A hidden 100-acre estate with Capability Brown gardens and stunning sea views has been launched as a new business venue in Devon.
The Orangery, on the east slopes of Haldon near Exeter, was revealed at a ‘secret’ evening event, giving guests from across the region the chance to explore the 18th century estate and gardens.
It is the latest venture for Philip Letts, best known as the pioneer behind the AIM listed Exeter firm blur Group and as chairman of Tech South West , and his wife Kara. They have restored the estate and its grounds over the last three years.
With stunning views over the Exe Estuary and out to sea, the estate offers a unique setting for corporate and cultural events and client entertaining, combined with catering using produce from the estate farm.
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Mr Letts said: “It is a special place with a magical atmosphere, a true landmark but hidden for too long. Now we are opening its doors, inviting people to share in the magic, hosting corporate and cultural events, developing ideas and collaborations. It is a beautiful and restorative escape, a place to step away from the office, be inspired, bring people together and do great work.”
One of the few traditional Orangeries still in existence and crafted from beautiful Bath stone, the house is surrounded by harmonious and exquisite gardens created some 275 years ago by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, and one of the world-famous landscape gardener’s only seascapes.
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Enjoying food sourced from the estate and refreshments from St Austell Brewery and Frobishers, guests saw areas on the estate including the newly improved Victorian Sheds, the Summer House, Lake House and the main Orangery itself, with its Italianate style architecture and terracing.
Kara Letts said: “As a family-owned estate, we have put our heart and soul into creating a place of beauty and are truly excited about working with businesses to help them realise events that wow, impress and deliver.”
The Orangery also offers guests a short break escape, with a New England style Lake House, on the shore of a lake created by Capability Brown.
The estate farm includes rare breed Badger Faced sheep and Tamworth pigs, while an online shop has also been launched, offering produce from the estate.
Dotted around the estate there is also a 12th century Norman chapel, ice house, extensive woodlands, stable and sustainable farm. Buildings on the estates are filled with modern art and photography.
Source: Devon live