Five hotels in Devon we can't wait to re-open post lockdown
We’re counting down the days until we can return to our favourite UK holiday hotspots as well as to explore new experiences when hotels and inns reopen. As Devon heads into one of its most beautiful times of the year, we’re daydreaming about the best of staycation destinations and all the exceptional local food that they bring. Here, the Good Hotel Guide shares five of their top hotels in Devon for enthusiastic foodies or anyone looking to have an exceptional summer break post lockdown…
Glazebrook House Hotel, South Brent
In secluded grounds, this luxurious boutique hotel and restaurant has just nine rooms and a sense of whimsy as well as style throughout. With a history that dates to the 1600s, the hotel is filled with features from across the centuries. The stained-glass windows in the stairwell fill the house with natural light, while a Victorian granite entrance portico makes for a grand entrance. In the hotel lobby is a fireplace with a detailed carved mantle depicting the 1649 trial and beheading of the Duke of Hamilton in Scotland. Food is a key feature at this delicious hotel thanks to the imaginative flair and creative cooking of executive chef Ben Palmer, alongside head chef Josh Ackland. The inventive range of dishes is a celebration of the local, seasonal ingredients used in the kitchen, all of which are sourced from a 50-mile radius of the hotel.
Salcombe Harbour Hotel, Salcombe
Slick and stylish, the Salcombe Harbour Hotel is the flagship retreat in the Harbour Hotels collection. In prime position overhanging the breathtaking Salcombe estuary, the contemporary hotel is all about a sense of luxury when you come in off the beach at the end of the day. There’s a small spa to ease aching muscles - perhaps after you’ve tried your hand at sailing in the famous seaside town. Then there’s the Jetty Restaurant, which arguably has the best views of the water in Salcombe and showcases regional flavours, using local produce and seasonal ingredients.
Ilsington Country House, Newton Abbot
This Dartmoor country house hotel is a family-run retreat with impressive views over Dartmoor National Park. Now under its fourth generation of Devon hoteliers, they are masterful at combining stylish professionalism alongside welcome homliness. There’s a spa on site, plenty of space to cycle or walk, cosy lounges for a game of afternoon chess and a classic cream tea and it’s been awarded two AA rosettes for its food. Offering modern English cooking with flair, it has an acclaimed main restaurant with sweeping views up towards Haytor. Then there’s also their Blue Tiger Inn for a light and lazy lunch. Either way you will be treated to the best of local fare, prepared with style.
Thurlestone Hotel, Nr. Kingsbridge
A luxury hotel and spa with panoramic sea views and just a short walk from a number of beaches, the Thurlestone Hotel sits in one fo South Devon’s most celebrated beauty spots close to the South West Coast Path. The hotel has recently renovated its spa and leisure facilities, now offering a great experience come rain or shine. The main Trevilder Restaurant too has been updated and offers a sparkling nod to Art Deco style. Dine watching the ever changing seascape and enjoy award-winning local cuisine. In addition, it’s home to a beautiful terrace where you can tuck into a seafood platter or a crab sandwiches, and then there’s The Village Inn - their very own gastro pub for real ales, hearty fare and a buzzy vibe.
Cary Arms, Babbacombe
A five star boutique hotel overhanging the water, Cary Arms is in a unique location that really does celebrate the type of Devon that you see in travel magazines. In a sheltered spot in Babbacombe Bay, the hotel is a chance to enjoy the outstanding natural beauty of the Devon coast, along with all the luxuries of a beautiful hotel. There’s a spa, rental cottages and multiple room options. It’s dog friendly, offers plenty to do and nothing is ever too much trouble. Dinner is a feast of local ingredients from land and sea, and there are unique options to make the experience extra special. For example, you can book the Captains Table, seating six, or the Pod, seating four, probably two of the best tables in Devon.