Quaint cottages, cozy guest rooms, and unique touches are just some of our favorite features of bed and breakfasts. We visited Devon, England, a county in the southwestern region of the country, to visit and investigate the top hotels. After sleeping in the beds, dining at the restaurants, and exploring the gardens, we can now say which are the best of the best. Check out the best bed and breakfast hotels in Devon and start planning your charming England getaway.
The nine-room Somerville is an upscale boutique bed-and-breakfast with some of the most lavish, classically styled interiors in Torquay or the English Riviera. Though the property does overlook a fairly busy road, traffic noise isn't too obtrusive; the town center is a five-minute walk away but guests should note that it's all uphill on the way back. Rooms are superbly presented with luxury amenities and spotless bathrooms. An excellent cooked-to-order breakfast, wonderfully opulent lounge, and beautiful green gardens are the finishing touches on one of the finest places to stay in town -- and at relatively reasonable rates.
Sampsons Farm Country Hotel is a mid-range Bed and Breakfast-style lodging housed in an ancient farmstead dating back to the 15th century. While the location is a little off the beaten track -- a car is vital -- the pretty surroundings make for pleasant country walks. The old buildings mean some quirky rooms and a farm location means animal noises, though only enough to bother the lightest sleeper. There's no full restaurant, but the eggs at breakfast couldn't be fresher. All in all its great for those wanting a genuinely rustic experience.
The three-pearl Bickley Mill Inn provides charming country-style accommodations in an especially scenic spot in South Devon's Stoneycombe Valley. Its 13 guest rooms are individually decorated in a fresh yet homey style, and most overlook the pretty gardens. The inn's bar and restaurant emphasize local sourcing, and much of its produce and ales come from nearby farms and local breweries. For a quaint, rustic bed-and-breakfast that's within easy reach of both Dartmoor and the English Riviera (Torbay), The Bickley Mill Inn is one of the best options around. Be aware that it's popular with wedding parties, and travelers might want to check if its hosting one at the time of their stay before booking.
The Fox and Hounds Country Hotel is a mid-range, 20-room property occupying a former coaching inn in the heart of the North Devonshire countryside. The setting is genuinely scenic and serene with lush greenery and plenty of wildlife, including fishing on-site. While rooms are clean and well-maintained, the traditional decor can feel a little dated in places; the tree-house accommodation, however, is superb. The bar and restaurant are cozy with a good selection of local food and drink (which can be pricey). Overall it might be a little remote for some, but for others its a great spot for a secluded weekend surrounded by nature.
The Riviera Lodge Hotel is a 19-room, mid-range property housed in a former 19th-century private holiday home. Its a peaceful location with easy access on foot to Torquay's main beach and town center, though the walk back is nearly all uphill. Rooms are spotlessly presented with decent amenities, though some rooms are small with tiny bathrooms. An outdoor pool and spacious hot tub are certainly plus points, as is the free breakfast.