Sandy shores, quirky Medieval villages and remnants of the Jurassic Coast – welcome to the Brythonic Kingdom of Dumnonia, or Devon as it’s now known. With a contrasting landscape that spans two moors, cute coastal towns and cobbled city centres, it stands to reason that there’s a piece of this UK county to suit all styles. Here’s our selection of hotels in Devon to match yours – all bookable with Culture Trip.
Rooms at Gara Rock feel more like kipping at your very stylish friend’s house rather than at a cliffside hotel; their sole rule, after all, is “to make yourself at home”. Seagrass baskets are stuffed with embroidered blankets – grab one en route to the glass-fronted balcony or curl up in one of the velvet-clad chairs, like those you’ll find at its in-house cinema.
Like most hotels in the luxury group’s portfolio, Sidmouth Harbour has an ESPA-affiliated spa with a range of holistic and hydrotherapy treatments – though for an organic approach to water therapy, walk three minutes to Pebble Beach. Stick with the nautical theme and swing by the Upper Deck restaurant, which is headed by celebrated chef John Pollard. Harbour pinched him from Soho House where he developed Pizza East, Chicken Shop and Dirty Burger.
The devil is in the detail at this nautical abode, which leans heavily on Salcombe’s sailing credentials – think cabin-style decking and pinstriped furnishings. Spring for a room with a sea view, which you will have with any room in the hotel’s Dragon category (named after a style of sailing boat), along with a Juliet balcony that is best enjoyed at sunset after a soak in the free-standing clawfoot tub.
Hark back to an era of cocktail hours, parlour games and silver service at Dartmoor’s Gidleigh Park. This Tudor-style country manor appears as if plucked from an Agatha Christie novel – the sumptuous wood-panelled lounge makes the perfect setting for a murder-mystery party, while Miss Scarlet would be right at home in the bar with its burgundy walls and red velvet sofa.
Grade 2-listed Burgh Island Hotel is an art deco extravagance that riffs off its history as the haunt of jazz-era icons such as Noël Coward. Dusky rose and duck egg oyster chairs scatter the herringbone floor of the Palm Court Bar, where you can sip a French Manhattan in true silver-screen style. Expect a healthy dose of drama, as befits a hotel whose Beach House was built for Agatha Christie, with black tie dining in the Grand Ballroom and billiards in the Snooker Room. Hire a rowboat and lap around the lagoon, or The Mermaid Pool as it’s known – you can just imagine Esther Williams emerging from the water.
Bright, airy and cleverly decorated – space-starved urbanites might take heed of the partitioning wall separating the bath from the bed – this luxury Exeter hotel focuses on convenience. The room aside, this manifests in a central location 10 minutes from the Gothic splendour of Exeter Cathedral and the historic Guildhall Shopping Centre.
Every summer, crowds throng the three miles of golden sand from Woolacombe to Putsborough, while just along the coast sit the relatively empty Grunta and Combesgate beaches. Cut into the cliffside, the Watersmeet is a prime spot for scoping out quieter coves. You can be on the beach in minutes – but with a bistro overlooking the shore and a menu teeming with seaside specialities, you might not feel the need to be.
Thurlestone Hotel has been helmed by the Grose family for 120 years, so it’s safe to assume the staff here know what they’re doing. Roaring log fires in the winter, sunny terraces in the summer and a spa and three eateries for everything in between. With a single mission to ensure guests keep coming back, the team are on hand to point you in the direction of all Devon has to offer – be that wind surfing along South Hams or petting piglets at Pennywell Farm.
Lympstone Manor is a must-visit for any self-respecting foodie. Yes, the vineyard, views of the Jurassic Coast and Exe Estuary are impressive, but it’s Michael Caines who is the real jewel in this five-star Georgian Manor’s crown. Inspired by the fields and sea that surrounds the sprawling estate, the two-Michelin-starred chef brings to life his vision of contemporary British cuisine at this flagship restaurant.
For more options, discover our guide to the best boutique hotels in Devon, or these bed and breakfasts in Exeter, and book now on Culture Trip. If you’re heading to Devon with the family, you’ll want to check out these family-friendly hotels.
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