Located a stone’s throw away from Dartmoor, Lewtrenchard Manor is the perfect stopping off point for anyone who wants to explore the surrounding countryside. Pop over the border to Cornwall, or visit West Dartmoor and Okehampton, the wilds of Devon are your plaything.
We had eaten our fill the night before with the Purple Carrot private dining experience, and in the blurry light of day, the full splendour of this country house hotel emerged from the darkness of the night before.
Our room was located on The Gallery in the main house itself. We had the Nonington which was decorated with lots of warm colours including a main bedroom and shower. Were there tea and coffee making facilities? Yes there was. Did it include pots of UHT milk? No. If you want milk, you call the desk and have it sent to your room. Fresh milk from an actual cow that moos.
The king-size bed was immense and incredibly comfortable. I felt myself melting into it when we got back from our meal. There was a lot of space in our room, with the adjoining sitting room with telly. The choice reading materials definitely got my vote.
A full English breakfast awaited us downstairs, as we normally do when we stay in a hotel, we cut it down to the last minute – fifteen minutes left before they stopped serving breakfast.
After we checked out of our room (they’re all individually styled by the way) we had a chance to explore the grounds and we were given a personal tour from Manager and Director, Duncan Murray.
Lew House as it stands now is the result of hundreds (nearly thousands) of years of history. It was first mentioned in the Domesday Book which was compiled around 1086 as Royal Manor owned by the Sheriff of Devon, a chap called Rogerius De Mole. Of course I’m not going to go into the extensive history of the house here (because believe me, there is a lot) but have a look at their page on the website which includes an extended history for the curious.
The house as we see it today is the result of it’s more famous owner, Sabine Baring-Gould. He was a priest, hagiographer, antiquarian, novelist, folk song collector and eclectic scholar amongst other things. He left his mark on the property with the addition of the two wings with much renovation and remodeling.
As you walk through the front doors, the interior and the exterior feel a lot older than it is. Much of the paneling is Victorian, even though it might feel distinctly Jacobian! The first person you see on the wall is Mr Baring-Gould himself, welcoming visitors to the house he left his mark on.
The Baring-Gould family still own the lease on the property, although the Murray family have run the hotel since 1988.
Duncan showed us the library, featuring many historic books and first editions. This was a really lovely room with lots of light, a perfect place to sit and read.
Although some of the rooms can be booked for events, guests have mostly free reign to explore the house and the extensive grounds
The ballroom has a magnificent ornamental fireplace that was brought over by Baring-Gould from a castle in Bavaria, a magnificent space for receptions, parties and anything else fitting of the surroundings.
Prices are what you would expect from a luxury destination. For a closer look, take a peek at their room rates
Lewtrenchard Manor sits in a stunning geographic position, being so close to the wilds of Dartmoor and on one of the main routes into Cornwall, it is the perfect stopping off point for those wanting to explore Devon. But it is also a definite destination on the Foodie Map of Devon (I haven’t created it yet, it’s metaphoric at the moment) that shows off the best of local ingredients presented in an innovative and engaging experience through The Purple Carrot Dining experience, and through it’s restaurant and bar menu offerings.
How to contact: https://www.lewtrenchard.co.uk/contact/
This stay was paid for by Lewtrenchard Manor as a hosted review. The opinions expressed in this review were in no way influenced by the hotel or any third parties.