Chef Michael Caines, with two MIchelin stars to his name, has revealed plans for his own multi million pound country house hotel.
Caines, together with a consortium of investors, has exchanged contracts for the purchase of 28 acres Courtlands in Lympstone, according to a report in the Express & Echo.
The purchase is subject to full planning permission which would allow the Grade II listed Georgian mansion to be converted into a 21-bedroom country house hotel with a 60-cover restaurant.
Caines’ ambition is to preside over an internationally acclaimed destination and achieve a third Michelin Star.
Exeter-born Caines has won multiple awards during his 20 years at Gidleigh Park.
Caines told the Express & Echo: “I am very excited. This is the earliest phase in the realisation of a long-standing dream.
“The renovation of Courtlands into a luxury country house hotel and restaurant in a fabulous East Devon setting on the Exe estuary will enable me most fully to express my vision of hospitality in all its aspects.
“My passion for food and wine is at the heart of everything we will be working to achieve, with the intention to cook at the very highest standard and to achieve two Michelin stars here — with the aspiration to gain a third.
“The 60-cover restaurant will feature my signature, award-winning modern European cuisine that champions the fabulous produce of East Devon, the wider county of Devon and the South West.”
Caines said he will remain at Gidleigh Park for the ‘foreseeable future’ until his dream becomes a reality.