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The Orestone Manor
Ranked #9 of 87 Hotels in Torquay
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 7, 2012

The relaxed atmosphere at Orestone Manor was perfect, the food was of a very high quality and the room was comfortable and relaxing, with a view of the sea.

The owner and his staff gave the impression that they were there to make the stay as enjoyable as they could, and if that meant taking a relaxed attitude to meal times or anything else they would do their best to help.

All in all I would highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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4  Thank SquiffyD
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Reviewed April 15, 2012

My family and I went to Orestone Manor for afternoon tea. It was my birthday and we were looking for a good, traditional afternoon tea without the high prices and fussiness of London’s hotel teas. It was perfect. We had a choice of sitting in the lounge (comfy squashy sofas, fire in the fireplace) or the conservatory (views of the garden). We chose to sit at a table in the conservatory.
We’d booked the full afternoon tea (versus the cream tea or the champagne afternoon tea also on offer) and luckily had skipped lunch as the tea was plentiful! Generously filled tea sandwiches followed by proper (and still warm) scones – plain or traditional with raisins, clotted cream, jam; Victoria sponge filled not only with jam but cream and fresh strawberries; spiced apple cake; rich brownies; and another cake.
This is not a fancy or fussy tea – there weren’t tablecloths on the conservatory tables, the tiered plates are more homey than fine china. But all the traditional aspects of afternoon tea are there: all the foody bits you expect, plenty of clotted cream, tea strainers, nice teapots, extra hot water and attentive and well-trained staff.
The manor is lovely. Colonial (images of elephants are on everything from the sofa cushions to the step guards), record player, art deco prints, a good mix of music ranging from the 20s to the 50s played from the bar. It’s comfortable, relaxed, and yet I didn’t feel out of place being a little dressed up.
After the tea we were asking about the bedrooms and a very nice staff member showed us some of the rooms: all different, all with their own styles, lovely views over the garden and out to sea. Very romantic. My parents have been there around Christmas time for dinner and had a lovely time and remember fondly the traditional decorations, including a real tree and real pine garlands.
A lovely treat when you’re looking for a good Devonshire cream tea.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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5  Thank Londonfilmbuff10
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Reviewed April 11, 2012

We had dinner last night at the Orestone Hotel which is just down the road from where we live and we will definitely be back! The food was absolutely gorgeous - being both vegetarians it is sometimes very obvious in restaurants that we are a bit of a 'problem' but the staff at the hotel couldn't have been more accommodating and 'not making a fuss about anything we wanted'. Wine selection was lovely and we had a particularly gorgeous NZ sauvignon blanc. The friendly and helpful service and truly tasty food was 5 star quality. Good value for money as well. The hotel is in a lovely setting and has beautiful views of the sea. Lovely experience, thank you.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank Debbie O
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Reviewed March 22, 2012

We decided to try the Oreston Manor for dinner last night and enjoyed a fabulous dining experience. We started the evening with a lovely glass of chilled white wine whilst relaxing in front a stunning log fire. We then enjoyed a first class dinner followed by a gorgeous dessert. After dinner we decided to enjoy coffee and chocolate back in front of the log fire.
The staff made us feel very welcome and the service was excellent. Craig was a delightful host.

Mike & Chantal

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Michael S
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Reviewed February 17, 2012

i stayed at the orestone manor on the 13th of feb with my girlfriend. the superior room we booked was gorgeous with a lovely sea view and balcony and a beautiful layout. the hotel itself was quiet and plush and perfectly suited to a romantic couples stay. both of us had steak and both considered it to be the best we'd ever tasted.
Definitley worth a look.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank andrew C
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Reviewed February 15, 2012

Stayed overnight in one of the Gable rooms which was cosy and warm with a sea view (but perhaps in need of a bit of TLC here and there). We arrived late afternoon and enjoyed a couple of gin and tonics in the very comfortable lounge in front of a log fire. Very Agatha Christie, would not have been surprised if she had walked in with her friends. It is a very friendly relaxing hotel in a peaceful setting and the staff were excellent with nothing being too much trouble for them. The highlight of our stay has to be the food we had a 6 course menu for our evening meal and the food can only be described as out of this world our main was fillet of beef which melted our mouths. Would visit again and thinking of attending one of their Murder Mistery Nights.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 9, 2012

Visited with friends and had a great time. Lovely, characterful and historic building, in a mature peaceful cliff-top setting. Took the opportunity to check out the rooms our friends were staying in - and all were different and special. Lots of interesting quirky architecture, occasional chairs, stained windows, huge bathrooms and interesting books on the shelves.
Our 6ft mattress was fantastic (room 6 - nice balcony overlooking Lyme Bay through trees), as I didn't get the back ache which I often suffer at home. Very clean, everywhere too.

The staff were friendly and helpful, the food delicious - didn't feel hungry for days after our return! Comfortable common areas and lovely log fire on the go, AND with no TV to spoil the atmosphere. Fortunately, the extensive wine list offered plenty of good wines at the £14 - £17 bracket. Also, the Manager offering Belgian chocolates with our fire-side nightcaps, was a very pleasant bonus.

Before staying, I'd read reviews which concerned me - but I gather the hotel is now under new management - I think serious changes must have been made!

A most enjoyable weekend, and would definitely recommend to anyone…

Room Tip: Room 6 (north east facing?) so does not get morning sunshine, but does have lovely colonial balcony...
  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank jackie-shaun
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Address: Rock House Lane | Maidencombe, Torquay TQ1 4SX, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > English Riviera > Torquay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Torquay
#6 Luxury Hotel in Torquay
Price Range: $167 - $448 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Orestone Manor 4*
Number of rooms: 14
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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The Orestone Manor Torquay, Devon

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