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Barn Conversion. Family & Pet Friendly With Indoor Pool, Games Rm. & Play Area

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Sleeps 4 - 2 bedrooms both with en-suites-Peaceful rural location-Near Totnes

Swift Cottage is one of nine cottages that have been sympathetically converted from the existing buildings of a working farm. Enjoying peace and quiet, the holiday cottages are set amidst pasture land, and benefit from beautiful and unforgettable views of stunning countryside. With a heated 38ft*16ft indoor swimming pool and quality recreational facilities, Swift Cottage with its exposed roof beams and open gallery has it all. Large lounge / dining area with a slate floor - includes 40" smart TV, incorporating DVD player and USB recording facility, games, books etc. Wood burning stove. Bed settee which sleeps one additional person. Lounge has direct access to the private patio area in the front courtyard.. Kitchen - modern style units - well equipped adjacent to dining area. Ground floor bedroom with twin beds, flat screen TV with DVD player and en-suite shower room, spiral staircase to open gallery area. First floor main bedroom with king size bed, flat screen TV with separate DVD player and en-suite shower room. Heating, linen, towels etc all included. Free Wi-Fi. Swift has the added advantage of rear access to the adjacent communal indoor heated swimming pool and games room and the communal external area for the children's play area, picnic area & barbecue,etc.


Externally Swift has a large front patio area with picnic table & umbrella, plus a companion timber seat together with barbecue, pot plants & shrubs in adjoining flower beds. This area is a sun trap for eating alfresco.

Family's can enjoy the quite surroundings of the open countryside whilst enjoying a barbecue with just their family or with other families and friends in the communal area for picnics, barbecue etc. whilst the children are playing in close vicinity.

In 2015 Newhouse Barton Management invested in a biomass boiler for the running of the communal building so we have now gone 'Green' and helping the environment.

More Details

Jacquie Quin
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 May, 2018

About Jacquie Quin

In 2012 I retired as a Chartered Architect, having run my own architectural practice for over 15 years, before that I was an Architect for an outer London Borough, specializing in Education and Leisure buildings. I obtained my Architectural and Management qualifications from Northern Polytechnic - Dept. of Architecture and York University. In my early 20's I was married to a Civil Engineer, but my career took over and hence I got divorced..My career is now the self-catering cottages having a barn conversion near Aldeburgh, Suffolk and now Swift Cottage near Totnes. My friends and family love Swift Cottage especially my two pet toy poodles 'George and Pippa'.

Jacquie Quin purchased this cottage in 2010

Why Jacquie Quin chose Ipplepen

Many family holidays with my parents were spent in Devon at a farm in Colyton and when I found Swift Cottage for sale, I knew that I had to buy it, as it was surrounded by the rolling hills of South Devon, just as I remember the area in my early years.

What makes this cottage unique

Swift Cottage is unique in its design by having exposed oak beams, vaulted ceiling, a spiral staircase with access to a mezzanine leading to the first floor main bedroom. Ground floor double bedroom. Both bedrooms with en-suites. Rear door leading direct to the pool and games room. The cottage is cosy with its wood burning stove and heating in all rooms.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Ipplepen in Teignbridge District

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4 ...
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Guests are to respect their neighbours in the adjoining cottages in connection with noise levels after 23.00.
  • Guests with a well behave dog at Swift Cottage must adhere to pet rules at all times.
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Holiday Complex
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Baby Gate
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Ground Floor en-suite
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , First Floor En-suite
  • En-suite bathrooms to both Bedroom 1 and 2 consisting of WC, shower and handbasin, both with electric towel rails, mirror and shaver point.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , King size - pine bed - first floor
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , Ground Floor - Pine 3ft beds
  • Bedroom 1 first floor with king size bed, en-suite & flat screen TV & DVD player, Bedroom 2 ground floor with twin single beds, en-suite & flat screen TV with internal DVD player. Sofa bed sleeps one in lounge area. Both bedrooms have Fischer FutureHeaters thermostatically controlled Travel cot available on request, bedding for cot not provided.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Swift Cottage is ideal for holidays at any time of the year. It is cosily heated throughout & all facilities, including the indoor heated swimming pool, are open all the year round. This makes Swift perfect for weekly holidays & short breaks whatever the season. It is perfect for family holidays or if you just want to get away from the hustle and bustle of town/city life. Swift has an exposed beamed open-plan living/dining room overlooking the courtyard with wood-burning stove, sofa bed (for +1) & well-equipped kitchen area with slate floor. Twin bedroom on ground floor with en-suite. Open-tread spiral stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with king size bed & en-suite. Swift Cottage has a four star rating from VisitEngland for self catering and in addition has been rated pet friendly. One small obedient dog is welcome at Swift at an additional charge of £25.00 per stay.


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Barn Conversion. Family & Pet Friendly With Indoor Pool, Games Rm. & Play Area
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 24 reviews

Absolutely wonderful

  • 5 of 5

We have had the most wonderful stay at a swift cottage. Completely away on its own yet close to beautiful Torquay and 10 minutes to local town for shopping. Fantastic amenities especially the pool and play areas. Immaculate cottage beautifully kept and exceptional contact and information from the owner. We will recommend to all and most certainly be back - 5 stars !!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your 5 star review. So pleased that you enjoyed your stay and returning guests receive a 5% reduction off of published rates.
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Clean, well maintained cottage.

  • 5 of 5

This is the nicest cottage we have stayed in. Clean, well stocked and in a nice area. The pool is warm and clean and the grounds are well kept.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Swift Cottage

  • 5 of 5

This was the second time that we booked Swift Cottage. The facilities are very good and there is an excellent swimming pool. There are plenty of places to eat in the area. We visited the Dartington Estate just outside of Totnes where both cafés served excellent food with vegan options on their menus. Jacquie the owner is easy to contact and ensures that everything is ready on your arrival.

The cottage and local area is dog friendly.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We have arrived at swift cottage, and it was just what the Dr ordered, it is in a quiet location, ideal for any one who wants to relax but close enough to towns if you want to venture.

The cottage was lovely and worked great for us with having a disabled son, with it having a bedroom down stairs and bathroom. On site the swimming pool and play area was very clean and great to do when we didn't want to go of site.

The cottage was very clean and cosy.

Jacquie the owner was great to book with and we will definitely come back again!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased that you enjoyed your short break at Swift Cottage and hope to welcome you again in the future. Returning guests receive a 5% discount on published rates. Jacquie
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  • 5 of 5

We had a wonder time, the cottage /Barn was unbelievably well equipped,

It was spotless, charming and very well presented,

It's in an amazing location which would be fantastic in the summer, but as a year round retreat, wow !!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Quality rental from a very accommodating owner

  • 5 of 5

Jacquie's cottage is well equipped with good quality furnishings and textiles. It's roomy. The showers are excellent. There's loads of hot water. The cottage has a reasonable broadband connection and we were able to stream BBC iPlayer content onto the smart TV in the lounge. The cottage is unusual in that group of properties as it has a front and a back door. We found the back door especially handy for access to the swimming pool and the car park. The shared swimming pool is a good size and is lovely and warm. We didn't use the games rom but it looks well equipped.

Jacquie is an excellent communicator and usually responds within the hour. She is very accommodating and resolved a couple of queries to our satisfaction.

We would not hesitate to recommend Swift Cottage and Jacquie.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review and so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Swift Cottage. Returning guests receive a 5% reduction on issued rates so I hope you take advantage of this offer in the future.
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Nearest Airport
26 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Ferry
28 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Dainton Golf Course
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Newton Abbot
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
M5 - J31
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
12 Miles
Car: necessary

Within a 20 min drive the seaside town of Torquay on the ‘English Riviera’, with its palm trees & sub-tropical plants, emanate a Mediterranean feel. Salcombe with its beaches, sailing & water-sports is also easily accessible, as well as Blackpool Sands, Slapton & picturesque Dittisham with its annual crab catching competition. Slightly further afield, East Cornwall & the Eden Project are within an hour’s drive, & the East Devon coast is easily accessible with its unique fishing port of Beer, etc.

Whether seeking an active family holiday or a relaxing weekend to recharge the batteries, Swift Cottage is the perfect location from which to explore the South Hams, the Dart Estuary and Dartmoor. Located midway between Totnes and Newton Abbot, this sympathetically and carefully restored barn enjoys a superb range of communal on-site facilities including a Roman-style heated indoor swimming pool (no additional charge), a traffic-free and child-friendly setting with young children’s play area and a furnished games room with pool table, table tennis, table football and toys for younger guests. Nearby there is a range of quality restaurants and pubs serving an excellent range of food to suit all tastes and budgets. The surrounding area offers a beguiling mix of attractions to suit all tastes and ages. The seaside towns and villages from chic Salcombe to Torquay emanate a Mediterranean feel. Totnes is a 10-minute drive away, with a medieval castle and a thriving arts and crafts scene. Teignmouth is a traditional Victorian seaside resort with a nature reserve at Dawlish Warren, a hotspot for bird watching. Exeter has a world famous cathedral, quays and a shopping centre. For the more active, there’s surfing at Bigbury or visit Haldon Forest, with its cycle and nature trails and Go Ape! For the children, Torbay is easily reached, with Paignton Zoo and Living Coasts.

The wild beauty of Dartmoor is 20 minutes away with its abundance of wildlife and dramatic landscapes. Numerous National Trust properties are close by including Agatha Christie’s Greenway. Steam trains travel from Kingswear to Paignton and Totnes to Buckfastleigh. Visit historic Dartmouth with bustling boat harbour, castle, contemporary art galleries and boutiques. Be more adventurous and visit the north coast of Devon, exploring the delightful cobbled streets of Clovelly and those donkey rides a 2 hour drive away. Do not forget those Devon Cream Teas in the nearby tea shops.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £25
Damage Deposit £100

SHORT BREAKS - 2, 3 & 4 day breaks are available - out of high season. TO BOOK A SHORT BREAK EMAIL the owner. Holiday Insurance is not included & you are advised to take out separate insurance. cover. Credit/Debit cards accepted. Changeover day Saturday during high season, other changeover dates can be arranged for off-peak periods.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.