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Fancy a sneak peek inside Winslade Manor’s £2m refurb?

New fine dining and wellbeing destination, ahoy! Could this Grade II listed manor opening on 12 April near Exeter be Devon's answer to Soho House?

Hold the front page! Muddy is all of a-flutter having just returned from a sneak peek of the new dining and wellbeing destination de jour, Winslade Manor, sitting pretty in a just outside Exeter at Clyst St Mary.

Owned and renovated by Burrington Estates, the Grade II listed Georgian manor is the jewel in the crown of an 86 acre park, intended for a purpose-built community of 150 new homes and 125,000 ft of state-of-the-art office space.

It’s total luxury, from lofty ceilings and architraves to on-point period features, all sensitively restored and tastefully kitted out with a shiny bar, a fine dining restaurant and a swanky spacious lounge overlooking a green swathe of manicured parkland.

We seriously can’t wait to get heels on to totter back for a cocktail the millisecond it opens (al fresco on the terrace on 12 April since you ask and from 17 May, rule of six indoors).

It’s headed up by a dream team of Joe Hammond, formerly of Woodbury Park Hotel, Golf & Country Club and Tom Johnson, the former England and Exeter Chief professional rugby player with support from Mark Edworthy and Paul Scantlebury of Burrington Estates, with the former head chef of East Devon’s Jack in the Green, Matt Mason, heading up the fine dining and foodie offering.

Their shared vision is for a Soho House style destination, a cosmopolitan place to meet up with your gals, a working brunch, romantic tete-a-tetes, parties, events and a health club to come in 2023. And we’re loving it.

Let’s get in before the crowds for a nosey, shall we?

THE BAR

Shiny chandeliers, elegant mirrors, all so sleek and velvety! Who wouldn’t want to park their derriere at a bar like this? Expect lots of local booze, from Salcombe Gin to Two Drifters Rum, and Blue Goose for your caffeine fix.

THE LOUNGE

Bagsy your seat by the fire, order a coffee and nail that work contract. So much more classy doing deals next to a marble fireplace, don’t you think?

THE RESTAURANT

For now, chef Matt is going great guns with a pop-up offering, including box meals to finish at home and takeaway (as well homemade cakes and sausage rolls outdoors in the park’s catering van) but gradually as Boris and co dictate, the menu will evolve to a fine dining experience in this delectable eatery.

As you would expect with a chef of Matt’s calibre, food is thoughtfully sourced, and local with sustainable picks, like Muddy approved Blue Goose Coffee.

NUMBER 6

It’s not all cocktail-downing and dining. Head downstairs and you’ll find Number 6, a personal coaching studio, open for private one-to-one’s fitness session with Tom and his team.

One-to-one fitness sessions can still go ahead in lockdown so should you need to get motivated, book in pronto for a consultation and an individual programme tailored to you by co-founder Tom or his fab-four fitness instructors.

We’re liking the fact the gym is kitted out by a UK company who make their kit in England, and the emphasis on wellbeing, and not just on getting a gym bod. Their motto is to get healthy, happy and resilient – for mind, body and soul.

IN THE PIPELINE

Due to open in spring 2023 is The Stables, a boutique health club and eatery, complete with a 20m pool, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi and ice shower experience *sigh*.

Gym bunnies will love the 23,000 square foot gym, a flex and fitness studio, a high-octane spin studio (complete with live DJ nights and an amphitheatre set-up), plus a hair salon and treatment rooms. Don’t know about you but I’m setting up camp outside. Right. Now.

Wanna be first through the door for their VIP launch night? Get your name on the list quick!

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