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.

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Featured hotels in Devon

Lewtrenchard Manor, LEWDOWN, Devon

Set in extensive parkland with streams and ponds, fountains and statuary, this small hotel occupies an 'impressive' Jacobean stone manor house that was once the ancestral home of the Reverend Sabine


Soar Mill Cove Hotel, SOAR MILL COVE, Devon

From the home-made cream tea on arrival to the draw-on-me blackboard walls in the café, there is a 'welcoming' atmosphere at Keith Makepeace's child-friendly, family-run hotel. it stands above


The Cary Arms, BABBACOMBE, Devon

Sheltered behind a headland, this small, secluded hotel, in a dramatic setting below a steep cliff on Babbacombe Bay, emerged unscathed from the battering storms of early 2014. It is owned by Peter


Hotels in Devon

  • The Mason's Arms, BRANSCOMBE, Devon

    'A very good example of the all-too-rare village inn.' In a 'delightful' village, this creeper-covered 14th-century pub-with-rooms has 'pleasant and willing' staff. 'Comfortably furnished' bedrooms

  • Parford Well, CHAGFORD, Devon

    Within Dartmoor national park, this small B&B is run in 'professional but personal' style by Tim Daniel, who used to manage one of London's first town house hotels. 'He is the perfect host,' says a

  • Burgh Island Hotel, BIGBURY-ON-SEA, Devon

    'It is so refreshing to leave the world behind.' Wallis Simpson and Edward Windsor used to hide away in this Grade II listed 1930s hotel on a tidal island at the end of Bigbury beach. Today, restored

  • The Henley, BIGBURY-ON-SEA, Devon

    'The relaxed atmosphere and lack of pretentiousness bring us back again and again.' Praise from regular visitors to Martyn Scarterfield and Petra Lampe's small hotel on a cliff overlooking the tidal

  • Blagdon Manor, ASHWATER, Devon

    'Our favourite place to stay.' Praise this year comes from trusted reporters returning to Liz and Steve Morey's 'attractive, immaculately maintained' restaurant-with-rooms. Their Grade II listed

  • Mill End Hotel, CHAGFORD, Devon

    In a ‘beautiful’ riverbank setting in wooded gardens, Sue and Peter Davies’s country house occupies a former 15th-century corn mill with an 18-foot working waterwheel. Staff are

  • Tor Cottage, CHILLATON, Devon

    Guests are welcomed with a trug containing sparkling wine, home-made truffles and fresh fruit at Maureen Rowlatt's upmarket B&B in a remote valley in mid-Devon. Her hospitality is 'second to

  • Nonsuch House, DARTMOUTH, Devon

    'Just as good as we remembered,' say guests returning this year, after a five-year gap, to Kit and Penny Noble's Edwardian guest house on a steep, south-facing hill opposite Dartmouth. 'We were warmly

  • The Nobody Inn, DODDISCOMBSLEIGH, Devon

    Down narrow country lanes, this 'lovely old pub in a wonderful hidden valley has a happy atmosphere', say Guide inspectors. The 17th-century inn is a popular local meeting spot in this rural village;

  • Combe House, Honiton, Devon

    'Hospitality is a tradition here.' In rolling parkland where Arabian horses and pheasants roam free, Ken and Ruth Hunt's 'stunningly renovated' Elizabethan manor house is 'a delight'. 'The staff

  • The Arundell Arms, LIFTON, Devon

    'A very nice hotel.' Close to the border between Devon and Cornwall, this family-run country hotel is 'an excellent combination of relatively simple accommodation and outstanding cooking'. It is owned

  • Lynton Cottage, LYNTON, Devon

    High on a cliff-top along the North Devon Coastal Path, this small hotel has breathtaking views over Lynmouth Bay and the Bristol Channel. Bill and Cita Garfield, who took over in 2013, have upgraded

  • Hotel Endsleigh, MILTON ABBOT, Devon

    'A glorious place, run with a generous spirit,' say Guide inspectors this year of Olga Polizzi's luxury hotel, which stands in a 'beautiful estate' on the banks of the River Tamar. The 19th-century

  • Thomas Luny House, TEIGNMOUTH, Devon

    A short walk from the town and quay, John and Alison Allan's 'immaculate' B&B is approached via a walled courtyard set back from the street. Complimentary tea or coffee with home-made cake

  • Thurlestone Hotel, KINGSBRIDGE, Devon

    Standing in extensive subtropical gardens, this large, family-friendly hotel is a five-minute walk to the sea. It has been owned by the Grose family since 1896. 'Staff are first class; housekeeping is

  • Victoria Hotel, SIDMOUTH, Devon

    Standing in five acres of landscaped grounds overlooking the bay, this large traditional hotel (part of Brend Hotels) is a 'comfortable, very popular' place for many returning visitors. It has

  • Shelley's, LYNMOUTH, Devon

    In the summer of 1812, when this 18th-century house was a humble cottage, Percy Bysshe Shelley came here with his 16-year-old bride, Harriet, for their honeymoon. Today, Jane Becker and Richard Briden

  • Dart Marina, DARTMOUTH, Devon

    'An absolute favourite: a lovely setting, fabulous staff, well-appointed accommodation and good food.' Richard Seton's smart hotel by the River Dart continues to win plaudits in 2014. 'The welcome is

  • Royal Seven Stars, TOTNES, Devon

    In the centre of this bohemian town, Anne and Nigel Way's hotel occupies a 'very interesting' 17th-century coaching inn with an imposing original facade, and a cobbled front terrace. Inside, there is

  • Plantation House, ERMINGTON, Devon

    In pretty countryside between Dartmoor and the south Devon coast, Richard Hendey's small hotel is 'relaxing and comfortable; no airs and graces here'. The Grade II listed Georgian house, formerly the

  • Browns Hotel, DARTMOUTH, Devon

    Owners Clare and James Brown run their informal hotel in a 200-year-old town house on a side street near the centre of town. It has a contemporary interior; brightly decorated bedrooms have space to

  • Gidleigh Park, CHAGFORD, Devon

    Built in the Arts and Crafts style for an Australian shipping magnate in the 1920s, this country house is now a luxurious hotel (Relais & Châteaux), managed by Damien Bastiat for the owners,

  • Watersmeet, WOOLACOMBE, Devon

    'An excellent hotel: well managed, well run, with a relaxed atmosphere and first-class staff.' Praise in 2014 from a visitor who regretted an 'all-too-short' stay at Amanda James's traditional hotel,

  • Ilsington Country House, ILSINGTON , Devon

    'A delightful hotel in a stunning location', the Hassell family's traditionally furnished, white-painted house is perched high in Dartmoor national park, with 'lovely' moorland views all around. Some

  • Hotel Riviera, SIDMOUTH, Devon

    'A wonderful experience.' Occupying a fine Regency terrace, this traditional hotel is on the esplanade overlooking Lyme Bay. 'We had a seafront room, and could hear the waves lapping on the beach.' It

  • Prince Hall, TWO BRIDGES, Devon

    In a 'dramatic' situation on Dartmoor, this 'relaxed, welcoming' hotel is 'an excellent place for visiting dogs - and their owners', said Guide inspectors this year. 'There is a lively atmosphere,

  • Fingals, DITTISHAM, Devon

    There is a 'wonderful atmosphere' at Richard and Sheila Johnston's 'quirky', family-friendly boutique Bed and Breakfast, in a 'comfortably and artistically' extended old farmhouse near Dartmouth.

  • Kilbury Manor, BUCKFASTLEIGH, Devon

    'Outstandingly kind' hosts Julia and Martin Blundell run their 'tastefully furnished' B&B in a renovated 17th-century longhouse. In impressive four-acre grounds overlooking the River Dart, the

  • South Sands, SALCOMBE, Devon

    'Relaxed and informal', this family-friendly hotel by the Salcombe ferry is practically on the beach. 'Beautifully designed' interiors have unique fittings and a maritime slant. 'The light wood

  • The Old Rectory Hotel, MARTINHOE, Devon

    Beside the 11th-century church in a hamlet near the coast, this 'beautiful old stone building' is run as a small hotel by Huw Rees and Sam Prosser. 'They are attentive hosts, who give a warm welcome

  • Strete Barton House, DARTMOUTH, Devon

    Stuart Litster and Kevin Hooper's 16th-century manor house has panoramic views across the bay, from Start Point lighthouse to the mouth of the River Dart. They have decorated it in artistic

  • Northcote Manor, BURRINGTON, Devon

    'In the middle of nowhere, so totally peaceful', this 18th-century former manor house stands in extensive grounds with views over the Taw valley. Owned by Jean-Pierre Mifsud, who also has The Lake,

  • Rosehill Rooms and Cookery, BUDLEIGH SALTERTON , Devon

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

  • The Magdalen Chapter, EXETER, Devon

    Occupying the former West of England Eye Hospital, this eye-catching hotel retains the original marble floors and gold-lettered visitor notices of the iconic building. Fiona Moores is the manager for

  • The Rock Inn, NEWTON ABBOT, Devon

    'We have stayed in many more expensive hotels that were not half so good as this one.' In a hamlet below Haytor Rocks, just inside Dartmoor national park, this 'charming' country inn has been

  • Salcombe Harbour Hotel, SALCOMBE, Devon

    Overlooking the 'wonderful' estuary, this former Victorian era hotel has emerged 'phoenix-like' after a massive refurbishment. Under new ownership of Harbour Hotels, it is today a stylish modern

  • The Fox & Hounds, EGGESFORD, Devon

    Within North Devon's Biosphere Reserve (renowned for its conservation and beauty), the Culverhouse family's 'lovely' hotel occupies a former Victorian coaching inn. It is also home to the Devon School

  • Ashley House, SOUTH MOLTON, Devon

    Nicky Robbins offers B&B accommodation in this brick-built former gentleman's residence in the centre of a small market town. Handsomely restored, the house has an interesting history, and

  • The Elmfield, ILFRACOMBE, Devon

    Minutes from Tunnels Beaches and the north Devon coastline, Matt and Zoë Brewer run their very family-friendly B&B in this large Victorian villa. Comfortable bedrooms range in size from

  • The Seagate, APPLEDORE, Devon

    'Muddy boots and dogs' are welcomed at this white-painted 17th-century inn, in a small fishing village overlooking the Torridge estuary. It has been extensively refurbished by managers Phil and