A delightful, quirky and cosy retreat for two.
The bedroom is on a mezzanine level and boasts a gorgeous roll-top bath.
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 BBQ - 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

4356

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

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The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.

Nearest pub

The Exeter Inn Bampton (2 ¼ miles)

Set in the lovely Ex Valley, this 15th century country inn serves real ales and food in a cosy, traditional setting with flagstone floors and oak-beamed ceilings. Try the Exmoor game in the recently refurbished restaurant.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Miss Morris October 2017

The Exeter Inn was our nearest pub on our holiday, the staff were very friendly, they couldn't do enough to assist us. Lovely, homely pub with beautful log burning fires. The food was exceptional!!

Nearest beach

Dunster Beach (18 miles)

Dunster Beach enjoys beautiful views of Blue Anchor Bay and out towards the Bristol Channel. A mixture of sand and pebbles, the beach is overlooked by the West Somerset Railway Line and is easily accessible via the South West Coast Path. There are also lots of parking options, with car parks and separate parking close by. With dogs only restricted from certain parts of the beach, Dunster's flat sands, gentle gradient and lovely scenery make it a lovely spot to breathe in the fresh air and go for a walk.

Nearest walk

Oakford Village Walk (3 miles)

Two walks are available around the village of Oakford, the first being a gentle ramble of just over two miles, the second a little more strenuous at seven and a half miles. Park in the village hall car park and take your pick!

Nearest town

Tiverton (3 miles)

Tiverton is set on the Exe and Lowman rivers in a circular layout, now jealously guarded by the planners. Best known for John Heathcoat who set up his 19th Century textile factory with a few wool frames after escaping the luddites in Loughborough, the industry prospered and he built nearby Knighthayes Court as his mansion - now open to visitors with the National Trust. Tiverton Castle is in the centre of the town.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Drewett September 2012

Nice town with all the required services. Pannier market with different wares each day.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

May 2009

Historic market town with some very interesting buildings - venerable Tiverton Castle, magnificent St. Peter`s Church, three medieval almshouses, Old Blundells, Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life, baroque St. George`s Church. A great base for a holiday as such easy motoring access to Dartmoor, Exmoor, North and South coast beaches, Exeter. Good restaurants in the town, and excellent pubs in local villages.

Also nearby

Knightshayes Court (2 miles)

A wonderful Gothic pile with stunning formal gardens and beautiful interiors. The walled garden provides produce for the Stables restaurant where you can watch the gardeners at work or explore the woodland walks.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2020

Knightshayes

Interesting house surrounded by magnificent gardens.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs George May 2014

Free parking and walk for dog

We couldn't go in as we had the dog with us, but the car park was free and there's a nice woodland walk off the car park where dogs can walk off the lead. Nice setting and surrounding countryside.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Drewett September 2012

Stunning

One of the best national trust properties we've ever been to, something for all ages. The gardens are fantastic and offer both formal and woodland styles. Well worth a visit!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

May 2012

Beautiful gardens!

The gardens are the jewel of this property, with many different areas; woodland, formal garden, meadow, parkland and a stunning restored kitchen garden which provides produce for the lovely stables restaurant. Highly recommended and really easy access from the M5.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Lloyd July 2010

One of the finest surviving Gothic Revival houses, this rare example of the work of eccentric architect William Burges has extraordinary medieval romantic interiors. The beautiful garden includes a kitchen garden.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

April 2009

Glorious garden. Monster house, but interesting contents.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Simon Tregoning July 2008

Good National Trust property

Interesting house and gardens, even kept the kids going for two hours.

Tiverton Castle (3 miles)

Originally built for Henry I, this castle encompasses 900 years of history. Worth a visit to see the romantic ruins and beautiful walled gardens and you can book a stay through Classic Cottages as there are several cottages and apartments available. Tours can be booked in advance, with limited availability.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

March 2010

You can even stay here through Classic Cottages!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

May 2009

A really nice place for children to visit, very hands on. Visitors can try on Civil War armour, see the medieval loos, learn about the 900 years of history, the ghosts, secret passages; beautiful garden. Very moderate admission prices, and excellent value for money. Free visitor parking inside.

Bampton (3 ¼ miles)

Just outside Exmoor National Park, Bampton is everything you could hope for in a Devon town. Located entirely within a conservation area, Bampton’s streets are lined with historic listed buildings, giving the distinct feeling that you’ve stepped back in time. The town is famous for its flowers - having won the ‘Britain in Bloom’ competition no less than 6 times, Bampton is a magnet for the green-fingered, who make a pilgrimage here during the summer months to marvel at the floral displays.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Nott May 2014

Called in a small bakery here to purchase bread. Homemade and absolutely delicious, also purchased some venison burgers from a street vendor, the game and pheasant man. He also has a stall at another market nearby, where we paid him another visit to purchase duck and plum sausages. All the produce was exceptionally good and excellent value. We had a wonderful cup of tea in the bakery too , delicious and best value for money cuppa all holiday .

Dulverton (6 ¾ miles)

This village is in the heart of Exmoor’s most outstanding countryside. Here you’ll find the Exmoor National Park Centre, which has stacks of information regarding activities on the moors, plus some pleasant cafes and pubs for lunch or a cream tea.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Gerwat March 2020

Bookshop

You could lose yourself in here for hours. A treasure house of second hand and antiquarian books, well worth a visit.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Ms Neufeld July 2017

Dulverton

Very nice town with pretty shops and good Pubs and Inns


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Jo Knight June 2016

Heritage Centre

This is an excellent display of local artefacts, pictures, countryside etc. Also railway history and a good kitchen display with a "talking" cook and housekeepr. Upstairs there is more to see - it is especially worthwhile sitting and watching 4 short videos of local events. All this for FREE although they ask for a donation. Coming into Dulverton turn left immediately after the bridge and follow the road around a big curve until it ends in the carpark with access to the centre. otherwise access through the information centre in the main street. This also has a good supply of maps, leaflets etc and the best postcards!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Morgan May 2012

An interesting little town full of conveniences.

Dulverton is not exactly somewhere I could imagine spending an entire day at, but it does provide a good centre by which to stop by and stock up. There are plenty of conveniences such as a local co-op for your simple needs (bread, milk and some alcohols: beers...not wines, go somewhere decent for wine), small thrift shops as well as some tea rooms including Lewis's which is a personal favourite. There is a beautiful church at the top of the town which is worth popping into, and in the centre of town there is a fish and chip shop which opens at lunchtime from 12 noon until 2pm. There is also a bakery which sells a selection of baked breads, pies, sausage rolls as well as many sweet items, the game pie is delicious and enormously filling. The tea rooms near the co-op (I have forgotten the name!) are smaller than Lewis's but offers an entirely different ambience, more cosy and homely, helped in no small way by the warm, friendly manners of the owners (of which the landlady kindly ushered us in for tea as we oogled the menu outside, proclaiming the redundancy of pneumonia when there are menu's indoors to browse).

By far this is no Dunster or Tiverton etc, but it is a quaint little town that is central to lots of local attractions and is worth stopping by for an hour or two.

Tiverton Canal Company (3 ½ miles)

Great for when you really want to slow the pace of life - horse drawn narrowboat trips on the Grand Western Canal. Built in 1814, the canal is now a Local Nature Reserve, home to an abundance of wildlife including otters, dragonflies, kingfishers and swans. Sit back, relax and enjoy the last horse drawn barge in the South West.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Drewett September 2012

Worth a visit

Nice way to pass an hour or so, couple of tea rooms and an easy stroll along - good for pushchairs and lots of ducks and swans to spot!


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Simon Tregoning July 2008

A mellow trip on the canal

A pleasant hour and a half. The kids loved the shire horse and the Dad's enjoyed the bar!

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