Devon with Kids – 17 Best Places to Stay

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10 best child-friendly hotels in Devon

Watersmeet Hotel (Woolacombe)

View of the family-friendly Watersmeet Hotel (Woolacombe)

Family-friendly hotel with views over Woolacombe Bay and private steps down to the sandy beach. Most rooms have a sea view. There is a restaurant, informal bistro restaurant, indoor and outdoor pools with spa facilities. Family sea view rooms sleep up to 4 and some have garden terraces.  The restaurant serves Children’s High Tea and there are family events which take place during school holidays.

Soar Mill Cove (Salcombe)

Family run hotel set in 2000 acres of National Trust countryside and near the sea. There is an indoor saltwater pool, children’s play area, spa, tennis court and games room with table tennis and pool. Family rooms sleep up to 4. Take the family crabbing at the cove, a very short walk from the hotel; All you need is a crab line and the hotel will provide the bait. Also get a 10% discount on surf lessons at Discovery Surf School.

Cary Arms & Spa (Torquay)

view of the Cary Arms in Torquay Devon

Luxury sea facing rental cottages and hotel rooms. Cottages sleep up to 8 adults and one child and are well equipped with board games and books. There are a variety of indoor and outdoor activities to suit all ages. The hotel has a restaurant, bar, free parking and it welcomes pets. Paignton Zoo and Splashdown Waterpark are both within a few miles of the hotel.

Bovey Castle (Dartmoor National Park)

spectacular view of bovey castle in devon

Stunning countryside hotel with spa, swimming pool and golf course. Kids can join the Bovey Rangers Club which is perfect for 7 to 14 years old. Activities include camp fire building, building shelters and archery. There is also a Play Barn for the younger guests and a childcare service at the barn. The hotel offers activities such as falconry displays, woodland walks, hot-air ballooning and more. Free Wifi, free parking and pets welcome.

South Sands Boutique Hotel (Salcombe)

Inside the dining space at South Sands Boutique hotel looking onto waterfront

This family friendly boutique hotel is situated right on the beach, with views across the estuary. The Beach Suites are ideal for families of up to 6, as they each have 2 bedrooms (one double and one twin) plus a large living/dining room and fully equipped kitchen. Early tea and children’s menus are available in the restaurant. Hotel has family events during school holidays including a beach party. Paignton Zoo and Plymouth Aquarium are a short distance away. Baby sitting and baby listening are available.

Thurlestone Hotel (Thurlestone)

swimming pool at the Thurlestone Hotel in Devon

A family run hotel set on rugged coastline and a nautical inspired theme. It has a well-equipped play room, table tennis and badminton courts. Kid’s mini manicures and facials are available on request in the hotel beauty room. There is a kids club; Big T’s Surf Club, to keep the little ones entertained and on arrival children will be welcomed with a Big T’s surf club Welcome Bag and a bath robe. There are 2 swimming pools, spa and bar. Pets welcome.

Saunton Sands Hotel (Saunton)

View from the Saunton Sands Hotel overlooking the swimming pool, terrace and the beach

Family hotel in spectacular setting on a cliff top overlooking beach. There are 2 swimming pools (indoor and outdoor) and 2 restaurants. Families will get up to 2 hours of free childcare in the playroom so parents can relax or enjoy the spa facilities. Free baby accessories such as buggy, cot, steriliser’s are available on request. Hotel has a tennis court, mini golf and table tennis. Exmoor National Park is only a 20-minute drive away.

The Robin Hill (Torquay)

Exterior view of the Robin Hill hotel in Devon

The hotel has large rooms which can accommodate up to 2 Adults and 2 Children. With free Wi-Fi, free on-site parking and a 10 minute walk from restaurants and the harbour. Cots and high chairs available on request. Babbacombe Model Village is a 6 minute drive away and Kents Cavern Prehistoric Caves are a 3-minute journey away.

Sandy Cove Hotel (Illfracombe)

View of room and amazing view of the sea and Devon landscape

Set on a North Devon cliff top, this family friendly hotel has large rooms which sleep up to 4. There are also interconnecting rooms and all kid’s under 14 go free.  There is a restaurant that has early kids dining so that parents have the option to eat later. Kids will enjoy the warm indoor heated pool. There is free parking and Watermouth Castle is a short drive or walk away.

TLH Derwent Hotel & Leisure Resort (Torquay)

View of the pool and outside area at the TLH Derwent Hotel in Devon

This hotel is close to the beach and has family friendly rooms which sleep up to 5, a luxury Spa and an indoor and outdoor swimming pool. Facilities include a sauna, steam room and hot tub and there is also a games area with 10-pin bowling, pool and ping-pong tables and a children’s playground. Hotel also has evening entertainment. There is also a kids club. Free parking and free Wifi.

7 Family-Friendly Cottages in Devon

All the properties are of an excellent or exceptional standard throughout and have been picked with family breaks in mind.

Sleep 4

Searles

Sleeps 4 | Bedrooms 2 | Bathrooms 1 | Pets Yes | WiFi | Seaside | Games Room | Near a pub

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Located in one of the prettiest Devon villages, Lympstone, this seaside cottage is set right on the beach.

Things to do: There are many attractions in the local area, including a number of good sandy beaches. The World of Country Life or Crealy family theme park are both nearby.

Valley View

Sleeps 4 | Bedrooms 2 | Bathrooms 1 | Pets Yes | WiFi | Hot Tub

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Lodge with far-reaching views of the wonderful Devonshire countryside. There is an impressive decked area and lawn area.

Things to do: Head to the Exmoor National Park or Wimbleball Lake where you can try watersports, including family sailing. Alternatively, head to the nearby towns of Dulverton, Tiverton and Taunton for more family attractions.

Northlands Country Cottage

Sleeps 4 | Bedrooms 2 | Bathrooms 1 | Pets No | WiFi | Hot Tub | Near a pub

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Modern luxury detached cottage, enjoying picturesque views of the South Devon AONB. Supreme roof terrace with hot tub, secluded BBQ area and patio.

Things to do: The South West Coast Path and Dartmoor National Park are easily accessible or head to Plymouth, a short drive away, and check out the National Marine Aquarium and a stunning harbour.

Sleep 5

Granary

Sleeps 5 | Bedrooms 2 | Bathrooms 1 | Pets Yes | WiFi | Sauna | Hot Tub

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Close to the sea, this is one of six stone cottage conversions set around a former farmyard on the owner’s smallholding. There is a large play/picnic area and use of the on-site spa room with hot tub and sauna.

Things to do: The Milky Way (alongside Wake Park Aqua Park) and The Big Sheep are both within easy reach by car.

Sleep 6

Ivy Cottage

Sleeps 6 | Bedrooms 3 | Bathrooms 2 | Pets No | WiFi | Seaside | Open Fire | Near a pub

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Grade II listed thatched cottage full of character. Set in a pretty village near the seaside. There’s a terrace and lawn with outdoor furniture for enjoying evening drinks and barbecues.

Things to do: Head to Wonwell beach for bodyboarding, kayaking and paddleboarding. Or head to Bigbury on Sea for it’s huge sandy beach and surfing.

Valley Lodge 11

Sleeps 6 | Bedrooms 3 | Bathrooms 2 | Pets Yes | WiFi | Swimming Pool | Hot Tub

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Stunning lodge in the countryside setting of the Tamar Valley. Superb on-site facilities include a swimming pool, a gym, a friendly bar, restaurant and takeaway.

Things to do: Check out the Calstock Railway Viaduct, pick up a famous Ginsters Cornish Pasty or spend some time at the National Trust owned property, Cotehele for a taste of history.

Sunridge Tree House

Sleeps 8 | Bedrooms 2 | Bathrooms 1 | Pets No | WiFi 

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Sunridge Treehouse is situated in Plymouth. The holiday home is equipped with 2 bedrooms and a fully fitted kitchen with an oven. A flat-screen TV is available. The bathroom comes with a freestanding tub and mood lighting. Here you can relax and be completely surrounded by all that nature has to offer. Inside this spacious Devon Tree House, you will be greeted with gorgeous modern interiors. Large bi-fold doors open to a generous decked area situated up high from the ground level towering towards the treetops. Downstairs there is a 5 Metre 3D cinema/games room, complete with comfy sofas and a 4K Ultra HD Projector and 2 pull out beds.

Things to do:

Family members can relax from a terrace or dip in the outdoor hot tub while doing some stargazing or watch the sunset. Fishing can be enjoyed in the private carp fishing lake. Guests can also relax on an upper deck overlooking the surroundings. The Cathedral Church of St Mary and St Boniface is 13 km from the holiday home, while Mount Gould Hospital is 10 km from the property. The nearest airport is Exeter International Airport, 57 km from the property. Minutes away from the Tree House, there are numerous beaches your family can enjoy. Mothecombe Beach, just five minutes away from the Lodge, was used as a location for Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility.

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