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Lew Quarry Cottage

(Ref. 976078)

Lewdown, Devon Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Electric vehicle charging
  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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65 Customer Reviews

  • "We had another great week at the cottage, peaceful and relaxing."

    Thank you to the owners and to Jeanie for a very warm welcome.

    Reviewed by Ann5.0May 2024

  • "We were very pleased that an EV charger was available on site."

    Rather disappointed that the excellent restaurant referred to in the listing is closed for good.

    Reviewed by Richard4.7Apr 2024

  • "Another wonderful week at the cottage."

    A real home-from-home for us. Thank you, Jeanie and Eva for doing so much to help us and make our stay such a blessing to us. Thank you to the owners for making the cottage available and being willing to share it with others. There is something really special about this place. Maybe it being on the estate of Rev Baring-Gould? Part of his legacy?

    Reviewed by Hilary5.0Oct 2023

  • "A fabulous stay, we loved our time at Lew Quarry Cottage and will definitely be back."

    The cottage had everything we needed and was very comfortable.

    Reviewed by Stephanie5.0Oct 2023

  • "What an amazing picture postcard cottage set in the peaceful Devon countryside."

    With wonderful views of the countryside and wildlife all around. A great location to explore the Devon and Cornwall attractions. This cottage is very well equiped and comfortable creating a warm and cosy atmosphere. A very welcoming and helpful host.

    Reviewed by Robin4.7Sep 2023

  • "Another brilliant stay here."

    We visited our favourite places and had beautiful walks around Devon and Cornwall. Lew Quarry cottage is the perfect base, so relaxing we don't want to leave! Thank you again Eva!

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Sep 2023

  • "We never have rented such a complete equipped house!"

    All what we could wish was available. The house is really lovely in a nice surrounding. Caretaker Eve has surprised us with a delicious cake and plunes. One minor point is that the second sleeping room has to be entered by the first one.

    Reviewed by Ton4.7Sep 2023

  • "Lovely relaxing cottage and garden."

    Some great walks from the cottage. Only used our car 3 times during the fortnight. Well worth walking to Trenchard church just up the road to see its remarkable interior and afterwards explore the secret adjacent garden where we encountered deer in the woods and a Holy well. Denver if walking down the cottage lane towards the ford , hidden in the bushes is a short path to cross the river and extend your walk. Very friendly neighbours without being intrusive. Eva the caretaker was welcoming on arrival and explained all the cottage anenities.

    Reviewed by Derek5.0Jun 2023

  • "Very nice stay in a tranquil setting."

    Reviewed by Michael4.7Jun 2023

  • "Wonderful place."

    Fabulous view. Everything we needed for a fantastic week.

    Reviewed by Anna5.0Jun 2023

  • "Everything you need for a holiday was at the cottage very enjoyable stay so quiet and peaceful all you can hear are the birds it’s great."

    Eva welcomed us with a home made cake and was very helpful which is so good when you arrive she is a really good asset to the cottage. Overly garden to sit out in the lovely weather. Only thing you could change is the very small tv. A wonderful holiday and so enjoyed going to Bude and Looe and Tavistock and so many places. It’s was a fabulous holiday.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0May 2023

  • "A lovely, quiet, warm and comfortable cottage in an idyllic location."

    We loved it and hope to go again sometime.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Apr 2023

  • "Not a complaint at all ."

    Just maybe an idea to replace dishwasher with freezer . Wonderful place to stay .

    Reviewed by Pauline4.7Oct 2022

  • "Another wonderful week at Lew Quarry Cottage."

    Beautiful surroundings, peace, quiet and cosy comfort. Nice to catch up with Eva again. It goes without saying, we will be back! Thank you.

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Sep 2022

  • "We had a wonderful stay, thank you!"

    The Lew Quarry cottage was very authentic and cosy, with a relaxed garden full of bees, butterflies and birds (even a deer at arrival), and a nice view over the hills. Really everything we needed was available, it was very well equipped. We could relax immediately. Beautiful surroundings as well, for nice walks and easy to do a day trip to both the coast sides. Mrs Eva has been so very kind, thank you for welcoming us with all the little flower vases and cake. We'd love to come back another time and will spread the word! A family from Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Reviewed by A5.0Jul 2022

  • "What a lovely place to stay."

    With lot's of luxury and comfortability. Lot's of things to do in the area.

    Reviewed by Vincent5.0Jul 2022

  • "Very attractive cottage in lovely setting ideally located for visiting local attractions rural with lovely views"

    Reviewed by John5.0Jun 2022

  • "We had a really lovely time; the cottage is in a super location and the garden gets the sun all afternoon."

    It’s homely, comfortable and well equipped, just spot on, so we’re planning a return trip.

    Reviewed by Tim4.4May 2022

  • "The cottage is very comfortable nice and warm with the storage heaters which is nice given our unpredictable weather !"

    Lovely comfortable bed, again such an important part of a holiday . Everything was provided in the cottage and we felt very relaxed . Lovely tranquil setting . Thoroughly recommend

    Reviewed by Janice4.7May 2022

  • "Perfect place to relax"

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Apr 2022

  • "We loved our stay in this cosy cottage."

    It is well equiped, we found everything we needed. The nature surroundings and silence are so delightfull. We would love to come back some time!

    Reviewed by Luc5.0Apr 2022

  • "This thatched cottage was a beautiful well equipped property ,Eva was an added bonus helpful a mind full of information if you needed anything you only had to call Eva for assistance ,we love this place ideal for any lovers of peace and quiet and to reboot your love for life,we hope to return at some point,beds are really comfy warm welcome you will Recieve when you arrive ."

    Thankyou so much I highly recommend this 5star place.

    Reviewed by Eugene5.0Mar 2022

  • "We had a very warm and friendly welcome, and our host had provided a personal gift to welcome us."

    The facilities were perfect and the location gave us access to all the places we planned to visit. All in all a great week

    Reviewed by John Elwyn5.0Mar 2022

  • "We love the cottage and stayed many times , however the new TV, (bought in jan) which is useful on winter evenings, has the most awful sound speakers i have ever heard on a TV set."

    I am sound engineer and frankly this TV/CD player is NOT fit for purpose. We were unable to listen to it, as it is tinny. I know what I am doing with technology and this could not be improved either in personal settings reducing the treble or in the standard setting or any other for that matter. It just has cheap speakers within it. There are far better small tv's out there that don't sound as awful as this. This is why i marked the facilities low. The rest of the cottage is fine. On a positive note Eve was fantastic as always and made us feel very welcome . Nothing is too much for her to make your stay enjoyable.

    Reviewed by Julie3.8Jan 2022

  • "Idyllic! Picturesque English country cottage!"

    We had a fabulous week away and would highly recommend it ! Eva the caretaker was a really kind , helpful , and friendly addition! Thanks for a great stay! Would definitely return . Pat Cawley-wakefield.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Dec 2021

  • "Excellent stay at the cottage again."

    This was our third time back. There has been a new electric shower put in since my last review which was a great surprise. Also a few new other things like new lamps, lampshades, bedding, towels etc. Lovely to be away from our busy town and in the middle of no where. Eva, the caretaker, as helpful as always.

    Reviewed by Emma4.7Nov 2021

  • "Eva the housekeeper is excellent."

    Really looks after everyone so well. Nothing is too much trouble for her. Perfect week's holiday, relaxing, refreshing, and perfect weather!

    Reviewed by Hilary5.0Oct 2021

  • "A big thank you to Eve the housekeeper who was very efficient and helpful."

    The cottage was a heaven of peace and the same time though, not too far from all the attractions.

    Reviewed by John3.8Sep 2021

  • "Beautiful, character cottage in a secluded area, with a nice garden for the children to play in."

    Reviewed by Nicola4.7Jul 2021

  • "Lovely secluded cottage and Eva the housekeeper was very attentive and helpfull"

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Jul 2021

  • "The cottage was just lovely, well equipped ,peaceful and very comfortable."

    We were greeted by Eva and she made us feel welcome, definitely coming back, Thankyou Sykes for the perfect break.

    Reviewed by Gill5.0Jun 2021

  • "The most beautiful cottage we have ever stayed in, location was stunning, you can hear birds singing all day long."

    Perfect holiday ❤️

    Reviewed by Martina5.0May 2021

  • "An absolutely beautiful cottage in the middle of the countryside."

    The birds singing each morning are wonderful and there is a pheasant that squarks every now and then. At night we saw two hedgehogs that visit the garden. It was sunny enough for us to eat breakfast and dinner in the garden which was lovely. The cottage inside is cosy with nice furnishings. Only negative things is the shower doesn't work on high, it's either scolding hot or freezing so you have to have a bath every day really unless you can deal with the shower drizzle on medium or low setting. Also kitchen cupboards/tiles/bathroom tiles could do with a wipe down but overall the cleanliness is good. We've been twice now, we love it and will be back again. The fireplace is amazing.

    Reviewed by Emma4.7Apr 2021

  • "This is a place to sit to hear the soft droning of bees, the songs of blackbird and chiffchaff, the croak of a raven and the bop of a pheasant."

    A place to survey the bluebells and primroses that carpet the lawn . The only other sound, the breeze playing through the trees. It’s as if time has gone back 100 years and as I sit outside the cottage door I imagine the view is unchanged. Peace is this place, sitting under the pear tree that reaches up to the thatched roof. A stoat runs across the lawn. A gravel path, a blue wooden gate and stone flags by the house. In the distance , across the peaceful valley, the trees are coming in to leaf; the fields are bright with new growth. All this and, inside, vases have been filled with bluebells and a cake awaits us in a tin.

    Reviewed by Linden4.1Apr 2021

  • "A lovely cosy, warm cottage full of home comforts."

    We arrived late on the Friday so having lovely baked goods, milk, orange juice and a made up fire waiting for us was wonderful. The cottage smelled lovely and all was very clean with lots of extra touches like hand wipes, sanitizer and easy to wash throws on the furniture making it feel covid safe. A lovely cottage steeped in history in beautiful surroundings. A little piece of heaven in this mad world. Thanks to Eva the caretaker for her help and warm welcome.

    Reviewed by Rosalie5.0Oct 2020

  • "The cottage did not present well on first appearance, the front door paintwork was dull and peeling in places and on entering the lounge the impression was of a dark,gloomy room with the dark furniture exacerbating the situation."

    The kitchen was lacking in storage space for the food items that we brought with us ( bearing in mind the COVID19 rules maye have prevented us eating out) . The heating was by Night Storage radiators and all of these were shabby , with rust spots and worn heating controls and in need of replacement . There was only a small cupboard located between the two bedrooms with hanging space for clothes and felt damp . As already reported we had a problem with mice in the space between the thatched roof and plasterboard ceiling and for the first three nights they were so active and loud and this prevented a good, full night's sleep .....this was dealt with but it needed two phone calls to yourselves to obtain a solution as at first we were told that it coudn't be dealt with until we left on "changeover" day ! We were disappointed that despite opting for a 4 * ( or tick ) rating we encountered these problems and the property did not meet your usual high standards. On a positive note the standard of cleanliness was very good and the caretaker is to be commended for her work in this property ....and her help with the mice problem.

    Reviewed by Geoff3.8Oct 2020

  • "Cottage as good as ever -we have now been there five times and hope to do so next July."

    Will I be able to book by phone as I really find it difficult on line and have to rely on neighbours to help using the computer. One down side this year was the telephone there didn't work. Eva the very helpful lady who looks after the cottage so well was aware and had previously requested something should be done but despite her remind request still no phone when we left. On previous visits the phone was fine. With no reliable mobile reception there we had to drive up to Lewdown to make our calls. It's a delightful cottage in just the right place for us.

    Reviewed by Michal5.0Oct 2020

  • "A beautiful, warm, cosy and well looked-after cottage, with all the equipment you could want."

    Reviewed by Hilary5.0Oct 2020

  • "Our 4th visit to Lew Quarry Cottage, it's beautiful."

    Well placed for visiting lots of lovely places and great to just sit in the garden and take in nature. Lovely to see Eva again too.

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Sep 2020

  • "The cottage was absolutely delightful."

    Check in was very easy, we were met by Eva who was very helpful. The cottage has lots of thoughtful touches to make the stay more comfortable and was definitely a home from home experience. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Rhonda5.0Sep 2020

  • "Eva the caretaker was very helpful and friendly."

    The homemade cream tea and shortbread was delightful. First time ever on holiday we also received milk upon arrival. Local community are very welcoming to tourists and very helpful. The cottage is spacious warm and very well presented.

    Reviewed by Aidan4.7Aug 2020

  • "Easy to book and pay over the phone, we were really undecided as to whether to go but after working through lockdown really needed a break."

    Our teenagers struggled after gcses cancelled and missed friends. This was a fantastic way to bring us back together we all had such a lovely time. Our cottage couldn't have been more perfect. Eva and David were very welcoming and did more than they needed too. Everything was well organised and great care taken. We were as sad to leave as any holiday we've been on. Thank you for restoring our energy and giving us precious family time in a beautiful location.

    Reviewed by Celia5.0Jul 2020

  • "Wonderful reception and hospitaltu by Eva, the keeper."

    Snug place to stay, great garden and surroundings. The area has so much to offer!

    Reviewed by Monique5.0Jul 2020

  • "Everything was perfect!"

    We had wanted to visit this cottage before but somehow never managed it. So our expectations were high! All the same, our wonderful week there was even better than we had hoped and planned. Greatly helped by the caretaker/housekeeper, Eva. She is brilliant! Splendidly equipped, everything was there that we needed. Very comfortable double bed and arm chairs downstairs. Always warm and cosy. Large, interesting library of excellent books. Wonderful walks from the door and we had good weather, an unexpected bonus and blessing. Fascinating history of the cottage, Estate and area. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Hilary5.0Oct 2019

  • "We enjoyed a return visit to this charming and well equipped property which is sited in a delightful area."

    ...secluded and handy for numerous trips. We did notice that the decor was looking a little 'tired' and felt that the sitting room would benefit from a new settee. The welcome pack was much appreciated.

    Reviewed by Malcolm Arthur4.7Oct 2019

  • "We received a very warm and helpful welcome from the caretakers of this enchanting cottage."

    It is in an extremely quiet location on a laneway but convenient to so many locations. We explored locations as far away as Port Isaac and St Michael's Mount, and closer places of interest included Tavistock and Okehampton. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Sep 2019

  • "Fantastic location, great base to explore both Devon and Cornwall."

    Beautiful cottage!

    Reviewed by Marina5.0Sep 2019

  • "A well located cottage for reaching attractions in West Devon (and across into Cornwall) in a pretty rural area with plenty of walking from the front door."

    The cottage was very clean and well equipped with good wifi (although no mobile phone coverage). We appreciated the cream tea and groceries supplied by Eva.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Sep 2019

  • "The cottage was even better than the web pictures."

    The house, facilities, garden, everything is wonderful in this cottage. Don't miss the opportunity to spend few days on it.

    Reviewed by Victor5.0Aug 2019

  • "Extremely nicely situated on the countryside in a lovely garden next to the wood."

    As expected, ceilings quite low for tall people. Equipment and facilities esp. plumbing old-fashioned but working. Caretaker very helpful and hospitable.

    Reviewed by Therese4.4Jul 2019

  • "The cottage is well placed to travel to Cornwall and Devon."

    Very lovelly and romantic cottage, and well equipped . We had a lovely time and most of all an unexpected very warm welcome. If possible for us, we will certainly return to this cottage.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jun 2019

  • "Location and cottage ambience was outstanding."

    Excellent welcome and assistance throughout the stay from the housekeeper.

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Jun 2019

  • "The cottage exceeded expectations."

    It was lovely to sit in the garden listening to the birds. The kitchen was very well appointed and everything one could need was there. A wonderful place to unwind.

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0May 2019

  • "Great Location for walking and visiting attractions."

    The mattress on the double bed had recently been changed and it was one of the most comfortable beds that I have slept in. Well equipped cottage . Highly recommended

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Apr 2019

  • "The double mattress has 2 hollows where people sleep and really needs replacing now."

    Reviewed by Julie4.4Feb 2019

  • "It is a very nice cottage indeed, just right for what we wanted."

    We did find the bedroom arrangement difficult, being two single people, and with only tiny windows so they were a bit airless, but in every other respect the cottage was delightful. Also the caretaker was extremely welcoming even though we turned up a bit early.

    Reviewed by Mary4.1Oct 2018

  • "Booking was efficient as usual through Helpful Holidays and we had another wonderful week at Lew Quarry Cottage."

    We soaked up the tranquil atmosphere and enjoyed the very beautiful surroundings. Thanks to Eva for the thought and the care that she puts into this most special cottage, we are already looking forward to our next visit.

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Sep 2018

  • "I liked the support given by the people who helped book the cottage at such short notice, and also the people who look after the Sykes holiday cottage in Devon, in going out of their way to provide variously, a cot, a new toaster and more firewood for our stay."

    We had a really enjoyable week.

    Reviewed by Larry5.0Sep 2018

  • "An attractive cottage in an idyllic setting."

    Reviewed by Juanita3.8Jul 2018

  • "This is the third time we have stayed at Lew Quarry Cottage, returning there is just like home from home."

    It is certainly the best cottage we have had anywhere in England.I have already booked it for the same week next July as that week coincides with my partner's birthday and we do like to get away to celebrate! We also have friends in the area to visit, and there are plenty of antiques shops within the area to visit and hopefully buy; we're both busy antiques dealers. Long may Lew Quarry Cottage remain available!

    Reviewed by Michal5.0Jul 2018

  • "You won't find a quieter spot."

    .and the cottage is maintained to the highest standards.

    Reviewed by John5.0Jun 2018

  • "This is a very good and very well managed property, where there is great attention to detail and a genuine homely feel."

    Reviewed by Rodney5.0Jun 2018

  • "Lew Quarry Cottage is a beautiful "chocolate box" cottage with pretty gardens set in peaceful countryside."

    We had a warm welcome from Eva,fresh flowers throughout the cottage and all kinds of delicious treats left for us. The cottage is cosy and comfortable, extremely well stocked with everything you could possibly need and you feel relaxed and at home very quickly. We enjoyed sitting in the garden watching the wild life,something different everyday!!! Two things i would point out...being an old cottage the ceilings and doorways are quite low and hubby ended up with a few bumps on his head (he's 6ft 2ins) ....and the path to the cottage is fairly long and an uphill slope which could be a problem to those with limited mobility. Apart from this the cottage is absolutely perfect,has bags of character,in beautiful surroundings and i would definitely stay here again.

    Reviewed by Pauline4.7Jun 2018

  • "Perfect location for our requirements."

    The cottage was extremely well equipped with everything one could possibly need and the welcoming posies in the rooms gave a fresh feel to the whole place. Our third property with Helpful Holidays and we have not been disappointed - all have been to a very high standard (unlike one or two we have had the misfortune to rent on the basis of the brochure and Internet!). Beautiful countryside and fairly easy access to several NT properties and walks. In all, an extremely good holiday- and we had the perfect weather so very enjoyable.

    Reviewed by Malcolm Arthur5.0May 2018

  • "The wow factor was very high when you enter the cottage: it is spottlessly clean, very well equipped and very cosy."

    The garden is a dream with its wonderful bluebells and the fantastic view. It is a great base to explore the dartmoor and the surrounding area: Lydford Gorge, Okehampton, Exeter, Lustleigh, HayTor, Widecombe-in-the Moor, Bellever, Cadover Bridge, Buckland Abbey, Cotehele, Brixham and Dartmouth. We had wonderful weather and enjoyed our stay very much. We reccomend Lew Quarry Cottage for all who want to stay in a quiet accomodation. Eva the caretaker is very helpful and the welcome packet and the fresh flowers in every room was a great receipt. Thank you so much for a wonderful stay.

    Reviewed by Gudrun5.0May 2018

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 twin and 1 kind size double, accessed via the twin
  • WC with basin
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, WC, basin
  • Sitting room with open fire
  • Dining room
  • Kitchen.
  • Electric fires, night storage heating with open fire
  • Microwave, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with DVD, WiFi, Phone, Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot available on request,Off road parking for two cars
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Note: Check-in time 4pm
  • Note: This property does not accept children under 5, except babes in arms
  • Note: The property offers an electric car charging point but the guests will have to bring their own cables.

The property

This gorgeous thatched detached cottage is situated down a no-through lane in the Lewtrenchard Valley a mile from Lewdown.

Surrounded by trees and close to the River Lew, it is a lovely base for couples or families with older children.

The entrance porch leads you into the charming sitting room with its beams and cosy open fire, heading on through to the dining room where you can enjoy delicious meals prepared in the well equipped kitchen.

Stairs lead up to two pretty bedrooms for peaceful sleeps.

The garden is beautiful, a tranquil place to sit on the bench or at the table, and you can store your bikes in the shed.

For wonderful dining, stroll to the renowned Lewtrenchard Manor Hotel or enjoy informal suppers at the village inn.

Lydford Gorge is a dramatic natural beauty spot managed by the National Trust to visit, or you can enjoy brilliant walks from the doorstep of the cottage.

Roadford Lake is excellent for walking, cycling or all types of water sports and Dingles Steam Village is a heady dose of fairground nostalgia.

Lew Quarry Cottage is a magical cottage for relaxing or enjoying outdoor activities.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Lifton is a small village in the upper Tamar Valley, close to Launceston and the passing A30 road into Cornwall. This pretty community, once sitting astride the old A30 London to Penzance trunk road, is blessed with a village shop and post office, a superb pub and 3 top quality restaurants.

Note: This property does not accept children under 5, except babes in arms.
Please note: Lewtrenchard Manor (the big hotel nearby Lew Quarry Cottage) they will have Clay Pigeon Shoot at the hotel on Boxing Day and New years Day from 2pm - 3pm. The noise will be restricted to only those two specific time slots
Note: The property offers an electric car charging point but the guests will have to bring their own cables.