I wrote recently about planning our next family trip, and all the sights we’d like to visit. If you missed that one you can check it out here. Of course while we’re away we’ll also need a place to lay our weary heads at the end of each thrilling day doing the tourist bit. And, let’s face it, accommodation can make our break a holiday. So I’ve been checking out the best family hotels in Devon for our mini adventure. Here’s my pick of the best…
The Best Family Hotels in Devon
The Imperial Hotel & Spa, Torquay, Devon
From £68 per night
Family (and dog!) friendly, this hotel sounds divine for my family right now: in and outdoor toddler play areas for little ones, crazy golf and mini rides! And that’s not even all – during the summer holidays the hotel lays on delightful activities such as family quizzes pyjama parties and teddy bears’ picnics, as well as entertainers including magicians and face painting! My girls would be completely enthralled. But it’s not just for the littles – they also have an outdoor heated pool, and an indoor pool with spa facilities.
It sounds totally perfect for our family and I want to go!
Soar Mill Cove Hotel & Spa, Salcombe, Devon
From £142 per night
Another treasure, this place boasts scenic views over the coast and has its own private beach. It also offers fantastic amenities for families, from board games and a rocking horse to tennis and swimming. They also lay on lawn games, cupcake decorating cinema nights, and magicians in the summer, and provide boogies boards, buckets and spades and crab lines for exploring Soar Mill Cove.
Oh, and they have a couple of golden Labradors to help entertain the youngsters too!
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The Cary Arms & Spa, Torquay, Devon
From £156 per night
You simply must click through to their website to see the beautiful scenery on offer here – it’s majestic and absolutely stunning.
On arrival children are furnished with buckets, spades and fishing nets to explore beautiful Babbacombe Bay which with its calm waters is peaceful and ideal for families. The hotel offers ten bedrooms and three self-catering cottages, each set up with board games and children’s books.
Thurlestone Hotel & Spa, Salcombe, Devon
From £156 per night
The hotel has both an indoor playroom and an outdoor playground; mini golf and badminton courts. Plus in the school holidays they have crafts for the children, entertainers, and even a teddy bears’ picnic!
For those wanting to get up close and personal with local wildlife, there’s also a nature trail and – incredibly – a ‘Close Encounters’ area where children can handle critters from stick insects and praying mantis, to tarantulas and snakes!
South Sands Boutique Hotel, Salcombe, Devon
From £175 per night
The local views over the bay are stunning, and the hotel is just a stone’s throw away from the picturesque beach. White sand and calm water make this an idyllic place for a family break, and complimentary buckets, spades, and beach bags are handed out to guests to encourage family adventures.
The hotel stages fantastic family events during the school holidays including a summer solstice beach party!
Hotel Endsleigh, Tavistock, Devon
From £207 per night
The Grade-I-listed hotel gardens and grounds are beautifully kept, and a fabulous space to explore. Fancy a family picnic in the extensive and charming hotel grounds? The hotel will set it up for you with blankets and lanterns! In the summer, Chelsea Flower Show gold medal florist Amanda Randell hosts gardening activities, where you can get your hands dirty and take your work home at the end of your stay.
Perfect for families, everything from monitors to babysitting services are available at Hotel Endsleigh.
And thus concludes my list of the best family hotels in Devon. With so many exceptional family-oriented accommodations, we’re spoilt for choice! I think we’ll have to return and try them all over the next few years…