We arrived at Lewtrenchard around lunchtime on the 20th August 2012 for a 4 night stay in this beautiful historic manor house. The manor house hotel and surrounding gardens are quintessentially English and the location is outstanding.
We were met in the entrance lobby by the resident Jack Russell dog, Spencer. No introductions by Spencer. He just rolled over for a tummy tickle and my girlfriend obliged. After a couple of minutes of fulfilling Spencer's tummy tickling demands, he rolled onto all fours and led us into the reception area where we were politely met by the receptionist.
Our room was a superior double room which was pretty, very clean and has ample room for your clothes. The en suite bathroom is large, modern and charming. There is the option of morning tea/coffee and a paper delivered to your room pre breakfast and the room has a flat screen tv (although you really don't need it on as the surrounding area is so lovely to explore).
The breakfast is delicious with a choice of the Full Lewtrenchard English Breakfast full of local produce (which I had every day), kippers, haddock or porridge and fresh juices. In addition, you help yourself to natural muesli, fresh fruit and yoghurt. You also have a bowl of small fresh pastries, mini muffins and toast. The tea and coffee is very good.
We found ourselves visiting the local attractions such as Dartmoor National Park, Lydford Gorge and the old towns of Okehampton and Tavistock. There are lovely walks to be done and I'd recommend taking some O/S Explorer Maps although the hotel have some. We came back in the late afternoon to Lewtrenchard Manor and ordered tea and scones which we had outside the hotel in the gardens.
The evening meals are very very special. Although they are expensive, you really do get an amazing dinner which I have to say is one of the best gourmet experiences I have ever had. The evening starts off with an aperitif in the drawing room served by the lovely hosts, Sue and James Murray. A waiter serves you delicious entrees whilst you sip your drink and socialise with the other guests and hosts. It's a wonderful evening experience and the icing on the cake for my girlfriend is that Spencer arrives with his dog basket waiting to be fussed over. After dinner, you return to the drawing room for coffee or tea and chocolates. Very civilised.
We had a wonderful time at Lewtrenchard Manor and we will be returning to this restful relaxing paradise in Devon. The staff and owners are professional, respectful and very friendly and I'd highly recommend a visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surrounded by the hills of Dartmoor, Lewtrenchard Manor offers luxurious accommodation in a magnificent Jacobean house. Views from the glorious gardens stretch far over the parkland, and Dartmoor National Park is almost within walking distance.Delicious fish, beef, pork and game dishes feature on a menu prepared by an award-winning chef. Some of the hotel's fruit, vegetables and herbs are sourced from the kitchen gardens. There is also a tasting menu, where you can try a range of fantastic food.Each room at Lewtrenchard Manor has unique character and charming features. Many have views across the grounds, and all feature a TV, seating area, and en suite bathroom.The family-run hotel is situated in Lewdown, a 20-minute drive from Launceston. Here you can visit the many National Trust properties in the area. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lewtrenchard Manor Hotel Lewdown
- Lewtrenchard Manor Okehampton
- Lewtrenchard Manor Hotel Okehampton
- Lewtrenchard Manor Lewdown, Devon, England