Lympstone Manor is decorated with specially commissioned artwork by talented local artist Rachel Toll. Rachel is a watercolour artist who gains inspiration from the wildlife, landscapes and coasts of Devon and Cornwall. For Lympstone Manor, she has painted a series of beautiful watercolours illustrating the birds of the Exe Estuary and her work adorns each of our respective guestrooms.
Throughout the entire hotel, our walls are hung with artwork from highly regarded, local artists in collaboration with FineArt@. Their collections allow us to merge breathtaking art with fine dining for a unique evening experience. FineArt@ Lympstone Manor is currently presenting it’s second mixed exhibition, featuring the work of a number of prominent artists including studies of the surrounding landscape by local contemporary artist, Stewart Edmondson.
Also working with FineArt@, our ground features a sculpture walk displaying various works by sculptor Paul Harvey, with an interior complimented by the bronze masterpieces designed by the elite sculptor, Simon Gudgeon.
Born in Country Durham, Janis studied at Newcastle upon Tyne School of Art Foundation Course specialising in sculpture as well as Exeter College of Art where she gained a BA in Fine Arts. As a first-year student at Exeter College of Art, Janis lived in the large upstairs flat at Lympstone Manor (when it was formerly Courtlands) sharing with three students from the university. She stated that it was a “heavenly exotic and tranquil place to live, at night the birds from the estuary made beautiful sounds.”
She began her career with an exhibition at LYC Museum and Art Gallery Cumbria. After moving to Devon, her work was predominantly painting and drawing; with a solo show at Exe Gallery in 1983 and showing at Beaux-Arts, Bath. She received a South West Arts Award in 1983.
In 1998 she became a member of Royal Society of Sculptors and her bronze sculptures were shown in London at McHardy Sculpture Company, Bath Arts Fair and Hampton Court the following year. Since 1999 Janis has gained an international reputation through her sculpting, and her work is regularly exhibited at the London, Hong Kong and New York Art Fairs. Showing work with Edgar Modern in Bath, Josie Eastwood Gallery in Hampshire, Coombe Gallery in Dartmouth, the Alan Kluckow Gallery, the Moncrieff-Bray Gallery, Otomys Gallery in Tetbury and The Sculpture Park in Farnham, she also demonstrated sculpture making at Art in Action Oxford for three years.
In the South West commissions can be seen in Exeter Cathedral, Unfolding Love University of Exeter, Stargazer, Topsham Millennium Sculpture, Spirit of Youth and at Matara, Kingscote Park, Gloucestershire and Croft School, Stratford upon Avon.
Her work is held in many public and private collections throughout the world in France, Hong Kong Germany, Netherlands, USA, New Zealand, South Korea and the UK.
The wildly talented Rachael Toll has created a series of watercolours for our 21 Estuary bird-named rooms and we duly decorated each room following her colour scheme.
Brown and speckled wings offset the striking red and orange legs of a Redshank and so our room is decorated with dusty coppers and muted browns to enable guests to feel year-round warmth and joy.
Soft greys and neutral whites perfectly embellish Heron, one of our two Superior Estuary Suites, so that the room stands quietly majestic; it’s grandeur perfectly reflecting the silent might of the bird itself.
Kingfisher, it’s blues and oranges a treat to many on the Estuary, make this a lively yet pleasant and calming room. With views southwards, down the coast, guests are invited to enjoy the sheer awe of their surroundings during winter or simply marvel at the beauty during the warmer months.
To explore each suite, click the link here.
Dotted around our intimately beautiful estate are 53 sculptures created by more than 20 sculptors from around the country. Each stand proud and resolute, happily positioned amongst their surroundings to provide guests with a unique experience to appreciate not just the natural beauty of our grounds, but of these strikingly poignant and beautiful constructions too.
The variety of works on display throughout our Sculpture Park is truly remarkable, from abstract to figurative and conceptual genres, covering a range of different subjects techniques, styles, materials, methods of creation, scale and underlying philosophy. This is a carefully curated collection, with the placement of each work in the natural setting of our estate precisely considered by the artist, curator and Michael himself. The overall effect is hugely impressive, taking the concept of environmental art to another level.
Guests are invited to use their smartphone camera to scan the QR code positioned next to each piece of art which will reveal further information on the piece.
We currently run Sculpture Park tours, these run every Tuesday from May 2020 until September. Please speak to reception for more information.