Golden sandy beaches with glistening sea, dramatic open moorland and bustling communities make South Devon a terrific location for a holiday, and what’s more is that we have a range of lavish accommodations to provide you with the most luxurious holiday.  

From swish holiday homes by the sea to quaint countryside hotels, you’ll find that South Devon has the monopoly of luxury stays in the country. Read on to discover our top recommendations. 

South Hams 

Dittisham Hideaway, Dittisham 

Nestled within the South Hams countryside and close to the stunning River Dart, experience luxury and tranquillity with Dittisham Hideaway. Just a ten-minute drive from Dartmouth and some of the best beaches in the Southwest, you’ll find there’s plenty of things to see and do near this secluded and private accommodation. 

Surrounded by a sun-dappled woodland and plenty of lush greenery, Dittisham Hideaway boasts several stunning treehouses all imbued with your favourite comforts with an added dash of luxury. As each treehouse is tucked into the trees, they’re akin to being in your own mini oasis, far from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.  

As well as being cosily and lavishly appointed inside, you’ll find your own private deck and wood-fired hot tub, a hammock, outdoor games and a BBQ. Plus, you’ll received a hamper packed with West Country treats to welcome you in. Wonderful! 

Thurlestone Hotel, Thurlestone 

Situated in a quaint village on the South Devon coastline, Thurlestone Hotel is a four-star luxury hotel offering first-class accommodation with the Voyage Luxury Spa and a wonderful coastal golf course.  

One of the top characteristics of the hotel has to be its location. It’s a short amble to a stunning sandy beach and only a short drive from the nearby towns of Kingsbridge and Salcombe, meaning there’s plenty to see and do in the area.  

Inside, Thurlestone Hotel is complete with 65 beautifully decorated rooms and suites, most having sea views, a heated swimming pools, a top-of-the-range spa, fitness studio and beauty rooms. Outside you’ll find a heated swimming pool, tennis, badminton and squash courts, a children’s play area, a 9-hole golf course and a beautifully landscaped garden.  

Thurlestone Hotel have a number of dining options if you wish to eat within the hotel. You can choose to visit their award-winning restaurant, Trevilder Restaurant, opt for a more relaxed dining experience in the Terrace Bar or enjoy some hearty pub-grub at the Village Inn, the hotel’s on-site pub. 

Boringdon Hall Hotel & Spa, Plympton 

Five-star hotel Boringdon Hall is a luxury manor house and spa near the maritime city of Plymouth on the edge of Dartmoor National Park. It’s Elizabethan architecture hint at the hotel’s rich history and the lavish four-poster suites will keep you wishing to stay longer.  

As the hotel is situated on the outskirts of the moors, you’ll be surrounded by beautiful, unspoilt countryside and yet you’re merely a 30-minute drive to the nearest beach – you simply can have it all at Boringdon Hall.  

If the weather is a bit to be desired then why not curl up on the sofa in front of the fireplace with a good book or enjoy a traditional Devonshire afternoon tea complete with mouth-watering scones, fresh cream and lashings of jam. You could spend the day at the Gaia Spa too which features an infinity pool, a Finnish sauna, salt steam room and plenty of treatment rooms to truly unwind and relax.  

Within Boringdon Hall you’ll find Àclèaf, an intimate and sophisticated newly awarded Michelin Star restaurant where you can dine and sample some the finest cuisine in South Devon. They only use top locally sourced ingredients to create seasonally led meals to tantalise your taste buds. 

Burgh Island Hotel, Bigbury 

Perhaps one of the most magnificent and unique hotels in Devon, or perhaps even England, Burgh Island Hotel is a spectacular Art Deco hotel on its own tidal island, surrounded by the golden beaches of Bigbury and the sparkling sea.     

Originally built in 1929, Burgh Island’s décor has been resorted to its 30s glamour, with all rooms perfectly appointed to reflect its founding era. Surrounded on all sides by sea views, their unique island location provides an unforgettable experience.  

Black ties and evening dresses are worn in their Grand Ballroom where you can enjoy exquisite fine-dining, but if you prefer a less formal evening you can dine in their Nettlefold Restaurant or head to their on-island pub, The Pilchard Inn. No matter where you choose to eat you can be sure of fresh, local and seasonal food, skilfully prepared by their experienced chefs. 

Salcombe Harbour Hotel, Salcombe 

Salcombe is often praised as being one of the most picturesque towns in Devon (usually tied with its neighbour down the road, Dartmouth!). With its prominent estuary and seaside location, attractive countryside surroundings and relaxed way of life, it’s clear to see why. 

Sitting within the middle of the town, Salcombe Harbour Hotel offers guests a slice of tranquillity in an already heavenly town. Much like its sister hotel in Sidmouth, Salcombe Harbour Hotel has all the makings of a perfect holiday. Complete with its own cinema room, a fantastic restaurant, luxurious spa across two floors and humbly beautiful bedrooms, this hotel is a fantastic place to stay if you’re looking for an indulgent coastal break in the South Hams. 

Salcombe Abode, Various Locations 

Salcombe Abode might be your port of call if you’re looking for a self-catered holiday in Salcombe. They have an exceptional collection of exclusive holiday homes across the South Hams focusing on Salcombe, Hope Cove, Malborough, South Milton and Thurlestone.  

From boujee elite pads to charming dog friendly cottages they cater for all tastes and preferences, and all in our quintessentially British and picturesque towns and villages.  

Not only are Salcombe abode a fantastic agency, but they also ensure their guests have a true luxury holiday experience with their concierge-style service. 

Finest Stays, Various Locations 

Finest Stays are a small and local business with a number of properties across the South Hams in some of the most popular towns and villages. With beach front properties to stylish dog friendly cottages, there are plenty of suitable homes to lay your head at night.

Being such a local business, Finest Stays have an excellent relationship with the holiday homeowners to ensure you have everything you need to have your perfect holiday and are always close by if you need a helping hand.  


Bovey Castle, North Bovey, Dartmoor 

Sitting on a huge 275-acre estate overlooking the beautiful Edwardian Gardens and championship golf course in the heart of Dartmoor National Park, Bovey Castle is a hotel that simply exudes glamour, history and adventure! If you’re looking for a decadent countryside getaway, then look no further. 

Despite being a luxurious hotel, Bovey Castle are known for being incredibly hands-on. With an eclectic range of activities to enjoy on-site, it might be the only place where you can wear your wellies in the morning, golf spikes in the afternoon and Louboutin's for dinner! From archery to beekeeping and falconry to off-road driving, you’ll find something for everyone to enjoy here.    

If you were feeling more inclined to kick back and relax, then you can certainly do this at their therapeutic spa. Read a book by the heated pool or treat yourself to a treatment. Bovey Castle truly offers a peaceful retreat. 

Not only is Bovey Castle a five-star hotel and spa, is also prides itself on having a three AA-Rosette restaurant; the Great Western and a one AA-Rosette Brasserie; Smith’s Dining. Is there anything you can’t do at Bovey Castle?! 

The Lodges at Bovey Castle, North Bovey Dartmoor 

Okay, so you love all the things on offer at Bovey Castle, but you’d prefer to stay in the comfort of a larger space? No problem at all.  

Not only do Bovey Castle have some incredibly beautiful hotel rooms, but they also have a number of eloquently appointed lodges. Here you can enjoy all the facilities at Bovey Castle, including the spa, golf course, activities and restaurant, but you also have the amenities to cook for yourself and the space to sleep up to eight people. It really will feel like you’re staying in your home away from home.  

Mill End Country Hotel, Chagford, Dartmoor 

Located close to the town of Chagford, Mill End Country Hotel is an ideal place to stay if you’re looking for a hotel in the heart of Dartmoor National Park. The hotel is situated on the banks of the River Teign with breath taking views of the moors all-round.  

This four-star hotel has fifteen individually-styled luxury bedrooms, comfy lounges to relax in and blissful riverside gardens. Aside from soft linen, fluffy bathrobes and heavenly mattresses, one huge selling-point for Mill End Hotel is its award-winning restaurant, which is open to guests and non-residents. After your moorland exploration you can return to the hotel knowing you’ll be receiving a fantastic dinner carefully crafted with only the finest West Country produce.  

Another fantastic element of this hotel is its location. Being located in the middle of Dartmoor you’ll find yourself feeling a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, however it’s also easily accessible from the A30 and Exeter – how convenient!  

East Devon 

Sidmouth Harbour Hotel, Sidmouth 

If you’re looking for an indulgent coastal retreat, Sidmouth Harbour Hotel might be the place for you. With its prime seafront location and panoramic views of the Jurassic Coastline, Sidmouth Harbour Hotel is a wonderful place for a seaside getaway.  

The hotel boasts 56 stylishly decorated guest rooms, all equipped with modern amenities, some even with balconies or terraces that offer magnificent sea views. Sidmouth Harbour Hotel is also known for its exceptional dining experiences too. The Upper Deck Bar and Restaurant offers a relaxed atmosphere whilst tempting you with some tantalising bites.  

The hotel also consists of two swimming pools; indoor and outdoor pools, a peaceful spa, a fitness centre and a sauna, perfect for relaxing in. Its location is another prominent feature of the hotel. It makes the perfect base for exploring the town of Sidmouth and the surrounding East Devon area. Being a short stroll from the promenade, there’s plenty of places to eat or stop for a coffee. Plus, Sidmouth has a number of independent shops and businesses to peruse.  

The PIG at Combe, Honiton 

Another fabulous country house hotel, surrounded by beautiful countryside is The PIG at Combe, situated within the Otter Valley near Honiton. Totally secluded and perfect for a peaceful getaway, The PIG at Combe is set in 3,500 acres of luscious meadows and woodland, but still very accessible to the A30, Exeter and many of East Devon’s beautiful beaches. 

You can stay within one of the seventeen characterful bedrooms within the main house or one of ten rooms in the stable yard, either one you choose will be spacious with stunning views and all the amenities you may need.  

As well as offering spa treatments in their cosy Potting Shed treatment rooms, they also have a beautiful garden to walk around where they pick the freshest produce to serve for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The PIG are committed to a twenty-five-mile menu, meaning that any produce that isn’t foraged from the garden is sourced from a twenty-five-mile radius; not only supporting local businesses, but also ensuring you are offered the best seasonal and local produce. Yum! 

North Devon 

Northcote Manor, Umberleigh 

Set within twenty acres of mature woodland and rich green grass, Northcote Manor is a fantastic location to stay if you’re looking to spend some time close to one of Devon’s scenic rivers.  

Draped in ivy and wisteria, this 18th century manor house exhibits such splendour inside and out. The bedrooms are traditionally and tastefully designed, whilst their spa speaks of serenity with a pool that overlooks the beautiful gardens.  

No matter what season you visit, you’ll find beauty in this place. In the winter the roaring fireplace is just waiting to warm you up after a brisk stroll through the carefully maintained gardens, not to mention the festive spirit all around. Spring is a fantastic time to visit as the aroma of flowers fill the area. You can enjoy some time relaxing on the terrace with a cold drink in hand in summer, and autumn is full of colour as the leaves begin to fall from the trees.  

The English Riviera 

Cary Arms & Spa, Babbcombe 

Cary Arms & Spa perfectly combine the warm and friendliness of a traditional English inn with the luxury of a boutique hotel. This award-winning accommodation is set in an unbeatable position on the English Riviera overlooking the pristine waters of Babbacombe Bay. But, that’s not the only fantastic feature of Cary Arms.  

Their eight guest rooms are attractive and comfortable, featuring sea views and private terraces, plus a number of suites, lodges and cottages for those wanting to bring the family along. What’s more is that you’re merely a couple minutes’ walk from your bed to the beach!  

As expected, Cary Arms boast a fantastic spa with a pool backed by floor-to-ceiling windows so you can blissfully watch the sea as you bathe in the heated pool or relax on the sun loungers.  

Their restaurant proposes some of the best gastro-food in the Southwest to fill those rumbling tummies after a day at the beach. With a menu to reflect the Devonshire coast and countryside, you can expect exquisitely cooked food utilising locally sourced produce.  


Riviera Apartments, Teignmouth 

For a getaway with all the makings of a traditional seaside holiday choose to stay at Riviera Apartments in Teignmouth. This seaside resort town is complete with Georgian buildings, long sandy beaches, a historic pier and fresh local food.  

Riviera Apartments is comprised of five luxury, self-catered holiday apartments in a prime location on the seafront with spectacular ocean and estuary views.  

Each apartment offers a chic and contemporary interior as well as being fully equipped with everything you may need to feel at home. These facilities include: a state-of-the-art kitchen complete with fridge, dishwasher, oven and microwave, underfloor heating, washer-dryer facilities, spacious open-plan living area and Sony media equipment. 

Various Locations 

Big Domain, Various Locations 

Perhaps you’re looking for a holiday with the whole family, plus a group of friends. Maybe you’re planning to visit South Devon for a wedding or a big birthday, if so, take a look at the wide range of large holiday homes on offer at Big Domain.  

From the Jurassic Coast to the English Riviera, you can be sure to find your perfect holiday home in some of the best locations that South Devon has to offer. Many also contain additional features to make your holiday that much more luxurious with added extras such as hot tubs, games rooms and swimming pools.  

Boutique Retreats, Various Locations 

Boutique Retreats specialise in providing upmarket and unique self-catered holiday homes across Devon and the rest of the UK. With such a huge portfolio of opulent properties, you’ll be sure to find your perfect getaway with Boutique Retreats. 

Whether you want to spend the morning watching the sea from your balcony with a coffee in hand, or watch the stars shine over the moors in a hot tub at night, Boutique Retreats have something for every type of vacationer.  

With properties in Dartmoor, Totnes, Exeter, Shaldon, Kingsbridge and Tavistock, you can enjoy a romantic getaway for two in a cosy thatched cottage surrounded by rolling green hills or invite the whole family to stay in a chic manor house.  

Luxury Coastal, Various Locations 

If you’re looking for a luxurious coastal getaway in a self-catered accommodation why not peruse the range of fantastic homes on Luxury Coastal. They’re passionate about finding the most incredible coastal properties that will make your holiday one to remember – after all, it’s in their name! 

Luxury Coastal boast a range of properties dotted across the entire stretch of the South Devon coastline including in Brixham, Torcross, Paignton, Dartmouth, Budleigh Salterton and Sidmouth. Expect large spacious converted barns and roomy quaint cottages to chic modern houses sleeping from two to 12+ guests. 

And there we have it, some of our best, most luxurious stays in South Devon. For an added bit of indulgence, why not enjoy a meal at one of our many Michelin guide restaurants dotted around the region, you can read more about them in our blog post here

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