10 of the Top Romantic Hotels in Devon

From hotels overhanging the sea to countryside retreats in the middle of the moors, a holiday in Devon is all about wonderful views, wonderful food and a total sense of escapism.  From historic pubs with rooms to contemporary luxury hotels, here the Good Hotel Guide shares 10 of their top romantic hotels in Devon…


The Nobody Inn, Exeter

A village pub dating back to 1837, The Nobody Inn is all low beams and parchment stained walls.  With many a historic detail in its midst it’s the kind of cosy escape that wouldn’t be out of place in a Hollywood impression of Devonian countryside.  Completing the hearty atmosphere, all rooms are equipped with a decanter of sherry, the list of whiskies runs to hundreds and they serve an excellent steak and ale NoBody pie.


Bayards Cove Inn, Dartmouth

Dartmouth is an idyllic town right on the water with a tangible sense of history, and staying at Bayards Cove Inn you get a real sense of all of the best bits.  A historic pub with rooms, it is just tucked away enough that there aren’t any cars going past, but right in the midst of things and just three seconds from the water’s edge.  You are greeted outside by a chocolate-box perfect entrance - Tudor architecture with its slightly crooked doors designed in an era where nobody ever exceeded 6ft tall.  A rickety staircase leads you to really thoughtfully decorated rooms, which are much larger than you might imagine, and meals are hearty with plenty of fresh crab - a prerequisite when it’s local in this part of the world.  Nothing is too much trouble here, and between the smiles, the history and the location, Bayards Cove Inn is truly enchanting.


Cary Arms and Spa, Babbacombe

A mesmerising escape down twisty roads, Cary Arms and Spa combines the warmth of a British inn and a luxury hotel.  The result is unrestricted sea views, superb seafood and exceptional features throughout.  From the New England colours to the rustic bar, the chic beach huts to the bell on the terrace which demands to be rung when dolphins are spotted.  Cary Arms is a dreamy spot that’s so close to the water you can roll out of bed and into the sea - perfect for romantic summer holidays reminiscent of another time.


Glazebrook House, South Brent

A luxurious boutique hotel with a delectable sense of whimsy throughout.  On the outside Glazebrook House enjoys a peaceful setting in secluded grounds in rural Devon. While on the inside, it’s a feast of artfully chosen British revival décor including handcrafted furniture, eye catching 3D effect marble tiles and intriguing vintage and retro curios.  It is somewhere to really escape, enjoy and treat someone you love.


Hartnoll Hotel, Exmoor National Park

An award-winning hotel on the edge of Exmoor National Park, Hartnoll Hotel is a country house that has enjoyed a contemporary interior makeover in recent years.  The result is a light and vibrant space, peppered with stylish soft furnishings.  Surrounded by beautiful gardens that you can look out over as you have breakfast, after plenty of coffee and scrambled eggs in the morning, few things beat a Sunday in the sunshine reading the papers to the sound of a brook running by.


Broomhill Art Hotel, Barnstaple

In a woodland valley in north Devon, Broomhill Art Hotel is a Victorian house with just eight bedrooms.  Peaceful and tranquil it also has a unique character all of its own, courtesy of the contemporary art gallery and sculpture park that surrounds the elegant property.  Close to both the beaches of Woolacombe and the verdant green of Exmoor, it’s a unique retreat complete with an award-winning restaurant.


Salcombe Harbour Hotel, Salcombe

A contemporary hotel in the heart of the famous seaside sailing town, the Salcombe Harbour Hotel hangs over the estuary offering the most spectacular views of the water and the boats bobbing by.  The Jetty restaurant is the hub of the hotel, serving all meals in relaxed but elegant style.  Meanwhile, the boutique spa offers space to rest and pamper after a day on the beach.


Ilsington Country House Hotel, Dartmoor

Amidst the rugged beauty of Dartmoor, Ilsington Country House Hotel is run by a fourth generation of hoteliers, and is well versed in the essential art of superb afternoon teas.  With chess and croquet in the garden, cycling, hiking, and a Tibetan spa, the characterful and traditional country house has all the elements to entertain, relax and escape into your own blissful bubble for a while.


Thurlestone Hotel, Kingsbridge

With one of the most enviable sea views in the county, the Thurlestone Hotel perches on a small hill just a five minute walk from the beach.  The four star hotel has both a sense of old world elegance in its bar and restaurant, serving tea in beautiful china cups, as well as contemporary style, especially in its newly refurbished spa.  With plenty of indoor and outdoor spaces from which to take in those views, wonderful service and a profound sense of style, Thurlestone Hotel is both a family friendly hotel and one that is quintessentially romantic.


South Sands Hotel, Salcombe

Right on the beach in the beautiful South Hams, the South Sands hotel is a light and airy luxury hotel where all the details have been beautifully designed.  Warm and welcoming, they allow dogs and despite the posh interiors are very much the kind of environment where you can wander in, in your waterproof and wellies.  Sip a Salcombe Gin and tonic on the verandah as the sun goes down or snuggle up by the fire and talk the night away on chillier evenings.  Either way, you couldn’t ask for a better view to wake up to.


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