There’s so much to do and see in Devon. With lots to keep you busy during the day, make sure your stay includes sufficient rest and relaxation somewhere special. To help you decide where, here’s our Culture Trip guide to Devon’s best boutique hotels.
The Pig at Combe
The Pig at Combe | Courtesy of The Pig at Combe
Set in 3,500 acres 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 décor 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 and 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.
Exquisite Hotel Endsleigh is a gorgeous Grade I listed house owned by Olga Polizzi of the famous 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 of heavenly fairy tale gardens designed by Humphrey Repton, sitting in the Tamar Valley on the edge of Dartmoor.
Tavistock House Hotel | Courtesy of Tavistock House Hotel
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 40inch TV, free Netflix, high speed wifi, tablets to surf the net with access to digital newspapers, Nespresso coffee machines and luxurious Noble Isle toiletries.
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 from 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 you from the moment you arrive, which includes catering to a wide range of breakfast requirements with vegetarian, vegan, gluten and dairy free diets. It was recently voted Travellers’ Choice 2017 Winner for Small Hotels on TripAdvisor.
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 and Gordon enlisted help from Brixham architect Stan Bolt to rebuild and redesign to create a luxury modern hideaway that sits in stunning contrast to the surrounding 12 acres 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 linen, fluffy towels, Nespresso machines, wifi and wide screen TVs.
Beautifully appointed on the edge of Exmoor National Park, multiple award-winning Kentisbury Grange is a luxurious country manor house set in stunning landscaped gardens. The décor 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 is by Michelin-starred chef Michael Caines, serving food that’s similarly high quality and inventive: seasonal and locally sourced, prepared with first-class ingenuity and flair.
White Rabbit, Glazebrook House | Courtesy of Glazebrook House
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 grown up playground with humour and a hint of kitsch. It recently won two awards, one from Visit England, and one for Best Hotel Restaurant at the Food and Drink Devon ‘Love the Flavour’ awards. There are nine rooms inspired by Alice in Wonderland 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 White Rabbit and the hard-to-spot dolls houses in Mad Hatter. To stay, book here.
A renovated medieval granite long house that’s 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 décor 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 sheep skin rugs with luxurious mod cons. There’s a biomass boiler that runs on sustainable sources of wood sources to cut out the need for oil and gas, plus eco cleaning products, light bulbs and toiletries are used throughout. Co-owner Jo is also an experienced chef so evening meals are delicious British classics using locally sourced ingredients.