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“Gracious Hotel and Home”
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Lewtrenchard Manor
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Lewdown
Certificate of Excellence
Wiltshire
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
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“Gracious Hotel and Home”
Reviewed April 26, 2013

We stayed for one night in April with our two dogs and all four of us were made wonderfully welcome - not only by the owners Mr & Mrs Murray, but also Spencer, their Jack Russell dog. The abiding impression is of staying in a comfortable and welcoming, home and it is that quality which makes Lewtrenchard so special. Our meal was excellent in all respects.

Whilst a stay at country house house hotel of this calibre is never cheap, Lewtrenchard represents great value for money.

The house, accommodation, grounds, food and staff were all first rate and we look forward to our next visit with enthusiasm.

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 13, 2013

We visited Lewtrenchard Manor several years ago when it was under Von Essen management and we were not that impressed. We decided to give it another chance having seen the recent tripadvisor reviews saying that it was back under the control of the Murray family. I am glad we did as the hospitality and the service have improved tremendously.

The historic Jacobean house is worth exploration as it is full of interesting items and the gardens have been much improved since our last visit. The log fires and attentive staff make for an incredible relaxing stay.

We booked direct with the hotel on a seasonal offer which included dinner and breakfast and a choice of room on a first come first choice deal. We stayed in the Nonington suite overlooking the gardens. The room was in keeping with the style of the building and was clean, comfortable and spacious. The bed was large and comfortable. There are no tea making facilities however you can order a tray if you so wish, but hot drinks are always available to order in the lounge and it is a far better to relax in front of a log fire and have it served by attentive staff. The evening meal was delicious with 5 star service. The breakfast was one of the best we have had at any hotel.

Our only surprise was that we were the only people staying at the hotel at the time !!

We certainly will not leave it so long before we return again.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Beaconsfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 12, 2013 via mobile

We only stayed one night but it was a most enjoyable experience. We had a room in the courtyard which is probably second best to the main house but it was spotless with a good sized modern bathroom. The towels were crisp and dazzling and the little extras you expect at this price level were there. Dinner was a pleasure from start to finish. Imagination and quality made it special. Breakfast too, was a delight particularly as the eggs,bacon,sausage etc were so far removed from the 'plate of grease' which one sometimes encounters !!
All in all a great experience and we will return,by which time we hope that the gardens will have benefited from more seasonal growth and TLC

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cornwall
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Reviewed March 27, 2013

This was our third visit since the Murrays have taken over the running of this authentic, historic house again and each time has been better than the last - and that's saying something as we were delighted the first time. The friendly, welcoming atmosphere and staff with the log fires in every reception room and the lovely setting, enable you to relax the moment you arrive. Each bedroom is different but the ones we have been in have had large comfortable beds and are scrupulously clean and cosy with spacious well equipped bathrooms While there are no tea making facilites in the rooms, you can request an over night tray so as to be able to make your early morning cuppa when you want to. Tea and scones are a must followed by a walk down to the river and round via the walled vegetable garden to the fascinating old church so as to walk up an appetite for a truly inspired and imaginative meal. Service is not for the hurried but visiting a place like this is to return to a more leisurely way of life and so is not a problem. Freshly prepared fruit and museli make a good start to breakfast while chosing whether to manage the full English or go for a fishy alternative - recommend smoked haddock and poached egg. The home made bread rolls with dinner and the pastries for breakfast, canapes and petit four all add to an extremely enjoyable experience at a very reasonable price. Can't wait for our next visit.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 25, 2013 via mobile

I got a one night stay over with an 8 course meal in this fabulous old building for my birthday. We were booked in the prince rupert room with a very nice king size bed and a marvelous view over the front garden. Perfect.
The dinner was very lovely, although the ingredients and plates could have be a little bit warmer.
If you want to spoil yourself or get spoiled by your girl (Thx!), do not look any further.
The choices they offer for breakfast are rather limited, which was not that bad after an 8 course meal the evening before...

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Eastbourne
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Reviewed March 23, 2013

We stayed at Lewtrenchard Manor to celebrate our 10th Wedding Anniversary and had a really wonderful stay. The building itself is incredibly impressive with its Jacobean splendour. We were warmly welcomed and from the moment we arrived felt as if nothing was too much trouble. Our room was fabulous, huge and wonderfully decorated retaining many of the original features. It was also spotlessly clean and the bed was really comfortable. We had dinner which was divine, three courses (with little extras such as canapés) and every mouthful had a 'wow'. Overall we were really impressed and would definitely recommend.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bedford
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

We recently stayed at the Manor
Booking.
The booking process was easy and efficient, and no deposit was requested, an unusual position which created some doubt as to whether we had actually booked. However the subsequent confirmatory email from the hotel allayed our fears.
Reception.
It was raining when we arrived, this was not the fault of the hotel, but simply the time of year. I dropped my wife, and the luggage, at the door, and parked my car. My wife was not greated, but followed the signs to the reception. It was a strange route, with the reception being at the back of the hotel. I followed after parking the car.
The signing-in process was efficient and quick, and there was help with our luggage to the room.
Accommodation.
Our room was across the courtyard, and umberellas were available, both in the hotel and in the room. This was never a problem, although it was cold on some of the evenings.
The room was a mini-suite, we stayed in St. Clemence, which was large and very comfortable. There was a spacious sitting area and a four poster bed in a recess, at a lower level. Whilst there was restricted access at the side of the bed, there was adequate room, but the wardrobe was in the entrance lobby, which was accessed across a coir yarn matt, not very comfortable in bare feet nor in socks. It took me back to my school days and PE lessons!.
This is the only hotel we have stayed in which did not have coffee making facilities. This meant that if one wanted a drink, upon returning to the hotel, one had to order coffee from reception, which cost £7. This did include 'home made' buscuits and enough coffee for two cups each. Good coffee, and good buscuits.
The room was well heated, and very comfortable.
Bar.
The main house was centrally heated, but each room had a log fire. As an old Boy Scout, 'I have smelt the wood smoke' but some people may not like this. However, again the room was comfortable, despite some of the seating being a little 'tired'. We eventually found some comfortable seats. The hotel owners, and the staff were all extremely sociable, and very welcoming, whatever their role, and wherever we met them.
Canapes were served with the pre-dinner drinks, and the four types were desribed to us. They were generally delicious and all were 'home made' apart from the stuffed olives. These were not local! The drinks were served, and carried to the dining room, when appropriate.
We returned to the bar to drink our after-dinner coffee and petit fours.
We were charged for a double brandy, whilst only receiving a single, but that may have been due to the conversation, rather than for any other reason. We discussed how people now only drink singlre measures, rather than doubles, as in the past!!!!
Dinner
It is a common fault with cordon-bleu food that the menu does not change very often. The effort seems to be placed on creating a 'pretty' layout on the plate but some greater effort should be placed onto the variety of the menu. This is especially important for people who stay for more than a single night.
There were four main courses, which did not change throughout our stay. However, there was a beef, venison, duck and a fish dish. The first evening, I had the venison, and it was cooked to perfection, with my knife sinking into the meat, almost by its own weight. The beef was not not quite as good, but could be described as 'very good' rather than 'excellent.' The duck was also not quite as good.
All meals were served with a 'complimentary' soup, then a 'starter' which were all well cooked and so memorable that I have forgotten them all!! That should not be taken as a derogatory remark.
The sweets were all delicious, and there was no crean, of any variety, to be seen on any of them. I don't do cream, and so this was a welcome change.
The meals were served efficiently, and with some grace. The wine was removed from the table on one occasion, but the waitress did replenish our glasses, as required, rather than without request.
Breakfast.
The breakfasts were the poor relation. There was only one cereal, one yoghurt, and limited fruit available. This is one area which could be improved. The full breakfast was very good, except for the scrambled egg, which was far too soggy on two days. Everything else was very good, including the sausages, which were well cooked, and more importantly had some distinct flavour, rather than the mass produced types.
Ambience.
The Hall is an old building, with every room which we saw, being panelled. Some of the panelling really needs cleaning, and if there are any Conservation Officers reading this, a coat of matt magnolia emulsion would not go amiss, just to brighten it up!!! I am an Architect, and Conservation Officers were the bain of my planning life, for they think they know everything. My old secretary always adds the word Arrogant in front of Architect!!!!
The rooms are all 'dark' and do require some brightening, and views out, but the architecture does not allow for this.
Cleanliness.
We never saw, nor heard any of the 'house' staff, save from the dining room to outside. They were efficient and thorough, and should be applauded.
Would we stay again?
The answer is Yes. It was a very pleasant experience, and we like the area. However, we seldon do return, except at different times of the year, for we like to explore the area, and then move on.
The cost of our stay was reasonable, but prices are relative. If you can afford the visit, you will not be disappointed, but I would suggest that the stay should not be longer than two nights, because of the lack of change in the menu. Chefs should think about what they do, and emphasising 'local produce' is of no benefit when products are not available, nor when the guests only like, or will tolerate certain dishes.

Room Tip: We only saw our room, so this request is a little pointless, as would be our comments.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Lewtrenchard Manor
Address: Lewdown, Dartmoor National Park EX20 4PN, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Dartmoor National Park > Lewdown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Lewdown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Lewtrenchard Manor 3*
Number of rooms: 14
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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