Things to do

Orestone Manor is a place to relax. We provide comfort, great service, and fine food, in an atmosphere of peace and tranquility. Our bar and restaurant are popular with locals as well as residents, and have a warm buzz to them most evenings, without ever being boisterous.

If you want to while away the day with something a little more than a book, we have a good selection of board games and playing cards for residents to borrow.

There are lots of interesting things to see and do in the local area. Our team will be happy to make suggestions, and we have added a selection of Devon's delights on this page.

If you would like to arrange a guided tour around attractions and locations nearby, we have a fantastic local tour guide Alex Graeme, who can offer a range of regular tours or a completely bespoke tour just for you. Just contact Alex to discuss your requirements - you can find his website here.

The English Riviera

With so much to see and do on the English Riviera, South Devon's beautiful bay, you really can tailor your holiday to suit your tastes - right down to the way you choose to explore it. We recommend the beautiful coastal towns Babbacombe and Dartmouth and the village of Cockington, nominated one of the prettiest villages in England.

The Agatha Christie Mile

Drift back into the style and opulence of the Jazz Age as you retrace the steps of the world's best-selling author along Torquay's seafront. Starting at either the Imperial Hotel or the Grand Hotel, the Agatha Christie Mile takes you to some of the places that were inspirational in her life and works, with seven unique plaques to find along the way.

The Devon Wildlife Hospital

The Devon Wildlife Hospital Visitor Centre is a great day out for adults and children alike, with ongoing talks and displays, the chance to meet some of our native wildlife including hedgehogs and foxes and a pet's corner. The website has more information about the various species to be seen. Have a great day out and support a fantastic local charity.

Buckfast Otter Sanctuary

Buckfast Otter Sanctuary and Butterfly Farm is a short drive from the hotel and is a small but fascinating sanctuary where you can learn about native otters as well as their overseas cousins.

Exe Estuary

Exe Estuary is just a half an hour car journey away and has some miles of cycle and foot paths, exceptional views, beauttiful sandy beaches and is teeming with wildlife. A large area so take a look at the website for more detailed maps etc.

Dartmoor National Park

The fringes of Dartmoor are only a short drive away from the hotel. Dartmoor is not just about the landscape; there's a lot more to it than that. It's not just about the ponies, or the tors, the history or the heritage; but that's a good start. It's about getting out there, experiencing new things. This living, breathing, working landscape holds the secret to a past that stretches back over the centuries, and a future that is both sustainable and green. From rare birds and butterflies, Neolithic monuments and ancient woodland, to tradition, folklore and farming on horseback, Dartmoor has it all. Leading the way for the arts, all things organic, a haven for literary greats and explorers, you will be walking in some awesome footsteps. Dartmoor was also the film location for War Horse and the Moorland Guides offer guided walks of the locations.

Pennywell Farm

This award winning is a farm is close to the hotel with daily shows, displays and rides. A great day out for all the family.

The Mare and Foal Sanctuary

The Mare and Foal Sanctuary is a horse rescue charity near Totnes. A small charity so it's best to check the opening times before you go.

The RSPB reserve at Labrador Bay

Based just along the coast path from Maidencombe is one of the few places in the UK that is home to the very rare Cirl Bunting. It also has some fantastic views. Guided walks are frequent during the summer months - just check the website for dates.

Round Robin

The Round Robin steam train and boat trip is an excellent way to see the area in the summer and runs on bus, steam train and boat through Paignton, Kingswear, Dartmouth and Paignton. Do check the website for timetables.

Horse Racing at Newton Abbot

Newton Abbot racecourse is situated only 10-15 mins from the hotel, and provides an exciting day out watching National Hunt racing ("the jumps") in a relaxed and fun environment. There are 18 fixtures running from April-October. There's plenty of parking, or we can arrange a taxi to take you to/from the course. The racecourse also stages antique fairs, car boot sales and other fun events on many non-race days.

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Go for a picnic

There are any number of beauty spots nearby to enjoy a picnic. We've found a nice article highlighting 20 of the best picnic spots in Devon - many of which are just a short drive from Orestone Manor. To see more information on these Devon Picnic Spots click here