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An estate retreat and rare breeds farm in East Devon 

The Orangery is a place where things come together – people and nature, tradition and progress. But above all, it’s a place where we take care of the things that really matter – our landscape, our animals and our customers.

A clean slate

Before we arrived, much of The Orangery’s original grandeur had been lost to the centuries. In fact, it was little more than a shadow of the elegant Georgian estate that once stood here.

Having lovingly restored every inch of the landscape, we’ve created a new kind of idyllic estate. A place where guests are always welcome – and usually leave feeling a little restored themselves.

  

Made with love

As a family-owned estate, we put our heart and soul into everything we do. This means whenever you see The Orangery logo, you can be sure that whatever wonderful thing lies behind it has been made with our love, pride and integrity.

  

Italian inspiration

Our family is part English, part American and part Italian – which may explain why we fell in love with The Orangery in the first place.

With the main house’s classical Roman architecture, designed by Robert Adam, and the dramatic views across the East Devon coastline, you could easily think you’d taken a wrong turn and ended up on the shores of the Mediterranean.

Today, the main house and lakehouse are full of modern art and photography, created by one of The Orangery's owners, Philip Letts. Having shown at leading galleries in the US and Europe, Philip's studio is now just a stone's throw from the estate.

  

A very English country garden

The house at The Orangery may have been inspired by Rome, but the garden is quintessentially British.

Created by Lancelot “Capability” Brown, the man who put the English country garden on the map, there’s something to catch your eye and imagination at every turn – from the row of ancient cedars whose vast trunks seem as wide as the countryside itself to the tranquil lake hidden by a horseshoe of birch trees.

  

Smugglers and sermons

Dotted around the estate, you’ll find other stunning historical buildings, like a 12th century Norman chapel and an ‘ice house’ which was once used to transport goods through a network of underground tunnels from the nearby docks. The route is still open but we haven’t seen any smugglers yet.

  

A sustainable future

Having worked tirelessly to restore The Orangery to its former glory, we now use sustainable methods to ensure it enjoys a lengthy and prosperous future. We farm using a ‘nature first’ approach, meaning wildlife and agriculture work hand in hand. Currently, we’re also exploring ways to power the entire estate using renewable energy.

 

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