A Sense of Place
Lympstone Manor is a place where you can feel completely at home, relax in beautiful natural surroundings, enjoy the extensive gardens and parkland leading down to the foreshore of the Exe, or partake in any number of activities that are literally on Lympstone Manor’s doorstep.
“Experience the exceptional.”
The 28 acres of garden, grounds and parkland at Lympstone Manor extend from the Georgian manor house down to the foreshore of the Exe estuary, surrounded by the green hills of Devon. With a small team of dedicated grounds men who look after the gardens and working tirelessly in bringing them back to their former glory from days when this was a substantial and important private house. Surrounding the grounds you will find the ‘The Lady’s Walk’ a historic circular route developed in 1760. It extends around the boundary of our grounds which skirts the edge of the estuary where you can head out onto the shingle foreshore. The walk takes about 30 minutes, a perfect afternoon stroll.
In April 2018, the Vineyard is planted set between the house and the foreshore and planted with 18,0000 vines to produce classic Champagne-method sparkling wines for guests to enjoy.
We know that many who choose to visit us are seeking peace and relaxation, with your every need catered and pampered for. From in-room beauty treatments, massages to holistic therapies to hair and make up. For those who are more active, there is such a wealth of activities to choose from. Here are just a few of them: walking on the South Devon coastal path; exploring the Jurassic Coast; golf at Budleigh Salterton, Woodbury Park and Exeter Golf & Country Club; bird watching in a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest; cycling along the Exe Estuary Trail; watersports including sailing, stand-up paddleboarding, and kitesurfing; deep sea fishing; wine tasting and vineyard visits; and much more.
The extensive renovation and redevelopment of Lympstone Manor under Michael Caines sees this historic building restored to and even beyond its former glory. With the addition of a new wing, and the careful restoration of period features within the house allied with stunning contemporary features and the most modern conveniences. Originally an 18th century farmhouse, Lympstone Manor was formerly known as Courtland’s House. Over the years and centuries it had many owners and underwent significant changes.
The Barings (who founded Barings Bank) were responsible for the most dramatic changes to the house, from the 1760s adding to the previously simple and much smaller Georgian structure to create the building that is still mainly observed from the front. They also established many of the garden elements that we still see today, including the Lady’s Walk.
William Francis Spicer sometime after 1829 widened this to extend down to the Exe foreshore. Octavius Brown the next owner added a porch to the front of the building and a conservatory to the rear. William Lethbridge retired to the house in 1870 and it is thought that this was the first house in Devon to have electricity installed. In more recent years, some of the grounds were divided, and the house went through a number of different owners and activities.
Lympstone Manor is a place where you are totally in touch with nature. Enjoy walks around our beautiful 28-acre grounds. Or else explore parts of the South West Coastal Path and discover the Jurassic Coast which begins in nearby Exmouth and extends some 85 miles to the east along the Devon and Dorset coast. The Jurassic Coast is England’s first natural World Heritage Site, with cliffs, rocks and fossils that reveal detailed stories of Earth’s ancient past dating back 185 million years.
The Exe Estuary Trail is a cycle path that virtually passes through our grounds, linking Lympstone Manor with Exmouth to the south and the historic Topsham or Exeter to the north. Pashley bicycles are available for you to use to explore the area at no charge.
Lympstone Manor stands in a commanding position overlooking the Exe estuary. In summer, the estuary is populated by leisure boats on moorings and from our terraces or your luxurious bedroom you can watch dinghy regattas taking place, or perhaps kitesurfers skimming over the water’s surface. But come the winter, the boats and toys are put away and the estuary belongs once again to one of the richest and most varied populations of birds found anywhere in the country. As a designated SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest), the Exe estuary extends 10km south from Exeter to the open sea at Dawlish Warren. This unique habitat is made up of river and tidal estuary waters, foreshore, low-lying land, saltmarshes, mudflats, the rare and unusual double spit across the mouth of the estuary (visible at low tide), and the sand dunes of Dawlish Warren. This complex of coastal habitats supports internationally important numbers of wintering and migratory water birds. Yet the estuary also remains a working habitat, too. Exe mussels are cultivated in the estuary, just in front of Lympstone Manor; scallops are picked by hand from the Lyme Bay sea bed by scuba divers; the Compass Rose, a day-fishing boat, works out of Lympstone village; and commercial trawlers still land a varied catch at Exmouth docks throughout the year
In 1855, land from the estate was sold for the railway line that connects Exmouth with Exeter, Devon’s capital city. Today the charming Avocet Line, which stops in Lympstone, has a twice hourly service through day and is the perfect scenic route for reaching the city. Alternatively a short drive and the City of Exeter lies to the north where you can find many historic monuments including the Cathedral which is one of the oldest and most beautiful cathedrals in England, located on the same site for nearly 1000 years.
Beyond Exeter, there is much to explore. East Devon includes the seaside towns of Budleigh Salterton and Sidmouth, while inland is Ottery St Mary, famous for its Bonfire Night burning tar barrels. Dartmoor lies to the west, with its bare, heath- and gorse-covered hills topped by granite tors. Whether you like lazing on sandy beaches, exploring medieval towns, walking atop fossil-rich cliffs, visiting city centre monuments or shops, or trekking over moorland national parks, Lympstone Manor is in easy reach of it all.