Three Pound Cottage is an absolutely cosy, comfortable retreat from hectic city-life in a charming little village. You don’t need the well-equipped kitchen very much as the village-pub ‘The Cleave’ offers tremendous good food in a nice setting. So does the Teashop ‘Primrose’ with its lovely garden 50 m away from the cottage.
We enjoyed sitting on the bench in the front garden having a glass of wine and talking to neighbours passing by. Thanks a lot !
My brother, sister and I spent a week in this cottage and enjoyed our stay. We had good weather and only needed to have a on our last night. The cottage is tiny and the oven could have been a bit cleaner, but everything in the kitchen worked. We had no phone service, so having the landline was helpful when family wanted to call but we lost the internet connection halfway through the week. There is no proper garden which was disappointing, but we were able to sit on the bench outside in the sunshine. It is in a pretty village but driving on one lane roads was tough for my brother.
Charming little cottage in a great location- very well equipped. Lovely hamper full of goodies on arrival. Lustleigh is a very sweet little unspoiled village located within easy reach of lots of family attractions - beware the narrow roads to get in! Our children enjoyed the Miniature Pony Centre, The House of Marbles, Castle Drogo and Pennywell Farm. The children also loved the playground and orchard in the village. We did attempt one of the walks since the area is renowned for walking. The Cleave walk was quite a challenge for the youngest and oldest in our party but the views were spectacular and it's an experience we'll never forget! We found the villiage of Ashburton charming- straight from a Jane Austen novel, the kids also liked seeing the steam railway at nearby Buckfastleigh and we had a quick peek at the Abbey. So much to do in the vicinity we really needed another week!
We spent a most enjoyable week in this wonderful, quaint 16th century cottage. It was beautifully restored and appointed with everything you could need/want with modern conveniences but at the same time it was like staying in a museum. The beds were comfortable with quality bedding, the washing machine/dryer was very handy and appreciated the little touches such as the picnic hamper. The cottage, village and surrounding areas with its pristine walks give you a feeling of going back in time. It seemed surreal to us that we were there in this gorgeous place. It will be a treasured memory for the rest of our lives and would dearly love to return one day (if we ever make it back across the pond from Australia). The hosts were fantastic to deal with, lovely people who we enjoyed chatting to over the phone on several occasions.
The cottage is charming, comfortable and without fault. How you managed to have modern conveniences in an old cottage and not spoil the character is mind-blowing, The fact that you went the 'extra mile' with your help and concerns before, during and after our holiday made us feel most welcomed. Thank you.
Well, what a beautiful cottage. A true merger of the old and new; allowing you to feel you are part of historical Lustleigh whilst simultaneously offering you all the creature comforts of a modern home. Every piece of space is cleverly and beautifully planned and thought through, which meant you were lacking for nothing. As for Lustleigh, the Cleave pub, the cricket ground, the river, the gorgeous Post office shop and the well rehearsed campanologists all combined to make this one of our very favourite escapes of all time. Thank you to you both and we will most certainly be back. Jim
Travelling to Three Pound Cottage by the dark of night (as we did) leaves you somewhat disorientated in terms of your location and surroundings. Having left the busy motorways and A roads used for our cross-country journey from Kent long behind us, the access roads in and around Lustleigh certainly meet the description of being ‘rural’ in nature. Owing to the size of the village, the roads are better described as generously sized footpaths, which is something that would concern me if I were fortunate enough to drive a larger vehicle. However, the narrow and winding access into Lustleigh should certainly not detract from its picture-perfect appearance, nor the beautiful and idyllic surroundings that it has to offer. Driving into the village you are greeted by the quaint village church, the tearoom (Primrose Tea Rooms) and the village pub (The Cleave). Other than the addition of the village store/post office, there are no other businesses nearby, which indicates the sizing of this Devonshire Hamlet.
Vehicle access to Three Pound Cottage is unsurprisingly restricted, but is manageable with careful navigation - certainly much less of an issue if you’re arrival at the accommodation is during daylight hours. Just pay particular attention to the line of rocks along the access road that follows down to the property from the Primrose Tea Rooms. As soon as you step out of the car you become fully immersed into your surroundings, with small-scale thatched properties being dominant all around you. I had a childhood of summer holidays visiting stereotypical seaside resorts, with model villages being a staple part of the holiday agenda. In this instance it felt as though I’d been miniaturised and was walking the streets of the quintessential rural village display. The overall ‘effect’ is reinforced by the trickling sound of a small stream, running off towards Wreyland, beyond the disused railway bridge, which is heavily dominant on the skyline.
Having gained access to the property, a strict upbringing (coupled with normal manners) meant that we shed our footwear in the entrance hallway. Whilst a cottage built predominantly with stone gives the expectation of a cold feel, the installation of underfloor heating meant that you were instantly comforted by the gentle warming of the feet and the toes, which I’m sure would be greatly appreciated after a day out on one of the numerous walking routes in the immediate vicinity. Once we’d unloaded all of our belongings from the car, and returned the car to ‘on-road’ parking in the village, we then started our familiarisation of this beautiful property. Immediately to your left as you enter is a secondary toilet and wash room, and then to the right opens out to the entrance hallway, with a modern wooden staircase directly in front of you. The kitchen leads off to the right of the foot of the staircase, with the living/dining room away from the kitchen to the left.
Having used a number of holiday homes before, we were rather sceptical about the amount of cookware and kitchen items to use during our stay, with most providing the absolute minimum, just to get you by. However, this certainly wasn’t the case at Three Pound Cottage, with a full dinner service and every pot and pan you could care to have, in order to prepare your own meals. This proved very useful on our first night as we opted for a ‘cook-in’ steak meal, to celebrate our 10-year wedding anniversary (the main purpose for this particular visit). What complemented the meal wonderfully was the array of complimentary items left in a traditional wicker hamper upon our arrival. A bottle of champagne, a flagon of local scrumpy cider, tea, coffee, scones, jam and clotted cream all made for a somewhat unexpected but most enjoyable welcome gift. Fresh milk left in the fridge meant that the kettle could go on as soon as we’d finished unloading the car, and avoided an undesirable trip in the quest for basic food provisions.
Being somewhat of a pyromaniac at heart, and by that, I mean a lover of open fires, it didn’t take too long for me to get the wood burner started in the living room. Yet again, the owners had all bases covered by leaving firelighters, newspaper, kindling and well-seasoned logs, allowing for even the most inexperienced fire lighter to get a warming glow in no time at all. Having read the welcome folder provided, using the fire was no issue whatsoever, as detailed instructions are provided for just about everything in the cottage. However, it was reassuring to find out that as a last resort, the cottage owners could be contacted using the 1980’s style rotary landline phone (located in the entrance hallway), in order to address any unexpected (but somewhat unlikely) teething issues on arrival. It should be noted that what Lustleigh does lack is any presence of mobile phone signal, which is apparently (on rare occasions) only possible when standing at the entrance to the village church. However, for those with an unhealthy attachment to social media or general online presence, there’s Wi-Fi throughout the cottage, to keep you ‘connected’ to the outside world.
What becomes immediately apparent in the living room is the amalgamation of traditional period features, with modern luxuries thrown into the balance. This is most notable in the living room, with a wall mounted SMART television offering Netflix, Amazon Prime video and a number of other ‘on-demand’ terrestrial TV services. This was particularly well-used on our first night as we binge-watched numerous Christmas films, accompanied by the small Christmas tree and token decorations that had been added to give a subtle and welcoming festive feel. The same classic/modern fusion is carried through to the two toilets/bathrooms, which wonderfully combine the rustic feel of the cottage with modern fixtures and decoration.
The upstairs of the cottage is split into three separate areas, sleeping up to 5 people. This is catered for by means of a twin room, a single landing room, and a ‘master’ double room. All of these areas are accessible via the original granite staircase to the left of the fireplace, or for the less adventurous, the wooden staircase will also bring you to the upper floor. Whilst we only made use of the double room, each area was equipped with sumptuous bedding, and thick fluffy towels for bathing & showering after a day’s activities. Should there be a need to carry out any laundry duties whilst staying at the cottage, all bases are covered in this department too. Tucked away in a cupboard off of the dining area downstairs, you will find a washing machine, tumble drier and ironing board (with steam iron) to tackle all of your laundry needs.
The recurring theme here is that the owners seem to have catered for every need, not excluding the extensive information regarding local services, tourist attractions and walking routes in the area (with pre-printed maps that you can take away with you). It really is a home from home, in every respect.
My wife and I both had a truly wonderful stay in Lustleigh, with a great deal of reluctance to leave. Our only real incentive to do so was our planned visit to the Christmas market, held in and around Exeter cathedral, which we visited on our journey back home to Kent. Plans are already in place for our return to Three Pound Cottage - we might even take the children this time!