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Swallows Nest at Magnolia Lake

Mamhead near Dawlish, Devon (Ref. 1060806)


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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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4 Customer Review(s)

  • Sharon

    “Expensive for a tired looking property.”

    Needs uplifting in the bathrooms although good hot running water Many cobwebs, spiders and funny smells (in the bathroom) Needs signs to the property On the positive: Great sized rooms, plenty of space, lots of pots etc. Lots of character, set in lovely grounds in the middle of a forest. Friendly. A good base for touring around Devon.

    Needs uplifting in the bathrooms although good hot running water Many cobwebs, spiders and funny smells (in the bathroom) Needs signs to the property On the positive: Great sized rooms, plenty of space, lots of pots etc. Lots of character, set in lovely grounds in the middle of a forest. Friendly. A good base for touring around Devon.

    - Sharon, August 2021

    Thank you for your feedback following your stay at Swallows Nest. The property is a 13th century building with stone internal walls and whilst we try to keep the cobwebs at bay, they do reappear overnight unfortunately! The funny smell in the bathroom has been investigated and we were unable to agree that there was a smell. We have been fogging the property following covid and believe this may be what you could have smelt. Despite the points raised we are delighted you enjoyed the grounds of Swallows Nest, it really is an idyllic setting and as you say, a good base for exploring. Property Owner


  • Three bedrooms: 1 x four poster king-size with en-suite bath, handheld shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC, 1 x four poster king-size with en-suite shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC, 1 x twin with en-suite shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove and dining seating for 6
  • Electric heating
  • Range cooker with electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with freeview, DVD player, CD player, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for two cars
  • Private patio and lawn with furniture and charcoal barbecue (available from owner) with18 acres of shared grounds
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 4.6 miles
  • Note: No children under 8 years old, except babies under 2 years old
  • Note: This property has a private water supply which is tested regularly

The property

Dawlish 5.1 miles.

Sitting in a desirable position for exploring both the coast and countryside of Devon is this characterful stone-built abode, Swallows Nest at Magnolia Lake.

Found in the village of Mamhead near to all of the wonderful amenities of Dawlish, this property offers the perfect base for friends or families seeking an idyllic retreat.

Make your way through the rustic stable door and spread out in the sitting room, lighting up the woodburning stove to bring a homely aura to the room.

Take a seat at the table in the room with a good book in hand, or move into the kitchen/diner to enjoy time as a group exchanging holiday memories at the wooden table while the chef of the group makes the most of the ample utensils and appliances found between here and the handy utility.

At the end of each day of adventure, retreat up the stairs to take your pick from three beautifully presented, traditional bedrooms, with some even offering sea glimpses; find two four poster king-size rooms with one boasting an en-suite bathroom and the other a shower room, accompanied by a twin with an en-suite shower room too, offering each guest a lovely spot to freshen up for each day of fun.

Begin your day out on the private patio, with a barbecue here for the summer months, being sure to roam the 18 acres of land that surround you too.

For an unforgettable stay in Devon, choose Swallows Nest at Magnolia Lake.

Note: This property can be booked with Refs. 1060791, 1060804, 1060805, 1060807, together sleeping up to 20 guests.

Magnolia Lake

Five individual cottages set within 18 acres of private woodland and gardens close to the beautiful hamlet of Mamhead in an unspoilt corner of South Devon and amidst rolling countryside and stunning woodland areas. Tucked below the beautiful Haldon Forest; a haven for walkers, cyclists and wildlife the cottages at Magnolia Gardens offer wonderful rural retreats yet are easily accessible form the A380 which connects Exeter and Torquay. Ideally suited to groups of friends or families, this accommodation caters to a variety of group needs, there's no better choice for your escape to Devon. All of the cottages offer a homely and traditional interior, with woodburning stoves in three of the cottage offering an added warmth in the winter months, while their private gardens offer the perfect spot for alfresco dining and social gatherings in the summer, with all of 18 acres of beautiful grounds to explore too! On the southern border of Haldon forest and just below the Mamhead Sensory Trail and the Mamhead Obelisk, the cottages are well placed for those seeking a relaxing escape, with walking routes leading you past the landmark via dens and wooded trails to explore. For relaxed days out then the coast is a short drive away with Dawlish Warren offering a huge sweep of golden sand plus a wild bird sanctuary and nature reserve or explore Regency town of Teignmouth with its pier and sandy beaches. Both Dawlish and Teignmouth are home to a scattering of shops, pubs, restaurants, ice cream shops, cafés and so much more, there's sure to be something here for every kind of dining occasion. Take a day trip to Shaldon to discover the Shaldon Wildlife Trust and the Shaldon Botanical Gardens both making lovely spots for a leisurely stroll, or enjoy a family-fun day out at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park, home to baboons, red pandas, crocodiles, wallabies and so much more, it's well-worth a visit. The adventure seekers will delight at the surrounding attractions of Ashcombe Adventure Centre, Go Ape Bullers Hill and Crealy Theme Park and Resort, all offering a memorable experience and rides suitable for a variety of ages. While the history lover will be happy to find both Powderham Castle and the National Trust owned Compton Castle just a scenic car ride away too. In easy reach of so much excitement, the cottages at Magnolia Lake make a superb choice at any time of the year.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


Teignmouth 3 miles; Exeter 13.4 miles; Exmouth 19.7 miles

A charming seaside town set on the southern coast. The town of Dawlish offers all of the facilities for day-to-day living including a pleasant variety of shops, restaurants and cafés and a small cinema. Dawlish is famous for its Black Swans that live with other wildfowl on the Dawlish Water that runs through the central town park down to the sea, at night in the summer it is beautifully lit by strings of coloured lights. Dawlish comes with a wonderful, sandy beach with a crazy golf course also nearby, it is the perfect place for a family holiday. Up the coast is Dawlish Warren that can be reached by car or train or, for those energetic types, a walk along the sea wall. Further afield, Dawlish mainline station offers access to Exeter, Exmouth, Torquay, Paignton or even Plymouth, trains are plentiful.

Note: Please arrange with owner if planning to charger electric vehicles at the property.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas