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Devon stay: a sunny weekend at Orestone Manor

PUBLISHED: 11:42 05 April 2016 | UPDATED: 11:47 05 April 2016

Orestone Manor

Orestone Manor

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Great service, a splendid garden and spectacular views; this charming country house hotel in Maidencombe, Devon, will have you booking your return before you’ve even left

Spend an afternoon relaxing in the manor's gardensSpend an afternoon relaxing in the manor's gardens

Set in the South Devon coastal village of Maidencombe with spectacular sea views over Lyme Bay and beyond, the magnificent Georgian manor house that is Orestone Manor makes a striking first impression. A first impression which turns into a lasting impression as the interior and history of the manor is revealed.

A sumptuous afternoon cream tea is the ultimate indulgenceA sumptuous afternoon cream tea is the ultimate indulgence

The family-run luxury boutique hotel was the former home to the acclaimed narrative painter, John Callcott Horsley, best known as the designer of the first Christmas card and for his family tie with Isambard Kingdom Brunel. As a result, Orestone Manor is not short of character or ambience, as reflected in the ornate four poster beds, the large sash windows, the rich fabrics and the art deco-style fittings. Wandering around the beautiful gardens it is not hard to imagine the many family gatherings, children’s games and croquet that would have taken place on the lawn in the midsummer of 1857. With the sun shining, the sea glistening, and the green foliage catching in the breeze, Orestone Manor offers a delightful garden to while away an afternoon with a book.

The Garden Room has its own private terrace with Jacuzzi hot tubThe Garden Room has its own private terrace with Jacuzzi hot tub

On a sunny day there’s no need to retire inside to eat. For a relaxed dining experience take your breakfast and lunch in the Conservatory Restaurant or out on the terrace, which provides a delightful alfresco experience. The seasonal menus are comprised of local meats, freshly caught fish and vegetable produce, some of which has been grown in the hotel gardens.

The view of the gardens and sea beyondThe view of the gardens and sea beyond

Gloriously large windows in the rooms overlook the surrounding scenery, making it a pleasure to draw back the curtains each morning. But if just looking at the view from your room isn’t enough then request the Garden Room, which offers a private terrace with a Jacuzzi hot tub and the opportunity to dine in private.

Large windows invite the outside inLarge windows invite the outside in

Orestone Manor is an ideal base to explore and discover the wildlife in the local area. With ongoing talks and displays, the Devon Wildlife Hospital Visitor Centre offers the chance to meet some of the native wildlife including hedgehogs and foxes. The RSPB reserve at Labrador Bay is just along the coast path from Maidencombe and is one of the few places in the UK that is home to the very rare cirl bunting. Guided walks are frequent during the summer months and offer some fantastic views. Plus, local tour guide Alex Graeme offers a range of regular tours or a completely bespoke tour just for you to ensure you see everything there is to see in this stunning part of Devon.

Make the most of a sunny day and dine alfrescoMake the most of a sunny day and dine alfresco

After gallivanting around the countryside, the manor is a pleasure to come back to with the thoughtfully attentive staff always happy to oblige. The staff take great pleasure in getting to know their guests which makes for a comfortingly intimate experience that’ll leave you lingering over your stay at the manor long after you have left.

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