The Best Budget-Friendly Hotels to Book in Devon

The 14th-century Masons Arms, in the village of Branscombe, oozes Disney charm
The 14th-century Masons Arms, in the village of Branscombe, oozes Disney charm | Courtesy of Masons Arms / Expedia.com
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3 December 2020
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They say the best things in life are free, and with its abundance of nature – the Jurassic coast, Dartmoor, the South West Coast Path, to name a few – that’s certainly true of Devon. The hotels in the area are obviously not free, but we’ve tracked down a bunch that offer great value – here are the best cheap hotels in Devon, all bookable with Culture Trip.

The Cridford Inn

The charming exterior of the thatched-roof, 1,000-year-old Cridford Inn with climbing flowers on facade and pub tables in front
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Thanks to its spot along the Teign Valley, and a host of walking tours complete with bacon sarnies or a post-walk pub lunch, the Cridford Inn has become an essential stop on the South West Coast Path. In the summer you’ll find scores of hikers sipping cider in the cobbled courtyard, while inside the foliage-strewn inn, low-slung beamed ceilings and traditional copper pots above the fire lend a homely quality perfect for that post-winter-walk-pint. The bedrooms follow the same snug yet functional flair, so you’ll be forgiven for spending more time than usual in the exceedingly well-stocked bar.

Broomhill Art Hotel

A sculpture made up of several nude human figures can be seen through lush vegetation in the woods at the Broomhill Art Hotel
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This multi-award-winning hotel attracts an arty crowd thanks to the thundering sculptures that scatter its grounds and the popular Terra Madre restaurant, which hosts monthly supper clubs featuring folk and jazz musicians. In contrast to the experimental creations outside, rooms at Broomhill Art Hotel follow a contemporary aesthetic with a smattering of tasteful paintings to compliment the neutral decor – think of the bedroom as a palate-cleansing sorbet prepping your eyes for the colourful feast outside.

The Telstar

Traditional lounge with Chesterfield sofa, glass and wood coffee table with vase of roses, and fireplace with marble columns at the Telstar
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Despite its Victorian architecture and turn-of-the-century decor, the Telstar has a gen-Z approach to travel with a sustainable manifesto that includes harvesting rainwater for plants and using produce from local suppliers to reduce fossil fuels. Similarly, the townhouse’s central location cuts down your own petrol use with three shopping centres, a pretty quayside and the gothic splendour of Exeter cathedral less than 15 minutes’ walk away. Expect homely, compact rooms at this cheap accommodation in Devon, along with slap-up full English breakfasts, generous fruits and yoghurts and decent-size mugs to fill with a wide range of hot drinks.

Live and Let Live Inn

A-frame attic room with exposed beams, large bed with crisp white linen and step-up area with standalone tub at Live and Let Live Inn
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In keeping with Devon’s carefree attitude – as befits life by the water – the Live and Let Live Inn follows its freewheeling name with a pub that promises zero waste and big vibes. Sharing and community are the pillars of this pub, which sees a weekly zero waste menu and a focus on sustainability and seasonality that is echoed in the make-do-and-mend decor – think pig trough light fixtures and retro scales doubling as napkin holders. Upstairs, rooms are light and airy with vaulted beamed ceilings, white-washed floors and supersize beds.

Ring of Bells Inn

Spacious bedroom in neutral hues with exposed beams, rustic wood furnishings and step-up bathroom at Ring of Bells Inn
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Hark back to a simpler time in North Bovey, a pretty village in Dartmoor National Park punctuated with a local butcher, delightful tea rooms and a smidgen of small shops. Wood-panelled walls and plaid bedding add to the traditional air at this thatched inn. A popular spot with cyclists, thanks to the moorland’s wild and challenging terrain, Ring of Bells also offer a variety of walks ranging in from just shy of a mile up to seven; all lead back to the ancient ale house where you’ll want to sink a pint by the fireplace, just like the Medieval stonemasons (probably) did during the pub’s founding days.

Rose & Crown

Crisp, bright bedroom with all-white furnishings, off-white carpet, fireplace and patterned burgundy and rose curtains at Rose and Crown
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A peachy exterior greets you at the Rose & Crown, where warming Mediterranean tones are continued inside – even the nippiest South Hams days can be countered by yolk-yellow walls, plump sofas, a log fire and a menu packed with pub classics including beer-battered fish and roast beef sarnies. The rooms are within stumbling distance from the pub and a 10-minute drive from the teeny seaside village of Noss Mayo, where you can lean into the estuary-adjacent community’s history as a smuggler’s haunt and try your hand at fishing or sailing.

Masons Arms

Large traditional bedroom with exposed beams, four-poster bed, tufted leather seating and burgundy carpet at Masons Arms
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Vines wind around traditional mullion windows at this 14th-century Snow White-style pub. Low-slung timber frames, pine cladding and a quaint thatched roof ooze Disney charm, while the achingly adorable village of Branscombe, which homes the Masons Arms, could have come from a Californian storyboard, too. For the full fairytale experience, book the Branscombe Room – the countryside reaches right around the vaulted wood-beamed room and a four-poster bed takes pride of place. A stone’s throw away is pebbly Branscombe Beach where the waves lap at the Jurassic coast.

The Moorland Hotel

A group of horses graze the grounds above at the Moorland Hotel, with the green countryside extending behind it
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Moorland by name, moorland by location – this squat and sprawling hotel is plonked close to the edge of rough and rugged Dartmoor. The rooms favour function over fashion, so expect modest decor, working TVs and a perfectly fine hot drinks station. The winning feature is the far-reaching view of Dartmoor or Plymouth Sound (depending which room you get), though there’s no need to worry about landing a dud – the views are all spectacular and likely to be enjoyed by outdoorsy types who make up the bulk of the Moorland’s clientele.

Still not found your perfect stay? Read our guide to the best hotels in Devon for every traveller, then book your stay on Culture Trip. For somewhere extra special, discover the most romantic hotels in the county. If you’re looking for pet-friendly places to stay, check out our pick of the best pet-friendly hotels in Devon, bookable on Culture Trip. For more options, check out these bed and breakfasts in Exeter. If you’re heading to Devon with the family, you’ll want to check out these family-friendly hotels.

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