Hotels in South Devon
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Soar Mill Cove
.From dolphin-spotting to table tennis, there is plenty to enjoy at Keith Makepeace’s family-friendly hotel, which stands in expansive countryside, with views towards the sea.
‘In an utterly peaceful valley, Richard Johnston’s quirky B&B is a cross between a 1930s rural escape and an eccentric aristocrat’s home, with a bit of adventure at every turn, and lots to keep you entertained.’
Burgh Island Hotel
‘A place to dress up, to dream, to luxuriate’, this ‘one-of-a-kind hotel’ on a tidal island charms Guide readers with its ‘magical setting’ off the south Devon coast.
Old-school service and attention to detail come to the fore at this ‘splendid place’ overlooking Lyme Bay.
‘We cannot fault The Henley – it is one of the best traditions of our lives,’ write regular visitors to Martyn Scarterfield and Petra Lampe’s Edwardian holiday cottage, from which a cliff path leads to the beach.
‘Crumbly scones’ make this chic, river-facing hotel ‘probably the best tea place in town’, but there’s much more for its fans to enjoy: ‘A lovely setting, good food and well-appointed accommodation’.
The Cary Arms
Step out of your yacht, if you have it, and on to the private jetty at Lana de Savary’s cliff-face hotel, on a ‘fabulously secluded’ cove; the rest of us will descend the winding road and admire the wide vista over the Teign estuary.
‘The Grose family maintains its excellent tradition’ of providing first-class hospitality near the rugged Devon coastline, where consecutive generations have run the family-friendly hotel for more than 120 years.
At high tide, the waves come up to the wraparound terrace of this ‘beautifully designed’ beachside hotel, sheltered in a pretty cove.
Strete Barton House
In a village on the South West Coast Path, Stuart Litster and Kevin Hooper run their modern B&B in a 16th-century manor house, with a welcome slice of home-made cake at the ready.
Salcombe Harbour Hotel
On the Salcombe estuary, this Victorian hotel makes the most of the panoramic vista across the water, with wide terraces, huge windows and binoculars in the bedrooms to take in the views.
‘Personable hosts’ Andy and Julian Banner-Price run their award-winning B&B in a zestfully refurbished, ‘meticulously maintained’ Edwardian villa near Torre Abbey.
The Mason’s Arms
In a village on the Jurassic coast, step through the ivy-wrapped threshold of this 14th-century former cider house and into a popular pub-with-rooms.
Overlooking the bay, this large, traditional hotel is ‘old-fashioned in the best sense of the word’.
Pigs, lambs and chickens are the nearest neighbours at Nichola and Graham Hawkins’s B&B on a small working farm between Totnes and Dartmouth.
In acres of mature woodland, Tony Pithers and Gordon Craig’s uber-modern home (one of five ‘butterfly’ houses in Devon) is all curving stairways, unexpected angles and walls of glass.
The Cricket Inn
Well placed for walkers on the South West Coast Path, this 19th-century fisherman’s inn faces the beach on Start Bay.
A holiday to South Devon is an idyllic escape for so many reasons. Primarily, the area is a very beautiful place to be – from the wilds of Dartmoor to the picture perfect beaches of Salcombe and the chocolate box villages in between; it’s a romantic destination as well as being ideal for family holidays.
Elegant and timeless hotels such as Burgh Island offer a unique location to indulge in 1930s glamour, or even to get engaged, while the likes of The Cary Arms bring nostalgia, luxury and the beauty of relaxing with a good book in the evening into the holiday experience.
Foodies visiting South Devon will appreciate the wide array of locally landed fish and shellfish as well as the array of vineyards like Sharpham in Totnes, or local delicacies such as Salcombe Dairy Ice Cream or the artisan Salcombe Gin that has joined the fold in more recent years.
Outdoor activities are a given in this part of the world, whatever the weather. Surfing at Bantham, horse riding, paddleboarding, kayaking, waterskiing or bobbing along on an inflatable banana all have their place for those looking for an action packed escape by the sea.
Meanwhile for a more sedate experience, a stroll to the many beaches, a cruise along the River Dart or a visit to one of the area’s National Trust properties including Greenway – the summer home of Agatha Christie. -are well worth a visit.
Last, but by no means least, South Devon and its position on the South West Coast Path, is a joyous place to head out for a walk. A favourite amongst hikers, runners and leisurely strollers, the area is both beautiful and dramatic at any time of the year and as a result is also a particularly good destination for those holidaying with much loved four legged friends.