The Best Hotels With a View in Devon, England

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25 November 2020

Despite being a popular holiday destination since the Victorian era, the English Riviera (and the rest of Devon, for that matter) will never have the climate to compete with its Gallic counterpart. This means even high-summer bookings aren’t exempt from the occasional shower. Checkmate the weather and opt for a hotel with a view so you can soak in the surroundings from the comfort – and, crucially, the shelter – of your hotel.

Red Lion Hotel

Step back into a time of delightful cobbled paths and unusual traffic at Clovelly; a historic harbour village where you won’t see a single car but might bump into a donkey or two. Clinging to a 122-m (400-ft) cliff, Clovelly is steeped in quaintness and history. Discover why artists and writers have been entranced by this higgledy-piggledy fishing village at the 18th-century Red Lion hotel, where the maritime theme continues with porthole doors, oars as ornaments and windows that reach right out to the bay below.

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Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Terrace
Smoke-free property

Masons Arms

Crackling fires and thatched roofs make for a fairytale setting – though hopefully not in a Three Little Pigs sense – at this St Austell-owned guesthouse. Branscombe countryside stretches out in every direction so you’ll start your day looking out to rolling, green land. Prising yourself from the jumbo bed, follow the route walked by dinosaurs along the Jurassic Coast.

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Free WiFi
Restaurant
Terrace
Bar/lounge

South Sands Boutique Hotel

Savvy time-tight guests can make the most of South Sands’ live webcam prior to booking, though with views in most rooms, you’ll be hard-pressed to pick the best. For a stop-you-in-your-tracks panorama of the bay, head straight to the restaurant where the sea almost meets the glassy screen, and specials depend on the catch of the day.

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Free WiFi
Restaurant
In-room accessibility
24-hour front desk
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Dart Marina Hotel

“Cool, calm, classic” is the motto at Dart Marina – a water’s-edge residence specialising in understated elegance and chill yachting vibes. A soothing palette of slate, feather-grey and oatmeal is everywhere from the waterfront rooms to the vintage Cloud Nine bus, which pitches up every summer to serve coffee and classic drinks by the river. Wall-to-floor balconies flood rooms with light and the occasional rainbow spectrum when the sun hits the sailing-boat scattered River Dart.

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Free WiFi
Restaurant
Full-service spa
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Terrace
Smoke-free property

The Moorland Hotel

There are no prizes for guessing the landscape The Moorland Hotel looks out to – but you will be rewarded with a rolling (you guessed it) moorland vista. Plonked on the sleepy Southern Dartmoor hills, views stretch from South Hams to the sea. Fuel up on a continental or full English breakfast and head out to make the most of your stay, exploring the rippling countryside up close.

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Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

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  • Gara Rock

    What better way to temper the jagged cliffs, coiling coastal paths and unforgiving ocean than to enjoy it all from the sanctuary of a sleek, sheepskin shag-strewn bedroom? There’s a mischievous pleasure to be had in watching hikers battle the conditions while enveloped in a plush, pillowy duvet. Of course, there’s always the option to be on the other side – especially from the Secret Suite where there’s a free-standing tub to submerge in after.

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    Free WiFi
    Outdoor pool
    Restaurant
    Concierge services
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Terrace
    Bar/lounge
    Smoke-free property

    Bovey Castle

    Clusters of trees, ponds and pastures unfurl further than the eye can see at Bovey Castle, a place that could double as a filming location for The Crown. Adopt a little Balmoral chic and don your galoshes for a stomp around this plush country pile. Everything from off-road driving to gin tasting in the on-site distillery is at your disposal along with a sleekly designed spa and golf range – no castle would be complete without them.
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    Free WiFi
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    Full-service spa
    Express check-out
    Conference space
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Multilingual staff
    Terrace
    Bar/lounge
    Smoke-free property

    Northcote Manor

    It’s hard to tell if it’s the brightly painted mural of Tudor life – replete with lutes and Henry VIII playing croquet, naturally – or the snow that dusts the rambling stone estate in winter that lends Northcote Manor a magical quality from a bygone era. Fortunately, you’ll find all the modern creature comforts alongside Rococo furniture and ornate chandeliers in rooms which overlook tumbling hills and a walled garden – a lot like those in the mural.

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    Free WiFi
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    In-room accessibility
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Terrace
    These recommendations were updated on November 25, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.