The Best Family-Friendly Hotels to Book in Devon, UK

The heated pool at Saunton Sands Hotel is just one reason it is among the top hotels for families in Devon
The heated pool at Saunton Sands Hotel is just one reason it is among the top hotels for families in Devon | Courtesy of Saunton Sands Hotel Source Spa and Wellness /
Amy Blyth

If you fancy escaping for a family holiday in the UK, Devon is a sure-fire hit. Watch the kids play on sandy beaches, explore Dartmoor National Park, and devour fish and chips by the sea. When the day is done, return to one of these top hotels for family-friendly facilities, be it kids’ clubs and heated pools for the little ones, or golf courses and spas for the adults. Here are the best Devon hotels for families, all bookable with Culture Trip.

1. Gara Rock

Spa Hotel, Hotel

The stone outdoor pool area built into a grassy hillside overlooking the sea at Gara Rock
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Stay in a remote, clifftop hotel near Salcombe for an old-fashioned family break. Spend sun-soaked days on the beach, wander the South West Coastal Path, enjoy board games in the lounge or splash around in heated pools. You can even book out the 10-seat cinema room for a movie evening. Family-friendly apartments sleep up to six with open-plan kitchen and living areas. The rustic decor features exposed wooden walls, sheepskin rugs, shell prints and balconies with sea views.

2. Bovey Castle


The beautiful green grounds surrounding the stately 1907 Bovey Castle seen at the top of the hill, with a golf green in the foreground
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Bovey Castle is perfect for active families, set over 275 acres (111ha) of Dartmoor National Park with its own 18-hole championship golf course. Activities include horse riding, swimming, tennis and croquet. Despite its grand appearance, this 1907 castle welcomes families and dogs, boasting five AA Red Stars for hospitality. The Bovey Rangers kids’ club runs in the school holidays, and there’s a crêche and babysitting service on-hand. Bovey Castle’s 22 lodges are ideal for family stays and sleep up to eight.

3. South Sands Boutique Hotel


Spacious and bright bedroom with large bed, oversized comfy chair and a telescope between two clawfoot tubs at South Sands Hotel
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If you like to be beside the sea, check into this boutique hotel on South Sands Beach. This flawless stretch of sand boasts safe swimming and a tractor service to nearby coves. Two-bed suites come with kitchens, additional sofa beds and many are pet-friendly – dogs even get a welcome basket on arrival. The New England-inspired restaurant serves locally caught seafood and has a warming fireplace and floor-to-ceiling doors that open onto a terrace.

4. Thurlestone Hotel

Spa Hotel, Golf Hotel, Hotel

Outdoor pool with dolphin designs rimmed by loungers and an outdoor dining area with landscape views at Thurlestone Hotel
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Thurlestone is a family-run luxury spa and golf hotel in South Hams. Kids will love the extensive play areas, mini golf and acclaimed school holiday clubs with sport tournaments, arts and crafts sessions and movie nights. This four-star art deco hotel is also known for its relaxing spa, sports courts and nine-hole golf course. There are multiple dining options at Thurlestone, including a children’s buffet, and family suites come with self-catering facilities.

5. Saunton Sands Hotel

Spa Hotel

The four-storey white building housing the Saunton Sands Hotel set into a cliff overlooking the beach in Devon
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Set on a cliff overlooking Saunton Beach, this 1930s family-friendly hotel in Devon has been extensively refurbished. Adults can make use of the new spa, gym and tennis courts, while kids enjoy the crèche and two hours of complimentary daily childcare in the playroom. There’s a large heated pool and fully inclusive activity programme in the holidays which includes falconry displays, film nights and magic shows. Other top family features include interconnecting rooms, kid-friendly dining options and free stays for children under three.

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