10 of the highest luxurious accommodations in Devon for the dream keep
Devon is known for its South West Coast Path, historic sites, literary inspiration, and local food and drink. After a year of dreaming of travel, it’s no wonder the sun, sea, surf and seafood of the Southwest capture the wanderlust destination of the nation. The Good Hotel Guide rounds up the best of this beautiful part of Britain and more, and features ten of their top luxury hotels in Devon.
The horn of abundance, Tavistock
This beautiful hotel is on the border of Devon and Cornwall
The Horn of Plenty is a luxurious and romantic country house hotel in a beautiful location on the border between Devon and Cornwall. It overlooks the famous Tamar Valley and offers views of Kit Hill and Bodmin Bog. It is a four star hotel that offers tranquility and luxury in one place. Spend days strolling the elegant gardens, residing in sumptuous style and dining on award-winning dishes made from local ingredients.
Lewtrenchard Manor, Okehampton
This family run hotel is in a secluded corner of Dartmoor
Lewtrenchard Manor is a family run hotel in a secluded corner of the dramatic Dartmoor. In an environment virtually untouched by development, the hotel combines heritage, luxury accommodations and rural tranquility. Beautifully decorated, dotted with oil paintings, stucco ceilings and antiques, it is the ideal place for romantic weekends with fresh air and good food.
South Sands, Salcombe
The South Sands Hotel is perfect for families and dogs looking to enjoy a slice of beach life
This coastal boutique hotel couldn’t be closer to the beach. It’s practically in the sand, towering over the water at high tide, and just outside the famous sailing town of Salcombe (stroll the coast or take the South Sands Ferry into town). Stylish and relaxed, it’s filled with natural light and has ocean views wherever possible. It’s indulgent, but it’s also a place families and dogs love to hang out in. For a seaside vacation with a touch of luxury, this place is hard to beat.
Southernhay House, Exeter
The food at Southernhay House is exceptional and the atmosphere invites you to linger and drink coffee all day
A feast for the senses, Southernhay House is an exquisite boutique hotel on a quiet Exeter street. The small and perfectly formed Georgian hotel is immaculately decorated with antiques and rich colors. The staff is friendly, the food is exceptional and the atmosphere invites you to linger and have a coffee. Everything down to the smallest details is prepared with care, including custom continental breakfast plates and small bags of local fudge on arrival.
The pig in Combe, Honiton
Pig at Combe is nestled in the rolling hills of Devon
The Pig at Combe is known for its food, but everything is delicious at this place. The honey-colored Elizabethan country house is nestled in the rolling hills of Devon. The curated rustic style is a hallmark of The Pig brand, while the outdoor spaces are key to the superb dining experiences. It has three walled kitchen gardens and is dedicated to the use of local produce such as Devonshire cheese and locally raised meat from Honiton.
Burgh Island Hotel, Bigbury
Burgh Island is connected to the mainland by a tidal strip of sand
Burgh Island is a unique 1930s experience on a private island off the coast of Bigbury on Sea. Connected to the mainland by a tidal strip of sand, you will be escorted to your hotel in your tailor-made sea tractor. The hotel has been both an inspiration and a haven for the good and the great over the years – it even inspired Agatha Christie to write famous stories like Poirot. A place to dress up and party, dinner is a formal affair and the authentic Art Deco glamor stays intact.
Glazebrook House, South Brent
The Glazebrook Hotel is in remote grounds in rural Devon
Go through the mirror and you’ll find yourself at Glazebrook House – an Alice in Wonderland inspired hotel that’s both luxurious and quirky. Set in quiet, secluded grounds in rural Devon, it’s a feast of elaborately selected British Revival decorations, complete with handcrafted furniture, eye-catching 3D-effect marble tiles, and intriguing vintage and retro curios. It’s a place to treat someone you love.
Lympstone Manor, Exmouth
This glamorous hotel has its own vineyard on the premises
Michelin-starred chef Michael Caines has taken over a once derelict property in the Exe Estuary and made it one of the most prestigious country house hotels in Britain. Unsurprisingly, food is at the center of the experience, but so is the wine, especially since the site has been expanded to include its own vineyard. As you sip gin, tea or coffee in your elegantly furnished bedroom and take in the views of the Devonian countryside, feel the old world glamor.
Kaywana Hall, Kingswear
Kaywana Hall is a mid-century architectural marvel with a Hockney-style outdoor pool
Kaywana Hall is a mid-century architectural marvel with a Hockney-style outdoor pool like no bed and breakfast you’ve ever stayed in. Contemporary and stylish, guests stay in suites that are separate from the main building, so that you have an excellent feeling of privacy during your stay. Spend your time soaking up the tranquility or strolling to the ferry and over to the historic seaside town of Dartmouth to explore the boutiques and cafes.
Salcombe Harbor Hotel and Spa, Salcombe
Known as a vacation hotspot, the location is no surprise given the natural beauty of the area
Nationwide Harbor Hotel’s Salcombe Harbor Hotel and Spa enjoys one of the best locations in the famous sailing town of Salcombe. Known as a vacation hotspot, the location is no surprise given the natural beauty of the area. Combine that with the style of the hotel, its sleek Jetty Restaurant provided by award-winning chef Alex Aitken, and its location over the estuary and you’ll fall in love quickly.