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Devon Staycations

Chrissy Harris picks out some of the best places in Devon where you can enjoy an overnight stay in rooms that are as fantastic as the food

Prawns with lemon and salad leaves. A dish served at the Cricket Inn
Cricket Inn

The Cricket Inn

Sitting in the beautiful seaside village of Beesands, The Cricket Inn has a reputation for serving delicious fresh fish and seafood dishes. As strong supporters of buying local produce, the team sources most of its seafood from the fishermen in the village who catch it fresh every day.

Coupled with seven beautifully appointed 4AA gold star bedrooms (five with beautiful sea views), a stay here is a home from home experience, with many guests frequently returning.


Bedroom. Church House Inn, Stokenham, Devon

Church House Inn

Situated in the picturesque South Devon village of Stokenham, a short drive from Slapton Sands and Torcross beach, is the recently renovated Church House Inn. The menu focuses on classic pub food cooked to a high standard, using fresh, local produce.

With four luxurious, newly refurbished en-suite rooms with rainfall showers and bespoke handcrafted king-size beds, the Church House Inn is the perfect base to relax and dine in style, and explore the surrounding area.


The Grand Hotel

Built in 1881, The Grand Hotel features striking Victorian architecture, elegant interiors, a seafront location and award-winning food. It has been a Torquay landmark for over 130 years, making it a perfect choice for any staycation.

Featuring four-star accommodation, the hotel has a spa, fitness centre and indoor pool. Breakfast is either a buffet or continental style. Other food offerings are its 4-star AA Rosette The 1881 Restaurant, along with The Brasserie. Chefs use the best local and regional ingredients in season to bring you the freshest dishes, all served in this beautiful setting.


View from the balcony. The Cottage Hotel, Hope Cove, Devon

The Cottage Hotel

The Cottage Hotel in Hope Cove is a traditional hotel and restaurant, run by the Ireland family since 1973. There are 30 bedrooms, many of which have balconies. Overnight stay packages include an extensive dinner menu that changes daily and a full English breakfast. The hotel’s food and drinks are sourced from many local suppliers.

Hope Cove Harbour beach is situated just below the hotel and there are fabulous coastal walks from the front door. With the South West Coast Path just a few metres away, there is plenty to explore in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

To make the most of your visit, book an overnight stay and soak up sea views and sunsets from your comfortable bedroom, as well as enjoying drinks on the terrace with equally impressive views.


Gin at the Cridford Inn

The Cridford Inn

The picturesque Cridford Inn stands proudly in the village of Trusham in the Teign Valley. Stay in one of four individually styled rooms that are full of character, with a delicious cooked breakfast included.

Head Chef Johnny Varah and team serve sensational restaurant food, with a vegan twist on different parts of the menu and a strong Asian influence in the dishes. For a staycation, it’s hard to beat The Cridford Inn.


Weeke Barton

Weeke Barton house on the edge of Dartmoor is as historic as they come, with sections of this small-but-perfectly-formed hotel dating back to the 15th century. Owners Sam Perry and Jo Gossett run a modern take on the traditional B&B, offering a licensed bar with local wine, spirits and beers, and a dining room with menus based on produce from the nearby Teign Valley.

Statement linen, locally produced toiletries and beautiful gardens make this a really stand-out spot. Jo says: “It’s all about Dartmoor at Weeke Barton, discovering the national park’s land, produce and people.”


Masons Arms room

The Masons Arms

Timber frames, low ceilings, pine cladding, whitewashed walls and a huge log fire await at the 14th-century Masons Arms. The food combines classic and modern, with seasonal produce from suppliers all over the South West.

The boutique hotel-style bedrooms and converted cottages all have lovely views over the surrounding countryside.


Plantation House Hotel

Talk about a foodie haven! The award-winning Plantation House Hotel in Ermington is a beautifully restored Georgian rectory that has got it just right. Chef proprietor Richard Hendey runs a modern, yet traditional kitchen, ‘not a chemistry laboratory’. He uses the finest local produce and everything – including breads, patisserie, chocolates and ice cream – is made in-house.

Nestling in its own gardens, on the sunny side of the River Erme valley, the house is blessed with rural views in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The rooms are amazing too. Oh, and you can book a back, shoulder and body massage. (I really hope those responsible for organising my next birthday present are reading this.)


The Cary Arms

This one is a must-visit. The Cary Arms combines fun, food and luxury all in one proper, traditional English inn beside the traditional English seaside. Great seasonal food in a holiday-perfect location makes it hard to beat in terms of a special getaway. There’s even a waterfall hydrotherapy pool and plenty of treatments on offer in the new coastal spa on site.


Burgh Island Hotel

Burgh Island Hotel

They don’t come much more decadent than this. Burgh Island, the infamous Art Deco retreat visited by many well-known figures of the 20th century, has recently been restored to its former glory. Arrive in style, either by Land Rover (tide out) or sea tractor (tide in) to enjoy the fine dining and boutique rooms, each one with its own glittering history.

Built in the Art Deco style in 1927 by filmmaker Archibald Nettlefold, Burgh Island quickly became known as ‘the best hotel west of the Ritz’. It famously became Queen of Crime Agatha Christie’s bolthole and inspired the settings for two of her novels. So, get your glad rags on and party like it’s 1929-ish.


The Old Rectory Hotel

If you’re looking for a place to get away from it all – but also be well fed and sleep in an individually designed bedroom – then head to Exmoor and stay at The Old Rectory Hotel.

Serving the finest locally sourced food from a partner network of farmers and fishermen, it has stylish rooms and staggering scenery. Dinner is served exclusively to residents every evening, including delicious home-made canapés and a four-course menu, which changes daily. The award-winning wine list includes wines from all around the globe.


The Salty Monk

Sleep and dine at The Salty Monk, in what was once a 16th-century salt house, used by the Benedictine monks who traded at Exeter Cathedral. The restaurant, which has held two AA Rosettes for the past 13 years, serves refined, classic dishes. Diners can also enjoy lovely views of the Salty Monk’s award-winning gardens.

The bedrooms have great extras – even the duvets are locally sourced (Devon Duvets). It’s dog-friendly too, although there are dog-free areas to ensure everyone has a comfortable stay.


Rockmount Hotel

Tasteful modern design meets an elegant traditional edge – with food to match. The Rockmount Hotel is home to The Annex, a wine, tapas bar and bottle shop. Enjoy a selection of European-inspired meals, including a Spanish take on a full-English breakfast. Tapas is on offer Tuesday to Saturday nights.


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