The Best Bed and Breakfasts in Paignton, UK

Merritt House
Merritt House | Courtesy of Merritt House / Expedia
Matt Charlton

Far from the unfriendly seaside guest houses of old, these cosy, welcoming bed and breakfasts take you into the heart of the community of Paignton, the impossibly pretty Devon coastal town in the heart of the English Riviera. Cream teas aplenty as we dive into what you can find.

1. Rowcroft Lodge

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Rowcroft Hotel
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With great views of the sea and nearby Goodrington Park and its boating lake, you may catch the occasional passing steam train as you’re eating your cooked breakfast at Rowcroft Lodge. It’s a quick walk to Goodrington Sands Beach, and a one-mile walk to Paignton town centre. The rooms in this imposing townhouse are cosy and comfortable, with modern en suites and all the usual facilities including a flat-screen TV, and tea and coffee. You’re well placed to explore the surrounding area.

2. Carrington Guest House Bed and Breakfast

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Carrington Guest House Bed and Breakfast
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A welcoming three-star guesthouse, the Carrington is in a great position – moments away from both Paignton Beach and the town centre. The owners focus on ensuring their wonderful breakfasts are supplied by local producers wherever possible. The rooms are basic but comfortable, and you have everything you need to offer a great base to explore the outstanding natural beauty of the surrounding area.

3. Cherwood Hotel

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Cherwood Hotel
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A beautiful bed and breakfast in a traditional seaside townhouse, with nine rooms over three floors, the Cherwood is in an ideal location – with the beach, shops, bars and restaurants only a few minutes away. The comfortable accommodation offers en suite, TV/DVD, and complimentary tea-and-coffee making facilities. Its breakfast options cater to most appetites.

4. Merriedale Guest House

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Merriedale Guest House
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A two-minute walk to the beach and the pier, you are guaranteed a warm welcome at Merriedale Guest House. The breakfast options are nearly endless, and the rooms are cosy and traditional, all with en suites. You’re excellently placed to explore the area, with Paignton Zoo, Babbacombe Model Village, and the steam railway a short sojourn away.

5. Ambassador Guest House

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Ambassador Guest House
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The Ambassador Guest House is a family-run B&B located smack-bang in the middle of Paignton. Tastefully furnished with a bright modern decor, it has free, private parking, giving you a great base from which to explore Devon. A full, home-cooked English breakfast is served between 8am and 9.30am – don’t miss the pancakes – and is included in the price of your stay.

6. The Ashleigh Guesthouse

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The Ashleigh Guesthouse
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Right in the middle of any seaside experience your heart could desire – the beautiful beach, the harbour, pier, steam railway, arcades, restaurants, bars – the Ashleigh aims to anticipate its guests’ every need. Both self-service and cooked breakfasts are offered, and the rooms are bright and clean. Rooms have modern en suites along with Echo Dots, in case you need to ask Alexa what time the chippy shuts.

7. Merritt House

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Merritt House
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Close to the Paignton-to-Dartmouth steam railway, fishing trips, bay cruises, golf courses, swimming pool and fitness centre, blue flag beaches, outdoor tennis courts and restaurants and pubs, Merritt House even has a drying room for guests who are into water sports. The rooms are bright. The guesthouse offers a shuttle bus, plus a concierge service to cater to your (almost) every whim.

8. The Barclay Guest House

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The Barclay Guest House
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The Barclay Guest House is a three-star guesthouse, situated a few minutes’ walk from Paignton Beach. Quirky and cosy, its en suite rooms have comfy beds. Breakfasts are home cooked, so make sure you order the night before. Its implemented some modern touches to the guesthouse and aims to constantly improve its green credentials.

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