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Courtlands update

04th November 2015

Michael Caines is delighted to confirm that the purchase of Courtlands, a Grade II listed Georgian mansion, was completed in Autumn 2015. East Devon District Council has granted full planning permission for the renovation, restoration and extension of Courtlands from a wedding venue into a 21-bedroom luxury hotel and restaurant. Work has now begun with the aim of opening in Spring 2017.

"It is going to be absolutely fabulous!"

“I am hugely excited,” says the two-star Michelin chef. “This is the earliest phase in the realisation of a long-standing dream. The renovation of Courtlands into a luxury country house hotel and restaurant in a fabulous East Devon setting on the Exe estuary will enable me most fully to express my vision of hospitality in all its aspects. My passion for food and wine is at the heart of everything that we will be working to achieve. I will be aiming to bring my two Michelin stars here — with the aspiration to gain a third. The 60-cover restaurant will feature my signature, award-winning modern European cuisine that champions the fabulous produce of East Devon, the wider county of Devon, and the South West."

The project will bring great benefits to East Devon. Exeter-born Michael Caines MBE, one of the best known and respected chefs in the UK, has won countless awards and accolades, with Gidleigh Park, the country house hotel where he has been for 21 years being ranked consistently as one of the top restaurants in the country. Courtlands therefore has the potential to become a nationally and internationally acclaimed travel and food destination, bringing to the area an exciting world class venue that will attract both a local and international clientèle, provide significant employment and professional opportunities, bring numerous other benefits to the local economy, and serve as a showcase for East Devon and all that it has to offer.

"We are working with hugely talented and creative architectural and interior design teams," adds Michael. "What we are creating is something very special that will fit in perfectly to this beautiful Exe estuary environment. It is going to be absolutely fabulous!"

Follow the progress of this exciting project right here on the Michael Caines web site