Lewtrenchard Manor

Okehampton, Devon

A grand old manor house, once home to the Duke of Albermarle, that dazzles inside and out - there’s seriously good food, too


14 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


A Jacobean mansion where the full aristocratic Monty is on display, and Onward Christian Soldiers was written in the library. Although grand, with its spectacular hall, cavernous fireplace and dazzling ballroom, it’s not stuffy and the Murray family run their hotel with friendly ease.Dogs are welcome here and walks shoot off in all directions. You can hire bikes nearby and explore the Camel Trail; the local Arundell Arms has fishing rights on the river Tamar and offers courses. Return for one of the hotel’s relaxation therapies and an elegant afternoon tea. The silver service dinners come with vegetables from the walled garden. You can walk it off in the gardens: Gertrude Jekyll parterre, fountains, woodland and an avenue of beeches straight out of Thomas Hardy. The Dartmoor National Park can be reached on foot if you’re feeling hearty.

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We think you'll love

  • The thrilling 16th-century authenticity
  • The friendly, unaffected but professional service
  • The stunning gardens
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Home truths

  • WiFi but no mobile phone signal
  • You need a car to get to the nearest town


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Credit cards
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 2pm
Check out
By 11am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights at weekends. Pets by arrangement.
Lunch: bar meals from £5.95; restaurant from £21. Dinner, 3 courses, £49.50. Children over seven welcome in restaurant.


Nightly price
from £180
4 Suites for 2
From £235
4 Doubles
From £205
6 Twin/doubles
From £180


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The neighbourhood

Surrounded by nine acres of woodland walks, waterfall, lawns, lake and stream, Lewtrenchard Manor stands in a secluded valley beneath Dartmoor’s wild tors, virtually untouched by time. The vibrant market towns of Tavistock, Launceston and Okehampton are an easy ride in the car, as are the coastlines of North and South Devon.

Local points of interest from Sue, James, Duncan & Joan Murray

  • Lewtrenchard Manor is one of the most popular and most prestigious family run hotels in Devon. Nestled in a secluded valley beneath Dartmoor’s wild tors, and virtually untouched by time, the Manor is located in a magnificent setting.
  • Make yourself at home in our well-appointed and comfortable accommodation, and when you want to venture outside the grounds, the delights of Okehampton, Tavistock and Launceston are close at hand to be sampled and enjoyed.
  • For most of the year, depending on the weather, our kitchen garden provides a harvest of delicious homegrown produce for our kitchen. As our head chef Tom firmly believes – the quality of the food we serve comes from the freshness of its ingredients.
  • Our exciting ‘Chefs Table’ experience which is unique for the South West; the “Purple Carrot” offers private dining with a bird’s eye view of a state of the art kitchen in action, with chances for guests to interact with Tom and his team.
  • The history of Lewtrenchard Manor is rich and extensive. Mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086AD as a Royal manor owned by Roger de Moles, the property passed into the possession of the Trenchard family during the reign of Henry III.
  • In the 19th Century, the Reverend Sabine Baring Gould, an author and poet who famously wrote the hymn Onward Christian Soldiers, inherited the property. It was he who transformed the house to the wonderful manor it is today.


Sue, James, Duncan & Joan Murray

Running their manor house as a successful hotel and bringing up their young children here, Sue and James Murray eventually sold up in 2001… and returned in 2012! They and their son Duncan and daughter-in-law Joan have a passion for this marvellous old place, while guests and staff are delighted to have the family back at the helm.