In 2003, Alick and Sally Barnes launched Loyton Lodge as a country destination to gather parties of people with the principles of uncluttered comfort, relaxed atmosphere, good food and good wine. It is indeed all that and much more besides – their daughter Isobel now manages the ten bedrooms, hosting shooting parties throughout the winter and tailor-made private parties and B&B during the summer season. She is also behind the creative nature of Loyton, running music events, food festivals and artist workshops in their unique party tent. The Lodge itself is a mix of slate roofed, traditional white-washed buildings, and slick expanses of oak strutted glass. Bedrooms are big and airy, with sleigh beds, huge roll top baths and charming touches like fresh flowers and homemade biscuits. In-house chef Adam Fanson’s breakfasts are so good that they have a monthly Breakfast Club throughout the summer.
Doubles from £120
+44 (0)1398 331051; loyton.com
The Tarr Steps with historic clapper bridge, pretty Dulverton village, the rugged North Devon coast line with excellent surfing or several National Trust properties (Knighthayes Court, Killerton House and Dunster Castle) and gardens. University town Exeter has a beautiful Cathedral, art museum and cultural hub the Phoenix Centre.
There are several local pubs in the area that serve good food but Adam Fanson, Loyton Lodge’s own chef can cook private meals at Loyton on request. Adam is passionate about using good local, seasonal produce always pushing for new creative ways to serve beautiful, delicious dishes.
A day shooting; the Loyton managed portfolio of six shoots are regarded of the best in the UK, with guests travelling from around the world to shoot there. Thrillingly high birds in stunning Exmoor landscape go hand in hand with exceptional shoot lunches and the lively camaraderie cultivated from a traditional family shoot.
CLAIM TO FAME
Royalty, musicians and artists have stayed but the family take pride that they have created somewhere that can appeal to the well-heeled and the impoverished artist alike.
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