Wisteria-clad manor that's the cream of north Devon

WELCOME TO RURAL North Devon. A long driveway climbs up through 20 acres of woods, gardens and lawns to wisteria-clad Northcote Manor – a handsome, mellow-stoned Georgian pile in an idyllic woodland setting.

Expectations of country-house peace and deep comforts are about to be realised – and how. Walk past the studded oak door of this romantic Devon hotel and a zesty yellow hallway leads you inside to polished wood floors with rugs, drop-in sofas, books, flowers and a crackling fire. A striking backdrop of hand-painted murals in the drawing room and dining room highlight the manor’s associations with Tavistock Abbey a thousand years ago.

After leisurely pre-dinner drinks by the fire we sailed into the restaurant, all glowing in pinky-peachy shades and impeccably set up for chef Richie Herkes' prize-winning cuisine. Huge murals along the walls tell the story of some of the manor's recent history.

Hit the Spot
Tucked into a wooded  hilliside near Umberleigh.

We loved the huge jacuzzi bath in the Manor suite.

Be Savvy
Book an aromatherapy treatment in your room – there's a therapist on standby.

Be Smitten
It's the cream of north Devon.

Going gourmet

Go gourmet here, with winners such as seared king scallops, Cornish turbot fillet, and caramelised apricots with panna cotta (sheer indulgence).The chef's versatility also includes excellent wedding banquets (the hotel can be hired exclusively for nuptials), while the Dine & Recline option allows those coming here for dinner to enjoy and imbibe with unhurried relish, then slip upstairs and stay over with a half-bottle of champers.

Individually designed bedrooms pile on the rich country comforts, with floral fabrics, cosy lamps and meticulous attention to detail. Shiny bathrooms stocked with fluffy robes and toiletries come with good size baths. The Manor suite has a jacuzzi and an oriental vibe, while Orchard enjoys valley views and a window table for just-out-of-bed breakfasts.

Staff at this luxury Devon hotel are adept at putting guests at ease, while for deep-down unwinding you can book an in-house aromatherapy and beauty treatments, or head outdoors for golf, tennis, fishing, racing and croquet.

Northcote Manor was reviewed for Room for Romance by Tim Treyman



Escape for a sneaky night away and taste the high life at Northcote Manor

As part of the Devon Celebration of Food and to mark the refurbishment of several rooms Northcote Manor are offering fantastic savings throughout October with a special dining and overnight stay package. For just GBP 110 per person you can stay overnight in one of the gorgeously refurbished rooms and savour the delights of Northcote's signature Gourmet set menu. Tuck into three courses of sumptuous food and wine at The Manor House Restaurant, and don't forget your full breakfast the next day. Both you and your wallet will be full when you leave.

*Quote Gourmet Overnight Stay on our Booking Inquiry Form

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Dining in
The restaurant is strikingly muralled with a huge painting depicting Northcote Manor’s history and by night it’s a-flicker with candlelight. Look forward to a great selection of modern English dishes: warm red mullet served with crab tian, beef Wellington with pak choi and vanilla panacotta prepared to AA rosette standard.

Dining out
There are numerous cosy pubs in the area, though the hotel is hard to beat.


Manor House restaurant at Northcote Manor.

What’s cooking?
Tuck into pan-fried free-range guinea fowl sausages, seared diver king scallops and rhubarb tartlet with butterscotch sauce.

Dress the part
Go smart country.

Top table?
Any table overlooking the gardens.

See & Do

Take to the hills on Exmoor and Dartmoor, or for more cultivated greenery spend a sunny afternoon admiring the RHS Rosemoor Gardens. Riding, fishing and golfing are easily arranged, while Exeter and Newton Abbott are great places for a day out. Exeter has some lively bars and cafes around the old quayside, and a fine cathedral.

Book an aromatherapy massage, pedicure or manicure without even having to leave your room – there’s a beauty therapist on call.

Buy a glassy keepsake at the Dartington Crystal showroom.

Make an evening of it: drinks and canapés on the terrace, a leisurely dinner and a fireside port or brandy to finish.

Guzzle local specialities at the North Devon Festival.

Sip a glass of Pimms while listening to jazz without even leaving the grounds: Northcote Manor holds its own Jazz festival every August.

Burrington,  Umberleigh, Devon EX37 9LZ

There is free guest parking

Portsmouth Arms station – one mile; Exeter for Intercity services

Around GBP 40 from Exeter St David’s station.

Exeter – 40 miles. Private transfers can be arranged.

Rooms and suites

11 rooms, four suites 

Special features
One room has a four-poster bed. The Manor suite has a jacuzzi and Orchard has a large bay window overlooking the grounds. 

There's a croquet lawn, tennis courts and 20 acres of grounds.


Rates guide
GBP 160 - 260

Open all year



Minimum night stay?

Full breakfast is served until 10am. Tuck into poached egg and ham on brioche toast or yummy haddock fishcakes.

Room service
Available morning and evening.


Dogs are welcome

Air conditioning


Wedding license?
Weddings are based on exclusive hire of the property and can accommodate up to 100 guests.

Your contact
Cheryl Hinksman – general manager


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