Not many hotels have links to a national art collection, but when you learn that Orestone Manor’s previous owner was a renowned artist who had Isambard Kingdom Brunel sit for a portrait at the house, the connection starts to fall into place
Sir John Callcott Horsley’s painting of Brunel now hangs in the National Portrait Gallery, but it was created at the artist’s south Devon home, Orestone Manor.
The Georgian hillside residence, with its sub tropical garden and sea views, may now be a hotel but it’s also still a family home and, happily, the current owners are both chefs. With Neil and Catherine D’Allen at the dining helm you’re in safe hands, as they make the most of Devon’s produce – whether that’s moorland lamb, seafood from Torbay or salads plucked from their garden.
The manor’s individual rooms mix period furniture with modern, high quality fabrics and furnishings; it’s elegant throughout, but still has that relaxed, well-loved, homely feel. The Brunel Bar serves cocktails which you can take on the colonial-style sun terrace.
If the weather’s not so good, enjoy those views from the conservatory. Either way, it’s a perfect spot in which to unwind, drink in the scenery (and a pre-dinner aperitif), and picture the world famous engineer enjoying this little piece of paradise.
One lucky reader and guest could be following in Brunel’s footsteps in our competition this month to win a night’s stay for two in a Superior Room with breakfast and three course table d’hôte dinner.
To be in with a chance of winning just answer the following question …
What was the relation between Horsley and Brunel?