of a find! The Nest and the location had everything we needed for a quite, chilled, countryside stay away from the bustle if the world! Having Sheep, Cows and a river in our back garden was just sooo refreshing. We got to meet Lily (The Dog) her son Drake and the cats Peppa and Midnight, who were so friendly and came to say hello!

We will be going back in February :)

Reply from Classic Cottages

Thank you for your glowing review. We're delighted that you had such a wonderful time there that you're returning in the spring! Donna, Customer Support

We absolutely loved our stay. Firstly the owners were all super helpful, kind and most importantly warm and welcoming. The House was beautiful and homely. The little details made it special. Best bath and the most comfortable bed. We most certainly will be back!

If you book this cottage you will not be disappointed, we absolutely loved our short stay and will be back in the near future.

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Thanks so much for taking the time to share your fabulous review! Tanya, Customer Support

Tucked away just outside Tiverton, Swallows Nest is nestled on the banks of the River Exe in the heart of this wonderful small working farm. With stunning rural views out the window and gorgeous countryside on your doorstep. The National Trust's Knighthayes Court is just a stone's throw away where you can spend hours enjoying picturesque walks. A short drive away is the Grand Western Canal where you can meander aimlessly before finishing the day at the cafe on a barge on the canal itself. Alongside this you are free to roam the acres of farmland taking in the fresh air, listening to nothing but the gentle noise of the river and your friendly neighbours (who are sheep & cows!).

Richard & Alison are the perfect hosts, welcoming, friendly and full of amazing recommendations. Happy to spend time chatting away showing you around the land, the animals or their fascinating microbrewery or just leaving you to enjoy your stay uninterrupted. No ask is too much.

The property itself is light and airy while retaining its cosy charm. Featuring an original wooden staircase and exposed beams, Swallows Nest has been sympathetically decorated making it the perfect place to curl up with a book in front of the wood fire. The large roll-top bath is an impressive addition to sink into whilst listening to rain patter on the roof and is the best way to unwind after a long day of walking. The kitchen has been attentively designed giving you everything you could need for your stay, with the ultimate addition of a traditional cream team waiting for you upon arrival.

Swallows Nest is the perfect bolthole in the quintessential English countryside. I will definitely be returning.

Reply from Classic Cottages

Thank you so much for your wonderful review. It sounds like you had a great stay and we'd very much love to welcome you back again. Kelsey, Customer Support

Swallow’s Nest is in a lovely quite area with lots of walks, country pubs and nice little towns to visit. It’s a great base to explore Devon, we would look at the weather forecast in the morning and see which coast was going to have the best weather and head that way, we had a great week exploring. The owners are very friendly and will give you advice on places to go and visit depending on your interests. The cream tea in the fridge on arrival was a very nice touch and much appreciated after our drive down.

Nice place but not clean

Reply from Classic Cottages

Thank you for your feedback and we were so pleased to be able to discuss your observations with you direct following your departure. Tressa, Customer Support

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.

Great location for exploring Devon. A quirky cottage with nice kitchen area, lovely shower room.Comfortable bed , cosy woodburner

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

Great place to go and unwind owner very friendly and helpful .

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Beautiful, peaceful spot. Hosts were lovely.
Very quirky place to stay. Everything you're likely to need, dishwasher included! Milo (springer) loved his holiday ??

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.

Nice area not far to travel out for supplies

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.

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.

Peaceful location, lovely wild life all around especially the birds nesting in the nesting boxes on the back of the cottage

Beautiful location and lovely owners

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.

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!

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.

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!!!

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

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.

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.

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!)

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.

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.

Beautifully renovated place with a quirky feel. Will definitely be returning with the canoe.

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