21. 5 on ground floor, 1 suitable for disabled.
3 dining rooms, reception lounge, lounge, bar, 28-acre grounds (vineyard), in-room TV (Freeview), free Wi-Fi, civil wedding licence, public areas wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.
all day in public rooms.
all ages welcome (no under-5s in restaurant).
in 2 bedrooms with separate entrance, not in main house.
all major cards.
per room D,B&B single £415–£1,205, double £565–£1,355. 8-course tasting menu per person £145, seafood menu £135, a la carte £125 (discretionary service charge of 12½% is added to food).
Good Hotel Guide Review
Michael Caines’s ‘beautifully restored’ Georgian manor house stands in parkland beside the luminous Exe estuary. The transformation of a formerly dilapidated property has been remarkable. A reader found luxury and attention to detail everywhere, an atmosphere ‘so quiet that, but for the deep-pile carpet, you could hear a pin drop’. Yet it is coolly chic and beautiful, not stuffy, with a palette inspired by the estuary. A balconied bedroom had views of the water, the Devon hills, and ‘the most comfortable bed we’ve slept on’. All bedrooms, each named after an estuary bird, have works by local watercolourist Rachel Toll, an espresso machine, gin and tonic on a polished tray. Some have a balcony, some a terrace with soak tub and fire pit. In the dining rooms, the chef/patron’s ‘search for perfection’ is evident in Michelin-starred signature menus and à la carte dishes such as braised Brixham turbot, wild mushroom, spinach, truffle butter sauce; loin and confit shoulder of Darts Farm lamb, fennel purée, mint, boulangère potato. Until wines from the new vineyard come on stream, there are a mere 600 bins to choose from. (Richard Barrett)
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