15 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.

Horn of Plenty Hotel

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.

The Old Rectory Hotel

15 of Devon’s Most Romantic Hotels

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

The Hotel Endsleigh is a great honeymoon choice for outdoors-folk, with its intimate, stylish decor by Olga Polizzi and beautiful views over a private stretch of river. Converted from a hunting lodge, this is still a great place for fishing, shooting and rambling, and at the end of the day there are fairytale suites, gourmet cousins and fireside sofas.

Hotel Endsleigh

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

Tor Cottage is an idyllic B&B hidden away down a quiet country lane surrounded by 28 acres of beautiful countryside. The owner is known for doing a fabulous full English, plus most rooms have a log burning stove and a private terrace. There’s also a pool. Sigh. Great for walkers too.

Tor Cottage

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

Orestone Manor Hotel in Torquay is a Georgian manor house overlooking Lyme Bay, turned 11 room vintage chic hotel with bold wallpapers, antique furnishings and a lovely private garden. The food is also very good, and if you book the Garden Suite you’ll have your own private terrace with an outdoor hot tub.

Orestone Manor Hotel
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:

Devon’s Most Romantic Hotels

  • Cary Arms 8 rooms from €222

    Torquay (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.

    Exclusive offer  -  Cary Arms Special Offers
    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, Sawdays
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  • Hotel Endsleigh 18 rooms from €217

    Milton 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.

    Families  -  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
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  • The Old Rectory Hotel 15 rooms from €205

    Martinhoe, 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, Good Hotel Guide, I Escape
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  • Tor Cottage 5 rooms from €171


    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 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
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  • Soar Mill Cove Hotel 20 rooms from €181

    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!

    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.
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  • Gidleigh Park Hotel 24 rooms from €308

    Chagford (Dartmoor)

    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 provided
    Restaurant  -  Michael Wignall's award-winning restaurant
    Garden  -  Beautiful landscaped garden
    Great 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, Kiwi Collection, Relais & Chateaux, Sawdays
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  • Arundell Arms Hotel 21 rooms from €182

    Lifton, 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.

    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.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
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  • Watersmeet Hotel 25 rooms from €153

    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.

    Spa  -  In room treatments available plus steam room and jacuzzi
    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
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
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  • Dart Marina Hotel 49 rooms from €182

    Dartmouth (South Devon)

    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 hotel
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
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  • Kentisbury Grange 16 rooms from €148

    North Devon

    Kentisbury Grange, 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. Boasting a superb restaurant by Michelin-starred chef Michael Caines. The ideal country escape.

    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.
    Sights nearby  -  Make a trip to the pretty coastal villages of Lynton and Lynmouth.
    Great walks  -  Explore the miles of trails that run through Exmoor National Park.
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  • Orestone Manor Hotel 11 rooms from €125

    Torquay (South 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
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  • Horn of Plenty Hotel 16 rooms from €148

    Tavistock, 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  -  Spring Getaway
    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.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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Written by Kat Parr Mackintosh

posted Sunday, 7th May 2017