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Thrushel Cottage

(Ref. 1062229)

Lifton, Devon Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

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25 Customer Reviews

  • "Great cottage with fantastic kitchen & utensils."

    Warm & comfortable, would definitely reserve again. On the downside for a 3 bedroom cottage missed two toilets, water tank could only accept 2 x showers at anytime. Armchairs in living room uncomfortable.

    Reviewed by Sadie4.7Oct 2023

  • "We had a lovely week at Thrushel Cottage, it had everything we needed and more (and the cream tea on arrival was much appreciated)."

    The master bedroom was lovely but having seen previous reviews by just sitting on the bed we could tell how uncomfortable the mattress was, this was a shame but the other double bedroom was fine for us (on this occasion). The location is peaceful and friendly and there are several places to eat within walking distance - the local pub (Fox & Grapes), the Arundel Deli and also the Arundel Hotel which has a lovely garden you can sit in if nice weather. The cottage gardens are secure for dogs (if any dog was going to escape it would be ours, and he didn't). We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and wouldn't hesitate to book again. Nick, Helen & Charlie

    Reviewed by Nicholas4.4Sep 2023

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Will be going again. Couple of points that would improve the stay. The bed in master bedroom is awful, I defy anyone to sleep on it. Many complaints about this bed in other reviews !!!!!!!! The garden really needs a good all round prune back. The lawns are pretty poor. Gardner has no box on mower hence grass cuttings get absolutely everywhere.

    Reviewed by Andrew4.1Aug 2023

  • "Had a lovely stay."

    Like a 'home from home', everything you would need for a nice relaxing holiday. Lovely setting and if you are a dog owner (be it a large or small dog!), it is ideal, we have a French Bulldog and felt she was totally safe in the enclosed garden. Very clean and we would certainly go again.

    Reviewed by Jill5.0Jun 2023

  • "The cottage was more than we expected!"

    The cleanliness, facilities, position and it was excellent for the dog. We had no worries about him getting out which is a priority for us. There was a lovely scone, jam and cream tea welcome basket on arrival. Lots of games and books available if required but as the weather was perfect we didn't need them. Only negative we can say is the main bed was very uncomfortable. There was no solid base under the mattress and it made you roll into the middle. Would definitely recommend the cottage though! Thank you for helping to make our week so enjoyable.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0May 2023

  • "Really lovely cottage in a great location."

    We will definitely book again.

    Reviewed by Donna5.0Apr 2023

  • "Good location for travelling around, well equipped and very clean, the electric heating struggled in the later evenings but the weather was grim and I didn’t use the open fire."

    A quiet location with nice garden which I couldn’t use due to weather.

    Reviewed by Colin4.7Mar 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, set in a beautiful location."

    Local pub literally 2 minutes away. The owners couldn’t be more helpful. Very thoughtful arrival gift of a tasty cream tea. Hopefully booking Thrushel Cottage again soon.

    Reviewed by Andrew4.7Dec 2022

  • "We had a lovely relaxing week in Thrushel Cottage (19th - 26th November) and had a great time exploring the surrounding area it was beautiful despite the challenging weather."

    The photos don't do the cottage justice it is really comfortable and has everything you need and the enclosed garden is so handy for the dog. The pasties from the farm shop are a must try and the welcome scones with jam and cream on arrival just sent us on the slippery slope. Just a really great!!!

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Nov 2022

  • "We loved Thrushel Cottage, a beautiful cottage, loved the location, ideal for touring round, would recommend it highly, so quiet, but easy to get to the coast, Dartmoor, and Cornwall and N Devon, didnt want to leave!"

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Sep 2022

  • "Yes let the owner be aware of this bad experience, we arrive with one toilet roll, limited cleaning materials, no laundry detergent."

    Beds are very uncomfortable can’t sleep and gives you body ache. 2 mattresses are piled together main bed too high, not standard height of bed. Tried to vaccumm carpet but no suction, ended up picking dirt on the carpet. Very disappointed when charged double for just changing date though it’s changed to non school holiday period. Paying almost £750 for 3 nights is not even near to being worth.

    Reviewed by Armando2.2Sep 2022

  • "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 Brian4.4Apr 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 Alex4.7Apr 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 Philip5.0Apr 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 Sumitra4.1Mar 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 Richard5.0Mar 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 Heather3.8Dec 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 Paula2.2Nov 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 Christopher5.0Sep 2021

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

    Reviewed by Michael3.4Sep 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 April4.1Aug 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 Elizabeth3.8Aug 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 Hannah4.4Jul 2021

  • "Lovely clean Holiday cottage, great location."

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

    Reviewed by Joanne4.4Jul 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 Tim3.8May 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
  • Open fire supplies not provided
  • 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. Please note that due to some steep steps, the property isn't suitable for children under 8 years.

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 entrance porch where you can kick off your muddy boots before a relaxing evening indoors, gather in the sitting room for a family film night, as the open fire fills the room with warmth.

Prepare heart-warming meals in the spacious kitchen/diner, equipped with contemporary amenities including an electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, and a dishwasher, accompanied by a casual breakfast bar and formal dining table for all occasions.

Once the sun has set, withdraw to the first floor and find three delightful bedrooms, comprising a double, a twin and a double with its own Smart TV, all served by a sleek bathroom where you can soak in a soothing bubble bath, or hop in for a refreshing shower.

Spend a warm summer's evening in the enclosed garden, soaking up the last of the day's sunshine as you dine alfresco on the patio and your furry friends run around the lawn.

Explore the surrounding village of Lifton, which boasts a national award-winning farm shop, which sells local produce, and a welcoming pub where you can spend an evening delighting in a delicious pub grub alongside a crisp pint before a gentle riverside walk.

Spend a day at the historic town of Launceston nearby, home to remains of a Norman castle and two town trails for you to learn more about the rich local history before catching a ride on the Launceston Steam Railway, which stops off at Newmills Farm Park, a great day out for all the family.

The nearby stannary town of Tavistock boasts a range of wonderful attractions including the renowned pannier market, imposing ruins of the old abbey, Tavistock Museum, and a flowing canal for romantic strolls, alternatively Okehampton market town boasts a haunted castle with picnic spots, and the Museum of Dartmoor Life alongside vibrant amenities.

Discover the Tamar Otter & Wildlife Centre for an unforgettable day out as you admire unique wildlife including fallow deer, wallabies, meerkats, birds of prey, and the marvellous British and Asian Short Clawed Otters.

Hike up your walking boots and delight in a day roaming around Dartmoor National Park or Bodmin Moor, discovering a wealth of adventure throughout challenging walking trails, rugged cycling routes, and outdoor activities, whilst sailing at Roadford Lake is just a short drive away.

More fun can be found at the Dingles fairground museum, Widemouth Bay beach, Lydford with its castle, gorge, and steep climb to Brentor church, or at Princetown, Plymouth and Exeter further afield.

Enjoy a refreshing break to West Devon at Thrushel Cottage.

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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.

Please Note: that due to some steep stairs, the property isn't suitable for children under 8 years.

Please Note: Every access point in to the property is via steps, so this property may not be suitable for those with limited mobility.

Please note: There is no starter pack provided for the log burner, please provide your own wood.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas