Kentisbury Grange Hotel Review & Fine Dining at The Coach House, North Devon

Kentisbury Grange Hotel, North Devon

Set in the idyllic North Devonshire Countryside is the stunning luxury boutique hotel Kentisbury Grange nearby to Barnstaple & Exmoor National Park. The exquisite Victorian manor house is surrounded by breathtaking rolling hills, the ideal countryside setting.

Upon arrival we received a warm welcome from the hotels doorman who took our luggage and showed us to our room. Staff were very welcoming. 

We stayed in one of the hotels Kentisbury Suites, one of their largest and most luxurious rooms. Our suite was incredibly spacious and loved the touches of Royal blue.  The interiors and fabrics range from the chic designs of Christian Lacroix & contemporary decor by Jim Thompson Collections.

Can we please take a moment to admire the free-standing Victorian bathtub of dreams? It was so gorgeous! Our bathroom so spacious equipped with double sinks as well as a shower!

We were kindly greeted with a bottle of chilled Michael Caines Blanc de Blanc champagne & tasty homemade biscuits in our room to enjoy before heading for dinner!

The Coach House by double Michelin-starred chef Michael Caines

It was truly a culinary delight to experience the Six Course Tasting Menu & Wine Pairing at The Coach House created by double Michelin-starred chef Michael Caines. The restaurant was a former 17th century coaching house & was full of rustic charm.

The Coach House gained a Three Rosette Award for Culinary Experience in the AA Awards. Head Chef James Mason cooked up quite the masterpiece in the kitchen during our visit.

For starters we enjoyed the Mushroom Espuma with Cocoa powder which was a mousse like soup. The texture was unique and the taste was out of this world, really ever so moorish especially with the warm rustic bread dipped in to it. This was teamed with the 2015 Chablis French dry but fruity white wine.

Second on the menu was Quail Ravioli Sweetcorn purée, truffle, pumpkin seeds. The flavours of this dish were very well thought out and beautifully presented. This was teamed with the 2016 Portillo Pinot Noir an Argentinian wine with raspberry & vanilla flavours which brought out the sweetness of the dish. 

Our third dish was the Lemon Sole Boudin Seaweed buerré blanc, fennel teamed with Grande des Rocs Picpoul de Pinet from the Languedoc-Roussillon area in France, a light & crisp white which works well with seafood.

The fish was so delicate & soft and the sauce of this dish was a creamy delight.

For out fourth dish the Exmoor Beef Sirloin Watercress purée, wild mushrooms, smoked marrow, madeira jus teamed with the 2013 Cadet du Chateau la Claymore, Lussac-Saint-Emilion, France, a deep red ruby vintage wine perfect for teaming with a beef dish. The meat was so tender & the flavours worked together beautifully.

Then it was on to the desserts, first we had the Goat’s Cheese Ice Cream Beetroot granita, dark chocolate sponge which is acquired taste due to the bitterness of the Goat’s Cheese. The beetroot & dark chocolate teamed together with the creamy texture of the ice-cream packed quite the punch!

Our final course was the Raspberry Mousse Pistachio macaroon, raspberry jelly & sorbet. Both desserts were teamed with Monbazillac from Domaine de l’Ancienne Cure 2013 containing barley sugar & dried fruit flavours to add some extra sweetness to our culinary experience at The Coach House.

The Coach House by Michael Caines was very impressive indeed, the low lit lighting added a wonderful atmosphere to the restaurant offering a luxurious but homely dining experience. Enjoyed watching the chefs at work whilst sitting at our table also. Highly recommend if staying in Devon.

We enjoyed a couple of after dinner cocktails at The Coach House which were beautifully presented, my favourite was The Smoked Old Fashioned with Apricot infused Makers Mark containing Orange Bitters, Brown Sugar & Oak Smoke & a moorish Champagne cocktail containing Elderflower & citrus.

Breakfast with a view

Enjoying breakfast in the comfort of our suite overlooking the rolling Devonshire hills was a highlight of our stay. The Pancakes topped with strawberries, blueberries & maple syrup were so moorish!

The Surroundings

Kentisbury Grange is such a serene location. It was so relaxing to wake up in the morning to birdsong and the trickle of the stream outside of the hotel. The interiors had a historic cosy charm.

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Overall

Relaxing in the beauty of the Devonshire countryside at Kentisbury Grange was a pleasure, our suite was stunning & a pleasure to stay in. Our Dining experience at The Coach House was impressive. The surroundings were just breathtaking.

What do you think of Kentisbury Grange & The Coach House judging from the photographs? I would love to hear your thoughts!

Thanks so much for reading 🙂

Laura xo

  • Such a romantic and luxurious place. Love your dress; you look stunning!

    ANOUK

    • Anouk it really was a beautiful romantic getaway that’s for sure, we enjoyed every moment of our stay.

      Glad you enjoyed the feature on Kentisbury Grange and The Coach House!

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • That’s one gorgeous hotel dear. I love the breakfast view, and their dishes look stunning too.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

  • After a tiring full packed week this will be the perfect destination. It looks like a soulful destination just to relax. This is a wonderful place to stay.

    StyleSprinter Blog by Katya Bychkova

    • You’re absolutely right that Kentisbury Grange is a perfect location to relax and unwind, we were very taken with it and Devonshire is such a gorgeous place to visit.

      So pleased you enjoyed the feature!

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • It looks so lovely there! I go to Devon quite a lot for breaks so will have to check out this place!

    Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

    • Thanks Gemma, Devonshire is a beautiful place and we found the entire area ever so calming. If you visit Devonshire I do recommend Kentisbury Grange, and The Coach House to dine in.

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • This is a pretty amazing trip.
    The place looks amazing especially the garden
    Much Love,
    Zarrah | The Bandwagon Chic

    • Zarrah Kentisbury Grange was so magical and we enjoyed every moment of our trip! The gardens really were beautiful.

      Much love back!

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • You look beautiful and the scenery is gorgeous as well. This looks like such a nice place to get away.

    xoxo Falasha
    Bite My Fashion
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    • Thanks so much that means so much, you’re very kind. You’re right there, Devonshire is such a stunning place and would love to return to the area again.

      Glad you enjoyed Falasha and thanks for stopping by!

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • Such a gorgeous place. I am always so obsessed with the gardens in England. I might be in England in March, and I have a question for you. I’ll email you! 🙂

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

    • Hey Emily! English gardens are absolutely beautiful aren’t they? Really ever so charming! Thanks for your email, I shall reply 🙂

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • Merel van Poorten

    Aah this place looks beautiful! <3

    X Merel
    http://www.andathousandwords.com

  • Kim

    What a beautiful hotel! I would love to stay here someday. Great review!

    Kim
    simplylovebirds.com

    • Thanks Kim, Devonshire is a beautiful place to visit and Kentisbury Grange is a gorgeous hotel if you do visit the area.

      Thanks so much, really pleased you enjoyed the review! Thanks for stopping by!

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • Oh it does look like an incredible place to stay (and love the lace dress you’re wearing!) but the food got all my attention – especially those pancakes. What a great meal and view while you eat! 🙂

    Hope you are having a nice week 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • Mica we really had such a wonderful time at Kentisbury Grange Hotel, it’s so beautiful and thanks for your kind compliments about the laced dress.

      The food was delicious that’s for sure, a luxurious yet laid back restaurant.

      Glad that you enjoyed the feature and thanks for reading!

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • oh wow! this spot is a dream!! You look soo beautiful babe! I can’t wait to go here one day!!

    xxx

    Ashley

    http://www.missgunner.com

    • Ashley you’re right, Kentisbury Grange certainly was dreamy, do let me know if you visit it’s so beautiful there.

      Glad you enjoyed the feature!

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • Len Dela Peña Parent

    You look super cute! These photos are amazing! Looks like you had a wonderful time.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Have a wonderful day!
    Much love, Len
    http://www.lenparent.com
    XO

    • Thanks so much Len that means so much, we had a wonderful time and glad you enjoyed the feature 🙂

      Much love right back at you!

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • You always stay at the most beautiful places Laura! I agree- that bathroom is magnificent- I wouldn’t mind having something like that in my house 😉 That breakfast with a view is stunning too. Those green rolling hills are one of the things that I miss the most about England.

    Rachel xx
    http://www.thedailyluxe.net

    • Thanks Rachel, I absolutely love to travel and visit beautiful places that’s for sure! Oh trust me I wanted to bring the bathtub home with me it was so wonderful.

      The breakfast was delicious, you can’t go wrong with pancakes!

      Love being surrounded by green rolling hills and stunning scenery, really enjoyed every moment of our trip to Devon, it’s so close to the sea also which we visited before heading back home.

      So glad you enjoyed the feature!

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • Everything looks so stunning and luxe! Glad you had a fantastic time!

    With Love & Style,
    ♥ Amber
    ALL THE AMBIENCE

  • Looks like such a lovely place to stay!

    Tiffany Tales | Lifestyle & Beauty

  • Great review!

    Daniel x

    The Daniel Originals | Instagram: danielpoonvignez

  • Milly Blakesley

    It looks beautiful! I actually live near here!! I’ll have to check it out

    • Thanks Milly I’m ever so glad you enjoyed the post, if you live nearby I recommend visiting especially The Coach House, the food is lovely!

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • Yiotou_La

    What a beautiful place to stay and omg, all that food looks so good!! Your photos are amazing and it would be a perfect destination for me too since I love hotels in the countryside and your view is amazing!!

    Yiota
    pinkdaisyloves.blogspot.com

    • Thanks Yoita! Kentisbury Grange was rather magical that’s for sure! I’m ever so glad you love the photography!

      If you love countryside hotels you will love this Devonshire hotel, it was gorgeous.

      Thanks for reading 🙂

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • What an amazing place is this Laura! I would love to take a long vacation there! Looks so calm and luxurious, and your room is amazing! Needless to say I can feel my baby kicking hard just by seeing these photos of your dinner haha! They all look so delicious! So glad you enjoyed and had such a lovely time 🙂
    xoxo
    Stella
    https://stellaasteria.com

    • Thanks ever so much Stella! Kentisbury Grange was gorgeous and very calming you’re right, a great Country escape that’s for sure and nearby to the coast too.

      Aw haha your baby has good foodie taste!

      I’m ever so glad you enjoyed the review, if you visit the UK I highly recommend visiting Devon, it’s beautiful.

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • Amy

    Love how quaint this hotel was! Really wish we had more hotels like that in the US 🙂 hope you had an amazing time!

    xx, Amy
    https://www.theluxilook.com

    • Thanks Amy, Kentisbury Grange is a wonderful place. I’m sure you can find some beautiful places in the U.S too 🙂

      We had a wonderful time thanks!

      Pleased you enjoyed the review, thanks for reading!

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • Wow, your room was absolutely gorgeous! I love sapphire blue, it’s such luxurious shade and your room looked exactly that, luxurious! I love that even though your room and the hotel had a luxurious vibe, the food was presented in a way that was homemade, especially the cookies and pancakes! Thanks for sharing, beauty, and I hope you had a great weekend!

    XO,

    Jalisa

    THE STYLE CONTOUR

    • Jalisa our room really was beautiful, I loved the way the suite had such beautiful blue elements dotted all over, so gorgeous and one of my favourite colours, it’s such a calming colour!

      Yes, I love personalised touches and the homemade cookies gave the room an instant homely feel. Pancakes for breakfast are always a favourite 🙂

      Thanks ever so much, had a lovely weekend and hope you did too! Wishing you a wonderful week.

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • Wow, what a beautiful hotel. And the food? And the views? I am booking my room right now! xx

    Beautiful post Laura Marie, you look stunning in that dress xx

    • Naya I really fell for Kentisbury Grange, seriously so beautiful. The views were magical, wonderful to wake up too such beauty in the morning.

      Thanks so much I’m ever so glad you like the LBD dress 🙂

      Glad you enjoyed reading!

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • That view is beyond stunning and I can only imagine what a great stay this has been for you. You do seems to travel a lot, Laura, is it work related?

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

    • The view really was SO magical, we really enjoyed it. Devonshire is a great place to relax in. I love to Travel and enjoy exploring different places. Not work related, but travel is a something I cover on SheHearts 🙂

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • Gosh, there’s so much to admire here! Your hotel room’s bathroom looks lovely and YES to eating pancakes for a breakfast with a view of lush green rolling hills. Dreamy! You look so lovely in that black lace dress Laura, and very relaxed too – clearly Kentisbury Grange Hotel agrees with you 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    • Pancakes for breakfast are always a good idea especially with such beautiful views. Thank you, the black laced sleeved dress was a great pick especially as it was quite chilly.

      Kentisbury Grange was a wonderful place to stay in, I really like Devon it’s ever so relaxing and nearby to Coombe Martin beach where we ventured too before returning home.

      Glad you enjoyed the review Gabrielle!

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • The hotel and the grounds look beautiful and that bath!!! x

    • Kentisbury Grange was gorgeous and the grounds really were dreamy. The bathtub, I really would love a free standing Victorian bath one day *dreams*.

      Glad you enjoyed Leah!

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • The view from your room is truly beautiful, it must have been a very relaxing stay indeed.

    Anne|Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty,
    Baby and Backpacking

    • The room was beautiful and especially loved the bathtub. We had such a relaxing stay and enjoyed ever moment. The view was very memorable.

      Glad you enjoyed Anne!

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • Carmen Jny (carmitive)

    Aaw that looks like a beautiful place! I am sure that was a very peaceful retreat 🙂
    xx, Carmen – http://carmitive.com

  • What a lovely peaceful place ! MY fav have ti be the bathroom ( that tub look very inviting) and the food of course haha! But the park look incredible too.

    http://www.mariesconnections.com/

    • Thanks Marie, the bathtub was gorgeous that’s for sure! The park surrounding was beautiful, a wonderful Countryside getaway.

      Glad you enjoyed the post!

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

      • Sounds like a dreamy place, No worry 🙂 x

  • This is breathtaking

  • The setting is absolutely stunning, so picturesque! The food looks really yummy too! Those pancakes!
    Jaz xoxo
    http://www.thelifeofasocialbutterfly.co.uk

    • Thanks Jaz, Kentisbury Grange was set in a very picturesque area in Devonshire that’s for sure. Pancakes are always a good idea 😉

      Thanks for stopping by to SheHearts!

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • OMG. That looks like such a beautiful place to be in. I could imagine myself staying there.

    http://joy-to-theworld.blogspot.com

  • That’s such a stunning hotel and the gardens look so pretty x

    franklyflawless.com

  • Beautiful gardens and interiors – I love the look of that bath tub!

    • The gardens surrounding were absolutely gorgeous, and the bathtub really was magical!

      Ever so glad you enjoyed the review!

      Thanks for reading!

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • rae

    this place looks so wonderful and i would definitely would want to stay here 🙂 anyway, just saying hello all the way from the Philippines! I hope you can drop by my blog too and follow if you like 🙂

    xoxo, rae
    http://www.raellarina.net/

    • Thanks Rae! I’m ever so glad that you enjoyed the post. It was such a pleasure to stay in such a wonderful place.

      Sending a hello back to you all the way over to The Philippines!

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • Kiri Yanchenko

    What a gorgeous place to stay. You had me at the bath; but then I saw the cocktail and pancakes.
    YUM. I love the really boutique feel of this place and the gardens are really lovely.
    Kiri
    Set to Glow
    http://www.settoglow.com.au

  • I love the quaint vibe of this hotel! These pics are wonderful and I would love to eat in the restaurant. Thanks for sharing!

    https://www.kathrineeldridge.com

    • Kentisbury Grange really was a beautiful place to visit. Such a gorgeous and tranquil setting. The Coach House was wonderful, delicious food and enjoyed the wine pairing.

      You’re very welcome Katheirne, really glad you enjoyed and thanks for reading!

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net