The 17 Best Hotels in Devon by the sea

Soar Mill Cove Hotel

There are a wide selection of hotels along the Devon coastline from chic boutiques to cosy family friendly stays. Our collection of the best hotels in Devon by the sea have been chosen for their spectacular coastal locations, great service, and many for their noteworthy seafood restaurants. Easily accessible from London, Devon is an attractive option for a weekend away. Why not browse through our collection of Devon's best seaside hotels and start planning your trip?

For families

Red Lion

  • Thurlestone Hotel is a classic coastal property offering a wide range of outdoor pursuits and activities making this an ideal choice for families. Most rooms offer seaviews and the design is refined without being stuffy. An ideal choice for a family coastal break.
  • Cary Arms is the perfect combination of a chic boutique hotel and a traditional British pub. Bright rooms offer specatcular coastal views from the floor to ceiling windows. Dining is a hearty affair and an emphasis is placed on seafood (naturally). For adults there is a spoiling spa while kids can spend the day on the beach.
  • The Red Lion is a charming family friendly hotel overlooking Clovelly Harbour. The interiors are reassuringly traditional and the restaurant serves up the best of the day's catch. A laid-back stay ideal for a family seaside holiday.
  • Saunton Sands Hotel is a quintessential family seaside hotel boasting a spectacular setting on the North Devon coast. Offering both double rooms and apartments, making this an ideal choice for families (and groups), plus there's plenty of activities on offer and award-winning dining.

For foodies

The Cricket Inn

  • The Seagate is a charming coastal inn offering a handful of nautically inspired rooms and lovely views of the fishing village (Appledore). Hop on the famed South West Coastal path which runs beside the property before returning for a feast at the restaurant which serves superb seafood paired with a good selection of fine wines.
  • The Cricket Inn is a quaint rural inn located right on a beautiful wide stretch of beach. Fresh rooms have a fun nautical theme and the award winning restaurant serves up British classics with particularly good seafood.

For a stay in a classic seaside town

Bayards Cove Inn

  • The Bayards Cove Inn offers a charming traditional stay in the heart of historic Dartmouth. With views of the Dartmouth Estuary, lovely cosy rooms, and a wonderful restaurant this is the perfect base for that quintessential British seaside break.

For spectacular sea views

The Hope and Anchor view

  • The Hope and Anchor is a quaint inn boasting an enviable location on Devon's beautiful Hope Cove. Bright fresh rooms are simply styled and the best have large bay views to curl up with a good book and admire the views. Offering a good seafoood restaurant and it is just a stroll from a quiet beach.
  • Watersmeet Hotel boasts a secluded coastal spot with wonderful views over the North Devon Coast. Rooms are bright and contemporary and the restaurant serves delicious cuisine using local produce. An ideal spot for a romantic weekend away.

For a private beach

The Henley

  • The Henley is a charming family-run hotel offering access to its own private beach. Interiors are traditional and homely, the cuisine is made using the best of Devon's produce, and there are wonderful walks in the area. Ideal for a romatic weekend away.

For a pet friendly option

Soar Mill Cove Hotel

  • Soar Mill Cove Hotel offers a fabulous and secluded coastal position with the nearest beach just a short walk away. Rooms are bright and spacious and the restaurant serves excellent seafood. With miles of great walking starting straight from the property and dogs very welcome this is a superb rural escape.

For coastal chic

Gara Rock

  • Gara Rock boasts a gorgeous secluded spot with spectacular coastal views. Rustic chic rooms are the epitome of rural cool with floor to ceiling windows, hardwood floors and retro furniture. The gourmet restaurant and spoiling spa make this an indulgent stay.
  • Bugh Island is a unique hotel occupying a superb coastal spot which, once the tide comes in at night, closes the entrance off giving the property an exclusive feel. Inspired by the elegant 1930s era expect art deco style (and plenty of cocktails). Perfect for a romantic retreat.

For watersports

South Sands

  • South Sands offers wonderful views over Salcombe Estuary and is located right next to a popular sailing and watersports centre. The rooms are spacious, there's a brasserie restaurant, and you are located right on the beach.

For the Jurrassic Coast

Sidmouth Harbour Hotel

  • Sidmouth Harbour Hotel boasts an enviable spot directly on the Jurrassic Coast. Spend days taking long blustery walks along the beautiful coastal path before returning for a massage and hearty meal in the restaurant. An ideal spot for a weekend break by the sea.
  • The Masons Arms is set in a charming village on East Devon's Jurassic Coast and is just a short walk to the nearest beach. Rooms are cosy and stylish and downstairs you'll find a good selection of ales and classic pub dishes.

For a boutique stay

Salcombe Harbour Hotel

  • Salcombe Harbour Hotel sits on the edge of the bustling Salcombe. Chic rooms feauture floor to ceiling windows which lend spectacular coastal views. Well placed a short walk from both the buzzy town centre and sandy beaches while also offering an indoor pool, spa, and cinema room.

Still not sure?

  • Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Devon?
  • Or you could refine your search to our Guru's recommendations for the best hotels in Salcombe, Torquay, Dartmouth or Ilfracombe.
  • Alternatively, you could contact one of our friendly Gurus for personalised advice.
    • Burgh Island Bigbury-on-Sea, Devon 27 rooms from £310

      Beach Life  -  Located along a rugged stretch of British coastline
      Retro/Vintage  -  Decorated in an authentic 1930s style
      Sights nearby  -  There are a number of day excursions from Burgh Island, to historical houses and castles.
      Restaurant  -  Seasonal menu with classic dishes, locally sourced.
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      Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide

      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. See More

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    • Salcombe Harbour Hotel Devon 50 rooms from £295

      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!
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      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 See More

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    • Sidmouth Harbour Hotel Sidmouth (Devon) 57 rooms from £205

      Country Escape  -  A country house boasting a location on the spectacular Jurassic Coast, ideal for a rural getaway.
      Sights nearby  -  Visit Sidmouth's interesting Norman Lockyer observatory.
      Great walks  -  Take long walks along the Jurassic Coast.
      Kayaking  -  Explore the coast from the sea by kayak.
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      Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Sawdays

      A nautically inspired hotel set on the famed Jurassic Coast. Light and airy rooms are decorated with soft hues and have floor to ceiling windows (the best are sea facing). Boasting both a spoiling spa and an excellent restaurant serving British classics. A fabulous spot for a weekend getaway. See More

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    • South Sands Salcombe, Devon 22 rooms from £195

      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.
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      Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Good Hotel Guide

      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. See More

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    • Gara Rock Devon 12 rooms from £168

      Country Escape  -  This cosy, stylish retreat is set on the beautiful Devon cliffs, ideal for refreshing windswept walks and coastal exploration
      Families  -  The self-contained cottages are perfect for a family holiday, with self-catering facilities available
      Romantic Break  -  Book a loft suite for romantic views over the dramatic Devon coastline
      Great walks  -  There are a host of picturesque coastal trails to explore; ask your hosts for recommendations for your itinerary
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      This clifftop hotel is located in East Portlemouth, Devon. Choose from loft suites with excellent views or family-friendly self-catering cottages. All feature large windows and a bohemian feel, with jute rugs and block-prints. Sample the gourmet restaurant before booking into the spa; a chic hotel. See More

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    • Soar Mill Cove Hotel Devon 20 rooms from £159

      Great walks  -  The Devon Coastal path is on the doorstep
      Restaurant  -  Delicious 2 AA Rosette standard dining, with menus featuring plenty of local seafood.
      Private Hot Tub  -  Book one of the Ocean View self catering units for your own outdoor hot tub.
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      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! See More

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    • Watersmeet Hotel Woolacombe, Devon 25 rooms from £134

      Restaurant  -  Serves classic English dishes with the majority of the ingredients sourced locally.
      Spa  -  In room treatments available plus steam room and hot tub
      Views  -  Amazing sea views from all but two of the bedrooms
      On the beach  -  Direct access to a sandy beach below the hotel
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      Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide

      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. See More

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    • The Hope and Anchor Devon 11 rooms from £115

      Country Escape  -  Boasting a fabulous location in one of Devon's prettiest coves and surrounded by glorious walking country.
      Great walks  -  Discover fantastic South Devon AONB, with endless peaceful countryside, rolling hills, stunning coastline and hidden coves.
      Fishing  -  Deep-sea fishing expeditions leave from nearby Salcombe.
      Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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      A quaint inn boasting an enviable location on Devon's beautiful Hope Cove. Simply dressed rooms boast glorious sea views, soft hues and soothing sounds of the ocean. Quintessentially British dishes are served in the atmospheric restaurant with particularly good seafood. See More

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    • Bayards Cove Inn Dartmouth 7 rooms from £145

      Great walks  -  Go for lovely walks on the nearby beaches such as Blackpool Sands.
      Fishing  -  Sea fishing trips can be organised by the hotel.
      Sights nearby  -  Ten minutes walk from Dartmouth Castle.
      Restaurant  -  Recommended.

      Set a beautiful historic townhouse, Bayards Cove Inn is a classy establishment in Dartmouth. Its modus operandi is to do the simple things well and the hotel staff make good on this. Excellent restaurant, comfortable rooms and a beautiful setting overlooking the Dartmouth estuary all help of course. See More

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    • The Cricket Inn Devon 7 rooms from £140

      Country Escape  -  A remote setting offering breathtaking sea views, ideal for total escapism.
      Great walks  -  Take long walks along the stunning South West Coast Path.
      Surfing  -  Hit the waves on the popular surf spot, Bantham Beach.
      Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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      A charming inn boasting a fabulous spot on the pristine Devon coast. Nautically themed rooms are bright and white with pops of blue coming from the soft furnishings. An award winning restaurant serves up quintessential British fare and specialises in seafood. A delightful rural escape. See More

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    • The Seagate Appledore, Devon 10 rooms from £105

      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.
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      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. See More

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    • Masons Arms, Devon Branscombe, Devon 27 rooms from £105

      Local exploring  -  A lovely low key base from which to explore the delights of South Devon
      Beach nearby  -  Branscombe Beach a 10 minute walk
      Sights nearby  -  Branscombe is full of lovingly restored historic buildings and the Jurassic Coast is on the doorstep.
      Great walks  -  Explore the Jurassic coast on the South West Coastal path
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      Recommended by  -  Sawdays

      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. See More

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    • Saunton Sands Hotel Nr Braunton, Devon 95 rooms from £206

      Swimming Pool  -  Heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools.
      Sights nearby  -  Enjoy a day out at Victorian Watermouth Castle; providing a theme park for the kids.
      Kids Club  -  A supervised playroom and two hours free childcare per day for under-eights.
      Spa  -  A comprehensive facility offering all you could want to relax and unwind.
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      Quintessential family seaside hotel with a spectacular setting on the North Devon coast. Stylish contemporary accommodation in neutral muted hues, with flexible options from doubles to family apartments. Top class on-site facilities for sports, relaxation & family fun plus 2AA Rosette fine dining. See More

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    • The Red Lion, Devon Clovelly, Devon 17 rooms from £170

      Restaurant  -  Specialising in freshly caught seafood and other locally sourced ingredients.
      Views  -  All rooms boast either sea or harbour views
      Great walks  -  South West Coastal Path on the doorstep
      Full of character

      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. See More

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    • Thurlestone Hotel Kingsbridge, Devon 65 rooms from £150

      Local exploring  -  From hidden beaches to National Trust Properties and pretty seaside villages, there's masses to see and do.
      Sights nearby  -  Within a short drive there is a wide range of museums, castles, National Trust properties and pretty seaside towns to explore
      Tennis  -  Thurlestone has two all weather courts with racquets and balls to borrow if required.
      Spa  -  The Voyage Spa offers a good range of beauty therapies, plus pool and hot tub
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      A charming family friendly property on the South Devon coast with superb facilities for all ages. There's a wide range of rooms with a traditional yet contemporary feel - many with a private balcony and sea view, plus award winning fine dining, superb spa, golf course and much more. See More

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    • Cary Arms Torquay 21 rooms from £163

      Exclusive offer  -  Special Winter Break
      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.
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      Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays

      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. See More

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Written by Katie Harris

posted Wednesday, 1st February 2023