Devon’s hidden gem
Orestone Manor offers intimate charm and luxurious service that only a first- class, family-run hotel can deliver
This family-run, luxurious country house hotel, set in landscaped gardens overlooking Lyme Bay, offers some of the most sumptuous accommodation and fine dining in South Devon.
The magnificent Georgian manor house hotel, an awardwinning hidden gem, run by husband and wife chefs, Neil and Catherine D’allen, son Craig and his wife Laura, is nestled above the pretty South Devon coastal village of Maidencombe, just off the coast road between Teignmouth and Torquay.
With spectacular sea views over Lyme Bay and beyond, this luxury hotel has an incredible history that fascinates and enthrals its guests.
Orestone Manor was the scene of Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s National Portrait Gallery painting, created by his brotherin-law, Sir John Calcott.
Fast forwarding to the current day, the recognition and praise for Orestone Manor is effusive – the hotel has won accolades from Condé Nast Johansens, double AA Rosettes for fine dining, as well as continual gold wins in the renowned Taste of the West hotel and restaurant awards (the 2018 win was the third year running), and is also a constant winner of Tripadvisor’s Certificate of Excellence, listed in their Hall of Fame.
Each of Orestone Manor’s 14 bedrooms are unique in character and ambience, varying in size, shape and style to suit all tastes. The delightful rooms match the food in excellence and three have simmering private hot tubs, a delight for autumn evenings while sipping bubbly and resting up.
Orestone Manor’s passion for food is everything you’d expect in a hotel owned by husband and wife chefs. With an emphasis on modern European food, they source the finest fresh ingredients and are spoilt for choice from the abundance this idyllic part of South Devon provides.
Seasonal mouth-watering Orestone Manor menu dishes include Brixham crab Martini with avocado, mango ice and poppy seed straw; salmon cured in gin and beetroot with fennel salad, lobster sauce and toasted rosemary focaccia; seared Torbay scallops with crispy bacon, caramelised pearl onions and pea cream; pan-fried Dover slip sole with caper beurre noisette; as well as a warm salad of sautéed duck livers, black pudding, quails egg and charred baby gem lettuce.
There are also delectable main courses such as noisette of lamb in a herb crust with navet puree, cavolo nero, pomme fondant, wild garlic, nasturtium and rosemary jus, while other wonderful locally-sourced meat dishes are also available.
For fish and seafood lovers the following are just some of the dishes to tempt the tastebuds: pan-fried pave of wild turbot, roasted queen scallops, saffron cocottes, serano crisp, fine beans and lobster bisque; half a Torbay lobster cooked in either garlic butter or thermidor sauce, served with a salad of roasted romero peppers, radish, white anchovies; as well as Monkfish tail, garlic and shrimp butter, crevette, sugar snap peas and fine herbs.
At the heart of Orestone Manor’s cuisine is the ethos to source where possible the finest seasonal ingredients locally, with absolute confidence in their provenance and integrity.
This delightful country house hotel also offers a less formal experience in its conservatory restaurant or out on the sunny terrace, offering entrancing alfresco dining.
Whether it is a holiday for a week, a mouth-watering meal to sample the award-winning food or simply to come for tea and homemade scones on the terrace or on one of the many cosy sofas, every visitor simply melts into the Orestone experience. orestonemanor.com