We were looking for a hotel in Devon for a night to celebrate my girlfriends birthday and we couldn't have asked for more. We paid the special weekend rate of £195 which included a superior room, a 3 course evening meal and breakfast. When you pull into the car park the first thing you notice is that the manor is very impressive and you instantly feel ‘away from it all’. We were greeted inside the front door and given a lovely welcome before a prompt and informative check in. Our bag was carried for us to our room which was spacious and modestly grand. We felt like we were staying on the set of an authentic period drama and it felt refreshing not to be staying in a newer soulless hotel. I'm sure you'll come across the typical tripadvisor reviewer who feels it necessary to make an obligatory complaint about the odd mark on one of the walls or the smallest amount of mildew in the bathroom. The reality is that unless a hotel employs a 24 hour painter and decorator you will encounter the odd imperfection. And I make this point specifically for Lewtrenchard because of the age of the building. What people need to appreciate is that this has nothing to do with the general cleanliness and atmosphere of a hotel, both of which were superb. An ancient building like Lewtrenchard must take an awful amount of maintenance to keep running at the standard it does. The value was very good also. They could easily charge a fortune and go very high end but I'm glad they don't because it gives a lot of people the opportunity to stay at this beautiful manor. We had afternoon cream tea in front of the fire which was very cosy. The whole place was very peaceful and serene and perhaps, ironically, that contributed to the only negative point we experienced. It’s so quiet that we found ourselves almost whispering so as not to be overheard or to disturb others. However, with a good book or newspaper this would clearly be a positive and I’m sure people stay there for an escape anyway. The evening meal was fantastic. It was actually 5 courses and we'd have been happy to pay good money in a restaurant for the standard we received. It was top quality. The breakfast was of the same standard and the service throughout was excellent if perhaps a little on the formal side. It’s just a personal preference but I like a more laid back service. I don't write many reviews on tripadvisor, only for places that really are worthy of comment, good or bad. Lewtrenchard Manor is very highly recommended, we hope to return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surrounded by the hills of Dartmoor, Lewtrenchard Manor offers luxurious accommodation in a magnificent Jacobean house. Views from the glorious gardens stretch far over the parkland, and Dartmoor National Park is almost within walking distance.Delicious fish, beef, pork and game dishes feature on a menu prepared by an award-winning chef. Some of the hotel's fruit, vegetables and herbs are sourced from the kitchen gardens. There is also a tasting menu, where you can try a range of fantastic food.Each room at Lewtrenchard Manor has unique character and charming features. Many have views across the grounds, and all feature a TV, seating area, and en suite bathroom.The family-run hotel is situated in Lewdown, a 20-minute drive from Launceston. Here you can visit the many National Trust properties in the area. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lewtrenchard Manor Hotel Lewdown
- Lewtrenchard Manor Okehampton
- Lewtrenchard Manor Hotel Okehampton
- Lewtrenchard Manor Lewdown, Devon, UK