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FE pampered R&R – Autumn Half Term Exclusive Offer At Luxury Orestone Manor (23-31 Oct).

Exclusive: For all education staff this autumn half-term and the for the first week of the Christmas holidays, an exclusive offer is in place at whereby anyone working professionally in education will receive a lovely bottle of Prosecco in their room + 25% off the room rate (Bed and Breakfast). To make your booking call 01803 897511 and quote OrestoneTeach. It must be booked directly with the hotel and is not in conjunction with any other offer

The luxurious, family-owned Orestone Manor run by two chefs, offers intimate luxury, delicious food and sumptuous accommodation. There’s also seal watching on Maidencombe beach, as well as the Manor’s fascinating history to discover: scene of Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s National Portrait Gallery painting, created by his brother-in-law, Sir John Calcott Horsley. In the 1850’s, Orestone Manor saw many Brunel/Horsley family gatherings.

This charming Georgian hidden gem was also the birthplace of the Christmas Card, with Sir Horsley designing the card in 1843. Nowadays under 20 are in existence, one’s in the V&A, another’s owned by the Royal Mail. The cards fetch £25k+ at auction. Interestingly his neighbours were equally famous with Rudyard Kipling living in the property nearest.

Based in the coastal Devon village of Maidencombe, the Manor’s rooms match the food in excellence and three have simmering private hot-tubs, a delight for autumn evenings while sipping bubbly. There’s also a stunning 18th Century Italian fireplace and fireplaces throughout, perfect snuggle-spots with cosy sofas while you enjoy a Devon Cream tea, a must after an autumn walk seal-spotting on the beach nearby, or stretching your legs on the coast path that sits right on the doorstep. Orestone Manor’s fabulous afternoon teas actually make a stay a must in their own right.

Meanwhile the swanky Brunel Bar & Lounge is an excellent place to enjoy a tipple, top tip: try the champagne cocktail of the week and as you do, cast your eye over the new Bar & Lounge addition to see if the custom features modelled on Brunel’s famous Royal Albert Bridge, an impeccable landmark bridging Devon and Cornwall measure up to the engineer’s exacting standards.

This charming country house hotel has won awards and accolades from Condé Nast Johansens, double AA Rosettes for fine dining, plus double gold-wins in the renowned Taste of the West hotel and restaurant awards. The venue is also a constant winner of TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence and has been handpicked to feature in “Relish South West” – a guide to 20 of the best fine-dining venues across the South West with recipes revealing how to make the signature dishes at home.

Orestone Manor, intimate charm and luxurious service that only a first-class, family-run hotel can deliver.


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