Devon and Cornwall

Exclusive guide to the best holiday destinations in Devon and Cornwall, independent reviews from award-winning travel writers

Highbullen Hotel, North Devon

25/02/2020 by .

Maybe Agatha Christie missed a trick. Sat gloriously high on a ridge between Dartmoor and Exmoor, bordered by the Rivers Mole and Taw, sits Highbullen, a Victorian Gothic house made for a murder mystery.

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Paschoe House, Devon

23/12/2019 by .

There’s romance in the air at Paschoe House, a luxury boutique twixt moors and sea in North Devon. And mystery too.

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The Cary Arms and Spa, Babbacombe, Devon

22/09/2019 by .

What do you pack for a stay at The Cary Arms and Spa? “The Inn on the Beach”, as the strap-line advises, gives some clues.

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Talland Bay Hotel, Looe, Cornwall

08/04/2019 by .

Nothing classic, nothing ordinary, nothing safe. The Talland Bay Hotel is left-field quirky, a giggling surprise around every corner.

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The 25 Boutique B&B

19/06/2018 by .

I’m sipping bubbly in the sunshine and eating a delicious homemade brownie, watching the birds in the front garden. Yes, The 25 Boutique B&B is the place to relax, and I’ve only been here 10 minutes.

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Highcliffe Contemporary B&B

11/07/2017 by .

The door opened wide onto a large hallway bathed in the afternoon Cornish light. But, all I could see was two beaming faces “We’ve been expecting you, coffee?” says Vanessa Clark as husband Simon directed us to a large welcoming lounge with an open fireplace, a 19th century apothecary’s cabinet to die for and spellbinding wallpaper denoting a designer eye for unusual and eclectic décor. We had arrived at Highcliffe Contemporary B&B.

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Orestone Manor Hotel

25/04/2017 by .

London Paddington was in one of its quieter moods as I took my seat aboard the GWR service to Newton Abbot. A brief but pleasant interlude in the GWR First Class lounge was followed by a remarkably quick journey just three stops later to the peace and tranquillity of south Devon in just under two and a half hours.

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Moorland Garden Hotel. Dartmoor

08/08/2014 by .

The white, sprawled out, Moorland Garden Hotel is situated 20 minutes out of Plymouth in the beautiful Dartmoor National Park.  As I drove up the long drive the surrounds were really impressive.  After all it had been the byword in glamour when it first opened in the 1930’s, with visitors’ ranging from President Truman to David Niven.

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THE VALLEY. A Cornish Country Retreat

08/07/2014 by .

Taking the dog to Cornwall in the summer hols can be a tricky proposition.   Many hotels and cottages don’t accept canines, and several beaches ban man’s best friend from the sands from June to September.
The Valley is a good bet for both its location and the management’s superior intelligence.  

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Cary Arms Hotel. Devon

22/08/2013This entry was posted in Devon and Cornwall, England, Europe and Middle East, Hotel Reviews, Tirol, United Kingdom and tagged , , on by .

That clever Peter de Savary brought us Bovey Castle in Devon, and now his wife Lana has scored a coup in the county of cream, cider and sailing villages – The Cary Arms Hotel in Babbacombe Beach. She identified a rundown pub with the most beautiful location in Britain and decided to endow it with five-star rooms and a spa, while keeping the pub pubby and the food service nice and casual.

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