Devon Hotels

Luxury Hotels in Devon
These are the kind of properties where you can simply relax and let someone else take care of your every need.

Recommended Devon Hotels
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.

Hotels 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.

Devon Bed and Breakfast
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.

Devon Farms
Top quality self-catering holiday cottages and bed & breakfast on working farms in Devon.

Holiday 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 little ones.

Devon Camp Sites and Caravan Sites In Devon
Some of the best sites for camping and caravanning in the county of Devon.

Budget Hotels in Devon, Backpackers and Youth Hostels

Restaurants, Bars and Cafes
Gourmet restaurants
Recommended restaurants/gastropubs
Devon pubs and inns
Cafes and bars
Vegetarian and vegan
Great everyday eating places

Country Walks
Coast Walks

Things to do, places to go - the big attractions

Devon Crafts

General information

English Heritage in Devon
Wonderful properties, lovingly cared for.

The National Trust in Devon
An organization that works hard to protect our heritage.

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If you want to know more about Devon 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.

Try hotelslakedistrict.org for a guide to the best hotel accommodation in the English Lakes. It's one of our favourite hotel websites.

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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 to stay.

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

The Agaric 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 landscape.

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
 

Our Recommended 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

See the area around The Rockford Inn on YouTube http://youtu.be/HxuDflHsX9g

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: enquiries@therockfordinn.co.uk   Web: www.therockfordinn.co.uk

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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 to go....

Coastal walks
Walk 1 Mortehoe and North Devon's Deadly Coast!
6.25 miles /10 km on the South West Coast Path and Tarka Trail

Mortehoe and North Devon's Coast Path
Walk 2 "A walk in hope"
5 miles / 8 km on the South West Coast Path
Hope Cove and the Southwest Devon Coast Path
Walk 3 Ashford, near Barnstaple, North Devon
8 miles/12.9 km Time 4 hours.  A few ups and downs but all easy for fit walkers. Some paths can be overgrown in high summer.
Ashford, near Barnstaple, North Devon
Walk 4 This superb walk traverses atmospheric packhorse routes and strides high cliffs in the far north-western corner of the Exmoor National Park near to Combe Martin.
Combe Martin - North Devon
Walk 5 Climb the magical zigzag path, cut more than a hundred years ago, up to The Torrs and then follow the high level Coast Path almost to Flat Point, returning via the delightful dismantled Barnstaple to Ilfracombe railway.
A walk along the coastal path near Ilfracombe in North Devon

Country walks

Walk 1 Lymnouth and Watersmeet
5 miles / 8 km on the Two Moors Way
Country walks 1 - a walk around Lynmouth
Walk 2 Hatherleigh Ruby Trail (Hatherleigh and its hinterland)
4 miles / 6.5km - one of the Ruby Trails, linking to the Tarka Trail
Ruby Country/Hatherleigh - a country walk in Devon
Walk 3 Newton Poppleford and Hawkerland
6.25 miles / 10 km on the East Devon Way
Country walks 3 - The East Devon Way - Newton Poppleford
Walk 4 Colyton and the River Coly
 5 miles / 8 km on the East Devon Way
Around Colyton
Walk 5 Newton Abbot and the Higher Teign Estuary
7.5 miles / 12 km on the Templer Way
The Templer Way around Newton Abbot
Walk 6 Marldon to Totnes
5.5 miles / 9 km on the John Musgrave Heritage Trail
Marldon to Totnes - a Devon country walk
Walk 7 Wembury and the River Yealm
4.5 miles / 7 km on the Erme - Plym Trail and South West Coast Path
Around Wembury - A Devon walk
Walk 8 A Victorian Landscape Walk (Meldon and Sourton)
5 miles / 8 km on the West Devon Way and two Castles Trail
Meldon and Sourton
Walk 9 Woolacombe: Coast and Country

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 sustainability.

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 inhabit them.

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The Devon Bird of Prey Centre, Newton Abbot

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.

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Bicton Gardens

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.

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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 mammals.

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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