We arrived late on Friday night after phoning to explain our delay. Despite arriving gone 9pm we were offered a meal in the restaurant after unloading our bags. We settled for a light meal in the conservatory which they set up just for us. The service was perfect: friendly and courteous.
Our room was on the top floor, fine for us, but narrow stairs which may not suit everyone as there is no lift. We had a very quirky room with beamed, sloping ceilings which added to the charm. Plenty of room, yet cosy and appealing. Lovely corner bath and hot shower with sea views over the tree tops.
The location was ideal for us; Lovely walks down to quiet and undeveloped coves with welcome cafes. A steep climb back and lots of hills along the coastal path, but we love walking and enjoyed the serenity of the place.
The hotel grounds were well kept and included an outdoor pool for the warmer weather.
The hotel has lots of charm, was clean and comfortable. The owners had only been there for 5 weeks but were retaining much of the Edwardian character and are already upgrading. new mattresses have been installed and it is planned to open a bistro in the conservatory to complement the a la carte restaurant. Breakfast was served in the sunny dining room with plenty of choice and local produce, cooked to order.
Only disappointment was the fact that they had forgotten to make up our room on our first day by the time we returned from a strenuous walk at 5pm. This was quickly rectified. Our bedroom could have done with a fresh coat of paint, but it was evident that the new owners have plans to rejuvenate all areas of the hotel needing some TLC.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On the coastal road from Torquay to Shaldon this Georgian retreat is set in landscaped gardens near Torquay and offers some of the finest accommodation and dining in South Devon. Stylishly refurbished as a Boutique Hotel, the Orestone provides comfortable, luxurious rooms, The New Brunel Lounge Bar, Lounge areas, Conservatory casual Dinning and an excellent main restaurant. Located in the rural village of Maidencombe on the fringe of Torquay, it has stunning views across the Torbay coastline and Lyme Bay. From from light bites, Afternoon Cream Teas, Lumches including locally caught fish and hand cut chips the choice is most satisfying. Alfresco dining can be enjoyed on the sun terrace with cracking menus and wonderful views. An award winning restaurant provides a little more sophistication for lunch or dinner if preferred! The terrace and conservatory are perfect places for an impromptu break from daily life, no need to dress up - casuals and walking boots welcome! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Orestone Hotel Torquay
- The Orestone Manor Torquay, Devon