10 of Devon’s Most Romantic Hotels

Watersmeet Hotel

Peacefully beautiful in places and dramatic and impressive in others, Devon offers the romance of a windswept walk over heathlands or moorland and the sensual crash of the waves on the shore and the feeling of sand between the toes. And all in one day. Possibly followed by a perfect evening of fish and chips on the beach or a gourmet extravaganza in a setting as stylish as any. The north coast has Exmoor and the south Dartmoor, and in between are thatched, whitewashed cottages, traditional stone longhouses and graceful manor houses - some of which have now been converted into Devon’s most romantic hotels. There are plenty of idyllically lovely properties to choose from when curating a list of Devon’s most romantic hotels, but our Gurus have come up with a wonderfully varied collection which includes both traditional favourites and some of the region’s chic new offerings.

Devon’s Most Romantic Hotels with a View

The Cary Arms is a boutique hotel with the charm of a Great British pub and an enviable clifftop position. There are eight, chic, white-washed rooms, glorious spa and a hearty, gastro-pub style restaurant.

Cary Arms

Dartmouth’s Dart Marina Hotel is right on Dartmouth’s busy harbour and offers 49 chic rooms a luxurious spa and a AA Rosette awarded restaurant. The decor is chic, in pale shades and there are self contained apartments as well as rooms and suites.

Dart Marina Hotel

The Salcombe Harbour Hotel is on the edge of pretty, bustling Salcombe, and offers spectacular estuary views, wonderful terraces, a spa, pool and cinema.

Salcombe Harbour Hotel

Devon’s Best Hotels for a Romantic Country Escape

The Old Rectory Hotel is right by to the coast within the Exmoor National Park, so the views are incredible and the atmosphere is relaxed and peaceful. You’re 500meters from the Exmoor coast path and a 30minute drive from beautiful Woolacombe Beach.

The Old Rectory Hotel

Devon’s Most Romantic Hotels for Foodies

Kentisbury Grange is a converted manor house surrounded by pretty gardens right on the edge Exmouth National Park. The grange has 16 rooms, decorated in a contemporary style and a superb restaurant by Michelin-starred chef, Michael Caines.

Kentisbury Grange
Gidleigh Park Hotel is a super luxurious Dartmoor retreat on 107 ares of beautiful land. There are 24 plush rooms, all with original art and antiques and huge sash windows, plus a Michelin-starred menu served in a grandiose, atmospheric dining room.

Gidleigh Park Hotel
The Arundell Arms Hotel has beautiful views across Dartmoor, and is surrounded by beautiful gardens which slope gracefully down to the river. The 21 rooms are spacious and comfortable and there’s an award-winning restaurant, and an award-winning fishing school.

Arundell Arms Hotel

Devon Most Romantic Hotels with Hot Tubs

The Soar Mill Cove Hotel also has rooms with private outdoor hot tubs, plus spacious self-catering options and generous rooms and suites. The food is delicious, with an emphasis on local produce, there are stunning sea views from private patios and the Devon Coast Path is right on the doorstep.

Soar Mill Cove Hotel
The Watersmeet Hotel is a classic seaside hotel with 25 rooms and fabulous views over the north Devon coast. The restaurant is good, serving locally sourced food, and you’ve got direct access to the South West coastal path and the beach.

Watersmeet Hotel

If those properties appeal to you why not check out our Guru’s full collection of hotels with hot tubs in Devon

Devon’s Most Affordable Romantic Hotels

Horn of Plenty Hotel

  • The elegant Horn of Plenty Hotel is a luxurious country house in the beautifully rural Tamar Valley, right on the edge of Dartmoor. There are 16 modern, comfortable room and fine dining in the 2 AA Rosette rated restaurant. Rooms start from around £110 per night.

If you haven’t found your idea of Devon’s most romantic hotels on our Guru’s list you could:

  • Consult our Ultimate Guide to the Most Romantic Hotels in the UK,
  • browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Devon,
  • or our Guru’s collection of hotels with hot tubs in Devon,
  • or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.
    • Cary Arms Torquay 21 rooms from £163

      Exclusive offer  -  3 for 2
      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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    • The Old Rectory Hotel Martinhoe, Devon 15 rooms from £180

      Restaurant  -  Seasonal menu serving classic dishes, using locally-sourced ingredients.
      Fishing  -  Woolacombe Beach is just a 30 minute drive away.
      Great walks  -  500 metres from the Exmoor coastal path.
      Surfing  -  On nearby Woolacombe Beach.
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      Recommended by  -  Sawdays, Good Hotel Guide, I Escape

      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. See More

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    • Soar Mill Cove Hotel South 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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    • Gidleigh Park Hotel Chagford 24 rooms from £270

      Fishing  -  Fly fishing on the River Teign - licenses and tuition provided
      Garden  -  Beautiful landscaped garden
      Great walks  -  There are inumerable lovely walking trails both on thr 107 acres of mature grounds and on nearby Dartmoor.
      Tennis  -  On site tennis cpurts are avaialble for guests useage.
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      Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Frommers, Kiwi Collection, Relais & Chateaux, Sawdays

      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. See More

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    • Arundell Arms Hotel Lifton, Devon 21 rooms from £160

      Foodies  -  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.
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      Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide

      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. 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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    • Dart Marina Hotel Dartmouth (South Devon) 49 rooms from £160

      Sailing  -  This hotel is places perfectly for sailing enthusiasts of all abilities.
      Swimming Pool  -  Indoor heated pool with dedicated hours for family friendly swimming.
      Sights nearby  -  Dartmouth and Kingswear Castle are both nearby and a great day out!
      Spa  -  Offering a wide range of holistic and luxury treatments.
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      Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide

      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. See More

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    • Kentisbury Grange North Devon 16 rooms from £130

      Foodies  -  Boasting an award winning restaurant headed by Michelin-starred chef Michael Caines.
      Country Escape  -  A charming rural property in the pretty county of Devon.
      Great walks  -  Explore the miles of trails that run through Exmoor National Park.
      Sights nearby  -  Make a trip to the pretty coastal villages of Lynton and Lynmouth.
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      Kentisbury Grange is a converted manor house, situated in pretty gardens on the edge of Exmouth National Park. Rooms are contemporary in style with crisp white linen, roll-top baths and soft hues. Plus there's an excellent restaurant. The ideal country escape. See More

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    • Horn of Plenty Hotel Tavistock (Gulworthy) 16 rooms from £130

      Groups  -  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.
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      Recommended by  -  Sawdays

      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. See More

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Written by Kat Parr Mackintosh

posted Wednesday, 9th November 2022