Lewtrenchard Manor

Lewdown, Devon

A ‘stunning Jacobean building’ is, astonishingly, largely the creation of Victorian squire, parson and prolific author the Revd Sabine Baring-Gould. More

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A ‘stunning Jacobean building’ is, astonishingly, largely the creation of Victorian squire, parson and prolific author the Revd Sabine Baring-Gould. Salvaged Tuscan columns, Renaissance woodwork, rococo plasterwork, a Jacobean ceiling from a demolished house in Exeter, with antiques and Gould ancestral portraits, add to a rich ambience. A four-poster in Melton bedroom, overlooking the sunken garden and fountain, once belonged to Charles I’s wife, Henrietta Maria. Sadly, the view from a ‘huge, comfortable’ annexe room was over a courtyard where the laundry van delivered. In the dining room, David Brown’s menus use produce from the kitchen garden in dishes such as venison loin and braised leek with blue cheese and pear. ‘The food is superb,’ says a very happy reader and ‘the service was exceptional.’ Others report lapses, while a ‘delicious, succulent pork fillet’ had ‘too many fussy extras’ and, in unseasonably cold weather, how much nicer if the fires had been lit. For all that, this is a special place where a ‘forgotten’ Edwardian woodland garden, with waterfall and grotto, awaits discovery. (Lara Osgood)

Hotel details


EX20 4PN


01566 783222


14. 1 in folly, 4 with separate entrance, 1 suitable for disabled.


all year, currently closed Mon, Tues, but check.


lounge, bar, library, restaurant, function rooms, in-room TV, civil wedding licence, 12-acre gardens, public rooms wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.

Background music



all ages welcomed, extra bed £25, no under-8s in restaurant (eve).


allowed in bedrooms (£15 per stay), in public rooms, not in restaurant.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.


B&B doubles from £180, singles from £145. Set-price dinner £57.50, tasting menu £74. 1-night bookings sometimes refused Sat.

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Comments about Lewtrenchard Manor

My wife and I have been returning to Lewtrenchard Manor for 20 years. We appreciate the beauty of the setting, the luxury of the inn and the pleasures of the dining room. Over all those years, nothing has diminished. The house is smarter than ever and the menu fresh and engaging. We love hiking in the Devon countryside. For us, no trip to the UK is complete without a leisurely stop at Lewtrenchard. - Gage McKinney - September 2019
There could be few places as romantic as the beautiful house in large grounds with a river running through woodland and a little church close by. Delicious food in a series of small dining rooms. Lots of portraits, and two pianos in a beautiful gallery. No muzak. - CR - July 2019
Can only talk in superlatives about Lewtrenchard Manor! The ambience of the property and grounds. The genuinely friendly and efficient welcome. Three magnificent fireplaces, all lit and roaring fires......all creating a great atmosphere . The history, beauty and style of the manor as you are taken to your room. Our large suite, overlooked the attractive front gardens and countryside, We could not have asked for anything nicer or more comfortable .Dinner was a delight. Service was impeccable. - Ian Dewey - January 2018

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