Head to Devon for a traditional seaside holiday and enjoy some of the finest beaches in the UK. Known as the English Riviera, the coastline of South Devon boasts some fantastic seaside towns where you’ll find world-class beaches, water sports activities, amusements, and much more.
Hotels in Devon
Devon is home to a number of fantastic hotels, so deciding where to stay here is never an easy choice.
If you’re planning a seaside holiday, we highly recommend booking a beachfront hotel that’s moments from the sand. Devon’s top seaside towns offer plenty of great options, ranging from affordable hotels in the heart of the action to more luxurious options a little off the beaten track.
Choosing the perfect hotel for your break is really just a matter of deciding what it is you plan to do while you’re in the area. If you’re planning on exploring the region, you’ll find no shortage of quaint villages and beautiful towns to discover. Head to picturesque Devon villages like Appledore, Dittisham, or Bigbury-on-Sea and see a side of Devon you might never have expected.
Watersports enthusiasts have been flocking to Devon for decades, and it’s easy to see why. The region’s beaches are world-renowned, with family-friendly beaches like Bigbury-on-Sea boasting plenty of activities and entertainment, along with idyllic beaches like Bantham Beach that seem like they were made for surfing, windsurfing, and kite surfing.
It’s not all about the beaches in Devon, though. There’s plenty more to do if the weather isn’t on your side. Families will love the area’s theme parks. Crealy Theme Park is one of the most popular, and the Milky Way Adventure Park always makes a great day out.
Dartmoor National Park is the ideal spot for an afternoon out in Devon, so pack a picnic and make the most of the stunning scenery here. If you have little ones to entertain, why not take a trip to Paignton Zoo? Set across 80 acres of grounds, the zoo is home to over 2,000 animals.
Best Hotels in Devon
Hunter’s Inn is one of the finest hotels in North Devon. Purchased by the National Trust in 2018, the hotel lies at the heart of 2,000 acres of land that the Trust already cares for.
There are ten en-suite bedrooms within Hunter’s Inn, as well as a great bar and restaurant. Heddon Lodge can also be booked for Devon holidays. The fully accessible two-bedroom self-catering apartment is ideal for family groups looking for the perfect base from which to explore North Devon.
The unique look of the hotel is thanks to a beautiful Victorian design. Originally built as a thatched cottage, Hunter’s Inn was remodelled during the Victorian era in the “Swiss style” that was hugely popular at the time. The end result is an intriguing building that’s unlike any other. Set with four acres of landscaped gardens, Hunter’s Inn is an idyllic and enormously impressive Devon hotel.
Explore the South Devon coast and the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with a stay at The Royal Glen Hotel in Sidmouth.
The 18th-century building combines Regency and Gothic features for a dramatic effect that certainly stands out from the crowd. Expect elegant bedrooms with carefully chosen soft furnishings, a beautiful garden and sundeck, a verandah, and cosy drawing rooms perfect for relaxed evening drinks. There’s also a bar and restaurant, an indoor swimming pool, and even a gym for guests to enjoy.
The Royal Glen Hotel is just a short walk from Sidmouth Beach, a secluded spot surrounded by cliffs. The beach is hugely popular with visitors and ideal for little ones in search of fossils and other geological discoveries.
If you’re staying in Exmouth, don’t miss the imposing Imperial Hotel. Overlooking the sea, with extensive terraces and gardens, this hotel offers the perfect place to relax at the end of a long day’s exploring. There are plenty of stunning sandy beaches nearby, and endless attractions to enjoy in the local area of Dartmoor.
Take your pick from single, twin, double and family rooms at the Imperial Hotel. Some come with a private balcony and spectacular sea views included. All rooms are equipped with tea and coffee making facilities, as well as an en-suite and free WiFi. There’s an on-site restaurant, relaxed lounge and an intimate bar for evening drinks.
Located on a Lynton clifftop, the grand Valley of Rocks Hotel comes highly recommended by our team. The hotel is perfectly located for days spent exploring Lynton and its surrounding area, and beautiful beaches are just steps away from the front of the hotel.
Head to nearby Lynmouth Quay for an unforgettable boat trip, or make your way to one of several nearby National Trust properties for a family-friendly day out.
There are 68 bedrooms at the Valley of Rocks Hotel, all of which come complete with ensuite bathrooms, tea and coffee making facilities, desk, WiFi. Visitors can choose from standard, superior or premier rooms here. Opt for a sea view room at booking for a truly stunning sight when you arrive at your accommodation.