Three Pound Cottage

An idyllic holiday cottage in the heart of Lustleigh on Devon’s Dartmoor

Devon Spooks and Strange ‘appenings

Happy Halloween at Three Pound Cottage the Self Catering Dartmoor Holiday Home


Devon is not only famous for cream teas, cider, sunshine and beaches. It is also steeped in folklore, strange ‘appenings and spooky tales.  If you don’t believe us, check out this article listing the 41 most haunted places in Devon.

Needless to say, Dartmoor features greatly with the usual suspects of Kitty Jay, Hound Tor, hairy hands and Wistman’s wood amongst other lesser known Dartmoor Legends.  It was a surprise, however, to see one of Brian’s younger haunts, The Church House Inn at Torbryan is the most haunted pub in the South West (he reckons he often saw the ghostly monk after his third pint of Bishops Tipple)

Rest assured, your sleep will not be disturbed by spooky shenanigans whilst staying at our Dartmoor Holiday Cottage – or will it?

31 Oct 19

Prince William to visit Devon

Prince William visits Chudleigh 8 miles from our Dartmoor Holiday Rental

Duke of Cambridge visits Devon

His Royal Highness Prince William will be visiting Chudleigh on Emergency Services Day.  That’s this Monday!

He will be given a guided tour of Harcombe House, which is only 10 miles from our self catering holiday cottage.

Owned by the Firefighter’s Charity, Harcombe House is run as a centre to support past and present members of the UK fire service community who are suffering from mental health, physical health or social wellbeing issues.

06 Sep 19

Lustleigh Cleave – best walk in Devon!

The expansive views from Hunter's is within walking distance from this self catering holiday rental in Lustleigh

Hunter’s Tor gives fantastic views

Its official, the walk around Lustleigh Cleave is one of the best walks in Devon.

Devon Life’s article details the 4 mile circular walk as well as giving credit to Lustleigh’s idyllic Tea Room and excellent Pub.  It’s an amazing walk combining expansive views of stunning scenery with riverside and woodland – no wonder it’s number 2 on our list of holiday must do’s when staying at Three Pound Cottage, the Dartmoor Holiday Home.  Best of all, you can walk straight from the holiday cottage’s front door and finish in the village pub.

For other great walks in the area check out the walking page in our things to do section.

01 Aug 19


Pied Flycatchers at Lydford Gorge!

Rare Pied Flycatchers breeding at Lydford Gorge just 27 miles from Three Pound Cottage the self catering Dartmoor Holiday Rental

Rare Pied Flycatchers

As well as seeing the 30m waterfall when you visit Lydford Gorge, you may be lucky enough to spot a Pied Flycatcher.

Thanks to National Trust Rangers and Volunteers, 2 pairs of these rare birds are now breeding at Lydford Gorge.

Lydford Gorge is only 27 miles from Three Pound Cottage so why not plan a visit whilst staying at our Dartmoor Holiday Home.  Our self catering cottage is ideally situated for exploring all Dartmoor has to offer, and further afield.

19 Jul 19

Beltane Return to Lustleigh

Beltane Border Morris are a must see when staying at our Dartmoor Holiday Cottage in Devon

Beltane Border Morris

There’s a real treat for anyone visiting Lustleigh this Thursday (18th) – the Beltane Border Morris will be stomping, shouting, playing music and generally entertaining from 7:45 at the Cleave.

Make sure you check out where they’re performing whilst staying at Three Pound Cottage, the Dartmoor Holiday Home.  Seeing Beltane is one of our holiday highlights when we stay at our self catering cottage – it really is a Dartmoor Holiday Must Do!

12 Jul 19

Certificate of Excellence again!

Dartmoor Holiday Cottage gets 2nd Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor

“Thanks everyone”

We’re absolutely thrilled to be awarded Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence for the second year running.

Being dedicated to making every stay at our Dartmoor holiday cottage the best it can be for our guests has really paid off.  However, we wouldn’t have been awarded this if it had not been for our guests taking the time to give their reviews of our self catering holiday accommodation.

A huge thank you to all our guests for their wonderful reviews and feedback.

We are so pleased they enjoy staying at our Dartmoor holiday home as much as we do.

14 Jun 19

50 of the best family walks in Devon

Burrator Reservoir is a short drive from this self catering holiday accommodation on Dartmoor

Burrator Reservoir

Whilst staying at Three Pound Cottage, the Dartmoor Holiday home, there really is no need to leave the village.

However, in the unlikely event that you get bored with the fantastic walks and stunning scenery around Lustleigh, Devon Live have compiled a list of the 50 best family walks and picnic spots in Devon.

We’re not sure they are the best 50 but as you would expect, Haytor and Burrator Reservoir feature – both only a short drive from this Dartmoor self catering holiday accommodation.

09 Jun 19


A whopping 14 Devon Beaches get Blue Flag Award

The Blue Flag Awards for 2019 are in and it should be no surprise that 14 Devon beaches have been given this coveted status.  Even more good news is that most are less than 20 miles from Three Pound Cottage, the best Dartmoor Holiday Cottage.

Abbey Sands Beach, Torquay, South Devon

 Torre Abbey Sands

It’s not just about achieving the challenging water quality standards.  To receive the award the beaches need to meet additional criteria:

  • High Environmental Standards;
  • Excellent Cleanliness;
  • Safe Access;
  • Signage;
  • Educational Activities for the local community and visitors.

You can find our more about the Blue Flag Award here but all you really need to know is the beaches that have achieved this accolade: Teignmouth; Torre Abbey Sands; Dawlish Warren; Oddicombe; Meadfoot; Breakwater; Preston Sands; Broadsands; Blackpool Sands; Challaborough; Westward Ho!; Croyde Bay; Exmouth’s Sandy Bay and Exmouth itself.

20 May 19



Dartmoor Ponies help revive rare bird

Whilst holidaying at Three Pound Cottage, the Dartmoor holiday home, you’d expect to see Dartmoor Ponies – they’re an iconic feature of Dartmoor.  But would you expect to see Dartmoor Ponies on the coast?

Rare birds at Labrador Bay only 16 Miles from Three Pound Cottage the Dartmoor Self Catering holiday cottage

Cirl Bunting

Well you can, thanks to the RSPB, the Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust and Dartmoor Farmers from Widecombe-in-the-Moor.

When the RSPB bought Labrador Bay in 2008 there were only 3 pairs of the colourful Cirl Bunting.  In a bid to help this rare bird survive, Dartmoor Ponies are employed as conservation grazers from January to May.

Thanks, at least in part, to the Dartmoor Ponies there are now 30 pairs of Cirl Bunting at the reserve.

Labrador Bay is not only home to the Cirl bunting, you can also see Buzzards, Yellowhammers, Peregrines, Skylarks and fantastic views across Lyme Bay.

This coastal reserve is only 16 miles from our Dartmoor Holiday Cottage and close to Shaldon which offers a great day out by the coast whilst staying at this self catering accommodation.

14 May 19

Rainy Days in Devon

Things to do when it rains whilst holidaying at our self catering dartmoor holiday accommodation

Rainy Days in Devon

Although Devon has more sunshine than the rest of the UK, we do get some rainy days.  Not a problem when staying at our self catering Dartmoor holiday cottage.  The underfloor heating and wood burner will keep the whole family warm and cosy.  The smart TV’s with Netflix and Amazon will keep you entertained, as will the good old family board games.  However, if you do want to get out and about Devon Live have compiled an extensive list of things to do in Devon when it rains.

27 Apr 19