The Local Area & Things to Do

The Village of Lustleigh

Lustleigh, mentioned in the Domesday Book, is a charming, picture book village very conveniently located, with easy access to the many varied activities Dartmoor and Devon have to offer. Exeter and Plymouth are both within easy access on the A38. The village has a Norman church, a delightful, friendly pub with excellent food, a tea room serving delicious lunches and cream teas, pretty cottages, a useful shop, open seven days a week and a post office, open five mornings and what must be one of the most attractive cricket grounds in the South West.

Things to do and Places of Interest

You do not have to venture very far to find lovely walks.  You can follow the river along its bank to Bovey Tracey.  There  you can visit the Devon guild of Craftsmen, a wonderful collection of art and crafts in the Southwest. You could make it a circular walk and have a well deserved delicious tea in the Primrose Tearoom back in the village.

Twice a week, the Archive Room is open in the village.  Here you can browse the excellent collection of documents and pictures telling the history of our community.

 There are many places of interest within easy distance including National Trust properties, delightful gardens, and historic houses. Most particularly, it is the wild beauty of Dartmoor, the tranquillity and variety of the undulating countryside and the splendour of the coasts (both north and south) which appeal to so many visitors. It is possible to walk from the property on to Dartmoor.

 The following places of interest are within a ten mile radius: 

      Dartmoor National Park; Warhorse country; Bronze  Age remains

          Further afield you can enjoy yourself at:

  • Historic Exeter and Dartmouth.
  • The Eden project.
  • The Lost Gardens of Heligan 
  • Dartington
  • Sailing at Salcombe and elsewhere.
  • Surfing at Croyde and elsewhere on the north coast.
  • Walking on the moor and the coastal paths.
  • Visiting gardens, including RHS Rosemoor at Torrington.

We are happy to make recommendations and help in any way we can.



Satisfying the Inner Man, great local food.

Very few visitors leave Devon hungry.There is a tradition for restaurants to take great pride in the provenance and quality of their products. Often the source will be mentioned on menus.

 As mentioned above, the village pub, The Cleave, is very friendly and has a pleasant garden . A varied menu "of great food" (Telegraph January 2012) is offered and local ales are served.

Other restaurants are within a reasonable distance, including:

The Horse at Moretonhampstead

The Rock at Haytor

Ring O'Bells at North Bovey

The Old Inn at Drewsteignton

Gidleigh Park, one of the most prestigious hotels and restaurants in the country is about twenty minutes away.

We should be happy to make recommendations (often based on personal experience!)  from the most luxurious to the simplest.