Lewtrenchard Manor

‘It’s up there with the top hotels we’ve stayed at,’ writes a reader this year of Sue and James Murray’s romantic rebuild of a Jacobean manor house, surrounded by parkland. More

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Lewtrenchard Manor
Lewdown
Devon
EX20 4PN
England
01566 783222

Hotel information

Bedrooms

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

Open

all year.

Facilities

front-hall lounge, bar, library, restaurant, function facilities, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 12-acre gardens.

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed, not under 8 at dinner.

Dogs

allowed in bedrooms (not unattended), not in restaurant or kitchen garden.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2017] per room B&B £200–£280, D,B&B £290–£370. Set dinner £49.50, tasting menu £69, chef’s table £79. 1-night bookings sometimes refused.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘It’s up there with the top hotels we’ve stayed at,’ writes a reader this year of Sue and James Murray’s romantic rebuild of a Jacobean manor house, surrounded by parkland. Today a ‘wonderful hotel’, it contains a wealth of historic features imported by the Revd Sabine Baring-Gould (best known for penning the hymn ‘Onward, Christian Soldiers’), who transformed ‘Lew House’ over 30 years from 1881 – look out for Renaissance woodwork, a Jacobean ceiling, a Rococo fireplace. The Murrays have filled the ‘beautiful’ public rooms with antiques, books and paintings; bedrooms are a mix of traditional and contemporary. ‘All the rooms are attractive’: St Gertrude has an ornate ceiling and mullioned windows; the four-poster bed in Melton once belonged to Charles I’s wife Henrietta Maria. After fireside canapés, head into the dining room, where portraits look down from panelled walls over Matthew Peryer’s ‘delicious food’. Characteristic dishes: Brixham mackerel, garden beetroot, apple and horseradish salad; roasted Devon beef fillet, broccoli, girolles, watercress purée. Breakfast is generous and varied. ‘It’s family owned, which gives it a special feel.’ (RB, and others)

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Lewtrenchard Manor
Lewdown
Devon
EX20 4PN

Guest comments

'A wonderful house in lovely surroundings. The interior is crammed with gorgeous antiques and furniture, old paintings, handsome ornaments. The superb first-floor public room has both a grand and a square piano. Our Tudor room (St Gertrude) had a gilded leather frieze above wood panelling, and was very light. The bathroom was small but quite acceptable. The panelled dining room overlooks a delightful cloistered courtyard. Matthew Peryer, the head chef, provides excellent cooking. The staff are brisk, efficient, amiable and welcoming; the ambience is truly luxurious. ' - FW - May, 2015

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