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Charming Cottage With Riverside Garden

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Country Cottage in Lustleigh, Nr. Newton Abbot, Devon - Quiet Location Between Dartmoor And The Sea

Originally believed to have been a refuge and overnight halt for cattlemen bringing their herds off the moor on their way to market, Ivy Cottage lies between Packsaddle bridge over the Wrey Brook and Drakeford Bridge over the River Bovey. Ivy Cottage is built of stone and cob and has been considerably upgraded over the years! In the main living room we installed a wood-burning stove a few years ago. This is a great success, warms up very quickly and gives off a terrific heat. Other heating is by newly-installed wall-mounted electric radiators. The well-tended quiet garden is a real suntrap. The cottage is just outside Lustleigh village (with pub!), a 5 minute drive or 20 minute walk. Dartmoor is readily accessible, either walking, or by car to Widecombe and Princeton. The sea is about half an hour away. There are so many different places to go!

Member since: 2009
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
25 April, 2017

About The Owner

My family originated in Devon (Beare is a common local surname) and the cottage has been in our family since the 1920's. We mainly keep the cottage for family use - we are spread around the country now - but let it out for short lets. I am a professional in financial services working in London. Our eldest son Jamie, was married in Lustleigh church in September 2010, so the close family connection with the village has not been lost!

Why The Owner chose Dartmoor

Dartmoor has a special feel to it. The higher moors are wild and can be bleak during winter. There are lots of steep valleys with their own microclimates with pretty churches, old bridges, pubs and quietness. The situation of Ivy Cottage is arcadian, a rural idyll. If you are thinking of writing a book, this is the place to make a start!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We'd just like to say thank you for sharing your gorgeous little cottage with us! It was perfect! I couldn't imagine a nicer place to stay for our holiday, we even had a visiting badger and a buzzard come to see us!

Its location is great, and perfect for what we wanted - the piece & quiet of the devonshire countryside but with the fun of the seaside only 30mins away!

We had a lovely walk into lustleigh & enjoyed a really nice meal at the Cleave Pub, and we took a walk round the local woodland walk too, aswell as going on the Paignton Steam train, Goodrington sands for crabbing & sandcastle building, Dawlish for cream teas, Becky Falls....and loads more, not forgetting the beautiful moors with the wild ponies!

I would be more than happy to recommend Ivy Cottage to friends and family (although I really want to keep it for myself). Mrs M. October 2012
Apr 2009
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Lustleigh in South Devon

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • river
  • rural
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
  • Bathroom upstairs with bath and loo. Shaving point. Large mirror. Electric shower/utility room downstairs with washing machine and dryer. Outside loo for the hardy.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 has two single beds, hanging space Bedroom 2 : 2 single beds Bedroom 3 (downstairs): 2 bunk beds, more suitable for children
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Outside: There is a table and some chairs to go with it (as in the photgraph) and a wooden garden bench. The garden is enclosed and well separated from the road. Secure for children and dogs as long as they are not escape artists. Utility Room: Washing machine, tumble dryer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are now included in the price. This is from mid-september 2014. The cottage is cleaned at least once a week.

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website:


Very Good! 4.1/5 -
(8 traveller reviews)


We have stayed at Ivy Cottage many times in different seasons and love spending time there.

  • 5 of 5

It feels very homely and comfortable. The lounge is fabulous with lots of sofas and cushions and most importantly the huge wood burner. The utility / shower room and kitchen had been freshly decorated which was nice. The upstairs bedrooms are cosy with lovely bedding and towels provided.

The garden however is the main reason we keep coming back. ..full of herbs and flowers , complete with its own stream and sheep filled meadow beyond. Perfect location on the edge of Dartmoor.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely place

  • 4 of 5

Already a while ago, but still great memories. After entering the narrow entrance an idyllic cottage with beautiful garden appeared. We enjoyed the authentic appearance and felt at home, welcomed with a prepared pile of wood in the fireplace. There were enough hiking maps of the beautiful surrounding, the Dartmoor national park around the corner, Lustleigh is a nice village with good food in the pub.

Yes, it's a bit damp when wet outside and not everything works perfect, but that's the charm of the cottage.

Contact with the owner was easy and he was very helpful to retrieve my raincoat, which I had forgotten (thanks to the beautiful weather).

  • Review Submitted: Dec 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely New Years break

  • 4 of 5

We had a three night break over the New Year period. The cottage is in a stunning location with the river literally running past it. Despite the extremely wet weather we had a really peaceful break. We even managed wine in the garden one afternoon, it really does get the best of the sunshine. We would love to return when its drier! The local people are very friendly and there are so many walks from the doorstep. The only slight criticism, due to its riverside location and the exceptional rainfall we had, was that there are signs of a lot of damp on the walls. However This did not affect the quality of the stay and the cottage was really warm and toasty and did not feel damp at all. The owner was very helpful and easy to deal with. This cottage really feels like a well loved family home. It does need a few champagne glasses!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Food for the soul

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful location, very comfortable, simple, unspoilt cottage with everything you need, slept like a log, walked in the woods across the road onto the moor, explored the whole area. The garden is a dream, cannot wait to go back.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 8, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

An unrivalled peaceful setting combined with a comfortable cottage makes Ivy Cottage an absolute winner for any family looking for a chance to get close to nature. The cottage is always clean and has everything you need and accommodated 6 of us with ease. I firmly recommend a stay here if you are seeking the opportunity to truly unwind and appreciate the natural Beaty of it's surroundings. Top marks again from family Richardson.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 24, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

We have been going here regularly for a number of years now and already looking forward to our next visit. The cottage is unspoilt and wonderfully secluded. A great place to just relax and a great centre if you want to go on excursions. We have dogs and they adore the place, great places to walk along the river and, weather permitting, a great place to sit out of an evening and take in the peace and quiet.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 21, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Easter/Late Spring 1717
9 Apr 2017 - 31 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer 2017
1 Jun 2017 - 10 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Autumn 2017
11 Sep 2017 - 13 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

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