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Devon Staycations

Now’s the perfect time of year to plan a foodie staycation – Devon has it all from home-grown produce to beautiful landscapes and showstopping interiors

Bucket and Spade restaurant. Coast View, Shaldon
The Moorland Hotel, Haytor

The Moorland Hotel, Haytor

With Dartmoor views from every angle, you can immerse yourself in the beautiful landscape here, just a stone’s throw from Haytor Rocks. The bedrooms are traditional, stylish and comfortable, with plenty of modern amenities to create a relaxing break. Dog-friendly rooms have patio doors leading out onto the gardens.

There are two restaurants. The Conservatory is open plan, airy and spacious, while the Tin Pickle & Rhum brasserie is cosy, cheerful and welcoming. Both serve real ales and a fabulous variety of traditional foods made with top quality, seasonal and locally sourced produce.


Turtley Corn Mill, Avonwick. Exterior

Turtley Corn Mill, Avonwick

Six luxury bedrooms – named after the ducks that live on the lake – are located in Turtley Corn Mill’s main building. Each bedroom has a super-king Vispring bed, and four of the rooms have walk-in showers, while the other two have baths with overhead showers. Two rooms are situated along a self-contained corridor, making them ideal for families.

The menus feature seasonal, locally produced dishes, and all (except bread and ice cream) are prepared on-site. Traditional Sunday roasts are available with all the trimmings. It’s advisable to call in advance to check availability if something on the menu takes your fancy.


Victoria Inn, Sidmouth

The Victoria Hotel, Sidmouth

The AA Rosette-awarded Victoria Hotel is the perfect choice for a staycation – you can unwind in its beautiful rooms, each with its own ambience. Many have spectacular sea views overlooking Lyme Bay, and all are fitted with luxury furnishings and stylish decor.

Enjoy fine dining in the more formal Jubilee Restaurant, or contemporary dishes influenced by French cuisine in the White Room. Morning coffee, light lunches and cream teas are served in the Sun Lounge, and Bertie’s Bar is the place to relax for pre- and after-dinner drinks.

All dietary requirements can be catered for with prior notice, including dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan and more. Please specify at the time of booking.


Bucket and Spade. Coast View, Shaldon

Coast View, Shaldon

With three holiday parks located in some of the most beautiful areas of Devon and Cornwall, family-owned South West Holiday Parks offers desirable and luxurious holiday homes in some of the most exclusive park developments in the region.

Coast View in Shaldon is no exception, with some fantastic on-site services from delicious dining and golf courses, to exceptional leisure facilities including a swimming pool, fitness suite, wellness area and the award-winning Bucket & Spade Café. With spectacular views across the Jurassic coastline, it’s renowned for its friendly service and locally sourced food.


The Park, Barnstaple. Dining Room

The Park, Barnstaple

With its glamorous look and cosmopolitan feel, The Park has an array of facilities including luxury accommodation, an award-winning AA Rosette restaurant, a stylish bar and terrace. Guests also have free use of the excellent leisure facilities at nearby sister hotel, The Barnstaple.

Seasons Brasserie offers a warm welcome and fine dining. There is an imaginative seasonal menu and a selection of specials with exciting flavours made using quality ingredients, choose from classic and traditional favourites to contemporary dishes. Head to Seasons Bar for pre- and after-dinner drinks, light meals and afternoon teas. Al fresco dining on the sun terrace is also possible.


The Three Crowns, Chagford. Bedroom

The Three Crowns, Chagford

The Three Crowns is a magical mix of 13th-century features, contemporary comfort and style. Beamed ceilings and inglenook fireplaces sit alongside a glass atrium and courtyard garden. The 21 ensuite boutique bedrooms have been refurbished to a high standard, blending character with modern design and convenience.

There’s an extensive menu, alongside regularly changing specials. Ingredients are grown, reared or caught locally where possible. The talented team of chefs carefully prepare all dishes on the premises. There’s a great selection of wines and soft drinks, some of which are also sourced locally.

Dining areas include a modern glazed atrium, the main bar, snug and library. The sheltered courtyard has plenty of tables and chairs, and there’s an informal seating area at the front of the building.


The Pig at Combe. Restaurant

THE PIG-at Combe, Honiton

THE PIG-at Combe offers a mix of luxurious, laid-back, cool and comfortable rooms. All have a larder stocked with vintage treats and locally sourced snacks to buy.

The kitchen gardens are at the heart of what’s on offer here – three in total. The commitment to home-grown, local produce that celebrates the seasons is very evident. The kitchen gardeners work hand in hand with the chefs to create menus bursting with simple British garden food. What can’t be grown or reared on-site comes from the local area. This is the foundation of the hotel’s 25-mile menu – all produce is sourced within this distance.

With its panelled restaurant, a rustic Folly for quaffing and troughing, a huge bar, characterful bedrooms, rolling Devonshire hills and a couple of Saddlebacks, THE PIG-at Combe is a wonderful hotel for any staycation.


Watersmeet Hotel, Woolacombe

This four-star hotel in Woolacombe is designed to make the most of its beachside location; all but three rooms have sea views, taking in Combesgate Beach, Lundy Island and Baggy Point. A number of bedrooms have glass balconies – perfect for sunset-watching. The sea air, pocket-sprung beds, thick duvets and memory foam pillows all add up to a very good night’s sleep!

Head Chef Sebastian Davidson creates seasonal and signature dishes using local ingredients at the award-winning Rocks restaurant. Everything is prepared to order, with a new menu daily and an extensive wine list. Reservations are recommended.


Gara Rock. Autumn Food

Gara Rock, East Portlemouth

This boutique seaside hotel is the ultimate in luxury. The rooms at Gara Rock have a laid-back elegance with king-size beds to sink into, comfy armchairs to curl up in and swoon-worthy ensuite bathrooms to luxuriate in. There are suites and apartments to choose from, as well as The Secret Suite, The Signal House and The Penthouse, all offering something “out of the ordinary”.

From land to sea, the produce is sourced locally, wherever possible. Seasonal dishes feature ingredients from both local producers and the hotel’s kitchen garden. The restaurant is open for dinner from 5.30pm to 9pm, by reservation only.


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