Historic splendour at Lewtrenchard Manor
This family-run Jacobean manor house hidden away in the middle of rural Devon is a delicious place to dine and stay.
A visit is rather like stepping back in time, thanks to Lewtrenchard Manor’s wood panelling, stucco ceilings, ancestral portraits, and the crackling logs lighting up the huge elegant fireplaces.
The house is steeped in history and was even mentioned in the Domesday Book. In 1626 it was bought by Henry Gould, remaining in the family for many generations (eyeball the Gould clan over dinner – their portraits hang in the dining room). Then, in the 19th century, Reverend Sabine Baring Gould – who penned Onward Christian Soldiers – inherited the property and transformed it into the house it is today.
However good Baring Gould’s taste in architecture, it’s odds on he didn’t have a chef who could create the kind of beautiful dishes that modern day visitors experience. David Brown is the new head chef and is busy crafting the next phase of the country house hotel’s culinary reputation. He’s got great raw ingredients to work with – including many freshly plucked from Lewtrenchard’s kitchen garden.
Choose between à la carte or tasting menus and ensconce yourself in the panelled dining rooms or book the Purple Carrot private dining room with its flat-screen views of the kitchen action.