Hotels in Devon
These are the kind of properties where you can simply
relax and let someone else take care of your every need.
Our pick of Devon hotels offering the best value,
greatest comfort, and friendliest service.
Country House Hotels in Devon
These luxurious hotels
will let you relax and be cosseted so you can
enjoy a really special break.
Vegetarian Devon Hotel
Of course, you don't have to be a vegetarian to enjoy the fine hotels
we've listed here.
For A Romantic Get-away
Excellent hotels, superb locations,
just the thing for a romantic getaway.
Pubs With Rooms and Inns
Comfort, old tradition, great beer and fine food in the inns of Devon.
The Great British B&B is thriving in Devon.
We're delighted to offer you a selection of the finest, friendliest and
the most comfortable.
Top quality self-catering holiday cottages and bed & breakfast on working
farms in Devon.
Cottages in Devon
A selection of the best self catering accommodation in Devon.
Family Friendly Hotels in Devon
Devon hotels with facilities to look after the
Sites and Caravan Sites In Devon
Some of the best sites for camping and
caravanning in the county of Devon.
Backpackers and Youth Hostels
Restaurants, Bars and Cafes
Devon pubs and inns
Cafes and bars
Vegetarian and vegan
Great everyday eating places
Things to do, places to go - the big attractions
English Heritage in Devon
Wonderful properties, lovingly cared for.
The National Trust in Devon
An organization that works hard to protect
If you want to know more about
motels, please see what one of our holiday associates can offer.
Our companion guide to the Lakes has a great
selection of all kinds of accommodation in the Lake District. We
also recommend the services of our friends at Cumbrian Cottages if you
want to hire a Lakes cottage. You can check out a superb selection of
cottages to rent at
Lake District Cottages
- they have properties for everyone, in all
areas of the Lakes.
a guide to the best hotel accommodation in the English Lakes. It's one of
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Devon Hotels, Bed and Breakfasts, Things To Do
and Places To Go!
Our Devon Visitor Guide features many
Hotels in Devon - including the ones we know many of you like best -
Devon Hotels By The Sea!
If you don't yet know Devon, many
unexpected delights await you. If you've been before, you'll need no
reminders about the beauty and delights that the county holds.
North Devon includes the delightful area
of Exmoor and the wonderful North Devon
coast. It's an unspoilt area, and relatively unpopulated, with imposing
coastline and wide sandy beaches, great for family holidays as well as
surfing, sailing and boating. There is a superb range of hotels in
Devon, including 5 star luxury, family friendly, bed and breakfast, and
Devon hotels by the sea. we aim to list just about every type of Devon
hotel in our accommodation section, so you have a wide choice of where
As for things to do in Devon, well, the
choice is practically unlimited. You can visit tranquil Lundy Island, walk
across beautiful moorland on Exmoor and explore lush river valleys.
Follow the Tarka Trail, based on the locations made famous by Henry
Williamson in his book "Tarka the Otter", cycle along miles of peaceful
cycle routes and enjoy the superb hospitality of this area.
|Our Recommended Restaurant Feature
Restaurant and Rooms in Ashburton, Devon
Agaric is run by
Nick Coiley, recently head chef at the well-known and rather special
restaurant "The Carved Angel". The Agaric restaurant uses the
highest quality local ingredients to produce some of the finest
cooking available anywhere in the UK. Agaric also boasts
stylish and comfortable rooms, where the high quality (bed &
breakfast) accommodation allows you to explore the many attractions
of the South Hams area.
East and West Devon make up the rural centre of this diverse county.
From the bustling and exciting city of Exeter, to the tiniest of
villages, across rolling hills and lush woodlands in the valleys,
central Devon is a delightful area - an agricultural landscape with
small patchwork fields, offering traditional farms in which you can
stay, luxury country hotels, and modern cafes. The blend of tradition
and modernity will suit all holidaymakers, from the most sophisticated
to those who wish for a simple holiday, taking in the bed and breakfasts
of the area or camping as they trek across this traditional English
South Devon is a place
of great contrasts, from the World Heritage coastline, where you can enjoy
the delights of beaches, cliffs, rock pools and coast paths, through
traditional seaside resorts such as Torquay and Paignton to the busy
town of Plymouth with so many
maritime links. And the charming estuaries and valleys of the South Hams
will delight even the most experienced traveller, while the grandeur of
Dartmoor National Park thrills all who venture there, its moods changing
with the seasons, yet always thrilling with an imposing magnificence.
To begin your exploration of this amazing
county, look at the menu bar to the left and click on the area of interest
which you'd like to explore. If you have any ideas or suggestions, please
let me know: email me, Rod, on the following email address: info"at"devon-visitor-guide.co.uk
Devon Hotel Feature
ABode Exeter hotel
Located right in the heart of Exeter's stunning
Cathedral Yard, in the premises once known as the Royal Clarence
Hotel, ABode Exeter has added elegance to history and now presents
a timeless combination of style and service. You can choose from
53 bedrooms, rated in categories of comfortable, desirable,
enviable and even the remarkable fabulous! All rooms in this
superb Devon hotel, no matter
what grade they may be, offer real luxury and provide the chance
for complete relaxation, so you'll have a perfect night's sleep
and wake up refreshed and revitalised.
Michael Caines is the executive
chef at the ABode dining experience, so you can be sure of
something special. He runs a talented brigade of chefs, and the
varied restaurants make excellent use of the best local produce
and the finest Devon ingredients. This means you can enjoy a
wonderful pub meal with well-kept cask ale in the Well House
Tavern, a relaxed and casual dinner with music in the Café Bar, or
a delicious three-course meal in the more formal Michael Caines
Restaurant. if you only want a drink, why not try a glass or two
in the Champagne and Cocktail Bar? Truly, this is one of the most
stunning hotels in Devon - Abode Exeter - and it offers
something new and wonderful for all its customers!
The Rockford Inn
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The Rockford Inn may be one of England's finest rural Inns, set in
a small and remote hamlet deep in the heart of the picturesque
Exmoor National Park. The 17th Century pub and hotel overlooks the
dramatic East Lyn River as it carves its way through the wild
Devon moors down to the sea at Lynmouth, 4 miles away.
Contact Sarah or Cathryn Ward, The
Rockford Inn, Brendon Near Lynton & Lynmouth Devon EX35 6PT Phone:
+44 (0) 1598 741 214 email:
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Latest Devon Walks For Your Pleasure
We're delighted to have
several wonderful Devon walks for your pleasure. These will soon be
followed by more, so you will have a selection of walks
covering the length and breadth of the county. Choose where you'd like
These are the areas used
in the listings on this website
Things To Do In Devon
The National Marine Aquarium at Plymouth
If you want to see a selection of
“everything that lives under the sea” then the National Marine Aquarium
at Plymouth, with its three huge tanks (one, the size of a three-storey
building and the largest in the UK), over 50 live exhibits and displays
of over 4000 animals from 400 species, makes a fascinating day out for
the whole family.
The Aquarium comprises of six zones of
creative and interactive exhibits - Mediterranean Sea, Atlantic Reef,
Coral Seas, Weird Creatures, The Shallows and Explorocean. Full of
wonderful marine life and incredible facts from the seas of the world,
you can find out about fish, sharks, octopi, whales, sea turtles, sea
mammals, seahorses, coral and more. The technologically innovative
Explorocean zone is always very popular, featuring over 20 exhibits
including the Aqua Theatre, Ocean Energy and Seabed Futures. This zone
highlights ocean exploration and the all-important aspects of
The Aquarium sets out to be a memorable
inspiration for people to learn more about that which covers over 70% of
our planet – the oceans and seas. Visitors can take a journey from the
local coasts of Britain to the depths of the ocean, learning about
marine life, and gaining a valuable insight into the waters surrounding
this small island of ours and the magnificent and amazing creatures that
things to do in Devon
The Devon Bird of Prey Centre, Newton
The Devon Bird of Prey Centre id based at
Fermoy's Garden Centre near Newton Abbot and houses an wide-ranging
collection of birds of prey from around the world. Here you can see
falcons, eagles, kites, vultures and hawks at very close proximity, see
them flying free or experience them feeding. It is also possible to try
out the ancient art of falconry for yourself. Weather permitting, there
are flying displays to thrill and enthral people of all ages.
The centre offers various visitor
experiences including the Ultimate Bird of Prey half and full day,
falconry and hawk hunting days and detailed experience courses designed
for people serious about owning a bid of prey themselves, where the
prospective owner can get an appreciation and understanding of the work
involved with ownership.
Staff are always on hand to answer any
questions you may have. A visit to the Devon Bird of Prey Centre is a
truly memorable experience, allowing you to get close to birds you
normally only read about or see on television.
things to do in Devon
The Grade 1 conserved Bicton Gardens are 60
acres of horticultural magnificence in the Otter Valley and represent
almost 300 years of floral history. The fabulous gardens include an
Italian Garden dating back to 1735, Mediterranean and Rose Gardens, a
Hermitage Garden with an incredible collection of dwarf conifers,
elegant water features and a magnificent arboretum with over 25 British
champion trees. There is also a most attractive palm house from the
1820’s that is acknowledged as being more spectacular than that of Kew
Gardens, together with tropical, arid and temperate houses, all
featuring magnificent and quite unusual species.
There's a countryside museum full of vintage, steam farm vehicles,
extremely well-equipped children's indoor and outdoor play areas, a
small railway and even an all-weather football pitch. And there’s even a
challenging 18-hole mini golf course.
things to do in Devon
The Jurassic Coast
World Heritage Sites are places of
"outstanding universal value"' chosen by the United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organisation. The Dorset and East Devon Coast is
one of the most spectacular of England's World Heritage Sites. Known as
The Jurassic Coast, this area comprises more than 90 spectacular miles
of truly beautiful coast which stretches from East Devon to Dorset. The
rocks along this coast encompass a period of more than 185 million years
of the Earth's history.
World Heritage status was granted because the coast offers a unique
insight into a geological "time line" spanning the Triassic, Jurassic
and Cretaceous periods of the Earth's history. Very different sections
of this coast formed over millions of years through massive geological
events, later assisted by coastal processes which you see as you walk
through this truly beautiful area.
Orcombe Point marks the west edge of the World Heritage Site, and you
can start your journey by seeing the Geoneedle, unveiled by the Prince
of Wales in 2002 to commemorate granting of World Heritage Status to the
Devon and East Dorset coast. The Geoneedle is constructed from stones in
a sequence which mirrors the order in which the rocks were deposited in
the development of the coastline.
The rocks of the Dorset and East Devon Coast record the period known as
the Mesozoic era - the Middle Ages of Earth's history - which is broken
down into the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous Periods of geological
time. These represent the period from 250 million years ago to 65
million years ago. All along the coast, this amazing geology is clearly
exposed and easily accessible.
In Triassic times, which were between 250 and 200 million years ago, the
World Heritage Site was an element of the super-continent called
Pangaea, a landmass which later divided into the continents of our
current world. Dorset and East Devon was somewhere in the desert-like,
dry centre of this unimaginable super-continent. The Triassic was a
crucial period of the evolution of life on Earth. Those sea-going
animals which were able to survive a mass extinction at the end of the
previous geological period evolved and developed; for example, the
dinosaurs evolved around this time and later became dominant during the
Mesozoic Era. By the end of the Triassic, most of the groups of four
legged animals which we know today had evolved, including the first true
Pangaea started to split up during the Jurassic Period between 200 and
140 million years ago. The Atlantic Ocean formed to the west of Britain
and the Americas moved away from Europe. The Earth was warm and sea
levels were high, with almost no polar ice caps. The Jurassic rocks of
Devon and the Dorset coast show these marine conditions as varying from
deep to shallow coastal swamps. The geology of this area indicates that
sea levels rose and fell in cycles, with the deposition of deep water
clays, then sandstones and last of all shallow water limestones. The
oceans were relatively shallow in the middle of the Jurassic, which
created a series of islands raised slightly above the shallow shoals,
rather like the Caribbean of today. The oceans deepened as the Jurassic
time period progressed, though they again became shallower at the end of
the Jurassic. This change created a tropical-type swamp environment.
Though you may find that hard to believe right now!
Jurassic animals included Ammonites, a type of mollusc related to the
squid, but with hard spiral shells. These are one of the most common
fossils you can find on the Dorset and East Devon Coast; and in fact,
Portland and its limestone and chalk is where the giant ammonite is
found. As the shallow seas expanded, there was an explosion of life
during which many animals evolved rapidly. Dinosaurs were abundant on
Earth and the dominant animals in the oceans included ichthyosaurs,
plesiosaurs and crocodiles.
During the Cretaceous Period, which extended from 140 to 65 million
years ago, America continued to drift away from Europe, and the Atlantic
became more like it is today in form. The landscape on the World
Heritage Site was somewhat like the Gulf of Arabia today, with lagoons.
As the rocks underneath south-west England tilted to the East, the
nutrient-rich waters of the Atlantic expanded, allowing huge blooms of
microscopic algae to form in these waters. As their exo-skeletons sank
to the sea floor, they gradually formed the pure, white chalk we see in
the area today.
Right across the World Heritage Site you can see the "Great
Unconformity", a time gap between rocks of different ages. In the
mid-Cretaceous the rocks tilted eastwards, and were then gradually
eroded by seas and rivers, especially in the west of the area. And so,
all the Jurassic and Lower Cretaceous rock history is absent from the
geological timeline in this "fault", and the Cretaceous rocks are
deposited on the eroded rock surfaces of the Triassic period. As you
walk along the coast, this makes interpretation of the time line more
difficult, because the oldest and the youngest rocks on the coast are
found near each other in East Devon.
The Cretaceous saw the largest and most fearsome dinosaurs on the Earth,
but it was also the period when the first flowering plants evolved. A
mass extinction took place at the end of the Cretaceous period which was
critical to the form and animal population of the modern world (although
this is not explicitly recorded in the World Heritage Site). Certainly
it was around this time that the reign of the reptiles - including
dinosaurs - as the predominant life on Earth came to an end; dinosaurs,
marine reptiles and ammonites were some of the species which became
extinct. After their time, the present style of life on Earth evolved,
dominated by mammals, flowering plants and grasses. The earliest
Cretaceous rocks in the World Heritage time line are the Purbeck Beds,
which form one of the most complex rock sequences along the entire
coast. They have given us many fossils including dinosaur footprints and
the microscopic animal teeth. Chalk - calcium carbonate - is the
youngest Cretaceous rock in the Heritage area of the Devon and Dorset
coast - it is located all through the area, and usually has millions of
fossils of animals such as the sea urchin. The varied geology of this
remarkable coast has formed an intriguing laboratory for geomorphology -
the science of the land and the geological processes that made it what
it is. Coastal land is never stable; it changes as the sea and frost
mould it, as rain and human activity subtly alters it. But geomorphology
is looking at longer time periods than that which represents the hand of
man, even though small changes, repeated often enough over long periods
of time, can be powerful agents for change as well. As we all know,
storms and landslips have both formed the shape of the coast and
revealed millions of fossils, which are abundant and easy to find in
this astonishing natural laboratory of geomorphology!
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