10 hotels for South Devon winter mini breaks

South Devon is well known as a summer holiday destination thanks to its beaches, but this beautiful part of the UK is also a treat for winter escapes. Dramatic walks along the South West Coast Path, water sports including surfing at the famous Bantham beach and a local larder of superb food and drink are all part of the attraction.
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10 hotels for South Devon winter mini breaks

10 hotels for South Devon winter mini breaks

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Cary Arms & Spa

Cary Arms & Spa - 'Celebration Hideaway' Special Offer

Babbacombe

A cosy beamed pub is the warm heart of this hotel, in the shelter of wooded, red sandstone cliffs that reminded the young Queen Victoria of ‘a ballet or a play where nymphs appear’.
  • gym
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • garden
  • value
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • seaside
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • indoor_pool
  • conference_meeting
  • view
  • babyfriendly
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • veganfriendly
  • mooring_available
  • wildlife_watching
  • outdoor_dining
  • honeymoon
  • fishing
  • walking
  • boutique
  • electric_charging_point
  • parking
  • good_value
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Hotel Riviera

Hotel Riviera

Sidmouth

With its white-stucco, bow-windowed façade and fluttering umbrellas, the Wharton family’s regency hotel has is a jolly presence on Sidmouth's esplanade.
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • wifi
  • parking
  • seaside
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • dog_friendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • veganfriendly
  • surfing
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The Cricket Inn

The Cricket Inn

Kingsbridge

Twisty lanes and steep hills ensure this village inn, with its celebrated seafood and views over Beesands beach on Devon’s coast, still feels like a wonderful discovery.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • wifi
  • parking
  • pub_with_rooms
  • seaside
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • view
  • outdoor_dining
  • wildlife_watching
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • veganfriendly
  • babyfriendly
  • foodie
  • good_value
  • disabled_facilities
  • dog_friendly
  • weddings
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Ilsington Country House Hotel & Spa

Ilsington Country House Hotel & Spa

Newton Abbot

In wooded grounds, the Hassell family’s country house hotel and ‘beautiful’ spa impresses with its laudable service and ‘very warm welcome’. ‘Our dog even received a welcome pack with walk maps and biscuits’.
  • gym
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • spa
  • wifi
  • parking
  • indoor_pool
  • conference_meeting
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • wildlife_watching
  • babyfriendly
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • country_house
  • dog_friendly
  • hot_tub_jacuzzi
  • outdoor_dining
  • walking
  • veganfriendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • electric_charging_point
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Dart Marina

Dart Marina

Dartmouth

Big picture windows frame views of the Dart at this cool, contemporary hotel with a leisure vibe, uncluttered chic bedrooms, relaxed gourmet dining in the riverside restaurant and alfresco.
  • child_friendly
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • disabled_facilities
  • wifi
  • parking
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • view
  • disabled
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • outdoor_dining
  • bird_watching
  • babyfriendly
  • walking
  • gym
  • electric_charging_point
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • foodie
  • romantic
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Thurlestone Hotel

Thurlestone Hotel

Kingsbridge

In 19 acres of sub-tropical gardens, this family-owned 65-room spa hotel is a happy marriage of the traditional and informal, with well-equipped rooms, fine dining in the smart Trevilder, and a gastropub menu in the 16th-century village inn.
  • wifi
  • electric_charging_point
  • outdoor_pool
  • tennis
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • spa
  • golf
  • garden
  • child_friendly
  • dog_friendly
  • parking
  • indoor_pool
  • gym
  • walking
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • babyfriendly
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • weddings
  • seaside
  • wheelchair_accessible

Visitors to the area will be able to tell you about the magic of hiking in Dartmoor National Park or visiting a spa hotel with estuary views in the popular seaside town of Salcombe. Perhaps you will be inspired by the prospect of evenings tucking into some of the best seafood in the world followed by locally made ice cream.

National Trust houses (including one formerly owned by Agatha Christie), private islands, links golf courses or simply strolling along sandy beaches - it’s all just a taste of South Devon’s appeal. Of course, the best people to give you the inside scoop are the local hoteliers, whose hospitality is the cherry on top, and whose personal recommendations will give you a winter holiday to remember.

Last updated: September 22, 2023