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Hazelwood House 14 rooms from $73Kingsbridge, Devon
Quirky, rural country house with good organic food and a warm welcoming atmosphere, set in peaceful valley close to the South Devon coast. Individual rooms are bright and comfortable - some have majestic views. Come here to recharge the batteries and appreciate rural Devon.Great walks - Walking and hiking on nearby DartmoorSurfing - Lessons at BanthamFull of characterLocal markets - Good for local colour.
ABode Exeter 53 rooms from $76Exeter, Devon
Centrally located in the heart of Exeter's beautiful Cathedral Yard. Rooms are cheerfully furnished - bright and contemporary. Some enjoy splendid views of the 12th century Gothic Cathedral. Food served at the restaurant is excellent, as the menu is supervised by Gidleigh's Michael Caines.Foodies - The hotel is home to Michael Caines Restaurant, serving unique British cuisine.Restaurant - Award winning food, supervised by Michael CainesSights nearby - Exeter Cathedral, Exeter's Underground Passages and Quay House Visitor Centre can all be visited.Recommended by - Frommers
Kilbury Manor 5 rooms from $104Buckfastleigh, Devon
A 7th century listed cottage situated to the south of Dartmoor National Park. Friendly, comfortable B&B with a beautiful garden. Large rooms with stylish decor - a mix of traditional and contemporary. Two are situated in the converted barn. The perfect place to relax and unwind.Country Escape - Proper country living - experience life in a true English rural idyllGreat walks - Good for walkers.Fishing - Excellent fishing nearby.Sights nearby - Well located for major sights.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
Mill End Hotel 15 rooms from $110Devon
Nestled in the Teign Valley sits this lovely hotel and restaurant. Open log fires and cosy interiors makes this the most welcoming place to come back to after a day exploring Dartmoor. Enjoy a delicious cream tea or gastronomic delights for dinner in the restaurant. Beautiful scenery all around.Fishing - Upper Teign Fishing Association has six miles of fishing for brown trout, sea trout and salmon.Sights nearby - Visit Castle Drogo, Fernworthy Resevoir and Buckland AbbeyGreat walks - The hotel is surrounded by scenic walking trails.Local markets - Visit Tavistock, an award-winning market town.Recommended by - Sawdays
The Seagate 10 rooms from $113Appledore, Devon
With views of the charming fishing village this 17th century inn is a great family stay. The decor hints at its nautical location with light palettes, blue stripes and cushions, as well as exposed beams and extra beds. The menu's emphasis is on fresh local fish, complemented with fine wines.Sailing - Whether for purpose or pleasure you can book a boat trip with 'Appledore Leisure Cruise and Fishing Trips'Great walks - Traverse part of the South West Coastal Path.Sights nearby - Powderham Castle is worth a visit.Seaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.
Masons Arms 27 rooms from $116Branscombe, Devon
Traditional country pub in a pretty coastal village. Cosy and stylish rooms - muted tones with real wood accents and antique touches. Fine ales and classic dishes, with the beach only a short walk away. A great place to rest your head whilst discovering East Devon’s Jurassic coastline.Restaurant - Features lobster and crab landed on Branscombe beach.Beach nearby - Branscombe Beach a 10 minute walkGreat walks - Explore the Jurassic coastFour poster beds - For romantics.Recommended by - Sawdays
The Rock Inn 9 rooms from $116Newton Abbot, Devon
Welcoming guests since the 1800's this country inn is located within Dartmoor National Park. It is traditional in style with exposed beams and antique decor. There is a charming self contained holiday rental cottage, plus dogs are welcome! The restaurant focuses on fresh, local fish and good wine.Sights nearby - Buckfast Abbey (famous for their tonic wine), Castle Drogo, Powderham Castle are a short drive.Great walks - Yarner Wood The nearby Yarner Wood is superb for walking.Views - Great views from hotelFull of characterRecommended by - Good Hotel Guide
The Red Lion 17 rooms from $122Clovelly, Devon
A charming family friendly hotel overlooking Clovelly Harbour. Seventeen attractive rooms decorated in a neutral palette with splashes of blue and green to reflect the nautical feel. Cosy bar and restaurant serving up the best of day's catch. Great option for a traditional seaside holiday.Views - All rooms boast either sea or harbour viewsGreat walks - South West Coastal Path on the doorstepFull of characterSeaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.
Strete Barton House 6 rooms from $129nr Dartmouth, Devon
This top-notch B&B is a 6th century cottage set in a picturesque village close to the beach. High standards of interior decor - contemporary with exotic touches. Sleigh beds and striking colour schemes. Relaxing and comfortable, with a beautiful garden and terrace overlooking the sea.Views - Panoramic views across Start Bay from Start Point light-house to the mouth of the river DartGreat walks - Just off the south west coast pathRestrictions on children - No children under 8 yearsFishing - Excellent fishing nearby.
The Cott Inn 5 rooms from $135Dartington, Devon
The picturesque Cott Inn brims with history and charm. One of England's oldest remaining thatched inn's, between the Dartmoor National Park and the spectacular South Devon coastline. The perfect country escape with a snug bar, an excellent restaurant and delightful upstairs rooms.Country Escape - The perfect country escape in a historic thatched house surrounded by lovely gardens and bordered by the Dartmoor National Park.Local exploring - Perfect for exploring the beautiful surrounding Devonshire countryside.Great walks - This area is packed with excellent walking trails and routes, ask at the bar for personal favourites.Sights nearby - History buffs will be glad to hear, Dartmouth Castle is within ten miles.
Orestone Manor Hotel 11 rooms from $135Torquay, Devon
Georgian manor house hotel, overlooking Lyme Bay. Most of the spacious rooms feature Mediterranean views across Torbay. The decor is vintage chic with antique furnishings and bold print wallpaper. Excellent food, secluded lawns and peaceful porches, a haven.Garden - Attractive outside space.Great walks - Exe Estuary boasts miles of cycle and foot paths, exceptional views, beauttiful sandy beaches and is teeming with wildlife.Private Hot Tub - Book the Garden Suite for your own private terrace with outdoor hot tub and wonderful sea views.Sights nearby - Torre Abbey and The Agatha Christie Mile are both nearby and great informative day trips!Recommended by - Frommers
Horn of Plenty Hotel 16 rooms from $135Tavistock, Devon
Luxury and elegance make up this country house in rural Tamar Valley on the edge of Dartmoor - a peaceful stay in stunning grounds. Modern, comfortable rooms are unique in style and capture the view. Fine dining at the 2 AA Rosettes restaurant. A perfect adult retreat.Exclusive offer - Winter Foodie Getaway on the Devon/Cornwall BorderGroups - If you want your own country house just for the weekend then this is the place for you. Exclusive use is avaliable.Foodies - The award winning restaurant tantalises your taste buds with its locally sourced, seasonal and inventive menu.Great walks - With all of Dartmoor on your doorstep there is no excuse for sitting inside.Sights nearby - Dartmoor National Park and The Eden Project are both nearby.Recommended by - Johansens, Sawdays
Nonsuch House 4 rooms from $147Kingswear, Devon
Charming guesthouse overlooking Dartmouth with great estuary views. The warm, elegant rooms have been lovingly decorated and boast Egyptian cotton sheets, fluffy towels and award winning views. Gourmet dinners offered four nights a week and cooking lessons are available.Views - Lovely views of the river and DartmouthCooking classes - Guided tour with Kit to buy food from local suppliers, learn how to prepare it with a glass of wine in hand, and finally eat it!Great walks - Lovely walks along the South West Coast Path in either direction, or walk up the river Dart as far as Totnes.Fishing - Take a fishing trip out to the Skerries to catch Plaice or Pollock.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
Weeke Barton 5 rooms from $147Bridford, Devon
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.Great walks - Dartmoor ramblingViews - Great views from hotelSecluded setting - For escaping.Full of characterRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Sawdays
Dartington Hall 50 rooms from $147Totnes, Devon
A grand medieval courtyard and landscaped gardens in the Devon countryside. Stylish rooms exude contemporary country chic and offer exceptional value. Great locally sourced food is found at the White Hart amid the formal gardens. A wonderful spot for all the family to enjoy the best of Devon.Trekking - With the Devon countryside and national park nearby, this is ideal for relaxed country walksCountry House - In the Devon countryside, 8 minutes' drive from Totnes Railway StationArchitectural - The rooms surround a medieval courtyard and beautiful garden areasRestaurant - Award-winning restaurant which uses locally sourced ingredients
The Henley 5 rooms from $151Bigbury-on-Sea, South Devon
Small and friendly owner managed seaside bolthole of just five rooms, with a beach house feel. Cosy rooms are comfortable and clean with wonderful sea views. Cooking that finely showcases the Devon produce. Private beach access. A great weekend escape.Romantic Break - A magical seaside escape for two, with charming rooms, fantastic food and phenomenal views and walks along the coast.Birdwatching - The hotel provides binoculars in every room, so make the most of your large windows!Great walks - Step out of the hotel and onto the pretty garden path tumbling down to the beach.Surfing - Surf or kite surf on Bigbury, Challaborough and Bantham beaches.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
Watersmeet Hotel 25 rooms from $164Woolacombe, Devon
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.Views - Amazing sea views from all but two of the bedroomsOn the beach - Direct access to a sandy beach below the hotelGreat walks - South West coastal path on the doorstepSpa - In room treatments availableRecommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Johansens
Kaywana Hall 3 rooms from $171Dartmouth, Devon
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.Great walks - Down to the river Dart or through the valleyCooking classes - Next door at Manna from DevonRestrictions on children - Adults onlySwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorRecommended by - I Escape, Sawdays
Percy's Country Hotel 7 rooms from $171Virginstow, Devon
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.Great walks - Both Dartmoor and the South West Coast Paths are within easy reach.Sights nearby - Plenty of National Trust Houses and gardens in the vicinity.Cooking classes - Courses available year round.Restrictions on children - Over 10s only.Recommended by - Sawdays
The Pig at Combe 27 rooms from $178Honiton, Devon
The newest addition to the Pig collection, at the Pig at Combe you'll find the trademark country chic interiors, 25 mile locally sourced menu in the restaurant, potting shed pampering, lovely gardens and gorgeous views over the surrounding area. Come for a chilled country escape.Fishing - On the river Otter, plus the kitchen will cook whatever you catch for you!Great walks - Fabulous walking both on the doorstep and further afieldSights nearby - Just 5 mins from Honiton and 15 mins from ExeterViews - Great views from hotel
Tor Cottage 5 rooms from $184Devon
Situated down a quiet country lane amidst 28 acres of Devon's finest countryside you might just miss this property. From her famous full English to the old school country charm, owner Maureen runs an idyllic B&B. There is a pool and most rooms have a working log burner and private terrace.Sights nearby - The National Trust properties of Lydford Gorge, Cotehele House and Buckland Abbey are all worth a visit.Great walks - Wonderful walking for all abilities in the surrounding countryside, plus Dartmoor on the doorstepBack to Nature - Spot the odd deer or pheasant wondering past from the comfort of your own bed or private terrace!Local markets - Open six days a week you have no excuse not to visit the 900 year old Pannier Market.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
Blagdon Manor 7 rooms from $190Beaworthy, Devon
Quiet and secluded country house hotel overlooking peaceful rural landscape. Primarily a restaurant with rooms the chef serves up quality food inspired by the local produce. Charming rooms feature chintz fabrics and wooden beams. Established sweeping gardens. Ideal for a relaxing weekend.Country Escape - A beautiful country property with roaring fires and homely feel, set in a charming village with spectacular views over Dartmoor.Foodies - Excellent cuisine making use of all that Devon has to offer from local partridege, to homemade chutney with West Country cheese.Great walks - Some of the most beautiful Devon walks start from very near the manor such as Germansweek Trail and Tetcott Trail.Fishing - Fish for salmon, sea trout, brown trout, grayling and coarse across a number of sites in Devon and Cornwall.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide
Magdalen Chapter 59 rooms from $190South Devon
This contemporary wonderland in the heart of Exeter boasts walled gardens, an extensive library, a theatre kitchen and tranquil spa. The rooms, all individually designed come with iPads as standard. A rare combination of country and city life for total relaxation.Sights nearby - Exeter CathedralKayaking - Saddles & Paddles Exeter.Swimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor poolGreat walks - Haldon Forest ParkRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
Buckland Tout Saints Hotel 16 rooms from $195Kingsbridge, Devon
17th century manor house set within five acres of perfectly manicured gardens. Dining at the award-winning restaurant in its newly renovated dining room is a must. Rooms are decorated in a classic style and filled with antiques. A stunning setting for weddings or the perfect weekend break.Weddings - This picturesque manor house with its stunning gardens is a wonderful wedding locationFoodies - The 2 AA Rosette award winning restaurant comes highly recommendedCountry Escape - Nestled in the Devon countrysideFull of character
Soar Mill Cove Hotel 20 rooms from $195South Devon
Relaxed family friendly hotel a couple of miles from Salcombe. Spacious rooms and suites, some with private patios and stunning sea views. Delicious food with an emphasis on local specialities. Wonderful walking on the doorstep and a warm welcome for canine guests too!Great walks - The Devon Coastal path is on the doorstepFamiliesPrivate Hot Tub - Book one of the Ocean View self catering units for your own outdoor hot tub.Spa - Wide range of treatments on offer from facials to massages to reflexology.
Dart Marina Hotel 49 rooms from $196Devon
This property, in Dartmouth's buzzing harbour has a luxury spa and an AA Rosette awarded restaurant. Chic rooms in pale palettes are bright with large windows overlooking the River Dart. There are also self-contained apartments. This property is perfectly located to explore Dartmoor.Sailing - This hotel is places perfectly for sailing enthusiasts of all abilities.Sights nearby - Dartmouth and Kingswear Castle are both nearby and a great day out!Romantic - Good for couples.Views - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Good Hotel Guide
Arundell Arms Hotel 21 rooms from $196Lifton, Devon
A truly English hotel overlooking Dartmoor, close to the Cornish border. Beautiful gardens, sloping down to the river, with an award winning fishing school. Spacious and comfortable rooms with sleek country house interiors. Dine on local produce at the award winning restaurant. Bliss.Exclusive offer - Mothering Sunday 26th March '17Foodies - Award winning restaurant, run by famed head chef Steven Pidgeon- plus a fine wine list and spectacular service.Active Holiday - Perfect for an active holiday with plenty of fishing, walking and shooting available in the local area.Great walks - Close to Dartmoor - true definition of English countryside, with plentiful walks for all levels of commitment.Fishing - On a 20 mile stretch of the River Tamar with private fishing rights and equippment for guests.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide
Lewtrenchard Manor 10 rooms from $202Devon
This Jacobean manor house, dating back to the 16th century, with all the modern comforts as well as oak panelled hallways, open fire places and manicured gardens. Rooms are decorated with antique pieces. The restaurant, including nine course tasting menu is a must try. A popular wedding venue.Fishing - The Arundell Arms in Lifton has fishing rights on the river TamarGreat walks - Ask the hotel for a map of Dartmoor and its many walking trailsSights nearby - The Eden project is well worth a visitOpulentRecommended by - Fodors, Sawdays
Northcote Manor 16 rooms from $208Burrington, Devon
This 18th century country house hotel offers the simple pleasures of good food, lovely views and peace and quiet. Tranquil walks can be enjoyed in the the walled ‘secret garden’, apple orchards and Japanese water garden. Great for a relaxing weekend break.Views - Fine views over the Taw ValleyGarden - 20 acres of lawn and woodlandFishing - Game fishing on the River TawRecommended by - Johansens, Sawdays
Fingals Hotel 4 rooms from $208Dittisham, Devon
Delightfully informal boutique B&B near the River Dart. 'Quintessentially English' - this 17th Century house is full to the rafters with art and antiques and home to a fine lawn, an indoor pool, gym and grass tennis. Whether rooms or self-catering, the homely vibe is throughout. A magical spot!Local exploring - Explore the surrounding countryside, from vineyards and country houses, to seaside and river adventures.Families - The perfect countryside family escape, with selfcatering rooms plus a wealth of activties for all ages.Great walks - Using the river as your guide, the countryside truly is your oyster.Sailing - Lessons available nearby on the River Dart.Recommended by - Sawdays
The Old Rectory Hotel 15 rooms from $220Martinhoe, Devon
A very relaxed hotel nestled in the Devonshire countryside. A secluded escape with well-styled rooms and excellent, locally-sourced food. Guests can take many delightful walks to local beauty spots within Exmoor National Park. The perfect place for a quiet weekend away.Fishing - Woolacombe Beach is just a 30 minute drive away.Great walks - 500 metres from the Exmoor coastal path.Surfing - On nearby Woolacombe Beach.Kayaking - Can be arranged locally.Recommended by - Sawdays, Johansens, Good Hotel Guide, I Escape
Whitehouse 6 rooms from $233Chillington, Devon
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.Spa - House membership to the Dart Marina SpaSailing - Can be booked nearby.Four poster beds - For romantics.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape
Hotel Endsleigh 18 rooms from $233Milton Abbot, Devon
Historic shooting lodge offers an intimate, Olga Polizzi styled stay. Relax in the stunning grounds or in the library. Beautiful rooms overlook the valley and stretch of private river. Italian meets Spanish cuisine with Jose Graziosi's delicious dishes. Good for outdoor-types and families.Exclusive offer - Nature RetreatFamilies - Babysitting and monitors available plus such delights as picnics (complete with lanterns and blankets) in the grounds.Honeymoons - Fairytale suites, gourmet cuisine, cosy fireside sofas and incredible grounds for strolling hand in hand- enchanting!Country Escape - Extensive grounds for fishing, shooting, and rambling, plus plenty of comfy armchairs for the weary walker!Sights nearby - The National Trust and its stately homes make for a great day exploring - Cothele House, Saltram House and Castle Drogo.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Good Hotel Guide, Kiwi Collection
Cary Arms 8 rooms from $239Torquay (South Devon)
A boutique hotel with the charm of a British pub. The cliff top position makes for stunning views. Chic white washed rooms mix traditional features with modern simplicity. Hearty gastro-pub styled food is served at the restaurant. A glorious spa. An excellent choice for a family holiday.Total relaxation - Lazy days eating seafood on the terrace, followed by customised holistic treatments in the spa using Yon-Ka products.Families - Three cottages with three, four or five rooms are ideal for families.Great walks - Jump onto the South West Coast Path National Trail spanning for 630 miles through stunning landscapes.Fishing - The Inn provides rods for the pier and nets for fishing in rock pools.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Johansens, Sawdays
South Sands 22 rooms from $239Salcombe, Devon
Paradise for watersport addicts - a comfortable haven, right on the beach. Rooms are designed in a contemporary New England style - creams and soft pastel colours. The spacious suites are perfect for families. Enjoy the sea air and great brasserie food at the beach side restaurant and terrace.Great walks - Walk up behind the hotel and look around the National Trust's Overbeck's House and Garden a treasure trove of tropical plants.Local markets - Walk to Salcombe and check out the various art galleries and boutiques including Bibi & Mac, Quba Sails and Jack Wills.Sailing - South Sands Sailing school is right next to the hotel offering sailing, kayaking and other watersports.Fishing - The hotel can arrange deep-sea fishing trips with a little notice.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Good Hotel Guide
Gidleigh Park Hotel 24 rooms from $331Chagford, Devon
Super luxurious and pampering Dartmoor retreat, on 107 acres of mature grounds. The plush rooms come with antique furnishings, original art and huge sash windows. The Michelin stared food is served in an atmospheric and grandiose dining room. Peaceful, restful and totally heavenly.Fishing - Fly fishing on the River Teign - licenses and tuition providedRestaurant - Michael Caines award-winning restaurantGarden - Beautiful landscaped gardenGreat walks - There are inumerable lovely walking trails both on thr 107 acres of mature grounds and on nearby Dartmoor.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Frommers, Johansens, Kiwi Collection, Relais & Chateaux, Sawdays, Michelin Travel
The Hamptons 5 rooms from $355Ilfracombe, Devon
Luxurious self-catered apartments in a Victorian Villa a short walk from the beach. Chic interiors with elegant chandeliers, large windows and soft hues. The shared garden features a large hot tub. Plenty of activities nearby. An excellent base for families or groups.Families - Private accommodation with a garden with plenty of activities in the surrounding area make this the perfect base for families.Country Escape - Set amidst lovely surroundings, overlooking the coastline and with plenty of country pursuits to suit every taste.Surfing - Croyde, Saunton and Woolacombe beaches are nearby and lessons can be easily arranged.Sights nearby - Ilfracombe, and Lundy Island are both within easy reach of the property.
Salcombe Harbour Hotel 50 rooms from $361South Devon
On the edge of bustling and picture postcard Salcombe this stunning newly refurbished boutique hotel has everything one could wish for. Magnificently situated, overlooking the estuary with its sailing boats, sandy beaches and a short walk into town. Wonderful terraces, spa and pool, cinema. BlissSuites - All rooms come with 'balcony baskets' with binoculars throws and books, complimentary gin and sherrySit-out Terrace - Wonderful terraces with sunloungers and glorious views of the harbour, estuary and out to sea.Restaurant - The Jetty Restaurant is both chic and family friendly with mouthwatering seafood lunch barParking - Cars are left on the hotel state of the art turntable and valet parked!
Burgh Island 27 rooms from $380Bigbury-on-Sea, Devon
Full of character, this seaside art deco hotel on a tidal island is a true 'experience' hotel, where time has stood still in the 1930s. Comfortable period-style rooms. Locally sourced food and classic pre-war cocktails are on the menu. Half board only, because the tide locks you in at night.Beach Life - Located along a rugged stretch of British coastlineRetro/Vintage - Decorated in an authentic 1930s styleSights nearby - There are a number of day excursions from Burgh Island, to historical houses and castles.Restrictions on children - No under 5s, no under 12s at dinnerRecommended by - Good Hotel Guide
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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. 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
This county is rich in choice when it comes to accommodation, and the best places to stay in Devon range from boutique B&Bs to chic seaside crowd pleasers to holiday cottages or apartments (which you can find with our online partner, Booking.com). There is certainly something for everyone and a range to suit all budgets.
For a rural retreat
Our favourites amongst the best places to stay in Devon for a rural getaway include The Arundell Arms, The Horn of Plenty, Percy's Country Hotel and Restaurant and The Endsleigh.
- The Arundell Arms is a traditional hotel with its roots firmly in country pursuits. But it still comes up trumps with comfortable rooms, a really warm welcome and fab food. Come here for fishing on the Tamar or shooting in season.
- The Horn of Plenty is a Georgian country house located on the edge of Dartmoor. If peace and quiet are what you're after, look no further. Plus it has great food, super comfy beds and glorious views.
- Percy's Country Hotel is an eco friendly, organic restaurant with rooms in the heart of Devon, between Dartmoor and the North coast. Come here for a total chill out, great walks and fantastic food.
- The Endsleigh is Olga Polizzi's stylish Devon pad. As you would expect the interiors are stunning, but the property has retained the air of an old hunting or fishing lodge as per its original incarnation. Book it simply for its stunning location in a hidden valley, surrounded by gardens designed by Humphrey Repton.
For the coast
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.
- Nonsuch House is a charming guesthouse in Kingswear, across the estuary from Dartmouth. With only four bedrooms, it can be hard to get availability. But it's certainly worth it if you can: charming bedrooms with sensational views plus award winning brekkie and delicious dinners on offer four nights a week.
- Fingals is a quirky property a few miles inland from Dartmouth. Run along house party lines, it is incredibly laid back. The beautifully restored farmhouse offers eleven bedrooms with plenty of room for families. A swimming pool and grass tennis court make it ideal for the warmer months.
- The Henley probably boasts one of the best views on the South coast: a panoramic vista stretching from the Avon Estuary to Burgh Island. The five bedrooms are spacious and simple and make for an ideal seaside bolthole.
Best Places to Stay in Devon - Towns
- 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.
For a holiday cottage
- For many the ideal treat is to rent a holiday cottage amidst the beautiful Devon countryside. For a wide range for all tastes and budgets we recommend the choice with our online partner, Booking.com.
Browse through our list of the best places to stay in Devon and start to plan your stay. Please feel free to call or email a friendly guru for advice. Alternatively widen the net and check out out selections in Cornwall and Dorset.