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Michael Caines, owner, Lympstone Manor

Michael Caines

In April 2017, acclaimed chef Michael Caines MBE, opened Lympstone Manor, which was to quickly become one of the best new hotel openings of the year. Caines himself said that the launch of the boutique hotel and restaurant in Devon was the ‘realisation of a dream’ and his ‘vision of country house hospitality for the 21st century’.

The new hotel, despite only being 12 months old, is already leaps and bounds ahead of its many of its competitors.

He was prominent in the finding and funding of the property to its design planning right through to its opening, and even project managed the building operations. Lympstone Manor quickly found success under his direction with acceptance into Relais & Châteaux after only three months of being open and a Michelin star after only six months of operating.

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In July 2017, the hotel pledged to recycle or recover 100% of waste across its 28 bedrooms and fine-dining restaurant in a new partnership, cementing Lympstone Manor’s commitment to sustainability. Just earlier this year, the hotel hit the headlines once again with the announcement that the Michelin-starred property is to plant a vineyard within its estate, which will eventually result in the production of classic Champagne-method sparkling wines in 2023.

It’s clear that Caines has become a visionary hotelier through his development of Lympstone Manor, while also running operations in the Coach House Restaurant at Kentisbury Grange Hotel and Palé Hall Hotel and Restaurant, ensuring that each one runs at top speed and top quality.

He is also an honoury Patron of Exeter College and has his own Michael Caines Academy.

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