Farewell to Flete House

Friday was Maureen's last day at work. Maureen Davis has been the head chef at Flete House, near Modbury, for most of her twenty-seven years at the stately mansion and residents and staff alike made sure she had a fine farewell.

She has seen many changes over the years. "Until 2004," she told us, "Flete's residents rented their apartments which had no kitchens and so we provided three meals a day for everyone. We were really busy with many more kitchen and dining room staff. We had long working days starting with breakfasts in the morning and supper at night."

Nowadays, since Flete House was converted into self-contained luxury apartments, only lunch is served, seven days a week, in the grand oak-panelled dining room.

Among her culinary talents, Maureen is known for her splendid celebration cakes and artistic sugar-craft. Friday was no exception and she made a lovely cake for all to share. The residents presented her with a generous cheque in appreciation of her many years of service and it’s only a couple of years since her employers, Audley Court Ltd did the same for her 25th year.


She now plans to spend more time with her husband Alistair and their dogs. Maureen is a serious contender in canine agility competitions and has won several trophies.

Past and present members of staff joined them at their home for a farewell barbecue last Sunday and were able to watch two of the dogs give a lively agility display in their new exercise field.

Maureen, in the blue striped top, is pictured saying goodbye to some of Flete's residents in the elegant drawing room and preparing to cut her cake.