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Bydown Lodge

Swimbridge, Devon
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs allowed 1
4
star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Enclosed garden / patio
Hot tub
Internet access
Pub nearby
Romantic
Quirky
Parking on site / nearby
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Beautifully refurbished, single-storey oak barn - ideal for couples
  • Offers peace and tranquillity in a contemporary style but with many vintage features
  • Decked area with hot tub and space for al fresco dining
Property code: 62134

Relax and take some time out at this stylish holiday home, set up for discerning couples looking to get away from it all. Beach lovers will enjoy Saunton, Croyde, Woolacombe and Westward Ho!, all are just a short drive. Take advantage of superb walking on Exmoor National Park, the South West Coast Path and the Tarka Trail close by. The nearby town of Barnstaple offers a weekly Pannier Market, and many high street brands. The little white town of Bideford is also worth a visit - hop on the Oldenburg and enjoy a boat trip to Lundy Island. Other attractions accessible from here include The Big Sheep and The Milky Way adventure parks, Tapeley Park, Arlington Court and Dartington Crystal.

Stepping into this elegant, single-storey property you cannot help but be bowled over by the attention to detail and design, as well as the ingenious use of space. A hand-built, bespoke open-plan oak kitchen with electric oven and hob, vintage-style Smeg fridge/freezer, and dishwasher make for a stylish space. The lounge and dining area with its Harris tweed sofa and repurposed workbench dining table are made for relaxing and romantic evenings, where you can open the bi-fold doors and enjoy the undisturbed countryside leading out beyond the decking. Completing the accommodation is the bedroom area with impressive king-size bed and stylish en-suite bathroom with shower over the freestanding copper bath, vintage reclaimed sink and WC.

Heading outside, the enclosed and private decking area has beautiful garden furniture, including deck chairs to allow al fresco dining and a private cedar hot tub. The little details such as the vintage hooks to keep a towel or dressing gown next to the hot tub, and the handcrafted pieces throughout the property makes for a truly beautiful and bespoke stay in the countryside.

Private off-road parking is available on the driveway for one car and additional roadside parking can be found outside.

 

  • 1 bedroom - king-size
  • 1 bathroom with shower over bath and WC
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer and dishwasher
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Private hot tub
  • Deck chairs
  • Smart TV in the lounge
  • Enclosed and private decked area with garden furniture
  • Allocated off-road parking for 1 car
  • Beach 14 miles, shops 5 miles and pub within walking distance
  • Arrival: 16:30 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00, unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • 1 dog allowed. Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week
  • There is an Accidental Damage Deposit of £150 when booking at this property, however this may be waived for £20. We’ll provide more details about this when booking your holiday.

Rachel Loosemore

This property joined our collection in 2021 and is managed by Rachel.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 32 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Edward, 22nd March 2024

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Reviewed by Mostafa, 9th March 2024

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Amazing thank you so much for everything

Reviewed by Chantell, 12th January 2024

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We would thoroughly recommend this lodge. It is beautiful with lots of wildlife owls and the like. And views to die for. The lodge itself was very comfortable and had everything we needed. The hot tub was cleaned between guests and hot in the summer this would be well screened with tree foliage. However despite our exhortations the tree refused toRead more produce foliage for us Chan Hide

Reviewed by Sarah, 24th November 2023

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Beautiful property, and lovely views , very clean and great hot tub But the road up to the property is not for the light hearted! Single car road , up a very steep hill , We had a couple of moments , meeting on coming traffic! ( but Im not good with heights!though! )

Reviewed by Pete, 6th October 2023

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We chose the Lodge because of it's looks, position, the roll top bath and jacuzzi were the icing on the cake. My wife and I stayed for the week with our little Border Terrier. Nick and Jen couldn't have been more helpful in pointing out places to eat and great places to go. It was lovely to meet their children and their border Baxter too! They gaveRead more that personal touch, making it feel we were staying with friends and they went above and beyond with the service they gave - thanks so much. Hide

Reviewed by Carole, 29th September 2023

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Reviewed by Rachael, 15th September 2023

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Our first time to Devon and not the last! The lodge was beautiful, everything that we needed was there, from high end appliances to amazing views. Relaxing in the hot tub topped off a great day sightseeing. Even the rain didn't stop us. From instow beach- ice cream from van on beach, ask for clotted cream on top Illfracombe, Lynton, Lynmouth and CRead morelovelly, which is the most beautiful village iv ever seen. A must see. We had a great week at Bydown lodge and so did our cockapoo Bailey. Thank you Hide

Reviewed by Diane, 8th September 2023

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Reviewed by Charlotte, 5th August 2023

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We had a wonderful week at Bydown lodge with our doggo and little one. Location was perfect and we visited so many beautiful places. The lodge itself is gorgeous and has everything you need. Hot tub was definitely a winner after a day walking. Stunning views to wake up to, great local pub and local walks. Nick and Jen were really friendly and on haRead morend if we needed anything, they gave us loads of great info about what we could do during our stay. We would definitely return Hide

Reviewed by Graham, 28th April 2023

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Absolutely lovely week spent at Bydown Lodge. Beautifully presented lodge with no expense spared on comfort. Gorgeous location with some lovely walks in the local area. (Although very Hilly) Nick and Jen are both lovely and always around if you need anything. Cant wait to return soon. Just a little tip. There is no storage for clothes in the bedrooRead morem area. (Just a tiny draw and shelf on the bedside table) so take some packing cubes to store under the bed. Hide

Reviewed by Clarry, 14th April 2023

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A fabulous place to stay, very well presented throughout. All you need for a relaxing stay, close to some lovely beaches and places to visit. We have a dog, the lodge was very secure and he loved the big fields nearby for a early walk. Local pub within walking distance and very nice. The hot tub was lovely especially after a long day out walking. BRead moreig shout out to Colin the motorised mower the dog loved him. The host were very welcoming and on hand if needed. Loved it and definitely will return. Hide

Reviewed by Marcus, 17th March 2023

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A very peaceful and secluded break. We slept amazingly well and made full use of the hot tub, even in the rain. Lots of character with the wooden architecture, and high quality fittings. The access is exclusive to guests so it is very easy to come and go as you please.

Reviewed by Amanda, 3rd March 2023

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Beautiful views , hot tub fab, would recommend a very unique property.

Reviewed by Daniel, 24th February 2023

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What a fantastic base to explore beautiful North Devon from. We couldn't have asked for more and were made to feel so welcome and the hosts were extremely accommodating! We got some great recommendations for places we hadn't tried before including the local neighbour who does incredible Wood fired Pizzas. A great place for couples and couples with Read morea dog with some beautiful walks and even more beautiful views. We will be returning soon. Thank you for your wonderful hospitality! Hide

Reviewed by Paul, 20th January 2023

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Reviewed by Simon, 13th January 2023

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Reviewed by Adam, 18th December 2022

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Reviewed by Emma, 9th December 2022

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Me and my partner loved our stay in this stunning lodge, perfect location, lovely public footpath behind the lodge which leads out onto the hills of Devon. Hot tub was perfect and we had everything we needed. The neighbours hand stretched pizza was fab, we loved visiting Barnstaple for some Christmas shopping. The snow topped off our romantic holidRead moreay and we will definitely be returning! Hide

Reviewed by Zoe, 11th November 2022

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Exactly as described, lovely location, close to most things that you may want to see or do. It was lovely to hear all the owls at night and see the squirrels running about during the day. Perfect place out in the country. We left incredibly relaxed.

Reviewed by Jacob, 4th November 2022

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Amazing weekend. Property was clean and open for us on arrival. Hot tub was clean and ready to jump into. Bathroom was clean and lovely. The only negatives were that the hot tub isnt completely private but placing the cover against the fencing you can create a small privacy screen. The living area also didnt have a curtain but we soon got used to iRead moret. Cant fault anything else. Again the property is fabulous inside and the hot tub was great with jets and lights! We had a great anniversary Hide

Reviewed by Sarah, 14th October 2022

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Cute,cosy,lovely romantic retreat.

Reviewed by Kelly, 7th October 2022

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If you are looking for a luxurious rustic Lodge with lots of beautiful places to explore near by we couldn't recommend Bydown Lodge enough! The Lodge is beautifully decorated and we had such a lovely stay there. Owners are welcoming and friendly and we highly recommend! Our pup even loved it too!

Reviewed by Rebecca, 19th September 2022

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The property is nicely decorated and finished, and feels lovely and cosy. Perfect for 2. The fully enclosed deck is perfect if you're bringing a dog, and quite rare to find in holiday rentals. Lovely views from the deck, and a great hot tub. Location is good with a huge range of 'day out' options within 20-40min drive, plus plenty of walks right frRead moreom the door. Nick and Jen were very friendly and so helpful with lots of recommendations of where to visit and places to eat. Fantastic hosts. Hide

Reviewed by Ceri, 16th September 2022

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Beautiful lodge in a perfect location to explore north Devon. Hosts were very welcoming and on hand if there were any problems, which there werent.

Reviewed by Andy, 2nd September 2022

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Reviewed by Eleanor, 26th August 2022

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Reviewed by Iain, 25th June 2022

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Reviewed by Deborah, 17th June 2022

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Really beautiful accommodation . Stunning rural location where you can relax & get away from it all . Close to bridal path/ public footpaths . Perfect hideaway for couples . The lodge is rustic yet high end using reclaimed wood but quality appliances . Quirky and stylish . The cedar hot tub situated in the corner of the decking area under the treesRead more was a real treat. Jen and Nick were perfect hosts & were so helpful to us after a problem with our journey down . Cant thank them enough . Fab time ! Hide

Reviewed by Lucy, 4th June 2022

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Totally exceeded my expectations We had an absolutely blissful week at Bydown Lodge and can honestly say we enjoyed every minute there, it was utterly perfect. Nick & Jenny are absolutely wonderful hosts, so thoughtful and attentive we needed anything. The lodge itself has everything you need, is cosy welcoming and spotlessly clean. The gardens andRead more surrounding countryside are so beautiful, lots of places to walk & explore, excellent base to explore North Devon. We will definitely be back! Hide

Reviewed by Beth, 2nd May 2022

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Stunning location. Beautiful lodge, so lovely and quiet. We had a really comfortable stay and would 100% recommend to others. The local pub The Jack Russell did great food and our dog was made very welcome.

Reviewed by Beth, 22nd April 2022

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Reviewed by Mark, 8th April 2022

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Bydown lodge is set in a stunning location with some fabulous views and great walks. Outside has nowhere comfy to sit only bar stools so we sat on the floor.PIR light kept coming on at night and waking us up as there are no blinds to most of the windows. The bathroom/ toilet only has a saloon door which might not suit if you like your privacy. EngiRead moreneer came at 6:30 at night while we were about to eat to fix the boiler which if you run at night is quite noisy. Have stayed in better for less money Hide

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