The Swallows

Glen Maye, Isle of Man
6 guests
3 BEDROOMS
2 BATHROOMS
NO PETS
4.923 reviews

The Swallows is a spacious and well equipped self-catering cottage situated with three other cottages in a recently renovated barn conversion.

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The Swallows is a spacious and well equipped self-catering cottage situated with two other cottages in a recently renovated barn conversion. Close to the spectacular west coast of the Isle of Man with coastal paths, secluded bays, hills and panoramic views on the doorstep. It is the perfect location for those looking for a quiet and peaceful base to experience the great outdoors.

The Swallows sleeps six people in three bedrooms, which are on the ground floor. Two of the bedrooms can be configured either as a super-kingsize double room, or as a twin bedroom. The first floor offers beautiful countryside views with a fully equipped kitchen/dining room, and a large high ceiling living room with exposed beams and a wood burning stove. There is underfloor heating powered by an air source heat pump.

The cottage shares a gym, sauna, hot tub and steam room with the other cottages in the barn conversion which can be booked for private use at various times during your stay for no extra charge.

For larger groups this property can be booked alongside The Hawthorns and The Fuchsias which are interlinking and each also sleep 6 people.

Watch our short video on the group of cottages and the wellness centre!

Safe, Clean, Legal COVID 19: Accredited

Visit Isle of Man rating: 4 Star Gold Award

Kitchen/Dining area: Located on the first floor, Electric oven, electric hob, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, dining table & six chairs

Lounge: Located on the first floor. Wood burning stove, two settees, TV & DVD player, coffee table.

Bedroom 1: Ziplink beds that can be configured as either a Twin or Super-King size double bed, bedside cabinets, dressing table, wardrobe

Ensuite: Bath with shower over, w.c., basin and vanity unit

Bedroom 2: Ziplink beds that can be configured as either a Twin or Super-King size double bed, bedside cabinets, dressing table, wardrobe

Bedroom 3: Twin beds, dressing table, wardrobe

Family Bathroom: Wetroom on ground floor, with shower, WC and wash hand basin with vanity unit.

Cloakroom: Situated on first floor containing WC and wash hand basin with vanity unit.

Leisure area: With gym (open 8am - 8pm), Steam room, Sauna and Hot tub (open 9am - 8pm, later by request). Towels are provided. Induction to facilities required.

Parking: Parking available in the car park for the cottages.

EV Charging: Electric Vehicle charge point is available for guest use at the property.

Changeover Day: Friday - arrival 4:00pm - departure 10:00am

Pets: No pets accepted

Power & Heating: Gas & Electricity included

Bedding & Linen: Bed linen and towels provided, please bring your own beach towels

Baby Equipment: Cot and High chair available to hire at additional cost.

Shop: 2 ml Pub: 2 ml Bus Stop: 0.1 ml

Damage: Important! We are committed to protecting our properties which is why we now take a £35 fee from each booking as a damage waiver. This is included in the price you pay and covers you for up to £500 worth of accidental damages to the property that could occur whilst you are staying.

Features

  • Free Wifi
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing Machine
  • Hot tub
  • Sauna
  • Cot Available
  • High Chair Available
  • Log burner
  • Linen Provided
  • Hairdryer
  • Gym
  • DVD player
  • Outdoor seating
  • Towels provided
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Great for Staycations
  • Self Guided Walks

Location

Reviews (23)

4.9
Cleanliness 4.9
Comfort 4.9
Condition 4.7
Location 5.0
Service & Staff 4.9
Value for money 4.8
Guest, Crumlin - July 11 "Wonderful place in a tranquil location - loved it"

Loved staying at Ballacallin Court in the west of the Isle of Man in a beautiful peaceful rural valley which feels like a haven of rest. The properties are quite new and well maintained. We stayed in the Swallows and it was great self-catering accommodation at the end of a converted barn. There are 3 bedrooms downstairs - two double bedrooms; one with an en-suite bathroom (bath and shower above) and one bedroom with two single beds. We were really pleased with the beds which were comfortable and we slept well. There is also a family bathroom downstairs with a shower. Upstairs (stairs are on the steeper side, with a short angled stair at the bottom - be aware if someone has walking issues), there is a good sized kitchen with a generous dining table. The kitchen is well resourced and has a fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine. The living room is large with a number of sofas and chairs, a wood-burning stove (not used), and a TV, DVD player, and a good selection of DVDs to watch - including one on the Isle of Man! There were also a number of board games and a set of leaflets on tourist attractions including a Peel chip shop menu (they deliver!). The living room has beautiful views over the surrounding hills with views of sheep and rabbits, and gorgeous sunrises. Also upstairs is a small bathroom with a single toilet and basin. The property takes 6 people but my understanding is you can book the next door Fushias if you have a larger group and the properties are connected via the door (locked) within the kitchen of the Swallows which allows the full party to come together and share time in the living room etc. Lovely touches on arrival were the good quality bread, cheese, butter, coffee, tea and milk, salt, plus some local chocolates - enough provisions to ‘get you started’. There were also a few dishwasher tablets, some washing up liquid and a cloth provided to help at the outset. The kitchen has a range of good quality crockery, glasses and there are saucepans and a frying pan plus strainer, serving dishes etc. Another big bonus is the access to an excellent gym and hot tub/sauna/steam room. There is a small table and chairs to be able to sit outside the rear of the property and good parking at the front of the accommodation, with a small set of steps down to the front door entry. The owner/caretaker is extremely helpful and guided us around the fitness facilities. You can take a walk along the pathway adjacent to the road outside the property. It is probably important to have a car otherwise to allow for easy access and transport to and from the area. I had very few suggestions about this property as I loved: 1. There is no complete shower enclosure in the family bathroom so water goes over the full floor - we had to use towels to mop the water up. Could this be remedied? 2. A small bedside table would be welcome in the twin bedroom to move into position at night - we used the small stool as a substitute but a table would have been better. 3. The washing machine is extremely noisy - while we didn’t mind, the noise was so extreme, we were worried it woke our neighbours as we unwittingly put it on towards bedtime. Suggestion to place a note on the washing machine to advise to use it during the day as it is very noisy! 4. The extra key to the property didn’t work - we advised Island Escapes so hopefully this will be corrected for others. 5. More teaspoons would be great as I suspect they have become depleted in number; also storage of some extra towels at the property especially given current need to dry the bathroom. 6. Island Escapes information on the property is quite general - there was no information in the file on the kitchen table about property specifics such as where emergency torch and battery were situated, how to use the heating system/controls in the property, how to use the wood-burning stove etc - I would have been reluctant to use the latter as no details on how to do so were supplied. As the owner/caretaker doesn’t manage the property, more information within the accommodation and its specific features is necessary and would be very helpful. In summary, Ballacullin Court is brilliant self-catering accommodation that I loved and would come back to. Western Isle of Man is a beautiful place with many scenic locations and Peel itself is my favourite town on the island. I also really liked the experience of booking with Island Escapes and speaking to their helpful team based in Castletown.

Cleanliness 5.0
Comfort 4.0
Condition 4.0
Location 5.0
Service & Staff 4.0
Value for money 4.0
Dawn, Leicester - January 2, 2024 "Can’t recommend it enough "

Excellent location and facilities, we have stayed on the island many times and this is the best accommodation we have found. We look forward to visiting again in the future.

Cleanliness 5.0
Comfort 5.0
Condition 5.0
Location 5.0
Service & Staff 5.0
Value for money 5.0
Sean, Cadishead - August 8, 2023 "Spacious and Clean"

The accommodation met all our expectations - it was spacious and clean and came with everything we required for our holiday. The only disadvantage is the location which is quite remote, so required use of a car most of the time to access other places, but we were aware of this when we booked.

Cleanliness 5.0
Comfort 5.0
Condition 5.0
Location 4.0
Service & Staff 5.0
Value for money 5.0
Peter, Goring - May 23, 2023 "A perfect location for a short break "

We had a wonderful time staying at The Swallows. It was such a good location to explore and is in such a lovely setting. The house was super clean, very comfortable beds and the welcome pack was really appreciated (milk, margarine, bread, cheese, tea,coffee bags and biscuits). David, the owner, kindly took the time to show us the way to a couple of lovely coastal walks nearby. I enjoyed using the hot tub each evening. I highly recommend the Boatyard innPeel for a delicious meal- you will need to book ahead. The walk to/through Glen Maye is lovely, and a highlight was driving to the Sound for a beautiful walk (spotting seals in the sea) and a coffee in the cafe there.

Cleanliness 5.0
Comfort 5.0
Condition 5.0
Location 5.0
Service & Staff 5.0
Value for money 5.0
Collin, Crail - April 30, 2023 "Lovely property, but a bit bare."

The wooden floors look lovely, but would be improved, in our opinion, with the addition of several rugs. Also the bare wooden stairs are very noisy for anyone going to bed before the others. There is an underfloor heating system which either doesn't work, or take far too long to heat up. We were told how to set the heating, but it appeared to make no difference to the room temperature.

Cleanliness 5.0
Comfort 4.0
Condition 4.0
Location 5.0
Service & Staff 5.0
Value for money 4.0
Guest, Laxey - March 28, 2023 "Perfect staycation venue"

We rented the Swallows and the Hawthorns for a family staycation. We found both properties to be spotlessly clean and are well designed for large family get togethers. The gym and spa add an extra dimension for those who want it although the weather was so good we hardly used it. There are so many good walks around that you would never be at a loose end in this location. We thoroughly recommend the properties.

Cleanliness 5.0
Comfort 5.0
Condition 5.0
Location 5.0
Service & Staff 5.0
Value for money 5.0
Michael, Manor Lane - November 2, 2022 " "

Well set up ,very helpful guy sorry can't remember name explained about gym and spa very clean , swallows warm beds commy, plenty logs and kindling, enjoyed our staycation, never managed to find salt and pepper

Cleanliness 5.0
Comfort 5.0
Condition 5.0
Location 5.0
Service & Staff 5.0
Value for money 4.0
Louise, Bradford - October 1, 2022 "Lovely stay"

We stayed here as a family group. This property was in an amazing quiet location with lots beautiful views. The children loved the hot tub and table tennis table. The on site gym and sauna were also great. Good parking and ideal for loading unloading etc. The welcome pack was great and the kitchen was equipped with everything we needed to cook. The location is ideal for getting around the island. We all really enjoyed our stay and hope to return soon.

Cleanliness 5.0
Comfort 5.0
Condition 4.0
Location 5.0
Service & Staff 5.0
Value for money 5.0
Alison, Durham - September 16, 2022 "Short Break with Friends"

We rented two adjoining properties - The Swallows and The Fuschias - to accommodate our party of 5 (one couple 3 single people) in four bedrooms, each having a bathroom for sole use. This worked extremely well as the properties interconnect and we were able to come together in one of the kitchens and one of the lounges. There was a generous Welcome Pack of milk, butter, bread, cheese, tea/coffee. The properties are spacious, very well equipped, extremely clean and comfortable. The grounds are lovely, with outdoor seating areas, and in an attached building, a gym, a steam, sauna and hot tub room. A table tennis set up is available outside. The host is extremely friendly and knowledgeable about the area. The cottages are situated in a quiet area but with good access to all parts of the Island.

Cleanliness 5.0
Comfort 5.0
Condition 5.0
Location 5.0
Service & Staff 5.0
Value for money 5.0
Guest, Durham - September 16, 2022 "A lovely relaxing stay"

We stayed at the swallows as part of a larger group booking covering all three accommodation options at this site. The accommodation itself was well thought out with plenty of outside areas to utilise as well as comfortable communal areas inside and lovely comfortable beds. The additional facilities of a gym, sauna, and steam room added a little extra luxury and were amazing to use after a day exploring. The kitchen was relatively well stocked with plenty of crockery, cutlery, and dishes although if you are planning be there as a larger group I would suggest bringing with you a couple of large saucepans and there is no single dining space large enough to cover all guests at the same table). The owners were friendly and helpful. We cannot fault our stay here. It was quite simply a great holiday, in lovely accommodation, on a beautiful island.

Cleanliness 5.0
Comfort 5.0
Condition 5.0
Location 5.0
Service & Staff 5.0
Value for money 5.0
Colin, Rugby - September 7, 2022 "Excellent stay at The Swallows"

We were a party of 6 staying at The Swallows for Manx GP week. The Swallows was excellent. Lovely big comfortable lounge and big fully equipped kitchen, and good bedrooms with comfy beds. Added bonus of use of the fully equipped gym and hot tub which was fantastic. Great parking and a good location too - around 2 miles outside Peel - very peaceful and quiet. The owners were on site but did not intrude and were very helpful if we needed anything. Overall an excellent place to stay and highly recommended.

Cleanliness 5.0
Comfort 5.0
Condition 5.0
Location 5.0
Service & Staff 5.0
Value for money 5.0
David, Worcester - August 5, 2022 "Review"

We enjoyed our stay very much. The properties were conveniently sited, we had everything we needed and plenty of room for the six of us. The enormous living room wa great, and everything was very comfortable.

Cleanliness 5.0
Comfort 5.0
Condition 5.0
Location 5.0
Service & Staff 5.0
Value for money 5.0
Susan, Burntisland - July 17, 2022 "Fantastic stay at Tha Swallows"

We stayed at The Swallows cottage which was lovely and had everything we needed. The spa facilities and gym were an added bonus for us. It had beautiful views and ideal for us as a base to see most of the Isle of Man and the Southern 100 Road racing. Would certainly stay here again and use Island Escapes.

Cleanliness 5.0
Comfort 5.0
Condition 5.0
Location 5.0
Service & Staff 5.0
Value for money 5.0
Helen, Greeba - July 8, 2022 "beautiful location, great facilities"

We loved the light airy feeling of this cottage, it really is special. We booked all 3 cottages which was terrific for the purposes of our booking, on and off island guests remarked on the beautiful location and facilities. Our retreat guests commented on the lounge and stairway needing a bit of a spruce up, we also noted that there were significant stains on the seats of the sofa ( they looked like water stains, perhaps from previous guests sitting on them with wet costumes from the spa?) We also found snacks( cheddars) under the cushions. Unfortuntley there was also a problem with the jacuzzi only working at half capacity which did effect some of the guests wanting to socialise together as we had a booking for all three cottages. However we would most defiantly book again.

Cleanliness 4.0
Comfort 4.0
Condition 3.0
Location 5.0
Service & Staff 4.0
Value for money 4.0
Anneliese, Altrincham - April 23, 2022 "Wonderful accommodation especially for a large group"

We booked all 3 accommodations as we were staying with relatives. It was great to be able to open up the interconnecting doors so that we could use it as one house when needed and close them off when we didn’t. The accommodation was spotless and well equipped. The added bonus of the gym was also great. Would definitely stay again!

Cleanliness 5.0
Comfort 5.0
Condition 5.0
Location 5.0
Service & Staff 5.0
Value for money 5.0
Jean, Stockport - April 4, 2022 "Great family gathering "

We booked Fuchsia and Swallow together, two great interlinked properties for this big family gathering. The properties are in a lovely peaceful location and are very spacious and comfortable. There is a great gym with sauna and hot tub which we used a lot. We also really enjoyed playing table tennis outside. If you're intending to cook for large groups though take your own pans and large bowls etc. as although the kitchens are lovely and spacious they have a real shortage of decent sized cooking utensils. Overall a great trip and we were blessed with beautiful weather.

Cleanliness 5.0
Comfort 5.0
Condition 4.0
Location 5.0
Service & Staff 4.0
Value for money 5.0
Michelle, Santon - December 29, 2021 "Perfect staycation"

We stayed at Ballacallin Court over the Christmas break for 5 days and occupied all 3 cottages which was perfect for our family break. As the cottages all have interleading doors, the set-up was absolutely perfect. The cottages are very well equipped, modern and comfortable, the gym & spa facility is an added bonus. The view from the cottages is beautiful and instantly relaxing. The service we receive from Island Escapes as well as the on-site owners was amazing. The little touches such as bread, milk, cheese and butter in the cottage kitchens was really lovely. We had a wonderful time at Ballacallin and I would highly recommend booking a stay there :)

Cleanliness 5.0
Comfort 5.0
Condition 5.0
Location 5.0
Service & Staff 5.0
Value for money 5.0
Simon, Bolton - December 21, 2021 "A great Christmas stay."

The property is well appointed and beds are comfortable. The property has a shower room and toilet, ensure bath / shower toilet and toilet adjacent to the upstairs living room. It felt very spacious and the wood burner to the living room is a lovely extra. The under floor heating makes the property toasty even in December. The only negative we have was the speed of the internet provided. 1-2mb max isn't sufficient to stream much and with a family wanting to use Netflix / Disney etc you might struggle.

Cleanliness 4.0
Comfort 5.0
Condition 5.0
Location 5.0
Service & Staff 5.0
Value for money 5.0
Guest, Patrick - July 31, 2021 "A spacious rural retreat"

Our family of five stayed here for a week and really enjoyed this well located, quality accommodation in the heart of the countryside. Great beaches nearby which we enjoyed during the fabulous weather we had. The gym and spa proved popular with all the family. Would definitely recommend. Thankyou to David for showing us around and John at Island Escapes for their professional service.?????

Cleanliness 5.0
Comfort 5.0
Condition 5.0
Location 5.0
Service & Staff 5.0
Value for money 5.0
Lewis, Douglas - June 14, 2021 "Brilliant Staycation Weekend"

We were a group of 12, split between The Swallows and The Fuchsias for a staycation long weekend. The properties have been finished to a high standard, very modern but the exposed beams and wood fire keep the cosy/rustic feel. The kitchens had everything you could possibly need, the fresh bread and Manx cheese selection was another nice touch. Jacuzzi and sauna were a welcome addition (unfortunately the steam room was out of action but not an issue). Overall very impressed and would highly recommend.

Cleanliness 5.0
Comfort 5.0
Condition 5.0
Location 5.0
Service & Staff 5.0
Value for money 5.0
Peter, Cornaa - May 29, 2021 "Beautiful setting"

We isolated here for a week. The place was lovely and we had been left some lovely local Manx produce and felt at right at home straight away. Would totally recommend!

Cleanliness 5.0
Comfort 5.0
Condition 5.0
Location 5.0
Service & Staff 5.0
Value for money 5.0
Valerie, Douglas - August 13, 2020 "Great location for exploring SW coast of Isle of Man"

A perfect base for relaxing with lovely rural views and exploring the Glens and beaches of the Island`s SW coast. The Gym and Hot Tub were a bonus for the young and active!

Cleanliness 5.0
Comfort 5.0
Condition 5.0
Location 5.0
Service & Staff 5.0
Value for money 5.0
Rosamund, Glen Vine - August 2, 2020 "The perfect staycation "

Not being able to get away this summer we decided to have a holiday on island instead and chose the Swallows because it offered something extra with its spa and gym facilities. It has been the most relaxing week with incredible views and a beautifully kept property which is eqipped with everything you could possibly need for a self catering break. As well as this, the owners of the property were very helpful and friendly and left us food essentials for our arrival which was a lovely touch. The location is near to Peel and therefore extremely convenient. A wonderful place to stay that we thoroughly recommend.

Cleanliness 5.0
Comfort 5.0
Condition 5.0
Location 5.0
Service & Staff 5.0
Value for money 5.0

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