3.6 miles SE of Moretonhampstead


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Just steps from the heart of Lustleigh, a quintessentially English village complete with a village green, church, pub and tea rooms, this rose and jasmine-covered brick house is simply charming and a welcome balm from the busyness of everyday life. Step through the doors and you'll find a peaceful escape with beautiful interiors, underfloor heating for cooler nights, gorgeous original features and a warm welcome. Whether you're a couple or a small family, this is a wonderful home stay and a fabulous base from which to explore the wonders that Dartmoor has to offer, whilst the coast is only a 30-minute drive away.

Special 'Just for Two' rate

A special 'Just for Two' rate applies outside of school holidays, peak weeks, bank holidays, Christmas and New Year. At Melrose the discount is 20%. Please note that only the Master bedroom will be available to you at this rate. Please call the office on 01872 553 491 to book.


The sitting room lies to the front of the house and is a pretty, cosy spot with a striking marble fireplace and a fabulous wood burning stove. There's a comfy three-seater sofa plus an additional armchair - the perfect spot for relaxing at the end of the day after exploring beautiful Dartmoor. For film nights, there's a 43-inch Smart TV.

To the back there's a pretty sunroom whose glass doors lead into the garden. With a two-seater sofa and two rattan armchairs, this is an ideal spot for coffee and papers in the morning with the doors open to let the soft summer breezes in.

In addition, on the first floor you'll find a small TV snug - perfect for guests who want to watch their own films, play games or read a book.


The fabulous galley kitchen with bespoke white painted cupboards, wooden worktops, Belfast sink and an electric range cooker with an induction hob is a perfect haven for budding chefs and beginners alike, with everything on hand to rustle up tasty treats and sumptuous feasts including, a dishwasher and a microwave. There's also a Miele washing machine and separate tumble dryer just in case.

The dining area is just next door and has a cosy round table and chairs perfect for four people. For warmer sunny days, there's also a table and chairs in the garden for a spot of alfresco dining.


There are two stunning bedrooms to choose from. The master bedroom lies on the first floor and is pure elegance in shades of emerald and grey. Boasting a luxurious king sized bed, it's the perfect spot for lazy lie-ins and breakfasts in bed, gazing out the window at the trees rustling in the breeze. In addition, there's fitted wardrobes providing plenty of storage space, a dressing table and occasional chair. We just love the sumptuous green velvet bedspread.

Climb the wooden stairs to the second floor and you'll find the second bedroom tucked amongst the eaves - a light, bright room with warm wood floors, Velux windows and a zip-and-link bed which means it can either be twins or a super king bed, swathed in a blue velvet bedspread and plentiful cushions. There's plenty of storage hidden away in the eaves plus a dressing table and full-length mirror.

Please note that there is restricted head height and access in the second bedroom, so it may not be suitable for some adults.


There's a pretty bathroom with gorgeous freestanding bath and handheld shower (perfect for long soaks) and a huge, separate walk in shower with rainfall head. There's also a heated rail to keep towels warm and fluffy, and you'll find an additional handy loo on the first floor.

Outdoor space

From the sunroom, take the steps down onto the small patio where you'll find a dining table and chairs for alfresco meals complete with a pretty parasol. Follow the winding path though the small cottage garden, dotted with pretty flowers and shrubs, to the bench - a lovely sunny spot from which to enjoy sundowners or maybe while away an hour or two with a good book.


A parking space is often available at the front of the house, but cannot be guaranteed. On-road parking is available around the centre of the village.


Melrose welcomes a babe in arms (0-6 month old baby) and children aged 10 or over.


One dog is very welcome at Melrose. We charge £35 per dog per week or short break.


Melrose has WiFi so if you need to stay in touch with the outside world you can.

In the Area

Nestled in a tree-laden valley in Dartmoor, the village of Lustleigh is regarded as the prettiest village on Dartmoor. Once there you won't need to go anywhere else if you don't want to; you'll find hundreds of fabulous walks and trails from the doorstep, whilst the Primrose Tea Rooms and The Cleave Pub are just steps from the cottage.

Beyond the village, foodies will find a fine array of places to eat, particularly Gidleigh Park, holder of two Michelin stars. Art lovers will find a vibrant scene with the Open Studios in September and the Dartmoor Artisan Trail all year long. The very beautiful Contemporary Craft Festival in June is a fine display of the country's best makers. And if the beach is your thing, Devon's coastline is as stunning as any in the world with the famous South West Coastal Path 30 minutes' drive away.

Nestled in a picture-perfect village on Dartmoor, this gorgeous Edwardian home is just bursting with charm and chic romantic interiors - just lovely - and a special lower occupancy rate applies in low season too.

At a glance

From £724 for a long weekend or mid week break.

Sleeps 4 | 2 Bedrooms | Dogs welcome (1 only)

Key features

Autumnal escapes

Cottage garden

Enclosed garden

Family friendly

Ideal Honeymoon spot

Picturesque village setting

Rolling countryside

Travel cot and highchair

Dog friendly

Walking distance to a pub

Wood Burner

Perfect For Couples

Lower Occupancy Rate

Boutique country chic

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Short breaks:

  • Mid Week Breaks (Mon to Fri) cost 75% of the weekly rate.
  • Long Weekends (Fri to Mon) cost 75% of the weekly rate.
  • Short breaks are not available at Christmas and New Year.


  • A 13 deposit & £38 booking fee secures your dates.
  • Payment of balance is due 8 weeks before your holiday starts.
  • There is a charge of £35 per pet per week or short break
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We know how gorgeous our retreats are, but don’t just take our word for it – here’s what previous guests say about Melrose:

Perfect in every way - spotlessly clean, high spec interior, amazing 'welcome pack' and breathtakingly beautiful location! What a superb property. Fantastic location. Walkers paradise, fab local pub and then return to a gorgeous home from home

What a superb property. Fantastic location. Walkers paradise, fab local pub and then return to a gorgeous home from home

Lovely cottage in a great location with easy access to beautiful walks from the house. Well situated too for Dartmoor as a whole and for South Devon and the coast. Highly recommended

Homely, cosy with super comfortable beds and great cookies!

Very comfortable accommodation tastefully done with everything you could possibly need. Lovely area, great for walking if you don’t mind hills. We hired bikes from Dartmoor Bike hire and cycled the Wray Valley trail along a disused railway track from Moretonhampstead to Newton Abbott.

We had a wonderful stay at Melrose - the house was beautifully furnished, lots of lovely touches, really comfortable beds, and a great location for exploring Devon and Dartmoor.

Lovely house done to a very high standard throughout. Ideally situated for seeing Dartmoor. Handy shop next door and a great pub within easy walking distance.

Melrose is a beautifully decorated and very clean house, well equipped, with extremely comfortable beds, and in a great location in a lovely village. Really helpful owner too! A lovely place to stay.

A warm, comfortable, well-equipped and spotlessly clean cottage in a stunning location. Our first holiday with Boutique Retreats..it won't be our last!

We had an amazing week away. Helped by the weather but everything was just fantastic. House was wonderful and had everything you could need, and more. Great facilities on the doorstep and some amazing walks from the house. Loved it. Thank you.

The property is amazing. Furnished beautifully. The nicest accommodation we have stayed in. Quiet location. We loved it .

Beautiful cottage in a great location. We would definitely return.

A lovely stay in a beautiful cottage in a picturesque village. Would not hesitate in booking Melrose again when we next visit the area. The accommodation contained a very high standard of amenities and had more than required to make our stay memorable and special.

Beautiful house tastefully refurbished in a great location. Lovely welcome basket on arrival. The owners had thought of everything and would definitely recommend this place.

We could not have chosen a better cottage to celebrate our engagement than this one! We absolutely loved staying in this stunning and cozy retreat. The property was outfitted with everything we could have needed and we felt right at home. The finishing and decor are top quality. We loved the bath, the quaint village, the local pub, and wood burner. Highly highly recommend for a romantic getaway!

A delightful, very comfortable cottage in a great location. We had a lovely week’s stay enjoying both the home comforts and the surrounding area. Highly recommend.

A beautiful cottage in a perfect setting. We had a wonderful holiday and would love to return.

'Beautiful cottage located in a quite village with a good pub and nice tea rooms. The cottage owner had thought of everything even shampoo for the dog!!' - September 2020

'Lovely property' - July 2020

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