Swallows Nest

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Swallows’ Nest Cottage is our one mezzanine bedroom barnconversion. This type of barn is called a Dartmoor linhay which would originally have been used to store grain and house a pony-cart. Such a barn is mentioned in R.D. Blackmore’s Exmoor novel, ‘Lorna Doone‘.

Swallows’ Nest has one king size, and is suitable for adult couples or single holiday-makers.We regret that it is not suitable for children or babies. It makes an ideal bolthole for a walking trip, being right on the high-moor. Two dogs is welcome per party.

The cottage benefits from panoramic views over the courtyard, fields, forest and moorland, from the wonderful picture-window.

Swallows’ Nest cottage consists of:

  • Open plan sitting-room/dining-room/kitchen
  • Feature staircase
  • Bathroom with bath and shower-attachment, toilet and basin
  • One mezzanine bedroom with king size bed


  • Oil-fired and immersion heating
  • wood burning stove with one basket of logs and firelighters included in price. Further baskets of logs £8 from our log store
  • power included in rent
  • bed linen
  • towels
  • washing machine
  • cooker – hob x 4, 2 ovens, grill
  • radio
  • fridge-freezer
  • microwave oven
  • flat screen television including DVD combo
  • complimentary toiletries and cleaning prooducts
  • dog basket (please bring your own dog blanket)
  • selection of DVDs and videos
  • private garden across courtyard
  • garden bench
  • off-road parking for one car

The cottage is approx. 3 miles from the shops, pubs, market and restaurants in Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Postbridge and Poundsgate villages. The Rugglestone Inn is Countryfile Magazine 2018 winner of second best country pub in Britain and 2.7 miles away.

Postal address: Longhouse Farm, Lower Cator, Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ13 7TX

Directions to Longhouse Farm:
From Widecombe-in-the-Moor village centre when approached from Bovey Tracey, drive straight through the village past the village primary school and turn right up a steep hill called Southcombe hill. At the next crossroad turn right again and drive for approx. ¼ of a mile to another crossroad called Rowden cross (the crossroad name is given on the signpost). Turn left to Broadaford. After about a mile you will come to another crossroad with a big beech tree, go straight over and you will drop down into Lower Cator. The entrance to Longhouse Farm is on the left immediately after a large cow-barn.

Self-Catering Holiday Accommodation  Dartmoor

Inside Swallows’ Nest Cottage

Visitors’ comments:

The most peaceful place we have ever stayed. We loved the big window, even in the rain!” – Pam & Barry, Dorset.

“We had a wonderful relaxing week in this quiet place.” – Karin & Matthias, Germany.

“Great cottage, great location!” – Pete & Dani, Isle of Wight.

“Place to be: great for walking and reading!” – Kees & Leoni, Netherlands.

“Everything we could have hoped for – and more.”– John & Jill, W. Sussex. 

“Lovely converted linhay. Great week – walking and relaxing.” – Beverley & Steve, Berkshire.

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