Lympstone Manor – Exmouth, Devon
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This handsome country house hotel is the culmination of experience gleaned by chef patron Michael Caines over an exceptional career as a Michelin-starred celebrity chef. Once the playground of the Baring banking family, it now has 21 glamorous guest rooms that take their names from birds of the Exe Estuary below them, as well as five new shepherd’s huts arranged around a pond in the grounds. Indeed, the soul of the place revolves around the Exe and its birdlife, featured in the staircase wallpaper (hand- painted by local artist Rachel Toll), the pictures of surrounding Devonshire scenery and the soothing bedroom colour schemes. But the reason you come here isn’t really for the deep outdoor soak tubs that overlook the estuary, the tennis court or the sensational views, pampering bathrooms or complimentary G&T tray in your room – it’s to experience Michael’s exquisite and intelligent food; he earned Lympstone’s first star within six months of opening in 2017. His latest project is a vineyard he planted with 17,500 vines in 2018, and this autumn marks the hotel’s first harvest.
Doubles from £350
+44 (0)1395 202040; lympstonemanor.co.uk