Devon’s hid­den gem

Ore­stone Manor of­fers in­ti­mate charm and lux­u­ri­ous ser­vice that only a first- class, fam­ily-run ho­tel can de­liver

Devon Life - - Orestone Manor -

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

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