Devon is one of the UK’s most popular tourist destinations and many hotels there have worked hard to promote themselves as family-friendly hotels. Could you learn from them?
The Telegraph’s expert panel listed the following as their Top 8 Picks for families in Devon, each scoring 7/10 or above.
A beach paradise – Watersmeet Hotel – Woolacombe Bay: 8/10
- Sublime beachfront location, with mesmerising views looking out onto the North Devon coastline and Lundy Island
- Private access onto Combesgate Beach, a small, sandy cove that’s fantastic for body-boarding and rock-pooling, but rarely gets busy, even in the height of summer
- Fresh and airy décor
- Rare combination of friendly and romantic at the same time
Gardeners Heaven – Hotel Endsleigh, Tavistock: 9/10
- Grade I-listed Eden between Dartmoor and Exmoor
- Set in verdant gardens and grounds – perfect for family games and picnics
- Summer gardening activities run by Chelsea Flower Show gold medal florist, Amanda Randel
- Has its own potting shed where the green-fingered can start growing their own plants to take home at the end of their stay
- Baby monitors, meals, bottle warmers and babysitting are available
Rugged Isolation – Soar Mill Cove Hotel, Salcombe: 9/10
- With a rugged Devon cove and beach all to itself
- All rooms either face the sparkling triangle of sea or look up the valley.
- Host of activities including: snooker, board games and a rocking horse, golf clubs, boogie boards, crab lines, buckets and spades for outings to nearby Soar Mill Cove
- Magicians, lawn games, cupcake decorating and cinema nights are laid on in the summer
- Indoor saltwater pool, tennis court and games room with table tennis and pool
- Resident golden labs Farley and Daisy are popular with young guests.
Reminiscent of The Famous Five – The Cary Arms, Babbacombe: 8/10
- Spectacular location beneath the cliffs on the beach at Babbacombe
- On arrival, children are given a bucket, spade and fishing net with which to go rock pooling on Babbacombe Bay, a quiet beach by the hotel that has calm water and a friendly local seal.
- The hotel also had four self-catering cottages which are well set up for families, with board games and children’s books, as is the Captain’s Suite one of the main hotel’s 10 bedrooms.
- Local family attractions include Paignton Zoo and Splashdown Waterpark.
Outdoors – Bovey Castle. Moretonhampstead: 9/10
- Extensive castle grounds with tennis, croquet and a playground
- Good choice of outdoor children’s activities organised as part of Bovey Rangers club, including survival skills, archery, reptile and owl encounters, rock climbing, raft building, canoeing and golf lessons.
- Their indoor playroom, costing £20 per session, has painting, pottery, biscuit decorating, mask, puppet and badge making
- Babysitting services can be arranged in advance, as well as hire of baby equipment.
Walking and Watersports heaven – South Sands Boutique Hotel, Salcombe: 7/10
- The hotel is right on the beach, with wonderful views across the estuary
- White sands and calm seas are a beach ball’s throw from the hotel
- Complimentary buckets, spades and beach bags are given to families on arrival
- Family events organised in school holidays, including a summer solstice beach party
- Five beach suites designed for families of up to six.
Classic Devon – Thurlestone Hotel, Salcombe: 8/10
- Rugged coastline in front and backing on to sheep-filled pastures
- Black and white yachting photos on the walls and displays of vintage sailing memorabilia give this seaside hotel a nostalgically nautical feel
- Indoor playroom and outdoor playground which includes mini golf, family badminton courts, a nature trail
- A ‘Close Encounters’ shed where young visitors can learn how to handle stick insects, praying mantis, scorpions, tarantula and snakes
- Children’s school holidays arts and crafts club, teddy bears’ picnics in the grounds, and entertainers.
Gothic /Luxury – Highbullen Hotel Golf & Country Club, Umberleigh Bridge
- A luxury, gothic-fronted country house hotel spread over a 125-acre Devon estate
- Prides itself on being a ‘multi-generational’ hotel, catering for extended families with children aged eight and over
- Dedicated rooms for families of four have sofa beds and pull out beds, while large families can hire out lodges exclusively
- Children will particularly enjoy the giant outdoor chessboard and games simulator
- Spread over the estate are two swimming pools – one indoor and one outdoor – seven tennis courts, an 18-hole golf course, a private fishing river, croquet lawns, snooker rooms and a fully-equipped gym with regular exercise classes.
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