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Thrushel Cottage

Lifton, Devon (Ref. 1062229)


(14 ratings)

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  • Sleeps 5

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Broadband / WiFi
  • Open fire
  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile

Reviews & Ratings

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14 Customer Reviews

  • "I believe the owner has only been offering this property for less than 1 year."

    The owner has done exceptionally well, the quality is very high. I would have liked clearer advice on the electric heaters and could not get the bathroom one to work whilst for the first day most were too hot. Otherwise very tranquil just what my wife and I were looking for. Being staying in Lifton in the same cottage every year ( covid excepted) but could not get in this year. Thrushel has now given me a dilemma in a positive way

    Reviewed by BrianApr 2022

  • "We loved this beautiful cottage, fantastic to have a secure garden for the dog and children."

    Nice modern kitchen and a cosy feel to the other rooms. We will be coming back!!

    Reviewed by AlexApr 2022

  • "This is a beautiful holiday cottage, very clean and tidy, I was overawed by its condition when I first entered it."

    The Pros... The Kitchen is very well equipped with a wonderful breakfast bar, Dishwasher, Washer-Dryer, and Microwave. The complementary X-Cross buns and chocolate eggs was a very nice touch. The three bedrooms were very comfortable and sleep came easy, the bathroom was very clean with a very nice bath. The living room was very comfortable and clean with a good selection of books and games should the weather take a turn for the worse. We had no trouble with the heating although I would suggest setting both dials to 1 or 2 for a nice ambient temperature The Cottage is very dog friendly and Roscoe enjoyed his stay there, the back garden is fully enclosed and big enough for the canine member of the family to play, The front garden is also fully enclosed thus added security for your vehicle and your doggy The cons... (None for me but observation only) The steps into the back garden are a little high, a member of the family with back or hip problems may have trouble. The wall that borders the river in the front garden is a little low so a jumpy dog could get out if it so wished to do so. One of the double beds is a little higher than normal, (but it is very comfortable). Thank you for a very comfortable and enjoyable short stay, this cottage will be my first choice when visiting Cornwall again

    Reviewed by PhilipApr 2022

  • "The cottage is excellent with all we needed for our stay, the owner had left us a nice Devon treat which we appreciated."

    Our one issue was the lack of wi fi, made worse by a complete lack of mobile phone service, we have our own service but without a signal it was useless. The cottage does have a BT system installed but it requires payment, starting at almost five pounds for one hour, to use it. The cottage was reasonably priced and its location perfect, my suggestion would be to charge a little more and include free wi fi which today is, at least for us, an absolute must.

    Hi Sumitra, I was surprised by your feedback as there is free WiFi. There is a BT router sitting on the bookcase in the sitting room emitting a blue light. I am so sorry you didn’t access it. I had left a welcome card with my name and number on it . I appreciate you didn’t have a signal for your mobile phone in the cottage, unfortunately mobile signal in parts of rural Devon and Cornwall is very erratic. If you had driven up out of the cottage a couple of hundred metres in either direction you would have had signal. I wish you had rung me up and I could have helped you access the WiFi. Thank you for your feedback and in response I will make sure guests are aware there is free WiFi and how to access it . Property Owner

    Reviewed by SumitraMar 2022

  • "Thrushel cottage was an ideal place for us."

    The location was quiet but within walking distance to local amenities. The property had everything that we needed, was tastefully decorated and was a great place to come back to in the evening after our daily activities. Sitting in the garden, drinking a glass of wine, and watching the river was a treat. I would highly recommend. Thanks for a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by RichardMar 2022

  • "Very pretty cottage in beautiful setting next to the river."

    Fantastic, large and very well equipped kitchen and lovely spacious sitting room. Private enclosed gardens at the front and back. Peaceful surroundings.

    Reviewed by HeatherDec 2021

  • "Double beds were so uncomfortable, one was covered in what can only be described as an incontinence sheet."

    Storage radiators made the place un-bearably hot, and they took over 24 hours to cool down once switched off. There was a note left telling us not to open sash windows because they were broken. There were no instructions as to where to leave the black bin waste or where to put ashes from the fire (which we used after the radiators cooled down). There’s no instruction manual for the washer dryer, but if you want to know how to operate a cafetiere, there’s an instruction manual for that. After several days with zero sleep, we decided to cut our holiday short. Looking back at previous reviews, would have expected something to be done about the comments.

    I am so disappointed that you did not enjoy your holiday. I do wish you had rung me; my name and number were at the top of the welcome card and I could have resolved most of the issues. Starting with the beds, I could happily have stripped the beds to reassure you there was not an incontinence sheet anywhere. There never has been. I use Silentnight mattress protectors and also pillow protectors which consist of lightly quilted cotton/polyester. The base of the antique, Victorian bed was tightened up by six inches at the end of August. The other double bed and mattress were both new when I opened in May 2021. The mattress is medium but I could have provided a mattress topper if it was too firm for you. You had moved all the night storage heater controls up to 9 and on to maximum boost; I could have shown you how to turn it down to obtain a comfortable temperature. I have summer weight duvets (tog 4.5) available in the bedrooms which may have helped you. The sash windows had been forced open by a previous visitor as I wrote in the welcome card, requiring a specialist repair. There is only one room in the cottage where the sash Is the only window. Sadly, you must have missed the part on recycling on the welcome card. I had included the day and date the recycling boxes and the black bin bags were to be collected in your week. I have taken onboard the fact you could not work the washer/dryer and have provided an instruction manual for it now so thank you for your useful feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by PaulaNov 2021

  • "Lovely well equipped cottage in a peaceful setting."

    We had a great time exploring the area and eating locally and shopping at the the Lifton Farm shop.

    Reviewed by ChristopherSep 2021

  • "Lacking in towels and information on waste disposal not very good"

    Reviewed by MichaelSep 2021

  • "Yes unfortunately the bed in the main bedroom is very uncomfortable slopes into the middle as mentioned in another review."

    But enjoyed our stay .

    Reviewed by AprilAug 2021

  • "A lovely cottage in a peaceful location."

    A couple of things to advise. The bed in the larger bedroom was uncomfortable and the mattress seemed to sink in the middle. Also, there was no welcome pack or advice about the cottage, e.g. recycling, how to increase the water temperature etc. Other than these two factors, we had a really enjoyable stay there.

    Reviewed by ElizabethAug 2021

  • "Lovely clean and comfortable accommodation."

    In a very quiet picturesque setting. All amenities worked well and kitchen equipment generally clean and new. Could have benefited from a kitchen tray and water jug and also a hair dryer would have been helpful. Overall a wonderful week and would happily return to this property again.

    Reviewed by HannahJul 2021

  • "Lovely clean Holiday cottage, great location."

    The cottage is well equipped and clean with lovely garden. Friendly, helpful owner.

    Reviewed by JoanneJul 2021

  • "Well equipped and clean cottage and very generous welcome basket."

    Owner never told us her name or came to see us. Most equipment brand new but both double beds extremely uncomfortable. No support for mattress on one so we rolled into the middle , the other as hard as rock with a plastic over-mattress which prevented the body from breathing so very hot and sweaty.

    Reviewed by TimMay 2021

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double with TV, 1 x double, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with open fire
  • Electric central heating and open fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV, Smart TV, WiFi and selection of books
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for two cars
  • Front lawn garden
  • Enclosed rear garden with lawn and patio with seating
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.5 miles, pub 0.1 mile

The property

Tucked away in the quiet village of Lifton is this gorgeous stone-built cottage, offering welcoming accommodation for a family to rest and rejuvenate during a trip to Devon.

Thrushel Cottage is set in idyllic countryside, overlooking far-reaching hills and luscious fields whilst the babbling River Thrushel runs alongside the front garden.

You are welcomed via several steps into the...

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About the location


Launceston 5 miles.

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. At the far end of the village is an award winning farm shop/pick-your-own complex with a good bakery and on-site restaurant. Well placed for visiting anywhere in the South West, Dartmoor is 20 minutes away by car, Bodmin Moor is also 30 minutes and all of the major beaches and Cornish holiday attractions can be reached in under 45 minutes.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas