When this Georgian mansion was originally constructed and subsequently rebuilt by the Barings in the 1760s, it was without doubt the jewel in the crown for the landed gentry in East Devon due to its commanding position overlooking the Exe estuary. And so it remains today. Lympstone Manor stands in splendid isolation amidst its 28 acres of parkland, a haven for wildlife and surrounded by unspoiled countryside. Yet with its proximity to Exeter on one hand, the sea on the other, and with excellent transportation links (road, rail and air), Lympstone Manor remains an easily accessible and perfect rural retreat.
‘Devon and the South West has the best larder not just in the UK but in all of Europe’ Michael Caines MBE.
Devon, glorious Devon: this is the home county of Michael Caines and a place that we all deeply love. Bound to the south by the English Channel and to the north by the Bristol Channel, there is so much to see, do and discover. Away from urban areas, this is rich agricultural country; the source of the beautiful produce that finds it’s way onto the menus of Lympstone Manor.
With no less than five official Areas of Outstanding Beauty, the county has much to offer. East Devon has the nearby beaches and seaside towns of Regency Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton and Exmouth; the gateway to the UNESCO Jurassic Cost. Moving inland you have historic towns such as Ottery St Mary and Honiton; well-known for it’s lace and weekly market.
Exploring the South Hams, you will find beautiful maritime towns such as Dartmouth and Salcombe. Dartmoor National Park lies in the heart of the county, an upland landscape with heather and gorse meadows topped by rugged granite tors and full of breath-taking places to discover (there are over 5000 bronze age hut circles).
North Devon has the popular surfers’ beaches of Croyde and Woolacombe. Ilfracombe gives way across majestic Exmoor to Lynmouth, Lynton and the stunning Valley of the Rocks. With views across to South Wales, it’s truly a rugged paradise and ideal for walkers looking for a varied challenge.
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In summer, the Exe estuary is populated by leisure boats on moorings and from the viewpoint of our terrace or from your luxurious bedroom you can watch dinghy regattas, 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.
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, salt-marshes, 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 waterbirds.
Yet the estuary 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.
Exeter, the capital of this beautiful county, lies 7 miles north of Lympstone Manor on the Exe river. It is a vibrant and lively cathedral city that is attractive and steeped in history, pre-dating the arrival of the Romans in AD 50. The imposing Roman and medieval city wall is still intact in many places and archaeologists have uncovered much of interest from the distant past. The gothic cathedral dates from the 11th century and there are lovely, half-timbered Tudor buildings which somehow survived the bombings of the Second World War.
However, despite its historic features, Exeter is truly a city for today. It has a varied cultural scene, good places to eat and drink, national stores (visit Princesshay), independent shops (explore Fore Street), and a lively quayside area which is home to many pubs and bars. It is also the home of the Exeter Chiefs who play their matches at Sandy Park and Exeter City F.C. who play at St James Park.
Exeter is easily accessible by either catching a train from Lympstone Village or via a taxi which can be arranged for you at reception.
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The Jurassic Coast begins in nearby Exmouth and extends some 95 miles to the east along the Devon and Dorset coast as far Studland Bay. Here the story of our Earth is revealed across 185 million years, as the geology of the cliffs records the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods – a journey that recalls a time of deserts, tropical seas, ancient forests, and lush swamps, all recorded in the rocks.
The Jurassic Coast is unique in being the only place on our planet that so reveals the ancient past in this manner and is considered a site of outstanding scientific interest having also been award UNESCO World Heritage status. It is also one of the most beautiful places simply to explore and discover on foot, walking along any stretch of the South West Coast Path.