Days out in Devon – Vineyard Tours at Lympstone Manor

From charming coastal towns to rolling countryside, there is a plethora of wonderful days out in Devon for locals and tourists alike. Among these, vineyard tours at Lympstone Manor Estate are the perfect way to indulge in the region’s beauty and taste some of its finest food and drink offerings. 

An historic estate overlooking the sparkling waters of the River Exe, Lympstone Manor is renowned for its award-winning wines and exquisite hospitality. From the beginning of May until the end of September, guests staying at the hotel (as well as non-resident guests) can enjoy one of guided vineyard tours where Operations Director and Vineyard Manager, Steve Edwards, shares insights into the viticulture (winegrowing) process on a walk through the rows of lush grapevines.   

Michael and Steve in the vineyard

Learn about the unique terroir of Devon and how it influences the flavours of the estate’s wines. As you stroll through the vineyards, take in panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, dotted with patchwork fields and ancient woodlands. 

Following the vineyard tours, guests are invited to take their seats in the dining room or the Pool House Restaurant and indulge in a three-course casual dine lunch, a four-course fine dining lunch or an eight-course Signature tasting menu created by Michelin-starred chef Michael Caines and his culinary team, and showcasing the best of Devon’s seasonal produce. Delight your taste buds with dishes crafted from locally sourced ingredients and compliment them with the estate’s wines. 

Lunch with Estate Wines

After lunch, take some time to explore the 28 acres of garden, grounds, and parkland at Lympstone Manor. This swath of beautiful countryside extends from the Georgian manor house down to the foreshore of the Exe estuary and is surrounded by the green hills of Devon. 

The 30-minute Lady’s Walk is the perfect post lunch walk. An historic circular route developed in 1760, the walk takes guests to the boundary of Lympstone Manor and the edge of the estuary where you can head out onto the shingle foreshore. All along the way, there is a collection of sculptures on display with wonderful works of art provided by local, and celebrated artists. 

Explore the Vineyard

Once you’ve experienced the beauty and indulgence of Lympstone Manor, why not venture out to discover more days out in Devon? Head to the nearby coastal town of Exmouth for a leisurely stroll along the sandy beaches or take a boat trip to explore the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its fossil-rich cliffs and stunning natural beauty. 

Alternatively, explore the charming town of Topsham, known for its quaint streets lined with independent shops and galleries. Pause for a pint at one of the town’s many traditional pubs or take a leisurely bike ride along the Exe Estuary Trail, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. 

Whether you’re a wine enthusiast, a food lover, or simply seeking a relaxing day out in the English countryside, vineyard tours at Lympstone Manor Estate promise to be one of the more memorable days out in Devon.