Best Luxury and Boutique Hotels in Devon

Hotels, B&Bs, country houses, inns, restaurants with rooms

This lovely county includes the wildness of Dartmoor, the gentle charms of the South Hams, wonderful beaches. Totnes is known for its alternative lifestyle and the quality of the its local food produce, and its proximity to the cultural life of Dartmouth has a charming setting on the river Dart, a fine old castle and good eating places.

A stay in Devon offers so much to see and do and our hotels are as varied too. Choose from luxurious retreats in rolling countryside, cliff-top hotels with stunning sea views and even a hotel on a secluded island. Enjoy cream teas, hearty home-cooking or fine dining at our choice of independently reviewed hotels. For history buffs, Plymouth is the old maritime centre where Sir Francis Drake memorably played his rubber of bowls. Visit Exeter for its lovely medieval cathedral and the charms of waterside Topsham. The Southwest coastal path has memorable cliff-side walks linking seaside resorts.

For holiday ideas in Devon, see VisitEngland

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Featured hotels in Devon

Burgh Island Hotel, BIGBURY-ON-SEA, Devon

‘A truly memorable stay,’ was enjoyed by visitors this year to this Grade II listed hotel on a tidal island at the end of Bigbury beach. Opened in 1929, the ‘quirky’ building


Lewtrenchard Manor, LEWDOWN, Devon

Back in the hands of the Murray family, this ‘beautiful old manor house in lovely surroundings’ returns to a full entry after a report by Guide inspectors who ‘could not find


Soar Mill Cove Hotel, SOAR MILL COVE, Devon

In extensive grounds above a sandy cove in an area of outstanding natural beauty, this ‘welcoming’ hotel has a ‘pleasant, settled feel’. The owner/manager Keith Makepeace has


The Horn of Plenty, GULWORTHY, Devon

‘Imagine what your ideal country house should be like, and you have the Horn of Plenty.’ On a ‘beautiful’ hillside overlooking a wooded valley, guests receive a ‘genuine


The Cary Arms, BABBACOMBE, Devon

‘Courage’ is required by drivers making the ‘precipitous, twisting descent’ to Lana de Savary’s small hotel in a ‘fabulously secluded cove’ near Torquay.


The Fox & Hounds, EGGESFORD, Devon

The Culverhouse family’s ‘lovely’ hotel is a former Victorian coaching inn on the banks of the River Taw; pheasants, owls, woodpeckers and siskins can be spotted in its large


Hotels in Devon

  • The Mason's Arms, BRANSCOMBE, Devon

    There are low-beamed ceilings, timber frames, slate floors and a log fire at this 14th-century pub-with-rooms, once a cider house and a row of cottages, in a ‘delightful’ village close to the shingle

  • Parford Well, CHAGFORD, Devon

    Owner Tim Daniel escaped from London to run this ‘professional but personal’ B&B within Dartmoor national park. Arriving guests are greeted with afternoon tea and home-made cake. On fine days,

  • The Henley, BIGBURY-ON-SEA, Devon

    ‘It gets better and better!’ Overlooking the tidal Avon estuary, Martyn Scarterfield and Petra Lampe’s small Edwardian holiday cottage is popular with return visitors for the ‘relaxing’ environment

  • Blagdon Manor, ASHWATER, Devon

    ‘In the depths of the Devon countryside’, this Grade II listed restaurant-with-rooms has ‘beautifully manicured gardens where birds sing and bees buzz’. The owners, Liz and Steve Morey, are ‘the best

  • Tor Cottage, CHILLATON, Devon

    Hillside woodlands, home to deer, pheasants and shy badgers, rise behind this rustic B&B in a secluded spot at the end of a long, tree-lined track. Maureen Rowlatt is the ‘charming’

  • Nonsuch House, DARTMOUTH, Devon

    ‘Homely and unique’, Kit and Penny Noble’s Edwardian guest house stands at the top of a hill overlooking the Dart estuary. ‘They are caring and friendly hosts,’ says a visitor in 2015. There are

  • The Nobody Inn, DODDISCOMBSLEIGH, Devon

    Between the Haldon hills and the Teign valley, Sue Burdge’s ‘lovely old pub’ is reached down a maze of country lanes near Exeter. The modern history of the building can be traced back to 1591, but it

  • The Arundell Arms, LIFTON, Devon

    Country pursuits and the pleasures of a sporting life attract visitors to this ‘very nice’ hotel in a village near the Devon–Cornwall border. ‘An excellent combination of relatively simple

  • Heddon's Gate Hotel, MARTINHOE, Devon

    In a ‘magical setting’ in the Heddon valley, Mark and Pat Cowell’s small hotel is surrounded by gardens and woodland. It is approached by a long private road owned by the National Trust. The former

  • Hotel Endsleigh, MILTON ABBOT, Devon

    Tall, ancient trees tower over this ‘beautiful’ estate of gardens and woodlands, streams and waterfalls, follies and grottos. On the banks of the River Tamar, the 19th-century hunting and

  • Thurlestone Hotel, KINGSBRIDGE, Devon

    Five minutes’ walk from the sea, this ‘very good’, family-friendly hotel (Pride of Britain Hotels) is in large subtropical gardens with plenty of activities for young guests. It has

  • Victoria Hotel, SIDMOUTH, Devon

    ‘A very comfortable hotel ­– old-fashioned in the best sense of the word.’ Overlooking the bay, this large, traditional hotel (Brend Hotels) in five acres of landscaped grounds has many returning

  • Shelley's, LYNMOUTH, Devon

    There are fine views over Lynmouth Bay from this 18th-century house which takes its name from Percy Bysshe Shelley, who brought his child bride, Harriet, here in 1812 for their honeymoon. Today, it is

  • Dart Marina, DARTMOUTH, Devon

    ‘Faultless Towers’ was the verdict of returning visitors to Richard Seton’s hotel on the River Dart. And this before an upgrading with the creation of the new Britannia rooms, one of which a later

  • Royal Seven Stars, TOTNES, Devon

    ‘A very good stay.’ Steps from the River Dart, in the centre of this bohemian town, Anne and Nigel Way’s hotel occupies an ‘interesting’ 17th-century coaching inn with an imposing original facade and

  • Plantation House, ERMINGTON, Devon

    ‘Lovely’ extra touches (fruit, biscuits, fresh milk, a small decanter of brandy, ‘all replenished each day’) create a ‘very special feel’ at this small hotel, a Grade II listed Georgian rectory in

  • Browns Hotel, DARTMOUTH, Devon

    Clare and James Brown’s informal hotel is in a 200-year-old town house within easy walking distance of the waterfront. Modern bedrooms vary in size and style; each has space to sit. When

  • Watersmeet, WOOLACOMBE, Devon

    There is an ‘easy, relaxed’ atmosphere at this ‘excellent’ traditional hotel, once an Edwardian gentleman’s retreat, above Woolacombe Bay. It is owned by Amanda James;

  • Ilsington Country House, ILSINGTON , Devon

    The Hassell family’s ‘delightful’ hotel, in a stunning location high in Dartmoor national park, is ‘worth finding, though off the beaten track’. Bedrooms, traditionally furnished, have ‘lovely’

  • Hotel Riviera, SIDMOUTH, Devon

    ‘It’s the little things that count’ at the Wharton family’s traditional hotel on the esplanade overlooking Lyme Bay. A regular correspondent’s positive report in 2015

  • Prince Hall, TWO BRIDGES, Devon

    In a ‘wonderful position’ on Dartmoor, Fi and Chris Daly’s ‘welcoming’, dog-friendly hotel is liked for the ‘peace and seclusion’ that surround it, say

  • Fingals, DITTISHAM, Devon

    There is a ‘most relaxing’ ambience at Richard and Sheila Johnston’s ‘characterful’ B&B in a secluded valley near Dittisham village. ‘Abundant in quiet and

  • Kilbury Manor, BUCKFASTLEIGH, Devon

    Deep in the countryside, down a single track lane, Julia and Martin Blundell’s 'tastefully furnished' B&B is in a renovated 17th-century longhouse. It stands in impressive four-acre grounds,

  • South Sands, SALCOMBE, Devon

    There is a breezy, maritime feel at this ‘relaxed and informal’ family-friendly hotel on the beach in South Sands bay. Public spaces are ‘beautifully designed’; ‘it was a

  • The Old Rectory Hotel, MARTINHOE, Devon

    ‘An attractive house in a beautiful garden; excellent dinner and breakfast.’ Praise comes in 2015 from a trusted correspondent for Huw Rees and Sam Prosser’s small hotel in an ‘idyllic backwater’, a

  • Strete Barton House, DARTMOUTH, Devon

    Close to the South West Coastal Path, this 16th-century manor house has panoramic views across the bay, from Start Point lighthouse to the mouth of the River Dart. Owners Stuart Litster and Kevin

  • Northcote Manor, BURRINGTON, Devon

    ‘An oasis of calm and tranquillity’, this 18th-century manor house stands in extensive grounds in the Taw valley. It is managed by the chef, Richie Herkes, for the owner, Jean-Pierre Mifsud. The staff

  • Rosehill Rooms and Cookery, BUDLEIGH SALTERTON , Devon

    Close to the beach, the Coastal Path and the centre of town, Willi and Sharon Rehbock’s immaculate B&B is in a Grade II listed Victorian house set in peaceful gardens. Spacious bedrooms have

  • The Magdalen Chapter, EXETER, Devon

    The original marble floors and gold-lettered visitor notices have been preserved at the former West of England Eye Hospital, today a smart city-centre hotel (Chapter Hotels) with a stylish interior.

  • The Rock Inn, NEWTON ABBOT, Devon

    In a hamlet below Haytor Rocks, just inside Dartmoor national park, this 18th-century country inn has been owned (and ‘cherished’) by the Graves family for more than 30 years. It earns an

  • Salcombe Harbour Hotel, SALCOMBE, Devon

    In a prime position on the water’s edge of a ‘wonderful’ Devon estuary, this Victorian hotel has been redeveloped to ‘a very high standard’ by Harbour Hotels. The modern

  • Ashley House, SOUTH MOLTON, Devon

    In a handsomely restored former gentleman’s residence, Nicky Robbins runs her small B&B with much attention to detail. The brick-built Victorian villa in the town centre has an interesting

  • The Seagate, APPLEDORE, Devon

    On the quay of a small fishing village, this white-painted 17th-century inn overlooks the Torridge estuary. It is managed by Phil and Jan Hills. Extensively refurbished, it retains an inviting

  • Southernhay House, Exeter, Devon

    In a central location minutes from the cathedral, this Grade II* listed Georgian mansion has been turned into a town house hotel by Deborah Clark and Anthony Orchard, who also own Burgh Island Hotel,

  • Kerswell Farmhouse, Cornworthy, Devon

    In magnificent Dartmoor countryside, this 400-year-old longhouse has been lavishly renovated in rustic modern style by owners Nichola and Graham Hawkins. It has English oak fittings, a mix of antique

  • The 25 Boutique B&B, Torquay, Devon

    Experienced hoteliers Andy and Julian Banner-Price have turned their attention to this B&B, renamed it and refurbished it with panache. Formerly the Glenross, the Edwardian villa stands behind