Luxury Cottages in Devon
Our cottage holidays should allow you to indulge and enjoy a well-deserved break – after all, you deserve it. So why not go the extra mile and treat yourself to one of our luxury cottages?
Whether you plump for a luxury cottage for two, or a pet-friendly luxury cottage, we can guarantee you unrivalled comfort and relaxation.
Are all of your luxury cottages graded?
All our cottages are four and five star Visit England graded properties that have undergone the rigorous procedures of the Visit England Grading Scheme. In addition to the Visit England grading, we also independently inspect our cottages on a regular basis to ensure the level of luxury is meeting the required excellence. In fact, if you’re staying in one of our luxury cottages, you can expect to receive the highest standard of self-catering accommodation available in the country.
What other little luxuries can you enjoy in North Devon?
For a spot of old-fashioned comfort – and a true adventure – why not book a seat on the MS Oldenburg, which takes passengers from Bideford to Lundy Island, three times a week from May to October (with extra crossings in July and August)? The boat itself is a slice of maritime history (the Oldenburg was launched in 1953 in Bremen and was used as a ferry service between the German mainland and the Frisian island of Wangerooge) while the island is just as much of a treat. Managed by The Landmark Trust (who also look after the Oldenburg), the island is one of Britain’s great natural wonders. A Site of Special Scientific Interest, it’s home to rare flora and fauna, as well as puffins, grey seals, Lundy ponies and Sika deer. Out of season, you can catch a ride on the scheduled helicopter service from Hartland Point on Mondays and Fridays.
If you fancy a bit of pampering, you should head to The Haven Spa at Woolacombe Bay Hotel, which has a commanding position overlooking three miles of glorious sandy beach. Described as the ‘definitive Devon Spa experience’, The Haven Spa offers a huge range of treatments using only Elemis products. There are massages to melt away tense muscles, facials to revitalise and sooth, wraps to nourish your skin and treatments to leave you completely relaxed.
Afterwards, why not treat yourself to a meal in one of the hotel’s two restaurants? The opulent and more formal Doyle's sources locally and seasonally for tasty seafood dishes and inspired vegetarian meals, while the more relaxed and understated Bay Brasserie is the place to head for Mediterranean-inspired dishes.
The Watersmeet Hotel is similarly grand and worth a trip for a special occasion or just a treat. Weather permitting, lunch or tea alfresco on the terrace or in the tea garden are lovely ways to drink in the views. Alternatively book a table in the hotel’s bistro and enjoy the sight of the sun sinking into the sea, the beach and rugged coastline in the foreground and, in the distance, magnificent Lundy Island. Expect a menu of Mediterranean influence created with local ingredients and dishes like fresh mussels with apple, cider & chilli sauce, or West Country game terrine and homemade piccalilli.
If, on the other hand, you’re in the mood for superior pub food, then high-tail it to The Lamb Inn in Sandford. It’s a 16th century pub that’s nurtured a really loyal following ; as well as rave reviews; for dishing up mouth-watering dishes like whole-baked trout with almond butter, and a legendary tarte tatin. The pub is a classic gastro blend of roaring fire, real ales and chalked-up menu board based in a pretty red-stone building with a cobbled terrace and walled garden. There are even cinema nights at the weekend if you really feel like settling in!
The Red Lion Hotel in Chulmleigh is also worth a visit. With its painted stone walls, artwork and soft lighting, the hotel’s restaurant offers a truly sophisticated venue, where diners can tuck into a mix of handmade pizzas cooked in a stone-based oven, pasta specials, gourmet beef burgers and pies all made with locally sourced produce.
Another popular gastro pub for a special occasion, The George Inn in Rockham makes full use of exceptional local ingredients (including rare English breed pork from the pub’s own farm, The Folly) to great effect in dishes like Tribute battered cod, steak and Doombar ale pie, Exmouth mussels and Spreacombe venison. Real ales and wine are treated with equal reverence. West Country breweries are well represented at the bar, while wines are hand-picked for the 48 bin-strong list (which also offers diners by-the-glass options too).