8 of the Best Boutique Hotels in Devon

One of the coolest boutique hotels in Devon is Kaywana Hall with its butterfly-shaped roof
One of the coolest boutique hotels in Devon is Kaywana Hall with its butterfly-shaped roof | Courtesy of Kaywana Hall / Expedia.com
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29 October 2020

There’s so much to do and see in Devon, from exploring windswept Dartmoor to visiting beautiful beaches. With lots to keep you busy in this English county, you’ll want a stay that includes sufficient rest and relaxation somewhere special. To help you decide where to stay, here’s Culture Trip’s guide to Devon’s best boutique hotels.

Tavistock House Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Hotel
4.9/5 (79 Reviews)
Tavistock House Hotel, Devon
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A gorgeous, privately owned Victorian townhouse, Tavistock House Hotel has been tastefully restored to retain some original features but with slick and smart individually designed rooms. Guests praise the consistently high quality and flawless attention to detail, from the comfy pocket sprung mattresses with Egyptian cotton sheets to the under-floor heating in the bathroom. Every room comes with a 40in (102cm) TV, Netflix, high-speed wifi, tablets to surf the net with access to digital newspapers, Nespresso coffee machines and luxurious Noble Isle toiletries.

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Kaywana Hall

Boutique Hotel
5/5 (3 Reviews)
Pool Main House Beech, Kaywana Hall, Devon hotel
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The architecture and design of Kaywana Hall is striking and contemporary, with sweeping clean lines and lots of glass to create a light and spacious look and feel. Originally one of four 1960s houses that had unusual roofs shaped like butterflies, owners Tony Pithers and Gordon Craig enlisted help from Brixham architect Stan Bolt to rebuild and redesign the luxury, modern hideaway that sits in stunning contrast to the surrounding 12 acres (5ha) of lush woodland. The four guest suites are detached from the main house, so you have space and privacy to retreat and both quality and attention to detail are top notch. The rooms have gorgeous beds, quality linens, fluffy towels, Nespresso machines, wifi and wide-screen TVs.

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Kentisbury Grange

Chain Hotel, Hotel
4.7/5 (139 Reviews)
Kentisbury Grange
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Beautifully appointed on the edge of Exmoor National Park, award-winning Kentisbury Grange is a luxurious country manor house set in stunning landscaped gardens. The decor is contemporary classic elegance: modern, clean lines with opulent touches here and there, such as an exquisite fabric, a vivid colour or a vibrantly patterned cushion or wall panel. The restaurant serves food that’s high quality and inventive with seasonal and locally sourced ingredients, prepared with first-class ingenuity and flair.

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Glazebrook House Hotel

Luxury, Boutique Hotel, Hotel
4.9/5 (53 Reviews)
Glazebrook House, Devon
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With a funky interior by esteemed designer and furniture maker Timothy Oulton, Glazebrook House is a smart, high-end boutique hotel that’s bold, sophisticated and fun, like a playground for grown-ups, with humour and a hint of kitsch. It won an award from Visit England, and another for Best Hotel Restaurant at the Food and Drink Devon Love the Flavour awards. There are nine rooms inspired by Alice in Wonderland(1865) with their own unique character, decadence and style. Each room has handcrafted furniture, 3D-effect marble, super-cool collectors’ trinkets plus lots of special details, such the soft and fluffy white sheepskin bed in the White Rabbit room and the hard-to-spot doll houses in the Mad Hatter room.
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Weeke Barton

Weeke Barton, hotel, Devon
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This renovated, medieval, granite house is a gorgeous blend of old countryside charm and modern, eco-friendly chic. The owners of Weeke Barton care deeply about the house and land, and it shows. Inside, the decor is inviting country cool with a fireplace, low sofas and a well-stocked honesty bar in the snug. The five bedrooms are light and calming with natural stone tiles, exposed oak beams, cosy window seats and sheepskin rugs with luxurious modern conveniences. There’s a biomass boiler that runs on sustainable sources of wood to cut out the need for oil and gas, plus eco cleaning products, light bulbs and toiletries are used throughout. Co-owner Jo Gossett is also an experienced chef, so evening meals are delicious British classics using locally sourced ingredients.
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  • The Pig at Combe

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    The Pig at Combe, hotel, Devon
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    Set in 3,500 acres (1,416ha) of gorgeous countryside, the Pig at Combe is a stunning Elizabethan mansion house that’s a real treat. The ethos is fun and frivolity in a stylish but informal setting, so the decor is more boho-chic than stuffy traditional, with comfy sofas, snug corners, exposed wood and restored shutters. The historic entrance and grand hall have been turned into the main bar, so you arrive straight into the heart of the action. The food is similarly spectacular; vegetables, herbs and infusions are grown in three walled gardens, and everything else is sourced nearby, including fish from the nearby coast, Devonshire cheese and locally reared meat.

    Hotel Endsleigh

    Boutique Hotel, Hotel
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    Hotel Endsleigh
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    Exquisite Hotel Endsleigh is a gorgeous Grade I listed house owned by Olga Polizzi of the Rocco Forte Hotels. As Lord Forte’s eldest daughter, sister to Sir Rocco and the company’s director of design, Olga knows a thing or two about luxury hotels that ooze class and style and Hotel Endsleigh is everything visitors might expect or want. It’s an incredible place with 18 exquisite rooms that are the epitome of uncluttered, stylish elegance with a mix of modern and vintage furniture, hand-painted wallpapers, roll-top baths and snugly quilted beds. The house is surrounded by 100 acres (40ha) of heavenly fairy tale gardens designed by Humphrey Repton, sitting in the Tamar Valley on the edge of Dartmoor.

    Ascot House Hotel

    Hotel, Villa
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    Ascot House Hotel, Devon
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    Offering French chic and American hospitality on the English Riviera, Ascot House Hotel is an early Victorian villa renovated with respect for the building’s heritage. There are five suites of differing sizes, accommodating two people in the junior to five in the sea view suite. All rooms are decorated with modern French flair and guests praise how the owners go out of their way to look after them from the moment they arrive, which includes catering to a wide range of breakfast requirements with vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free diets. It was voted Travellers’ Choice 2017 Winner for Small Hotels on TripAdvisor.
    These recommendations were updated on October 29, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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