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The Orestone Manor
Ranked #9 of 87 Hotels in Torquay
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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“Superb”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

We have just returned from a 3 night stay at The Orestone and what a fantastic choice we made in staying there. The room (no 6) was a nice size, with a huge bathroom and lovely balcony with a wonderful sea view.

There was a good choice on the evening menu, we tried Venison, Lamb, Pork and good old fish and chips and could not fault any of the dishes. Our only problem was that the size of the main course meant that we were unable to try any of the puddings!

One final comment must go to all of the staff we met and who looked after us during our stay. Nothing was too much for them and everything was done in a nice friendly old fashioned way which you don't often get these days.

We will definately visit again next year and thanks again for a wonderful stay.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

It was one of the most magnificent places I've been to. Interestingly, my immediate impression was it would be one of those old places which is good in bringing old times atmosphere but usually not comfy when it comes to practicalities. Orestone hotel proved me wrong. It really combines atmospheric -sort of 20s of 20 century - look with well-managed modern facilities.

The room we stayed in was quite small but looked exactly as promised on the website. Plus a few small details like a nice, quite wide, balcony with a small table and absolutely great chair, all very simple but feeling great and cosy. It was quite chilly for Sept and the heating was working - It is always a good sign for me as it implies the hotel really wants you to feel good and just doesn't assume you should be warm without heating cause it is Sept still. The double bed in the room was very convenient for me - quite firm mattress. Clean room, t/c and buscuits available, nice bathroom toiletries. The bathroom was fine overall, although the shower was not quite comfortable to use since it was made to fit the overall style and it was not possible to move or adjust its position. Yet minor inconvenience really.

The interior in the corridors are nice and add to the feeling of an old house. It is located not nearby the train station so you would need a taxi in this case, but on the other hand you find it hidden out of the main streets and areas, which is perfect for escape and relaxing break. From the common terrace you get a nice sea view (not very close but still). The hotel has some open space around, just enough to stretch legs after breakfast. But if you plan to walk there is a path to the sea.

Just a note that it probably suits more to couples or families who would like to escape noise and rush.

A separate remark on the meals. We had a dinner and breakfast there, and also afternoon tea. I can't reccommend it more to have all your meals in the hotel cause not is it absolutely delicious but also makes a very good deal (dinner and tea; breakfast included in the room price) comparing to what you can get in other places in the town. Homemade scones with Devon cream tea was truly the best I've ever had.

We came there for the Agatha Christie mystery murder dinner, and the play was very fun, too.

The hotel staff was professional and friendly, and I sincerely can't wait to stay there again.

  • Stayed September 2012
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orestone, Owner at The Orestone Manor, responded to this review, November 9, 2012
Thank you for your review, We all appreciate you have taken the time to write a review and your nice comments give the staff a great boost which drives us all on to make an even greater effort
Thank you from all of us at Orestone manor.
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

As mentioned elsewhere this isn't exactly a boutique hotel but rather a family run traditional small hotel.

I am in two minds about making this review because frankly the more people get to hear about this gem of a hotel and restaurant the harder it will be for me to return. Nevertheless, this was a wonderfully relaxing and enchanting hotel that was excellent value for money with food that is Michelin quality but missing the overpriced miniscule portions. An open fire adds to the charm of the hotel. The room was lovely and with superb views.

The staff are all highly attentive and nothing is too much trouble.

This is exactly the opposite of a boutique hotel in Brighton that promised a lot but offered up a dirty overpriced room that was tiny in comparison and where the visit was curtailed early.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Priors Marston, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Superb views from a junior suit. Staff highly professional ,food excellent, well stocked wine cellar and bar.Delightful cream teas,breakfast,dinner superb.Cosy sitting room,with log fire. Numerous interesting walks in area, grounds well stocked and well kept. Interesting towns and villages to visit in the near vicinity. Would highly recommend this hotel for either short break,or annual holiday. A number of regular locals visiting for dinner, which is always a good sign.

Room Tip: Room 3 junior suit ,pleasant view,only room seen
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 27, 2012

A Contradiction in terms, boutique I think not, rather a quite traditional hotel .I believe the new owners have been in residence for a relatively short time and are experienced hoteliers who appear very committed towards developing a 'boutique' hotel and providing a positive customer experience. However further investment is required in this lovely old house, currently rather an eclectic mixture of furnishings and decor iif they are going to be successful in achieving their goals in turning The Orestone into Torquay's premier boutique hotel. The staff were very helpful, professional and friendly. our dinning experience was very good ....

Room Tip: Room 3 very good, nice views....
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 8, 2012 via mobile

We spent the evening after our wedding at Orestone Manor and we were hoping for a relaxing and indulgent night away to calm down after our festivities... And that is EXACTLY what we got! Our room (6) was simply gorgeous with a fabulous roll-top bath and an enormous bed. We had dinner in the restaurant which was beautiful and was made even more special by the excellent and very attentive service of the staff there. We have nothing but praise for this hotel and it's wonderful staff, we will definitely be back!

  • Stayed October 2012
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Reviewed September 19, 2012

Our daughter and son-in-law married at The Oreston on 18 September. We booked in the day before and the owner and staff couldn't do enough for us. We rearranged furniture and filled the public rooms with flowers and candles with no word of complaint, indeed we were told we could arrange things however we liked. The Oreston is the most beautiful house with warm, relaxing decor and fantastic comfy couches and public areas, an opulent lounge and bar area, large bright conservatory and wonderful terrace overlooking the gardens. Our rooms ranged from spacious to absolutely huge. Soft white robes and crisp linen made our stay so relaxing and enjoyable. The wedding luncheon and evening buffet were extremely good quality and we would highly recommended The Oreston for their food. Dinner and Afternoon tea were lush and Breakfast was delicious with the best poached eggs ever. The Oreston made the wedding a comfortable, relaxing and joyous day for us all to remember. And the children loved the pool and trampoline!

Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Property: The Orestone Manor
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
#7 Luxury Hotel in Torquay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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