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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. There is certainly something for everyone and a range to suit all budgets.

Best places to stay in Devon

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, Combe House Hotel, 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.
  • Combe House Hotel is an Elizabethan manor house turned luxury hotel. Romance is the byword here, with luxurious rooms, beautiful gardens and fantastic food. If you're feeling flush book the thatched cottage for two with its own private walled garden.
  • 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.

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.

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  • Hazelwood House

    Kingsbridge, 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.

    14 rooms from $94
    Great walks  -  Walking and hiking on nearby Dartmoor
    Surfing  -  Lessons at Bantham
    Full of character
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
  • Dartington Hall

    Totnes, 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.

    50 rooms from $109
    Trekking  -  With the Devon countryside and national park nearby, this is ideal for relaxed country walks
    Country House  -  In the Devon countryside, 8 minutes' drive from Totnes Railway Station
    Architectural  -  The rooms surround a medieval courtyard and beautiful garden areas
    Restaurant  -  Award-winning restaurant which uses locally sourced ingredients
  • Hamptons Hotel

    Ilfracombe, Devon

    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.

    6 rooms from $110
    Surfing  -  Croyde, Saunton and Woolacombe beaches, and lessons can be arranged
    Sights nearby  -  Ilfracombe, and Lundy Island close by
    Great walks  -  The coast path or nearby Exmoor
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Recommended by  -  Johansens
  • Kilbury Manor

    Buckfastleigh, Devon

    Friendly, comfortable B&B in the Dart valley. Gardens and meadows. Large stylish rooms. Breakfast included.

    4 rooms from $118
    Garden  -  Attractive outside space.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
  • Arundell Arms Hotel

    Lifton, Devon

    Traditional, long-established fishing hotel, with a pretty garden and good food. Easily accessible, with fishing courses for beginners. Shooting also available.

    21 rooms from $126
    Fishing  -  On a 20 mile stretch of the River Tamar
    Great walks  -  On nearby Dartmoor
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
  • Masons Arms

    Branscombe, Devon

    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.

    21 rooms from $134
    Restaurant  -  Features lobster and crab landed on Branscombe beach.
    Beach nearby  -  Branscombe Beach a 10 minute walk
    Great walks  -  Explore the Jurassic coast
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Mill End Hotel


    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.

    15 rooms from $142
    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 Abbey
    Great walks  -  The hotel is surrounded by scenic walking trails.
    Local markets  -  Visit Tavistock, an award-winning market town.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • The Seagate

    Appledore, 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.

    10 rooms from $145
    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.
  • Horn of Plenty Hotel

    Tavistock, Devon

    Elegant country house hotel with fine dining in rural Tamar Valley on edge of Dartmoor - peace, quiet and nice grounds

    16 rooms from $150
    Exclusive offer  -  The Ultimate Autumn/Winter Escape
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Great walks  -  Dartmoor on the doorstep
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
    Recommended by  -  Johansens
  • The Rock Inn

    Newton 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.

    9 rooms from $150
    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 hotel
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
  • The Red Lion

    Clovelly, 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.

    17 rooms from $157
    Exclusive offer  -  Autumn Offer
    Views  -  All rooms boast either sea or harbour views
    Great walks  -  South West Coastal Path on the doorstep
    Full of character
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
  • Strete Barton House

    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.

    6 rooms from $165
    Views  -  Panoramic views across Start Bay from Start Point light-house to the mouth of the river Dart
    Great walks  -  Just off the south west coast path
    Restrictions on children  -  No children under 8 years
    Birdwatching  -  Good birding near the hotel.
  • The Henley

    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.

    5 rooms from $189
    Exclusive offer  -  From £60
    Views  -  Superb views spanning the Avon Estuary, Burgh Island and beyond.
    Restrictions on children  -  No children under 12
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Outstanding location
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
  • Weeke Barton

    Bridford, 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.

    5 rooms from $189
    Great walks  -  Dartmoor rambling
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Sawdays
  • Nonsuch House

    Kingswear, Devon

    Delightful guesthouse overlooking Dartmouth with great estuary views, and gourmet dinners offered four nights a week

    4 rooms from $205
    Views  -  Lovely views of the river and Dartmouth
    Sailing  -  Local sailing club close by
    Restrictions on children  -  No children under 12
    Outstanding location
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
  • Watersmeet Hotel

    Woolacombe, 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.

    25 rooms from $211
    Views  -  Amazing sea views from all but two of the bedrooms
    On the beach  -  Direct access to a sandy beach below the hotel
    Great walks  -  South West coastal path on the doorstep
    Spa  -  In room treatments available
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Johansens
  • Blagdon Manor

    Beaworthy, Devon

    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.

    7 rooms from $213
    Garden  -  3 acre garden in larger grounds
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Restrictions on children  -  No children under 12
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
  • Orestone Manor Hotel

    Torquay, Devon

    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.

    11 rooms from $213
    Garden  -  Attractive outside space.
    Private Hot Tub  -  Book the Garden Suite for your own private terrace with outdoor hot tub and wonderful sea views.
    Views  -  Overlooking Lyme Bay
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor Plunge Pool
    Recommended by  -  Frommers
  • ABode Exeter

    Exeter, Devon

    If you need to be in Exeter, this hotel is bright, slickly designed and central, with great food supervised by Gidleigh's Michael Caines.

    53 rooms from $213
    Restaurant  -  Award winning food, supervised by Michael Caines
    Sights nearby  -  Situated in the heart of Exeter's Cathedral Yard
    Recommended by  -  Frommers
  • Kaywana Hall

    Dartmouth, 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.

    3 rooms from $220
    Great walks  -  Down to the river Dart or through the valley
    Cooking classes  -  Next door at Manna from Devon
    Restrictions on children  -  Adults only
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Sawdays
  • Percy's Country Hotel

    Virginstow, 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.

    7 rooms from $220
    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
  • South Sands

    Salcombe, Devon

    Ideal for families, this boutique beach hotel is a paradise for watersport addicts. Contemporary styling, right on the beach, with good brasserie food.

    22 rooms from $236
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Views  -  Wonderful views over Salcombe Estuary
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Good Hotel Guide
  • Tor Cottage


    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.

    5 rooms from $236
    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 doorstep
    Back 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
  • Cary Arms

    Babbacombe, Devon

    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.

    8 rooms from $244
    Seaside  -  A seaside classic
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Fishing  -  The Inn provides rods for the pier, and nets for fishing in rock pools
    Lively  -  This is still a pub!
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Johansens
  • Magdalen Chapter

    South 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.

    59 rooms from $244
    Sights nearby  -  Exeter Cathedral
    Kayaking  -  Saddles & Paddles Exeter.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor pool
    Great walks  -  Haldon Forest Park
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
  • Soar Mill Cove Hotel

    South 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!

    20 rooms from $250
    Great walks  -  The Devon Coastal path is on the doorstep
    Private 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


    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.

    49 rooms from $252
    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 hotel
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
  • Northcote Manor

    Burrington, Devon

    Offers the simple pleasures of good food, lovely views and peace and quiet. Old fashioned.

    16 rooms from $252
    Views  -  Fine views over the Taw Valley
    Garden  -  20 acres of lawn and woodland
    Fishing  -  Game fishing on the River Taw
    Recommended by  -  Johansens, Sawdays
  • Lewtrenchard Manor


    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.

    10 rooms from $260
    Fishing  -  The Arundell Arms in Lifton has fishing rights on the river Tamar
    Great walks  -  Ask the hotel for a map of Dartmoor and its many walking trails
    Sights nearby  -  The Eden project is well worth a visit
    Recommended by  -  Fodors, Sawdays
  • Fingals Hotel

    Dittisham, Devon

    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.

    4 rooms from $268
    Quirky  -  You never know who you will meet
    Library  -  Overflowing with books
    Garden  -  Attractive outside space.
    House party feel  -  Communal dining often hosted by the owners
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Hotel Endsleigh

    Milton Abbot, Devon

    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.

    16 rooms from $291
    Garden  -  Set in 110 acres, with a stretch of river
    Fishing  -  Private stretch of the River Tamar
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
  • Whitehouse

    Chillington, 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.

    6 rooms from $299
    Spa  -  House membership to the Dart Marina Spa
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape
  • The Old Rectory Hotel

    Martinhoe, Devon

    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.

    11 rooms from $315
    Great walks  -  500 yds from the coastal path on Exmoor
    Quiet  -  Nothing but birdsong
    Kayaking  -  Can be arranged locally
    Surfing  -  Can be organised nearby
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Gidleigh Park Hotel

    Chagford, Devon

    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.

    24 rooms from $425
    Fishing  -  Fly fishing on the River Teign - licenses and tuition provided
    Restaurant  -  Michael Caines award-winning restaurant
    Garden  -  Beautiful landscaped garden
    Private Hot Tub  -  Book the best room in the house for a private roof top hot tub!
  • Salcombe Harbour Hotel

    South 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. Bliss

    50 rooms from $464
    Suites  -  All rooms come with 'balcony baskets' with binoculars throws and books, complimentary gin and sherry
    Sit-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 bar
    Parking  -  Cars are left on the hotel state of the art turntable and valet parked!
  • Burgh Island

    Bigbury-on-Sea, Devon

    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.

    25 rooms from $614
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Restrictions on children  -  No under 5s, no under 12s at dinner
    Secluded setting  -  Cut off at high tide
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
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