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“Ooops, pity about the biscuits”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of The Orestone Manor

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The Orestone Manor
Ranked #6 of 89 Hotels in Torquay
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Teignmouth, United Kingdom
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“Ooops, pity about the biscuits”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2014

The good points, situated off the main Torquay to Teignmouth road down a quiet country lane set in what could be described as a garden setting with distant views of the sea through the mature trees The garden to the front of the hotel is a delight to stroll around particularly in the spring and summer , a swimming pool is set to one edge of the garden ,( don't get too excited it is somewhat small ) but probably good fun for a quick dip. to the front of the hotel a terrace overlooks the garden including the sea peeps. once again this area is delightful when the weather is good and I can highly recommend this as a venue at any time of the year for morning coffee followed by or having a light lunch. leading from the terrace one enters a casual dining area ideal if the weather drives you indoors then into a lounge bar area. Decoration and maintenance are good, the separate dining room is attractive, menu choice and quality of meals is good. Toilets clean and well serviced. bedrooms are comfortable and nicely furnished. because of the view front facing rooms are well worth considering. ample car parking is to one side of the hotel with a limited disabled bay. The nearest beach is a down hill walk all the way about say fifteen minutes but don't forget the return journey is ALL uphill best idea is to drive down to car park and walk the last short distance. This hotel makes an attractive venue for weddings , birthdays, anniversary celebrations, family get together etc. as I can personally vouch for and one that is well worth considering. Can I recommend it undoubtedly, will I be returning most certainly. but what's this Ooops and the biscuits nonsense , Two guests arrive for morning coffee for two and are served three biscuits yes that's right three biscuits if you query this to be told you can have another portion of yes you've got it another three biscuits, so you either take one and waste two OR eat the extra three meaning you don't stop for lunch as you have had eat to six biscuits. Come on management , penny pinching like this sends the wrong signal particularly as I have a good idea where the biscuits come from and therefore what they cost per each, also they are not the homemade one's you used to do. So get this sorted and strive for the excellent rating from this reviewer.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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orestone, Owner at The Orestone Manor, responded to this review, February 19, 2014
Thank you for your Review.
We charge £1.50 for biscuits which are usually a choc chip type cookie and serve 3 if we serve 2 may seem tight 4 each as you say may seem to many. Any business using staff must have guidelines as to what is served if only so that people know what to expect each time they come. But also to allow us to continue in business. If you have a suggestion which suits all I would welcome a call or e mail as I am always looking for ways to improve our service no matter how good reviews may be. I acknowledge there will always be room for improvements.
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Frome, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2014

We had a very entertaining evening yet again at orestone manor.basil manwell sybil and polly entertaining us at dinner, great fun was had by us all.
We had a lovely room, a very comfortable bed and a delicious breakfast. This was our second visit ,and hope to come back again soon. The bed and bedding was very comfy in room 8.
The staff are allways helpfull and friendly, very nice chap serving behind the bar,
Thankyou all for a lovely stay

Room Tip: Both rooms i have stayed in were stylish comfortable and indivual
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2014

Stayed in the Horsley Room which had great views down to the sea. Beach is within walking distance although you need a degree of stamina when returning as it is uphil all the way. Restaurant had excellent food both at Breakfast and in the evening.

Room Tip: Ask for a sea view otherwise you could end up over the front entrance.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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orestone, Owner at The Orestone Manor, responded to this review, February 17, 2014
Thank you for your review, we are very pleased you had such a good experience here at the Orestone Manor. Just to put readers in the picture the window above the front entrance is not a bedroom. We have two rooms further along the front elevations which both have coastal sea views, very pretty views although further in distance to the water.
We Hope you return and will be assured a warm welcome
From Neil and the team.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2014

We stopped at the Orestone for three nights between Christmas and including New Year's eve. We found everything to be simply excellent. The room was superb, with a lovely view down to the sea. We ate in the restaurant each night and were delighted with the food and service. When my wife was not feeling on top form the one evening, the staff went out their way to give her any choice off menu. Just the job when you're not feeling 100%. And the New Year's party was very well executed. We will definitely stop again some point in the future. The only confusion happened on checking out, when someone else's bar bill appeared on our bill. It was sorted and I wouldn't mark the hotel down for this as everything else was superb, but, as a piece of advice, the owners may wish to re-assess how they control bar tabs for guests stopping at the hotel.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2014

A very successful evening. We were a party of twenty and so were able to have our
Own room for the evening. Table very large so conversation with friends at other end of table tricky. Evening started with canapes and champagne or vodka cocktail (theme for the evening was winter wonderland - Russian theme). Not many Cossacks. Service at dinner was excellent along with wine flowing. Portions a tad small for the men but flavour superb. Fabulous fireworks at midnight. The dance quartet turned out to be a duo who I don't really feel engaged with anyone. However a lovely evening and magnificent start to 2014

Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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orestone, Owner at The Orestone Manor, responded to this review, January 10, 2014
Thank you for your review
We are very glad you enjoyed new years to give us 5 stars. The staff who gave up there new years eve worked hard to make sure everyone was given the service they expected, and I thank them for their commitment. It was also enjoyable to work on such a night and soak up the atmosphere of the special night and all the staff enjoyed it too.
The band we had booked from the previous year broke up and let us down we were lucky to find the duo at short notice on recommendation I understand if you were expecting a certain type of music indie Rock and you had Blues and covers from 60s and 70s then it is not the same. However many of the people who had attended last year with the Indie band thought the Duo more fitting and preferred them. I suppose its down to personal choice with music.
We will look at portions for men again for next year although we had to portion bearing in mind everyone was eating Canope's plus 4 courses including the Coffee and Petit fours.
Thanks for your feedback it has been useful
Look forward to welcoming you back soon
From Neil and the team
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Somerset, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2014

This beautifully renovated small country hotel is a real find, and conveniently close to Torquay and Teignmouth.
Our special autumn weekend dinner bed and breakfast deal was excellent value for many reasons: the bedroom was tasteful and very well-appointed, the service was better and more personalised than in considerably more expensive hotels, the sea views were an attractive bonus, and the lounge and bar areas welcoming and comfortable.
Although we did have to endure an unfortunate and recurring problem with very loud plumbing noise - which was dealt with badly at the time but subsequently rather well - we still enjoyed everything else, not least the relaxing surroundings, high quality service and some of the finest hotel food and wine we've had in a long time. Top quality ingredients, including wonderful beef, succulent scallops and fine sauces, were beautifully presented and carefully served. I'm writing this on the day the New Year Honours List was announced - and it would have come as no surprise if the Orestone chefs had been on it.
So, go, soon, and enjoy yourselves.

Room Tip: The eaves rooms are beautiful with great sea views, though the sloping ceilings do make for slightly...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2014

We were taken here as a treat by my parents for New Year and what a fantastic treat it was! Lovely, lovely hotel. The décor is 'quirky' (in a good way) and unique. We had rooms 6 & 7 - both great. As other reviewers have said the food is outstanding - even on New Years Eve we did not have to pre-order our food - it was all cooked fresh. The staff are absolutely lovely as well - so helpful and professional. Excellent attention to detail - eg when serving meals they knew who had asked for what even when they didn't take the order. The fireworks at midnight were amazing. Thank you all for a great night!

  • Stayed January 2014, 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:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Torquay
#4 Luxury Hotel in Torquay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Orestone Manor 4*
Number of rooms: 12
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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