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Dartmoor, on the south west tip of Great Britain, is a vast area of gorse and heather, granite rocks and ancient stone rows sometimes known as "the Last Wilderness”...

Welcome To Dartmoor and Lustleigh Mills, an idyllic riverside retreat

Dartmoor, on the south west tip of Great Britain, is a vast area of gorse and heather, granite rocks and ancient stone rows sometimes known as "the Last Wilderness”. Ponies, sheep and cattle graze the quiet hillsides; busy streams and fast flowing rivers carve their way through the rugged, rock-strewn landscape. It is a National Park and therefore a place of peace and tranquillity. However, visitors are welcome to come and enjoy the natural beauty and the opportunities for walking, driving, cycling and visiting historic sites and towns.

Welcome to Lustleigh

There are many ancient granite farmsteads and charming villages nestling among Dartmoor's hills and valleys. On the eastern fringe of the moor lies Lustleigh, one of the most picturesque villages in the National Park. Winding country lanes lead to the thirteenth century church which overlooks the Village Green, its cluster of thatched cottages and the ancient Church House. A path leads down and over the Mill leat to the picture postcard hamlet of Wreyland with its thatched cottages, pretty gardens and cricket field. The shop with Post Office, a tea-room and a fifteenth century pub make this the heart of the village. Past the Dairy visitors will find the Town Orchard, a blissful retreat for all who come here with its stream, May Queen rock and cider apple trees. The community of Lustleigh is a lively one and proud of its old traditions. On the first Saturday of May every year the ceremony of crowning the May Queen takes place here to the accompaniment of music, singing and dancing. Later, every August Bank Holiday Monday is the occasion for the Lustleigh Show, a huge day-long entertainment comprising Horse Show and Gymkhana, Flower and Vegetable Show, side-shows, competitions and much else besides.

Welcome to The Mill House

There are many lovely walks around the village and past our fifteenth century millhouse from whose gardens on most days you will see dippers skimming over the clear waters of the Wrey Brook and even an occasional kingfisher. Other wildlife pass through our gardens regularly-not always very tidily! The Wrey Brook meanders through the village supplying water to the mill gardens and through the nearby ancient Manor of Wreyland where there are yet more delightful thatched cottages with wisteria-draped walls and pretty English cottage gardens. From our gardens and fields you can trace the path of the old railway line, now disused, with its picturesque arched bridge overlooking the garden.

Finally: Welcome to The Old Bakery

Lustleigh Mills, a former corn-mill built around 500 years ago and situated beside the Wrey Brook, is just a short walk from the centre of this most beautiful village. The separate Old Bakery, added in Victorian times in the garden of the Millhouse, provided bread for the parish of Lustleigh until after the First World War. Careful and tasteful renovation has produced light, spacious one-bedroom accommodation, ideal for two persons, and the old original ovens have been retained as a feature of the sitting-room. There is central heating throughout as well as a wood burning stove.

Lustleigh Mills and The Old Bakery is no commonplace, modern barn conversion, nor a holiday home owned by people who do not live in the village. Rather, Lustleigh Mills and The Old Bakery, lovingly restored over many years, are buildings that palpably breathe history.