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Devon's countryside is as impressive as its two very different coasts, with Dartmoor and Exmoor rising from a landscape of patchwork fields, thatched whitewashed cottages and traditional stone longhouses.
South Devon is something of a hippy enclave which has become home to a host of music festivals and alternative lifestyle centres. North Devon is home to many grand stately homes set in glorious grounds, a contrast with the dramatic natural beauty of Exmoor.
There are many appealing properties here and our pick of the best places to stay in Devon are either dramatically sited on the coast or deep in the countryside further inland. Many of them reflect the region's chic new image, others are cosy old favourites.
Devon boasts no fewer than two National Parks and FIVE areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO Geopark, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and two National Parks; Exmoor on the North Coast and Dartmoor towards the South.
Nobody who has been to the county would be surprised at this embarassment of UNESCO conferred riches. Perhaps the more famous of the National Parks is Dartmoor. Its rugged beauty inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles.
Cyclists can enjoy the Drake's Trail and on both Exmoor and Dartmoor, herds of attractive wild ponies can be found roaming.
Our favourites amongst the best places to stay in Devon for a rural getaway include The Arundell Arms, The Horn of Plenty, Combe House Hotel, Percy's Country Hotel and Restaurant and The Endsleigh.
But Devon is more than just a pretty face. A haven for outdoor activites and extreme sports, its north coast beaches with their vast expanses of sand are as popular with surfers as they are with walkers and dogs.
The South coast too has much to recommend it. Dartmouth and the surrounding area are quite simply stunning and an increasingly popular summer holiday destination for those who prefer not to rack up the air miles.
There are a plethora of hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses along both coasts, but from our pick of the best places to stay in Devon, we'd suggest you try Nonsuch House, Fingals or The Henley.
There are plenty of good places to stay in and around the Devon towns of Plymouth and Exeter. Plymouth, site of Sir Francis Drake's famous game of bowls feels steeped in history, maritime and otherwise.
Parts of the university town of Exeter date back to Roman times. It also boasts an atmospheric high street with cobbled streets and squares housing high street and independent shops.
For urban sojourns we reckon the best place to stay in Devon would have to be the ABode in Exeter. Bang in the city centre and with wonderful views of the cathedral this old townhouse has had a good makeover and now offers a selection of rooms (ranging from Comfortable to Fabulous) depending on your budget. Food too is good here with everything overseen by Michael Caines.
Stylish seaside boutique B&B, owned and run by a hotel designer, in an idiosyncratic Victorian villa. Themed rooms and sweeping views of the coast. Walks and surfing nearby.
Friendly, comfortable B&B in the Dart valley. Gardens and meadows. Large stylish rooms. Breakfast included.
Traditional, long-established fishing hotel, with a pretty garden and good food. Easily accessible, with fishing courses for beginners. Shooting also available.
Traditional country pub in a pretty coastal village for a cheap seaside holiday. Boutique style rooms, fine ales and food and a great beach a short walk away.
Quirky and delightfully informal hotel run on house party lines, near the River Dart - 'quintessentially English' - full of art, a fine lawn, with an indoor pool, gym and grass tennis.
Elegant country house hotel with fine dining in rural Tamar Valley on edge of Dartmoor - peace, quiet and nice grounds
nr Dartmouth, Devon
High standards of interior decor, comfort and hospitality in top-notch B&B, with fine views and in a lovely coastal village, close to the beach.
Delightful guesthouse overlooking Dartmouth with great estuary views, and gourmet dinners offered four nights a week
Bigbury-on-Sea, South Devon
Small and friendly seaside bolthole of just 5 rooms, with a beach house feel, close to Burgh Island - great views, fine cooking, with its own private beach access.
One of the finest b+bs in Devon - small thatched country house on Dartmoor, eco friendly with organic produce and lovely views and walks. Ride, walk, fish or just chill out.
Classic seaside hotel with fabulous views over the North Devon coast. Tastefully refurbished rooms reflect the beach side location and the restaurant offers delicious food sourced from local ingredients. An romantic hotel for a seaside break and ideal for a family holiday too.
Quiet and secluded country house hotel overlooking peaceful rural landscape, ideal for a quiet and relaxing weekend. More of a restaurant with (7) rooms, in Grade 11 listed Manor.
Colonial-style and elegant hotel with Mediterranean views across Torbay from most rooms, spacious and furnished with antiques. Excellent food, secluded lawns and uniformed staff - a haven.
If you need to be in Exeter, this hotel is bright, slickly designed and central, with great food supervised by Gidleigh's Michael Caines.
Modern design, Californian style boutique B+B with a pool, close to the River Dart. Rooms have their own entrances and sit out terraces, so ideal if you don't want to be disturbed.
Eco friendly, organic restaurant with rooms in the heart of rural Devon, between Dartmoor and the North coast. Spacious well appointed bedrooms and fabulous organic food, much of it produced on site. Wonderful spot for total relaxation after a day exploring the area.
Ideal for families, this boutique beach hotel is a paradise for watersport addicts. Contemporary styling, right on the beach, with good brasserie food.
Highly rated and stylish 'house hotel' in a sleepy Exmoor valley, for log fires, bracing walks and delicious food. Ideal for a quiet country escape.
Mills & Boon meets the Famous Five meets New England in this interior designed boutique gastropub in a good seaside location. Young staff, on the beach, plenty to do.
Historic shooting lodge, surprisingly intimate, with stylish interiors by Olga Polizzi. Lovely grounds, wonderfully sited in its own valley and stretch of river. Good for outdoor types and families.
Small but beautifully designed coastal village hotel - a boutique of real style with just six rooms, one mile from the beach, with chic rooms and a screening room for movies.
A simple, very relaxed hotel on Exmoor yards from the sea. Quiet, ideal for walkers or if you are looking for a secluded escape, with well styled rooms and excellent food.
Easily accessible yet tranquil Elizabethan manor hotel with romantic lived-in country house style interiors, extensive grounds for walking, and excellent food.
Super luxurious and pampering Dartmoor retreat with top notch service, very comfortable rooms, extensive grounds (with fine views) and excellent gourmet cooking. Spa, tennis etc.
Full of character, this seaside art deco hotel on an island is a true 'experience' hotel. It offers the fun of pretending it’s still 1930 (and that you are well-off). Half board only, because the tide locks you in at night.