Devon: the best spots for the perfect quirky getaway
Devon is known for its beautiful quaintness and its natural quirkiness, all with a sea view. There really is no wonder as to why it makes the perfect getaway! Here are some of the best boutique hotels, shops and places to eat that Devon has to offer!
Devon’s best Boutique Hotels/ B&Bs:
The Haytor Hotel
A stunning detached Victorian Villa built in 1835, located in Torquay. From the gorgeous rooms to the breakfast, whether you choose continental or cooked, it’s easy to see why The Haytor is multi-award winning! This luxury accommodation also offers a fully licenced bar with room service, topped off with a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere.
The beautiful Highcliffe House in Lynton is lucky enough to sit with the view of the Exmoor Coast. The multi-award-winning hotel was built in 1880. The adults’ exclusive hotel is fully licensed and offers a perfect breakfast, full of fresh juices and fruit to a cooked breakfast.
Cary Arms and Spa
The Cary Arms can be found in the quaintest part of South Devon, Babbacombe. The Cary Arms has 10 sea facing rooms and also a further 8 beach huts and suites. The highly awarded, luxury accommodation also has a spa as well as rental cottages, all of which are dog-friendly and offers packages that go above and beyond, they really can’t be missed!
The 25 Boutique
As TripAdvisor’s Travellers Choice Award 2019 winner, this up and coming, Torquay based boutique shows a lot of promise. The fabulous adult only B&B is eccentrically designed and offers a varied breakfast menu, continental and cooked. They even offer the choice to add wine, flowers or chocolates to your romantic room on arrival!
Tor Cottages of Lifton, offers luxury, multi-award-winning accommodation. With only one room being situated in the main house, 3 are in the garden, with the 5th being the woodland retreat! Each room has it’s own theme, with breakfast included. You can even order a picnic platter, consisting of sandwiches, pastries and scones, for your days out!
Devon, places to eat:
This Michelin starred restaurant sits in Torquay, is owned and ran by Simon Hulstone for the past 13 years. This beautiful restaurant has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with stunning food. The menu, that offers English cuisine, changes regularly and is locally sourced from Brixham and other surrounding local areas. This restaurant is a must try for those staying in South Devon.
If fish and chips is what you crave, and is a must when in the seaside town, then the award-winning Rockfish offers fresh food, at a casual feel. Rockfish is a small chain, with restaurants located in Brixham, Dartmouth, Exeter and Torquay to name a few! The fish is all locally sourced and they have gluten-free and vegan options available! Aside from their amazing food, they also have other amazing things to offer! This includes live music every Wednesday and occasionally, even hosted seafood nights with Mitch Tonks, the owner of Rockfish.
Horn of Plenty
Located on the border of Devon and Cornwall, the Horn of Plenty advantages from an amazing view overlooking the Tamer Valley. This 2 AA Rosette restaurant sources 90% of their produce from the South West. Their menu varies daily, serving English food but there popular pot luck night that happens every Monday is a must! As well as there lunch and dinner menu they also offer a traditional afternoon tea.
The Coach House
This gorgeous 17th-century former coaching house, now a Michael Caines restaurant has 3 AA rosette in 2017 and was awarded Gold restaurant of the year in the southwest by the tourism awards 2016. With good reason too, whether it being lunch, dinner or afternoon tea, they all are presented as stunning as they taste.
Down in Devon, they know what they’re doing when it comes to Afternoon tea! Burridge’s tearoom situated in Torquay, also owned by Simon Hulstone, offers the perfect afternoon tea. From light bites, too different variations of afternoon tea, too freshly baked cakes, all with the relaxed vibe that reflects Devon, its the perfect tearoom to check out.
Devon’s Boutique shops:
Starburst Boutique sits in Dartmouth and was established in 2008. The popular boutique has already found it’s placed in the competitive market and has awarded to its name. Starburst stocks a mixture of eccentric jewellery and womenswear, all while creating a relaxing, leisurely shopping experience.
Situated in Totnes, Conker offers handmade leather shoes, since 1977. All the shoes are fit to measure and they even offer to fix the shoes as soon as they start to show wear and tear, so you never have to throw away your favourite shoes!
Caramel Clothing is a gorgeous boutique can be found in Exmouth and consists of Handpicked items of clothing and with the owner, Sarah Simcock, having more than 20 years of experience in fashion, the staff at caramel are more than happy to help find the perfect item for you!
Revival is the perfect emporium for vintage clothing and accessories. Sitting in Totnes and owned by Sue Nurse, Sue has been collecting and reviving vintage items for the past 30 years. From gowns to jewellery, from hats to shoes, come and see the collection that has accumulated of revived vintage.