From the lands of Dartmoor to the impressive Jurassic coast, from rolling open country to the rugged coastlines of Cornwall, the south-west of England is a paradise for artists, sailors and botanists. Its settings and history were a constant inspiration for the poet Thomas Hardy and the novelist Conan Doyle. In a climate milder than elsewhere, there are a host of parks and gardens to visit. You feel the smell and spray of the sea while the wind makes the birds dance..
Property reopening on 17/05/2021
Hotel and restaurant in a village. Deep in the heart of the rolling Wessex countryside and near the dramatic rocks and fossils of the renowned Jurassic Coast, little has changed from the days when the area was immortalised in the novels and “Wessex” poems of Thomas Hardy. A fine Georgian listed house set in nearly two hectares of idyllic gardens, with a croquet lawn, health spa and a collection of richly furnished guest rooms and suites, Summer Lodge is a small world in itself. Add in a restaurant of international repute, one of the best cheeseboards in the United Kingdom, a cellar boasting more than 1,600 wines and the 300 whiskies and 100 brandies that are available, and it is easy to see why guests come from so far and wide. ... Learn moreless
A natural World Heritage Site owing to its geological importance, the Jurassic Coast stretches along more than 150km from East Devon to Dorset. Geographers and geologists estimate parts of this rocky coastline to be 180 million years old. It comes as no surprise then that a wealth of geological vestiges...Read More less
Lyme Regis is called the "pearl" of Dorset County. This small seaside town has retained its Georgian appearance and utterly charming atmosphere. Writer Jane Austen set her novel 'Persuasion' here. This coastal town also featured in scenes from 'The French Lieutenant's Woman', starring American actress...Read More less
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Hotel and restaurant in the country. Lympstone Manor is driven by the enthusiasm and talent of chef Michael Caines. This Georgian manor-turned-contemporary country house embodies his vision of hospitality for the 21st century. Overlooking the Exe Estuary in the southwest of England, the estate extends to the shore, enveloped in the colours of the landscape of this magnificent part of Devon.At the heart of Lympstone Manor is the cuisine. Personal, mature and strikingly precise, it is above all a showcase for products from the sea and the wider region of the southwest. A freshly planted vineyard will one day soon bring a unique house wine to the eclectic list which is already a pillar in the ethos of the hotel. ... Learn moreless
More than a garden, this immense botanical park houses one of the most beautiful collections of trees in Great Britain. Many of them are the oldest or largest of their species in the UK. The 25 hectares thus offer different experiences among the various gardens (American, Italian, Hermit, etc.). Here,...Read More less
The choir of Exeter Cathedral is considered to be one of the finest in the country. One can come and listen to its liturgical hymns which accompany the evening services (5:30 p.m. during the week, 4:00 p.m. at weekends). Under the impressive tierceron vault of the cathedral’s nave, one can only be struck...Read More less
Property reopening on 18/05/2021
Restaurant and hotel in the country. Gidleigh Park sits majestically on the bubbling upper reaches of the River Teign within 43 hectares of mature grounds, featuring an acclaimed kitchen garden, croquet lawns and putting course. The house has an air of tranquillity and romance, and a genuinely warm welcome awaits.The majority of the guest rooms overlook the beautiful gardens and the river, each unique with thoughtful touches and indulgent bathrooms. The interior of the house draws inspiration from the Arts and Crafts movement, complemented by artwork and antiques from the family’s private collection. Showcasing the season’s finest ingredients, menus are carefully crafted without pretension so that each dish culminates in a paragon of absolute freshness and true clarity of flavour. ... Learn moreless
Some would say that this moorland was created only to graze ponies and sheep. A tortured land embellished by waterfalls and standing stones, stone crosses and ancient remains, this is the realm of walkers, cyclists and horseback riders. A wonderful backdrop dominated by the tors – granite rock elevations...Read More less
Scorhill Stone Circle, also known as the Gidleigh Stone Circle, is one of the most important stone circles in Devon. An important prehistoric site in the heart of moorland, it is composed of about twenty granite blocks in a vertical position - some of which are carved. A short distance from the circle...Read More less
Property reopening on 17/05/2021
Hotel and restaurant on the seafront. Waking up in a bright, spacious room overlooking the sea, with the sound of waves lapping gently against the shore below, is an invitation to enjoy a morning swim, take a boat trip, join a sailing lesson on the dinghy or visit one of Cornwall’s internationally renowned gardens. Owners Karen and David Richards have transformed this historic building in the enchanting port of St Mawes, instilling it with the soul of a wonderful holiday home. On the waterfront terrace, guests can savour the Cornish sunshine and the freshest fish caught by local dayboat fishermen. Refined, imaginative and sustainable cuisine with genuine hospitality in a relaxed setting — no wonder the staff ’s joie de vivre is so contagious! ... Learn moreless
A visit is a must for boating and maritime history enthusiasts, in this modern building on Discovery Quay in the heart of Falmouth Harbour. The museum evokes sailing history and culture. On the 5 floors, the visitor will discover a great collection of boats of yesteryear and today, from the remains of...Read More less
It is in spring and autumn that Trelissick garden is at its best. Planted in 1898, the Japanese Red Cedar (Cryptomeria japonica) acts as a magnet. We turn around and around it until we feel dizzy. Along the carefully tended lawns, one strolls between azaleas, banana and rhododendron trees, dahlias and...Read More less
**Offer cannot be combined, valid for an itinerary in at least 2 different Relais & Châteaux establishments before December 31, 2021, reserved with Relais & Châteaux concierges from June 25, 2020, discount applicable on certain rates and certain establishments. List available from our concierges.
Total price communicated as an indication, based on a stay of the number of nights recommended on this webpage, taking place in the next 3 months, and based on double occupancy (excluding recommended activities, excluding properties not bookable online).
To give you inspiration, Relais & Châteaux presents the Routes du Bonheur: Suggestions for travel itineraries that you can fully personalise according to your wishes and the experiences you would like to discover. Our consultants are available to help customise your route and assist you in making reservations at our properties. It is up to you to reserve any recommended activities on-site or nearby that might interest you.