Beechnut Lodge is a 'perfect for two' luxury cottage in the pretty Dartmoor village of Lustleigh. I have owned Beechnut for many years but only now have decided to make it available to guests and so, with luxury in mind, have taken it back to bare walls for a complete refurbishment and everything inside and out is carefully chosen to provide the utmost comfort.
The bedroom has a super comfortable 6ft x 6.6ft electric adjustable, twin-linked bed with individual controls to help you find your best sleeping position. There is plenty of drawer and wardrobe storage for your clothes and French doors lead out into the pretty patio and garden. The ensuite is brand new with a large shower enclosure.
In the lounge a large, electric reclining sofa invites you to sit in comfort whilst a 49" 4K UHDV TV provides your evening entertainment. An Amazon Echo provides all your music and radio ... just 'ask Alexa' and your favourites can be playing in seconds. The dining table and comfy, quirky chairs are set in the bay window so you can enjoy the view and the sunshine with your breakfast. The fireplace is as old as the cottage but with modern touches .... a pretty electric stove provides extra heat and a comfortable glow but for 'real fire' enthusiasts all the equipment needed is in the summer house ready for your use.
The kitchen is small but very well equipped with a Nespresso machine, ceramic-hob oven, fridge-freezer and microwave etc However, for now we don't have a washing machine or dishwasher. We hope that, like us, you wouldn't dream of doing your washing on holiday and that washing a few dishes to wash won't be too arduous a task. There is free WiFi with high-speed fibre broadband.
The pretty private country garden is a natural haven for flowers and wildlife and is wonderful for relaxing in sunshine or shade. Lie back on one of the comfortable sun loungers whilst watching the fearless baby rabbits, the resident robins, the squirrels and the Roe deer in the neighbouring field, or simply snooze in the sun. Within the garden there is a lockable summerhouse for safe storage of bicycles and golf gear etc.
A few minutes walk along a country lane takes you to the picturesque heart of Lustleigh village with its ancient thatched buildings, the pretty Cleave Inn serves excellent food and dogs are welcome, the Primrose Tearooms provides light meals and wonderful afternoon teas and the Dairy is the well stocked shop village shop for all your provisions.
Lustleigh hosts several events such as the well known Lustleigh May Fair which includes, stalls, games and traditional cream teas, a flower filled procession, led by a brass band, Maypole and Morris dancing and the crowning of the May Queen on a granite throne in the Orchard. Other events such as open air Theatre in the Orchard, events in the village hall and the famous Lustleigh August show are all to be eagerly anticipated.
For more shops, restaurants and other amenities the small towns of Bovey Tracey and Moretonhampstead are just a few miles away.
Lustleigh and it's famous river valley, the Cleave, is well known for wonderful walking opportunities and it would be easy to spend a whole week on foot, simply discovering all the ancient lanes and byways that criss cross the area. However those, like us, who are now less able, or willing, to walk for miles will also find that Beechnut is perfectly placed for exploring all of Dartmoor and Devon by car. The coast is only about 12 miles away, Dartmoor is on your doorstep and there is a huge choice of National Trust properties to visit in Devon.
Anyone wishing to explore by bike will also enjoy finding the many routes around the region and a quick internet search will reveal many opportunities for interesting rides.
Golfers too are well served, within a few miles is a 9 hole course at Bovey Tracey and just slightly further away are the challenging courses at Bovey Castle and Stover.