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.
Reduce, recycle, reuse
Our environmental ethos is to reduce, recycle and reuse as many materials from the hotel as we can while helping to develop and improve the biodiversity and environment in the grounds. One structure we have implemented on-site in partnership with Coastal Recycling is a recycling centre and we are developing a composting centre, this means that only the very minimal will be 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.
Our suppliers and partners are carefully chosen to meet our environmental ethos, we work closely with them to reduce disposable packaging by using reusable crates or buying in larger quantities.
Our landscape design draws from the concept of creating a sanctuary above the Exe Estuary, blurring the boundaries between art and nature.
Our plant species 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. Michael and the grounds team would like to take this idea further bringing our own hives to the site; with the population of bee’s in a constant decline, creating an environment for them to thrive would help to counter this trend along with helping to increase yield on our flowers and vineyard.
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.
Reducing our carbon footprint
Along with our ethos to reduce, recycle and reuse we have also looked further afield for ways to minimise our footprint, we have an electric golf buggy, electrical charging points for cars and encourage our guest to experience the breathtaking scenery on bikes they can hire from reception.
Beyond the grounds
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 and Brown Argus butterflies.