Lympstone Manor is a hive of biodiversity, each area of Lympstone Manor has been sympathetically restored or reinstated to help bring the grounds and mansion back to its former glory. We have meticulously planned the improvements to take into consideration our environment and the historical relevance of the features and grounds. We sourced local tradesman who were able to strike the right balance between preserving the past and presenting the future.
Our environmental ethos is to reduce, recycle and reuse as many materials from the hotel as we possibly can. Alongside this, one of our core aims is to help develop and improve the biodiversity and environment within the grounds and around our estate. One scheme implemented on-site, in partnership with Coastal Recycling, is a recycling centre and we have further developed a composting centre. This means we will have minimal waste left for landfill or for the Aerobic Digester.
Our chefs make sure they utilise the locally sourced produce to create as little kitchen waste as possible, trimmings are used to fortify stocks. More information regarding our food can be found here.
Our landscape design draws from the concept of creating a sanctuary above the Exe Estuary, blurring the boundaries between art and nature.
Plant species on the estate have been chosen to encourage pollinators, this is matched by our meadow sites which have a number of wildflowers increasing the biodiversity of the grounds. The use of the specific species of plant and the areas left for wild help to encourage the bees and butterflies, both are instrumental to the food chain.
Nothing goes to waste on the estate, wood from damaged or fallen trees will be reused to create seating or paths. It is important to all here at Lympstone Manor that we not only sustain our environment but actively improve it.
Michael and the grounds team have taken the idea of local produce and locally sourced items further by bringing our own hives to the site. With the population of bee’s in a constant decline, creating an environment for them to thrive has allowed us to help counter this trend, along with helping to increase yield on our flowers and vineyard.
As we are extremely passionate about this exciting addition to our grounds, we ensure we take every available step to ensure their well-being. A productive bee colony makes two to three times more honey than it needs to survive the winter. When harvesting honey from our beehives, our beekeepers and ground keepers try not to take anything the bees will miss. If necessary, beekeepers will feed bees sugar syrup in the autumn to compensate for the honey they take.
Fitting in nicely with our ethos to reduce, recycle and reuse we have also looked further afield for ways to minimise our footprint. For example, we have an electric golf buggy on site for our staff to travel between different parts of the estate and electrical charging points for guests to charge their cars. We also encourage all our guests to experience the breathtaking scenery of the Exe Estuary on bikes which they can hire from reception. At the foot of our estate, we have a gate allowing access to the estuary trail from which users can easily travel to Exmouth or Exeter.
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 kite-surfers 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.
Our friends at Devon Wildlife Trust monitor the ever-changing population of the estuary, a number of key birds migrate to the bountiful area to feed, Avocet, Brent Geese, Wigeon, Little Egret, Ringed Plover, Red Shank and Merlin to name a few.
The wildlife extends beyond the birds with the regular sighting of Grey seals, Hairy dragonflies, Wasp spiders, Brown Argus butterflies with dolphins spotted off the Exmouth coast on a semi-regular basis.