Single holiday let sleeping up to 2 guestsHaldon Belvedere, or Lawrence Castle, stands some 244 metres above sea level near Haldon Forest Park in 5 acres of secluded woodland with panoramic views extending to Dartmoor, Exmoor and the River Exe valley.
Steeped in history this grade II* listed building was built by Sir Robert Palk in 1788 as the centre piece to the vast Haldon Estates and as a memorial to his friend and benefactor – Major General Stringer Lawrence, the founder of the Indian army. It once entertained distinguished guests such as King George III and more recently TV personalities. Lovingly refurbished in 1994 by Devon Historic Buildings Trust, the building has fine examples of 18th century architecture with ornate plasterwork, gothic windows, coadstone statue, mahogany flooring and marble fireplaces.
The top floor has been stylishly transformed into a spacious apartment, accessed by the spiral stone staircase with its cantilevered steps, wrought iron balustrade and mahogany handrail. Leading from the charming open plan living/bedroom area there is a separate bathroom and contemporary kitchen built into the circular turret rooms. The apartment is fully equipped for two persons to include a flat screen TV with freeview channels, DVD player, bed linen, heating, towels, crockery/cutlery, traditional bath with thermostatic shower over it and a comfortable super king size bed. Everything you need to unwind, relax and enjoy an unforgettable break.
The panoramic views at this level are truly stunning but the best views are from the roof terrace to which guests have unrestricted access via the spiral staircase during their stay. With a decked seating area and a 360 degree vista, the roof terrace is perfect for watching sunrises and sunsets or simply relaxing and enjoy the peace and quiet at this breathtaking location.
The Haldon Belvedere sits at the top of a private gated driveway within its own woodland with lawns, picnic area and an historic stone bridge. Because of its secluded position a car is essential and guest parking is available directly adjacent to the building.
The Haldon Belvedere makes the perfect base from which to visit the beautiful Devon countryside.
There are some excellent restaurants and inns nearby if you wish to eat out as well as many fine walks and excellent bike trails in the new Haldon Forest Park on the doorstep. A selection of groceries can be ordered from a local inn if required. The delights of Devon are all nearby and easily accessible with Dartmoor, beaches, sea and England’s first World Heritage Site, the East Devon section of the Jurassic Coastline all within a 10 mile radius. Haldon Belvedere is only 6 miles from the cathedral city of Exeter where an extravaganza of shopping can be found in the traditional historic streets or the new Princesshay shopping centre. Available nearby - Horse Riding/ Canoeing / Cycling / Fishing / Golf within 30km / Walking / Watersports/ Beach (20mins drive).
This is a castle holiday with a difference – the Haldon Belvedere was recently listed in “The Independent “as one of the top ten castle in the UK in which to stay! The building has been featured in the BBC holiday programme, bridal television shows and many national magazines.
Further Details - Minimum stays are three nights on a self catering basis. The accommodation being let is the top floor apartment only and there may be civil ceremonies taking place in the public areas. Utility bills & VAT are included within the price. There is a strict no smoking policy in the building and regrettably no pets. Due to the spiral staircase the property is not suited for the less able or children - although babies under 6 months are welcome.
Nearest airport and nearest railway station: Exeter - both 15 minutes drive away. Car hire essential.
Location: You can find us by turning off the A38 at the Exeter Racecourse exit and following the Tourist signs for Haldon Belvedere and Haldon Forest Park. Some 2 miles from the A38 you will pass Haldon Forest Park on the left and continue on this road for 1 mile when you will come to a junction named Haldon Gate. The drive leading to the castle is on the right a few metres beyond this junction.
Ordnance Survey ref: SX875 861.