Lympstone Manor Interiors
A country house hotel for the 21st Century in East Devon
Lympstone Manor is a luxury country house hotel for the 21st century. The Grade II listed Georgian
mansion in Devon, which opened in April this year, has been restored and renovated by Michael Caines MBE, one of
Britain’s most celebrated chefs and now visionary hotelier.
Once a private home, the property is set in 28 acres of
Devon countryside with unrivalled views of the Exe Estuary. To create Lympstone Manor, Michael worked with
Architect Rud Sawers to create the hotel layout and extension, and with Meraki, a dynamic London-based design duo,
whose sophisticated interiors bring warmth and style to the hotel while reflecting the poetic beauty of the surrounding
“Lympstone Manor is the realisation of a dream,” says the two-Michelin star chef, who hails from nearby Exeter.
“Everything that I have achieved in my long career has brought me to this point where I can fully express my vision of
contemporary country house hospitality for the 21st century.”
Once a private home, Lympstone Manor has been skilfully renovated, transforming it into a stunning country house
hotel. In a reflection of the local area, the charming guestrooms at Lympstone Manor are all named after birds that
live in and around the estuary, making each room individual with a true sense of place. Every room reflects its
namesake, from the blue jewel tones used in “Kingfisher” to elegant soft grey textures found in “Heron”. Many of the
guestrooms at Lympstone Manor come with their own terraces or balconies to maximize on the hotel’s superb vistas.
The polished interiors of the guestrooms are mirrored in the public areas on the ground floor. The lounge has a light
and airy feel with soft beige and cream details and floor to ceiling French windows opening onto the garden and that
spectacular view. The walls are adorned with nautical maps which reference the areas strategic vantage point for trade
and exploration during the medieval times, and a compelling collection of art. Complementing the cream tones of the
lounge is the hotel’s uniquely designed copper bar, found at the end of the room. Here, guests can enjoy the hotel’s
signature cocktails or one of the hotel’s many wines by the glass.
With Michael Caines at the helm of Lympstone Manor, it is no surprise that exceptional cuisine and wine are at the
heart of the experience. After achieving two-Michelin stars and then holding them for 18 consecutive years, Michael
has built his reputation on a visionary style of cuisine that celebrates the seasonal bounty of Devon and the southwest.
Having taken a year out to develop Lympstone Manor, Michael has had time to work on new dishes and concepts as
well as recreating many of his signature dishes with local and seasonal ingredients. A La Carte dishes include “Tartlet
of quail and quail’s eggs, onion confit, black truffle and smoked bacon and a light quail jus”; “Braised Turbot, River Exe mussels and cockles with tomato and basil sauce”; and “Poached rhubarb with hibiscus and vanilla, lemon sponge,
lemon curd and rhubarb sorbet”. A “Taste of the Estuary” offers a seven course exploration of local seafood, while the
“Signature Menu” is an eight course tasting menu and a weekly changing lunch menus offer a choice of 3 starters,
mains and desserts, with all other menus changing with the seasons.
With plans to plant a vineyard on the slope leading down to the Exe estuary, the appreciation of wines including local
wines from Devon and the UK as well as the finest from around the world — is a central element to the Lympstone
Manor experience. Wine is very much a shared passion for both Michael and co-director Steve Edwards who has
developed an impressive wine list for the hotel. There are two basement cellars as well as a wine tasting and dispense
room opposite the dining rooms located on the ground floor. The tasting room houses wine storage cabinets alongside
a bank of Wine Emotion dispense machines for the service of great wines by the glass as well as a sommeliers table
where small groups can enjoy a bespoke wine tasting experience led by Head Sommelier, Marko Magi.