Three Pound Cottage

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

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

BBC walks Dartmoor

Episode 4 of the BBC’s “Walks of Life” aired this morning and focused on Dartmoor.  The presenter, JB Gill, undertakes a 12 mile circular walk from Princetown.  The program touches on Dartmoor Prison, Dartmoor Farming, Dartmoor’s spiritual side, the hound of the baskervilles, ghost stories, the importance of Dartmoor’s peat bogs, Dartmoor’s bronze age stone rows and artistic photography.

A fascinating program with great footage of Dartmoor’s mysterious and wonderful scenery.  Well worth a viewing,  it’s available on the BBC iPlayer for the next 29 days here.  It’s a great introduction to Dartmoor for any who are thinking of taking a walking holiday on Dartmoor.  Why not check out our self catering Dartmoor holiday cottage at the same time – it’s the perfect base camp with wonderful walks on the doorstep.

07 Apr 19

BBC's Walks of Life on Dartmoor

Things to do with the kids

best things to do with your kids in Devon

Family Fun

Khadija Taboada has compiled a great list of things to do with your kids whilst holidaying in Devon.  In addition to the usual suspects of zoo’s and theme parks there are quite a few unfamiliar ones and well worth looking at.  Be warned, with 43 things to do, it’s a long list.  Please don’t try to cram them all in one week – leave some for your next stay:-).

We’re really pleased to see Dragon Archery in the list – it’s always top of our “things to do” whilst staying at this self catering Dartmoor holiday cottage.

17 Mar 19

May the 4th be with Lustleigh

May Queen procession passing the lustleigh holiday cottage

May Queen procession

Lustleigh will be celebrating May Day on Saturday the 4th of May and it does it in style.  The celebrations centre around a procession through the village, which passes directly in front of our Dartmoor Holiday Cottage, Maypole dancing and the crowning of the May Queen.  It really is a highlight in the village calendar.

You couldn’t get to join in a more traditional English May Day and our Dartmoor Holiday Accommodation, Three Pound Cottage, is the perfect place to stay.

This village tradition has been running since it’s revival in 1905 by Cecil Torr, the British antiquarian and author who wrote “Small Talk at Wreyland”. Understandably, there was a small lapse due to WWII however surprisingly the annual celebration continued throughout WWI.

I’m sure that it’s just coincidence that the celebrations coincide with Star Wars Day, but may the 4th be with this years May Queen and Lustleigh 🙂

01 Mar 19

Fascinating Places in Devon

Devon Live has just published a great article revealing 34 secret fascinating places in Devon.  It’s no surprise that Dartmoor is well represented.

The ancient and venerable oak tree standing in the village green is a great excuse to visit Meavy whilst holidaying at our self catering accomodation on Dartmoor

Meavy’s 1000 year old Oak

You would expect Wistman’s wood, the Warren House Inn and Hound Tor to feature.  But who knew that King Charles used Meavy’s great oak tree to hide from Cromwell’s men or that Lydford Gorge was the lair of Roger Rowle AKA the Robin Hood of the West.

You may already be familiar with the House that Moved in Exeter, but a mysterious front door that never opens or the pub with 11 people buried under the bar!  Further afield there’s a doomed village, secret underground bases from the 2nd world war, Agatha Christie’s hideaway just to mention a few.  If that’s whet your appetite take a look at the full list.

There were certainly some surprises for us and it has given us a few ideas for our next stay at Three Pound Cottage, the Dartmoor Holiday Home.

27 Jan 19

Climbing Volunteers needed


Dartmoor Climbing

Nick Baron

Volunteers are invited to help clean up Chudleigh Rocks on Sunday 27th Jan.  This isn’t your usual litter pick.  Oh no.  Experienced climbers are needed to clean routes as they climb.  Non-climbers are also welcome as there will still be plenty to do at ground level.

The event is being organised by Nick Baron of Taunton Leisure – well done Nick.  You can find out more about it in this Devon story.

Dartmoor offers some fantastic climbing and bouldering and our self catering Dartmoor Holiday Cottage makes an ideal base camp.

18 Jan 19

Totnes Cinema now showing!

Totnes Cinema is back after 54 years, thanks to Jane Hughes and a whole bunch of volunteers.

Totnes's speakeasy Cinema is only 20 miles away from the Dartmoor Holiday Cottage

Totnes Cinema

However, this isn’t your usual cinematic experience.  It’s really quite different and very special, poles apart from the modern day multiplexes.

Wherever possible films are shown in classic 35mm celluloid giving a vintage charm.  The cinema itself is a relaxed, comfortable environment with a bar serving cocktails giving a “speakeasy” feel and a most enjoyable evening out.  Read all about this unique cinema in this lovely Devon Live article.

With Totnes being only 20 miles from Three Pound Cottage, make sure you plan a visit whilst staying at our Dartmoor Holiday Cottage.

07 Dec 18

Brixham Pirates steal first prize!

2018 Herald Express Tourism and Hospitality Awards

Shiver me timbers!

Swashbucklers from Brixham ran ashore in Torquay storming the Riviera Conference Centre to take the booty.  All Scally’s were present and incorrect.  Pistol shot filled the air but fear not, no-one danced the hempen and none were pillaged.  These buccaneers were not scuttling the 2018 South Devon Tourism & Hospitality Awards, they were just celebrating winning the award for best Tourism Event/Festival of the year – looks like some may have been 3 sheets to the wind, me hearties.

The Brixham Pirate Festival was a huge success and will take place again in 2019 on 4-6 May.  Even without the Festval, Brixham is one of our favourite days out whilst staying at our Dartmoor Holiday Cottage.

You can find out more about Brixham and other seaside towns to visit whilst holidaying at Three Pound Cottage by looking at our Coastal Towns page in our Things to Do section.

01 Dec 18