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“Private appartment, not tourist attraction”

Haldon Belvedere (Lawrence Castle)
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 23, 2013

We enjoyed a wonderful 3 night stay in this captivating c.18 belvedere and can't recommend it highly enough.
The triangular building with a tower in each corner, built by Sir Robert Palk to comemorate the life of his friend General Stringer Lawrence (hence Lawrence Castle) was originally entertaining royalty (George III danced here) and not wedding guests, but 230 years after being built, the tower needs to pay its way.
The appartment on the 2nd floor is well appointed and reached via the spiral staircase that services each floor and the roof terrace.
A corner tower contains the ingeniously fitted kitchen, with dishwasher, fridge, oven & hob, microwave and many little touches such as washing up liquid and tea & coffee, etc.
The other corner tower holds the bathroom, and let me tell you that sitting on the loo never held such great views!
The centre room is the master room with large double bed and lounge area. Decorated in a contemporary but period style with antique furniture, the TV and DVD player went practically unused.
The views from the roof are as stunning as they are far-reaching and watching the sun set behind the distant hills is unforgettable. Once darkness has fallen then the lights of Exeter many miles away counterpoint the darkness of the river Exe which runs between the city and the castle. Owls, bats and nightjars are your companions and the silence is deafening.
Be warned though, after a few days you WILL hate those stairs. Pack light, coz you've got to carry the cases.
There is much to do and see right on the doorstep but a car is of course a neccessity for this wonderful hidden gem.

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Reviewed July 21, 2013

On a hot and sunny Sunday we paid our £2 in the entrance hall, with it's stately sculpture, and started to climb the (spiral) stairs. On the first floor is the room for civil ceremonies,etc. The wooden floor has a very pretty pattern (up market parquet flooring). and now it's obvious from the shape of the room that the tower is basically triangular. Then onto the roof, missing out the next floor as it's an apartment to let. This is what we came for, the views are far reaching. You have an almost uninterupted panoramic 360' views of the surrounding countryside, with basicaly the Exe Valley (and Exeter) one side and the Teign Valley the other. As there was a lot of heat haze that was about it but you need to go up on a clear day to really appreciate how far you can see.up there. That's about it. There are some tables should you wish to bring a picnic in this quiet spot.

1  Thank AquilasEye
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Reviewed May 5, 2013

I did not do my research and ofc it was not opened on Thursday but I even enjoyed driving to the castle and view up there is so beautiful

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Reviewed May 1, 2013

If you are staying nearby in the Best Western Lord Haldon Hotel then a visit to Lawrence Castle is a must. You can see the tower from miles around and you will definately have noticed it en-route to the hotel.

Even when the castle itself is closed you can still walk round it and admire the stunning views of Devon for miles around. Set in its own gardens the Castle is a fairy tale building full of intrigue and history.

This building was part of the estate of Sir Robert Palk who made his fortune in India back in the late 1700’s. Haldon House was a huge grandoise estate that he had built. All that is left of it today is the old stable blocks and servants quarters of the Haldon Country Hotel and Haldon Belvedere or Lawrence Castle.

The old estate of Haldon House in Dunchideock covered an area of some 11,600 acres. The tower is the property of Devon Historic Buildings Trust and is maintained and operated by them for the purposes of house visits and weddings.

For a small admission charge you can climb up to the roof from where the best views are to be had. On a clear summer day you can see for miles.

1  Thank TAVAKLI
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

Brilliant location for a wedding - could not have been more helpful with all the preparation - even told us how to make our own Ivy Sausage for the stairs - and it worked !!!

Thank ExeterUKMagoo
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