Michael Caines MBE has officially opened the doors to Lympstone Manor, his new luxury country house hotel which he describes as the ‘realisation of a dream’.
The respected chef has spent the last year renovating and restoring the Grade-II listed former private home in Devon to develop the new showstopping property, set in 28 acres of countryside with views of the Exe Estuary.
The property has been developed with Caines working with architect Rud Sawers to create the new hotel’s layout and London-based design duo Meraki being brought in for the interiors.
Each of the 21 bedrooms has been named after birds that live in and around the Estuary, with rooms such as Kingfisher and Heron making an appearance.
There are a total of three dining rooms at Lympstone too. Powderham consists of six banquette tables in muted gold tones, while the hotel’s private dining space Mamhead seats 14 and is decked out in terra ombra with velvet chairs.
Caines is at the heart of the food and wine offering, taking a year out specifically to focus on developing the menus at Lympstone Manor.
A La Carte dishes include ‘tartlet of quail and quail’s eggs, onion confit, black truffle and smoked bacon and a light quail jus’; ‘braised turbot, River Exe mussels and cockles with tomato and basil sauce’ and ‘poached rhubarb with hibiscus and vanilla, lemon sponge, lemon curd and rhubarb sorbet’.
A “Taste of the Estuary” offers a seven course exploration of local seafood, while the “Signature Menu” is an eight course tasting menu and a weekly changing lunch menus offer a choice of three starters, mains and desserts, with all other menus changing with the seasons.
“The opening of Lympstone Manor is the realisation of a dream,” says Caines. “Everything that I have achieved in my long career has brought me to this point where I can fully express my vision of contemporary country house hospitality for the 21st century. I can’t wait to welcome old and new friends to my new home!”