Hidden away in the rolling hills of the Devonshire countryside is an estate retreat with recently discovered awe inspiring Capability Brown gardens!
This summer, guests were welcomed for the first time to the Orangery Estate in Mamhead , Exeter, to sample the delights of a truly magical part of the West Country with views across the county that are simply quite breath-taking!
Overlooking the Exe Estuary, the estate boasts 100-acres of gardens & woodlands, a beautiful little church dating back to a by-gone era & an 18th Century Orangery which is now the family home of Kara, Philip, their three children & five dogs!
If nature is your thing you can spend time walking in the gardens, woods & fields making friends with the herd of alpacas, rare breed sheep, & Tamworth Pigs.
Guests are invited to enjoy their own secret hide away in the architecturally designed Lakehouse, tucked away in a quiet spot looking over the lake. The Lakehouse has been beautifully renovated in a contemporary style, sleeping 6, with bi fold doors looking out onto a spacious decking & two row boats tethered to the bank of the lake. The mix of American and English design blend well together producing a New England style that is light and airy as well as comforting. A great place to spend time with the family discovering nearby beaches or simply to relax with your partner enjoying the seclusion and glorious countryside.
It is very obvious that the owners of this estate have a ‘nature first’ approach & are totally committed to sensitively restoring the land, house & gardens.
In Kara’s own words “Guests have the freedom to define their own experience. They can escape, explore, contemplate or just be”
Kara & Philip have certainly breathed life back into this idyllic part of the world and are hoping to offer further accommodation on the estate in 2017 in the guise of Treehouses and Glamping.
Location: 15 minutes from the M5, 5 minutes off the A380, 30 minutes from Exeter St Davids train Station and Exeter Airport.
Lakehouse: The Lakehouse sleeps up to six people, with one double bedroom, one twin bedroom with four classic American ‘cosy bunks’, family bath, open plan dining room, sitting room and kitchen, with full length doors opening on to the veranda with views over the lake.
Prices from: Weekend £800 – Midweek £640