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WHAT MAKES IT SO SPE­CIAL? This panna-cotta-coloured Grade II-listed Ge­or­gian manor house is the dream of Miche­lin-starred chef Michael Caines. He found it run­down and unloved at the mouth of Devon’s River Exe and cut not a sin­gle cor­ner when trans­form­ing it into the ul­ti­mate mod­ern coun­try­house ho­tel. It’s all plush vel­vet loveseats and chan­de­liers, with cham­pagne served in Riedel flutes ei­ther at the brass horse­shoe bar or on the vast laven­der­lined lawns. No

shabby chic here. If you have some­one or some­thing worth cel­e­brat­ing, come here and book in for Caines’ sig­na­ture tast­ing menu with match­ing wines paired by his som­me­lier. And if you don’t, all the more rea­son to come any­way.

WHO GOES? Dis­cern­ing food­ies who want to be cooked for by the man him­self. Un­like in prac­ti­cally ev­ery other celebrity chef’s kitchen, starstruck din­ers can see Caines be­hind huge glass doors, pour­ing mag­i­cal com­bi­na­tions of gin­ger and lemon­grass over Brix­ham crab ravi­olo, and dot­ting lo­cal Darts Farm beef fil­let with tiny pools of cele­riac purée and horse­rad­ish-and­shal­lot con­fit. As we pulled up the el­e­gant drive, a he­li­copter landed to de­liver its

well-heeled lunch party. This place is spe­cial.


Bor­row binoc­u­lars and one of Lympstone’s leather-sad­dled Pash­ley bikes and whizz off to ex­plore the vil­lages along the es­tu­ary. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot ot­ters, os­preys and dark-bel­lied Brent geese be­fore head­ing back to soak in the tub on your ter­race and en­joy your fire pit with some tea and home­made bis­cuits – the best you’ve ever tasted.

From £305 per night (in­clud­ing break­fast); Lymp­stone­manor. co.uk

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