Cosy cottage for 2 situated in rural North Devon on a small family farm.
About Graeme Pelling
We live on our small farm growing our own fruit and vegetables and raising rare breed pigs and chickens along with running the six holiday cottages converted from the old farm buildings. The Roundhouse is one of these conversions.
Graeme Pelling purchased this Barn in 2005
Why Graeme Pelling chose Swimbridge
We love North Devon as it remains a very rural area but benefits from a fantastic coastline and marvelous beaches. Our farm is situated in a secluded valley yet only five miles from Barnstaple with its Theatre, Cinema, restaurants and Museums giving us the best of both worlds.
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Friendly owners.A place that children would really enjoy as much to see and do on the farm.
Left some suggestions with owners for improvements.Neither of us liked the swimming pool and the permanent cover needs to be heightened and cleaned.Would have been nice to have had a small private area next to the cottage to sit, as the other cottages had, as at one point the were 5 cars,including ours within 3 metres of the cottage.Very narrow lanes leading to cottages so cars may get scratched by bushes .
Quiet and relaxing
We had a warm welcome from Graeme on arrival even though it was a late arrival. If you want to get away from it all and enjoy the piece and quiet of the country side then this is the place for you. The accommodation is well equipped and clean and the kitchen had everything a cook could want. Covered swimming pool heated to 28c so no need to worry about the weather, There is also a play area if you have children and a games room with pool and table tennis. Its possible to drive to the coast in about 30 min's if you fancy a day at the beach. I would certainly return.
North Devon has amongst its rolling countryside some memorable holiday tourist attractions for those interested in culture, gardening, history or the natural world.
Gardens And Houses Open To The Public
Arlington Court boasts Devon’s largest colony of Lesser Horseshoe Bats. It also has one of the best collections of 19th Century horse drawn vehicles in the country.
Chambercombe Manor is an 11th Century manor where Lady Jane Grey, the nine day Queen, stayed. It has a secret passage leading to a room that is said to be haunted by a shipwrecked noble woman.
Hartland Abbey. Hartland Point stands on the North-west tip of Devon. Hartland Abbey was founded in 1157 and is unique in that it survived the Dissolution Of The Monasteries for the longest, lasting until 1539 when HenryVIII gave it to the Sergeant of his wine cellar, William Abbot. William Abbot’s descendants still live there. Hartland was the home of the celebrated West Country Saint, St Nectan. Legend says that when two bandits beheaded him he carried his head under his arm and wherever any blood dropped a foxglove grew. On St Nectan’s Day foxgloves are still carried to church by the children of the parish.
A number of other outstanding formal gardens and houses are nearby including RHS Rosemoor, Marwood Hill, Tapeley Park, Docton Mill, Killerton (near Exeter), Knightshayes Court (near Tiverton) and Castle Hill Gardens.
Every National Trust property in North Devon runs a timetable of activities, lunches and talks throughout the year. Details can be found on our National Trust Activities page.
Museums and Other Places Of Interest
Cobbaton Combat Collection – the largest private collection of military vehicles & wartime memorabilia in the South West only two miles away.
Bideford is on the River Torridge and was Britains’ third largest port in the 16th Century. Bideford is a major shopping centre with the Atlantic Village complex on it’s outskirts. The Burton Art Gallery & Museum has some of the best exhibitions & displays of craft work in North Devon.
Further up towards the mouth of the River Torridge, Instow is more sheltered with a fine stretch of smooth yellow sand. You can take the ferry to the 14th Century fishing village of Appledore on the western side of the estuary.
Lundy Island. Take a day trip from Bideford, Ilfracombe or Clovelly to Lundy Island a remote and atmospheric island off the North Devon coast. The Vikings named the island Lund-ey, meaning Puffin Island. Although Puffins are now an endangered species it is still possible to see them along with seals and other wildlife.
Quince Honey Farm near South Molton is Britains’ largest honey farm. Here you can see the complete story of honey production and beeswax.
Dulverton is the southern gateway to Exmoor and is an interesting stone village with specialist tea and food shops. The Exmoor National Park Visitors Centre houses a permanent exhibition of Devon life as it once was.
Dunster is a beautiful market town overlooked by its’ castle which is open to the public and well worth a visit. Dunster has featured in an episode of Poirot. The High Street contains a wealth of fascinating shops and restaurants. Dunster still has its own water mill and you can buy freshly stone ground flour and bread from the shop in the High Street. Each Christmas time there is a candle lit procession through the high street which is quite magical.