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Orestone Manor, Torquay, Devon
Orestone Manor has been owned and run by the local D'Allen family for generations. It was originally the home of famous painter John Callcott Horsley, designer of the first ever Christmas card, and is now a 14-bedroom Georgian country manor house surrounded by sub-tropical gardens in the coastal village of Maidencombe on the outskirts of Torquay. Offering views across Devon's 'English Riviera', it boasts a 2 AA Rosette-awarded restaurant which has won several awards for its locally-sourced food. Many of the rooms and all suites have sea views and some have private outdoor hot tubs.
Orestone Manor is nestled between Devon's lush countryside and its picture-postcard south coast, with stunning cliffs and coves straight off the cover of an Enid Blyton book.
Hidden away in greenery, guests might not immediately realise that Torquay is just a 15-minute drive from the hotel.
By car: The hotel is 4 hours from London, almost 3 hours from Southampton, 1 hour from Taunton and 2 hours 30 mins from Cardiff. There is parking at the hotel.
By train: Newton Abbot station is a 13-minute drive from the hotel, accessed from London Paddington within 2 hours 30 mins, 1 hour 20 from Bristol, 3 hours from Birmingham.
Style & Character
The hotel is perfect for guests of all ages, from young couples escaping London on a romantic break to older solo guests enjoying the slower pace of life. There's an eclectic charm to the hotel with its mixture of different styles and themes.
Service & Facilities
We love taking a quiet moment with a long, refreshing G&T at sunset on the terrace overlooking the hotel's sub-tropical gardens.
- Free parking
- Free WiFi
- Family rooms
- Facilities for disabled guests
We love the sand-coloured bathroom with its pine floor, walk-in shower and roll-top bath in the corner.
Standard, Standard Sea-View, Superior, Deluxe, Suite
Facilities include:Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV, wardrobe, en suite bathroom with toiletries, hairdryer, bathtub or shower, sea and garden views in some rooms
Food & Drink
The fixed-price menu is good value for food of this quality. The Torbay scallops grilled in the shell with hazelnut and coriander butter are superb - seeing them being landed the same day at the port makes them even more special.
Restaurant: 2 AA Rosettes, locally-sourced seafood. Closed Tuesdays. Two courses for £25 or three courses for £28.50.