Swallows End – Bolthole with hot tub, pool and sauna
Swallows End is one of two stylish and contemporary apartments, located on the ground floor and designed to accommodate two adults and a small child. There’s a private courtyard with a self-maintained, natural, Swedish-style wood-fired hot tub. Surrounded by rolling hills ...
With a wood-fired hot tub and styled with contemporary furniture, this rural hideaway is the epitome of countryside chic. It’s also the perfect secluded sanctuary to enjoy time away as a couple. Spend the day roaming the wilds of Dartmoor or the sandy beaches of the nearby English Riviera before returning home for a swim and sauna. Then fire up the hot tub and relax with a bottle of something chilled before retiring inside for a film. Wake up to views across the pretty wooded gardens – you might spot a deer on its morning outing. However you want to spend your time, this Devon staycation is the place to be.
Country cottage-style apartment on the outside and contemporary comfort on the inside, this ground-floor space offers a stylish escape for two – perfect for a romantic getaway in beautiful, natural surroundings. On arrival, you'll be welcomed by the Scandi-inspired open-plan lounge-kitchen-diner. A rustic flagstone floor is tempered by soft rugs and charming light wooden furniture, an inviting sofa, squashy chairs and a smart TV. Wi-Fi throughout means you can remain plugged into outside life, should you want to! At the far end of the room, a breakfast bar separates the lounge area from the kitchen, which is equipped with all your self-catering needs, including a Nespresso coffee machine with frother, electric oven and hob, a microwave and a fridge with an ice compartment. A separate utility area houses the dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer – and a great place to dry off boots and waterproofs if you visit in the winter months and enjoy walking on Dartmoor. And so to bed – enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep in a cosy double bedroom decorated in calming pale tones. An additional smart TV means you can enjoy an indulgent lie-in or late-night film. The large bathroom offers a shower-over-bath, WC, wash basin and illuminated mirror.
Outside, tucked away behind a stone wall, your own private courtyard patio area, complete with a gas barbecue and garden furniture, awaits. Enjoy a morning coffee and take in the tranquil surroundings or relax in the hot tub after eating al fresco and count the stars. Don’t forget the piece de la resistance: the fantastic vaulted newly-refurbished indoor pool and new sauna. Let your troubles float away as you swim off the day, or simply take a book and relax in one of the comfy chairs as the gentle breeze drifts in through the huge doors. Rejuvenate tired muscles after all that outdoor adventuring in the traditional wooden sauna before drifting back to Swallows End for dinner or lots of local eateries/pubs and restaurants.
No use of the Spa, Sauna and Swimming Pool after 10pm.
No music to be played outside at any time.
Please keep noise, inside the property to a minimum after 10pm.
No smoking within the property.
The number of occupants is not to exceed the occupancy level set for this property.
Swallows End is largely a mobility-friendly property on the ground floor; please note that the doors are of standard width and there is a lip through the entrance door. There are steps into the property, and into the bathroom, as well as stairs leading to the pool.
Swallows End is professionally managed by Fresh Escapes. A Devon based privately owned Vacation Rental and Management company who are here to ensure your stay runs as smoothly as possible.
OTHER THINGS TO NOTE
Guests are required to fill the hot tub themselves, and to prepare the burner to heat the water. We recommend starting this procedure soon after you arrive as this can take 2-3 hours.
Please enjoy your own patio, garden and the bottom lawn – the rest of the grounds are private property.
Please pick up after your pet and do not leave them unattended. We encourage dogs to be walked down the lane.
Please bag all rubbish in black bin liners before placing in the bins otherwise the bin men will not take them.
For the safety of guests and the security of the property, the pool and sauna areas are monitored via CCTV.
You will need a car. There is ample off-road allocated private parking available
Rolling hills? Stunning walks? Magical waterfalls? This apartment has all that and more, thanks to its fantastic South Devon location in the pretty Teign Valley. It’s right on the edge of the legendary Dartmoor National Park, where you can walk, cycle and pony trek to your heart’s content, taking in wild and rugged views. You’re just a short distance from Stover Country Park, a 114-acre nature reserve where wildlife and nature abound. Follow the 90-metre aerial walkway and explore the Ted Hughes Poetry Trail, which features some of the late poet laureate’s best-loved nature poems, with illustrations by Raymond Briggs. Lose yourself among the ancient woodland, waterfalls and lakes of Canonteign Falls or try Kennick, Trenchford, and Tottiford reservoirs for easy and relaxing walking.
Stunning coastal views can be found on the English Riviera. For a relaxed sightseeing tour, take the Riviera Line, the coastal railway route running between Exeter and Paignton, which stops at many of the region’s most interesting and beautiful towns along the way, including Dawlish and Torquay. If you fancy a beach day, it’s a 40-minute drive to Torbay, where there are loads of hidden sandy coves and pretty harbour villages to explore. Twelve miles and 25 minutes' drive to the south is the pretty seaside town of Dawlish, famous for its sandy beachfront, colourful huts and black swans. The bright lights, eateries and entertainment of Exmouth or Exeter can all be reached within 40 minutes.
If you’re a foodie, there’s lots of options, from super-posh Gidleigh Park near Chagford to the high-end Manor Inn at Lower Ashton to the Teign House Inn up the valley near Christow. Other authentic Dartmoor boozers to try are the Bridford Inn at Bridford for a real country atmosphere and good food, the Artichoke at Christow for traditional pub grub and the Cridford Inn at Trusham, one of the oldest pubs in Devon.
- BBQ grill
- Cable TV
- Free parking on premises
- Bed linens
A small city that packs a big punch, Exeter is one of the most vibrant, attractive and historically interesting cities in Devon. And what gifts it has: surrounded by beaches, hills, wilderness, astonishing food producers and old country pubs; a cityscape of medieval gothic and Georgian townhouses and never far from stunning views across the estuary to the horizon hills. The old canal basin is a delight of converted warehouses, shops and eateries.
Pre-dating the arrival of the Romans in AD 50, Exeter’s history is varied, which is reflected in a plethora of attractions and things to do. Try the unique Underground Passages, free Red Coat Guided Tours, imposing Roman wall and beautiful Quayside and award-winning Royal Albert Memorial Museum.
Exeter is a very walkable city. You can also rent a bike (or a paddleboard!) with Saddles & Paddles. Exeter has lots of cycle trails and walking routes to choose from, taking you beyond the city boundaries through beautiful valley parks and picturesque towns and villages.
Exeter is so close to the beach, you can easily leave your car at home and travel by train down to Topsham, Exmouth or Dawlish. Sit back and enjoy views of rolling countryside and dramatic coastline on one of a number of scenic journeys from Exeter, including the Avocet Line to Exmouth in East Devon, the Tarka Line to North Devon and the Riviera Line to South Devon passing over the famous Dawlish sea wall.
There is a good, reliable bus service, with buses running within the city and outside of the city. Travel Devon is a great place to start planning a day out from Exeter by bus. A handy interactive map allows you to view timetables and routes. Buses run from Exeter to numerous locations across Devon, including a number of popular attractions. These include Crealy Adventure Park, Exeter Racecourse, and the World of Country Life.
The Old Firehouse
Blink and you'll miss this teeny-tiny, up-and-down, atmospheric pub, steps from Exeter high street and once a fire brigade base in the 1800s. The Old Firehouse has bags of atmosphere and a selection of local ales.
Exeter Cathedral – don't miss the minstrels’ gallery, the organ and the astronomical clock, and be sure to look up to see the beautiful stained glass windows and the longest stretch of unbroken Gothic vaulting in the world.
Georgie and Flo
Georgie & Flo on Castle Street – an independent gift and homeware shop born from two friends’ love for all things ethical and handmade.