As has been said before, this is more like a pub with rooms than a hotel. However, the beautiful and well kept grounds are far superior to most hotels we have stayed at. The sweeping drive and lake with ducks is the perfect setting for a wedding venue, of which they have many!
The hotel is off the beaten track, and there is nothing of real interest in Dunkeswell, apart from the Abbey and an airfield, which was responsible for some noisy little planes circling above.
The bar is cosy but drafty - it would have been lovely if the large woodburner had been lit, but with only a few people in the bar I guess it was not worth it. Dinner was fine - not amazing but quite acceptable. Wine reasonably priced but a limited choice.
Rooms, well those in the annexe were quite small. "Stables" was small but bright, Little Groom next door was dark, musty and so small you could not pass each other easily going round the bed! However, we asked to change and were happily relocated to No 7 upstairs, which was different again. Large bathroom, king size four poster bed and the most amazing view over the front lawns and lake. Go for this room if you have the chance! Only downside is that the walls are quite thin, and you could hear muffled conversation from next door.
Breakfast was lacking on the cold side, with no fruit, except a little grapefruit, no croissants etc, but this was made up for by the freshly cooked "full English", or smoked salmon and scrambled eggs etc. Toast was also freshly prepared which is always a bonus! Possibly the best cooked breakfast we have had in a hotel for a long time.
Lakeview Manor does feel more like a wedding venue or small conference centre, with it's large hall and marquee, but it is worth visiting for the grounds and the helpful and friendly staff, who couldn't do enough for you.
If you like antique shops do visit Honiton, as there are dozens of them in and around the town!
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- Also Known As:
- Lakeview Manor Hotel Honiton
- Fishponds Hotel Honiton
- Lakeview Manor Honiton, Devon