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Lounge Kitchen Shower / WC




The Old School House

(Ref. 975727)

Lustleigh, Devon Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

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  • village (14)
  • lovely (14)
  • bill (9)
  • pub (9)
  • heather (9)
  • friendly (9)

22 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely village, friendly pub, tearoom, and countryside."

    We will be back to explore more.

    Reviewed by Thomas5.0Apr 2024

  • "This was our second stay in The Old School House and cannot fault it , very clean it has everything you need , fantastic location , dog friendly and lovely hosts Bill and Heather ."

    Reviewed by Glenn5.0Sep 2023

  • "We absolutely loved staying at the Old School House in Lustleigh."

    House was a home away from home and super comfortable. Plenty to do in the area all within 45 mins of the village and the garden is beautiful for chilling out for the day. Very dog friendly as well as the garden is enclosed and everyone always shuts the gate. Lustleigh is a lovely friendly village with everything you might need within less than a 5 min walk from the school house. Bill and Heather made us feel so welcome. If we were the type of family to go back to a holiday home we would absolutely - but there are too many places to see in the UK so are unlikely to revisit but you never know!!.

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Aug 2023

  • "We had a very lovely and comfortable stay in the Old School House."

    All we needed was there. Bill and Heather are the best! Always available for tips to do and visit things in the neighbourhood. Lustleigh is a very beautiful little village with a good pub and a lovely and vriendlief village shop. Unfortunately the tearoom was closed during our stay, it looked also nice.

    Reviewed by Misja5.0Aug 2023

  • "This is our 9th visit to this property which says it all."

    The perfect holiday cottage in a really lovely friendly village which has a good pub and well-stocked village shop. There is also a good tearoom open Thursday-Sunday. Heather and Bill are the delightful and helpful owners of the Schoolhouse - there if you need them. I would thoroughly recommend the property..

    Reviewed by Veronica4.7Jul 2023

  • "My friend and l along with my small dog had a wonderful week ."

    The Old School House was a lovely place to stay - clean, comfortable and well equipped. The location is perfect for exploring Dartmoor and the surrounding area with lots of lovely walks starting from the village.

    Reviewed by Melanie5.0May 2023

  • "Very friendly welcome,all comfort provided."

    Good location.

    Reviewed by Roger5.0Sep 2022

  • "Our second visit to Old School House and our stay was just as good as the first one."

    Bill and Heather were at hand when needed and were helpful with local walk suggestions but left us alone most of the time.

    Reviewed by Bruce5.0Oct 2021

  • "This was our second visit and was as excellent as the first."

    Couldn’t fault a thing

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Sep 2021

  • "Very well equiped and stylish cottage with an interesting history."

    Pictures and a few items from the old school are in the cottage. Best equiped kitchen we have even seen in a rental property. Lovely touches throughout the cottage - which was in most ways more like a 5 star cottage. Stunning village with lovely pub, tea room (both very well worth a visit), well stocked village store and art shop. Great base to explore the area - so much to do! You could stay a month and just scratch the surface! Hosts were friendly and helpful, without being intrusive. Would hightly recommend the old school house and Lustleigh.

    Reviewed by Nicola4.4Aug 2021

  • "Lovely property in equally lovely village."

    This was a repeat visit and we were not disappointed, and this time we made good use of the garden. As on the previous occasion it is spotlessly clean and well appointed. It was nice to see that the owners had invested in the property and have greatly improved the interior, so Sykes should really be presenting some updated photographs to do it justice. I don't want to praise it anymore in case we can't get another booking!

    Reviewed by Elizabeth4.7Jul 2021

  • "The cottage was perfect, a home from home."

    Everything we needed was there and was spotlessly clean. The position high over a chocolate box village was superb. A reasonable pub, and a lovely tearoom, and lovely walks from the door. Dartmoor is within easy reach, with some more fantastic walks. A disused railway is now an excellent cycle path. Our hosts were lovely, and extremely helpful. We will definitely return.

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Sep 2020

  • "The property is on a very steep bank and the village is extremely hilly not suitable for anyone with mobility issues, Otherwise a great property ."

    Reviewed by Karen4.4Aug 2020

  • "This was our sixth visit to this lovely cottage and won't be our last, which should say it all!"

    We love it and Lustleigh which is great for its proximity to lovely walks and the coast.There are two good eateries - a pub and an exceptionally good tearoom, and a well stocked village shop. Further shops can be found in nearby Bovey Tracey and Moretonhampstead. The cottage itself is in perfect situation in the centre of the village and furnished to a high standard, and Bill and Heather are always on hand to give friendly help and advice, without being intrusive.

    Reviewed by Veronica4.7Aug 2020

  • "Gorgeous house and garden in quiet spot and hospitable owners."

    Lovely pub a couple of minutes away and cycle path also. Would heartily recommend.

    Reviewed by Andy5.0Jul 2020

  • "Absolutely gorgeous holiday cottage set in a beautiful village."

    Plenty of places to go walking. The dog friendly pub serves delicious food by friendly staff. The best of all worlds at this holiday, perfect for chilling but if you like to be a bit more active there’s plenty to see and do too. Owners Bill and Heather very pleasant and would always go the extra mile . We would love to return .

    Reviewed by Annette5.0Sep 2019

  • "The Old School House is a very well equipped and comfortable property in a lovely setting."

    My wife, me and the 2 dogs had a very pleasant stay and I would certainly recommend the property. The owners who live next door are extremely nice and helpful and at no time were they intrusive.

    Reviewed by Leigh5.0Aug 2019

  • "The owners, Bill & Heather Fothergill were very welcoming and helpful."

    Lustleigh is a charming village with a population which is obviously proud of it and very active in maintaining it as a viable community. Bill & Heather are equally obviously active members of the community and full of local knowledge and useful information. On our self-catering holidays, we have always made a point of trying somewhere different every time but would certainly consider returning to the Old School House, if looking for similar accommodation in this area again. This was our fourth booking with Helpful Holidays and all of them have been more than just satisfactory. I was a little concerned at their merger with Sykes but then remembered that we have also used Sykes on other occasions and always been more than satisfied with our decision. The one feature of the website which really annoys me is the little pop-ups advising that someone has just booked a cottage somewhere. If they haven't, you've got a serious problem. Speaking as an ex sales professional and retired member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, I would suggest that they add absolutely nothing to the booking experience but are just an aggravating distraction!

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Jun 2019

  • "The flat in the Old Schoolhouse is well appointed and charming."

    And it is well situated with a lovely garden and gorgeous views over the beautiful village of Lustleigh and the stunning surrounding countryside. The hosts, Heather and Bill Fothergill, are truly outstanding. They are friendly, helpful with all kinds of information that contributes to a wonderful stay, and exceptionally thoughtful and hospitable. This is the second year that I have stayed in the Old Schoolhouse, and I hope to return again next year.

    Reviewed by Mary R5.0May 2019

  • "Lovely elevated position, very welcoming owners, beautiful village."

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0May 2019

  • "The owners were very thoughtful and approachable."

    The property was very clean and was well eqipped with a plentiful supply of basic items, the inclusion of fresh flowers and fruit was very welcome and the biscuits were delicious! The Cleve served excellent food and can be recommended. The location can't be faulted and we wouldn't hesitate to visit again.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth4.7May 2019

  • "Beautiful property."

    With great owners who have a wealth of local knowledge.Immaculately clean and well equipped. Would not hesitate to recommend. The pub is 300 meters away and serves excellent food.

    Reviewed by Richard4.7Aug 2018

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  • Over two floors
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king size double, 1 x room with two singles
  • Ground floor shower room with shower, basin, WC
  • Upstairs WC and basin
  • Sitting room with wood burner effect electric fire
  • Kitchen with dining area.
  • Central heating,wood burner style electric stove
  • Microwave, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with DVD, WiFi, Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for one car, or parking is usually available on a quiet road nearby
  • Two well-behaved dog welcome, Sorry no smoking
  • Pub less than 1 mile from property
  • Note: Towels are not provided at this property

The property

Located in the centre of the pretty Devon village of Lustleigh, on the edge of the stunning Dartmoor National Park, this cottage has been beautifully converted from the Victorian school.

The village tea room, shop and friendly pub are just 150 yards from the cottage, so you are in the perfect spot for a Devonshire cream tea or hearty supper, perhaps after walking the footpaths which radiate from the village and take in spectacular countryside scenery.

This semi-detached cottage welcomes you into a cosy living room with wood burner effect electric fire and entertainment in the form of a TV/DVD and piano for duets or to practice your scales.

The kitchen/dining room, through an archway from the living room, is a light, airy room for rustling up delicious meals from the fresh local Devon produce.

Downstairs is a handy shower-room, shared by the two bedrooms which you will find upstairs, complete with period characterful beams with wrought iron supports.

You will enjoy observing the slow pace of village life and lovely views from the pretty lawn garden which surrounds the cottage, with no less than two patios for eating al fresco from the barbecue and toasting your toes around the firepit when the sun sets.

As well as dramatic Lustleigh Cleave on the edge of the village to explore, Dartmoor's eastern slopes are just beyond, a great place for walking, picnicking and admiring the landscape.

Riding, fishing and golf can all be found close to Lustleigh, with the sea and beaches at Teignmouth or Torbay only about 10 miles away, so there are plenty of activities to sample.

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

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About the location


Bovey Tracey 4.0 miles; Moretonhampstead 4.2 miles; Newton Abbott 9.7 miles

Lustleigh is a picture postcard village set on the deep wooded slopes of eastern Dartmoor and within Dartmoor National Park. With a pretty church, village shop and excellent pub along with lots of thatch cottages you can see why Lustleigh made it to the Telegraph's top villages.

Note: Towels are provided at this property at an additional charge.

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