The great escape happened on a Friday lunchtime. I took the train from Waterloo to Exeter in Devon, and then about 45 minutes drive through winding roads adorned by the beautiful Autumnal scenery. The weather was wet and blustery It looked like a scene from an Agatha Christie film. As the car approached the foot of a hill I looked up I could see a church tower at the top of it- 'that's Chumleigh the property, Amberstone Manor, is just behind the church' - I was told.
Suddenly, we hit local traffic! Beautiful shires horses were taken back to their stables after their afternoon exercise. English country roads are beautiful! As we were going up the hill, the scenery kept changing. Eventually, we arrived in Chulmleigh a tiny village, peppered with pale coloured thatched houses, two pubs, one coffee/deli shop, one Spar (mini market), one bank (open two days a week from 10am-2pm), a couple of antique stores and that's about it. It takes about 10 minutes to walk the whole high street (main road) that run through the village.
The village couldn't be more quaint, and I couldn't be happier to finally arrive at this stunning property that sits on 5 acres of land, landscaped gardens, a big swimming pool, sauna, majestic hot tube and enough space to accommodate about 24 people.
Let's not forget two kitchens, one is for professional catering purposes. The property has amazing spaces and places that take your breath away including a strong masculine feel games room and an impressive swimming pool.
Amberstone Manor is one of many properties on Olivers Travels books; They represent over 2,000 properties around the UK, Ireland, France, Italy, Spain, The Caribbean, Greece, Croatia, Cyprus, and many ski destinations. From beachfront properties, villas, cottages to quirky to castles. Their concierge service really looked after our party and ready to accommodate any special requirements from dietary to formal and celebration catering to exercise classes to horse riding and more. Some properties are dog-friendly.
Olivers Travels really made a weekend remember with lots of fun - in particular the wine quiz, relaxation - just enjoying the fresh air and calm of the surroundings and very pleasant - a food styling section and a beautiful candle lite dinner by Le Belle Assiette.
This is a perfect way to spend time with loved ones on vacation, a group of excellent friends for a long weekend, a celebration weekend / week. The size of properties varies, and so do the costs. Highly recommended.
Amberstone Manor highlights
|the set of our beautiful candle lit dinner by La Belle Assiette.|
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Disclosure: I was a guest fo Olivers Travels on this weekend. All views are my own.