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On the Map: Unusual Places to Stay in Devon

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Published 25/08/2020 On the Map: Unusual Places to Stay in Devon


"An abundance of natural beauty" is how the great film director Steven Spielberg once described Devon, and we can't disagree.

With two glorious coastlines, water babies are completely spoilt for choice (try the vast beaches at Croyde or Woolacombe for epic surfing and family-friendly seaside fun alike).  Meanwhile, the windswept South West Coast Path is the perfect setting for a romantic stroll.

As if that wasn't enough, Devon also boasts two National Parks (Exmoor and Dartmoor), with no less than five designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty to revel in.

Oh, and did we mention those Devon cream teas?

We recommend a trip to Devon at least once in every lifetime, so we've picked out some of our favourite unusual getaways below (and lots more can be found in our dedicated Devon destination page!)

Author: Nina Jervis
Image: Siren | Woolacombe

Treetops Treehouse

Treetops Treehouse

A romantic luxury treehouse built in a 200 year old oak tree, overlooking a forest and lake in the grounds of a country hotel. A fantasy treehouse in an ancient oak tree, set in the North Devon countryside: everything you need to fulfil some long-held childhood dreams. This is a treehouse on a grand scale, with multiple rooms and all the creature comforts you'll need for a…

Kaywana Hall Luxury B&B

Kaywana Hall Luxury B&B

Hidden in 12 acres of private Devon woodland, this striking 1960s architect-designed butterfly roof house has been modernised as a luxury B&B. Kaywana Hall is an architectural masterpiece offering a luxury bed-and-breakfast experience.  Set in its own 12 acres of woodland in Kingswear, South Devon, guests have described Kaywana Hall as a ‘hidden oasis' - a stunning retreat where…

Tawstock Castle

Tawstock Castle

Be the king or queen of your own castle when you stay at the magnificent Tawstock Castle, in the heart of the North Devon countryside. A truly unique holiday home, Tawstock Castle is an impressive sight.  Standing on a motte, surrounded by lawned gardens, and enclosed by a circular bailey, this Grade II listed castle now offers a luxurious self-catering stay for eight…

The Nest Treehouse

The Nest Treehouse

A genuine treehouse, up a tree; unique, idyllic and perfectly luxurious treehouse hideaway in Devon's beautiful Blackdown Hills. The Nest offers the chance for a lucky pair of lovebirds to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of an ancient broadleaved wood, fully suspended nine metres high in a mature English oak tree. After a short meander through the surrounding woodland, you'll find yourself…

Longlands

Longlands

Reconnect with nature and revive your senses with sumptuously sustainable camping at its finest, set in a North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where everyone is welcome, including the dog. Ideally situated on the beautiful North Devon coast and on the border of Exmoor National Park, you'll discover a whole new world of natural living at Longlands, representing the…

Seacombe

Seacombe

Welcome to the seaside and an award-winning designer escape on the beautiful South Devon coast. Seacombe is a unique, architect designed house in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the South Devon coast. It is secluded and surrounded by National Trust coastal land. Sleeping up to 7 people (with capacity for two extra if needed), Seacombe has won awards for its design and…

The Lodge

The Lodge

An award-winning, eco-friendly family hideaway set in stunning South Devon, the ideal setting for endless fun-filled days of natural relaxation and adventure. Located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and boasting a four-star Gold Award from Visit Britain, you can be assured that a break spent at The Lodge is already off to a fantastic start, right from the moment you…

Fisherton Farm's Vintage Vardos

Fisherton Farm's Vintage Vardos

A beautifully wistful collection of off-grid, bow-top wagons nestled in the North Devon countryside. If you're aching to unplug your laptop and leave your phone at home for a change, an off-grid glamping break at Fisherton Farm's Vintage Vardos is just the excuse you've been looking for. Featured on the popular Channel 4 show George Clarke's Amazing Spaces, you'll know you're in for a…

Starbed Hideaways

Starbed Hideaways

Experience a luxury shepherd's hut break in the great outdoors, with opulent al-fresco accommodation in the Tamar Valley's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the National Trust Buckland Abbey Estate. Are you looking for an entirely different kind of fresh escape?  How about one that allows you to enjoy the blissful peace and lush tranquillity of nature at its absolute finest, all the…

Dimmet

Dimmet

A groovy Devon welcome awaits you in this unique 70s-styled designer seaside bungalow, for a luxury family stay with a retro difference. ‘Dimmet' is a Devon word, referring to that glorious half-light at the end of the day, the perfect time for a beach barbecue as the sun sets over the horizon! If you love the idea of relaxing on the renowned beach at Saunton Sands whilst immersing…

The Orchard Retreat

The Orchard Retreat

Experience a refreshingly rural Devon hideaway that's uncommonly good for mind, body and soul. The Orchard Retreat is the secret that Vogue didn't really want to tell you about! Featured in the prestigious magazine's ‘Best Destinations for Families', the eco-friendly, family-run and award-winning glamping site is rich in country luxury and blissful relaxation, offering plenty of on-site…

Brownscombe Luxury Glamping

Brownscombe Luxury Glamping

Hidden in the heart of Devon's South Hams, Brownscombe Luxury Glamping offers the perfect escape, with the most luxurious cabin you've ever seen, superb safari tents and a unique Tabernacle. Brownscombe Luxury Glamping is found on a family farm in the village of Compton, just a 15-minute drive inland from popular Torbay, close to Totnes. Surrounded by lush pastures, this countryside idyll is…

Siren

Siren

Siren is one of four refurbished former lighthouse keepers' cottages at Bull Point Lighthouse, discovered by the charming North Devon village of Mortehoe - a former base for smugglers! This stylish ground-level cottage is ideal for families, with three bedrooms (two doubles and a single) and a large bathroom.  Spectacular views are the order of the day here, and wherever you're in or…

Taw Tower

Taw Tower

Step inside a secluded, Grade II listed Devon watchtower, complete with idyllic views over the River Taw. Are you itching to escape with your loved one to a ridiculously romantic hideaway?  Then Taw Tower, beautifully and privately located to showcase the sparkling River Taw, is just the place. A Grade II listed watchtower set high on a hill, you'll have the whole tower to…

Cary Arms & Spa Beach Huts

Cary Arms & Spa Beach Huts

A characterful selection of huts and suites on the South Devon coast, complete with luxury spa and outstanding views. One of the Sunday Times' coveted ‘Best Places to Stay', Cary Arms & Spa is a luxurious boutique hotel and spa complex, blissfully secluded in South Devon's Babbacombe Bay.   The scenery here is truly magnificent, taking in the red cliffs of Dorset and even…

Wolf Wood Treehouses

Wolf Wood Treehouses

Come and live the high life, in a luxury hand-built treehouse, beautifully nestled amongst soothing Devon woodland. Friendly, family-run, sustainable and scenic, there's a great deal to love about Wolf Wood, a glorious 13-acre stretch of deciduous woodland secluded amongst Devon's rolling countryside. Owners Sam and Rachel care deeply about their local environment, and it shows. Teeming…

Huxham Hideaway

Huxham Hideaway

A charmingly converted shipping container, set in a private meadow with panoramic views of rolling East Devon countryside. Looking for a tranquil rural setting to relax and reconnect in?  Then you'll find Huxham Hideaway, a pet-friendly studio space for up to four people, in an idyllic ten-acre meadow just a short drive from the Jurassic Coast. Friendly owner Callum designed and…

Beach Hut No.1 at Shaldon

Beach Hut No.1 at Shaldon

An Amazing Space beachside studio packed with style, beautifully nestled in an unspoilt South Devon village. The aptly named Beach Hut No.1 is no ordinary beach hut! This gorgeous, generously-spaced beachside studio is ideal for those in need of a traditional seaside break, but with an added injection of style and luxury. In fact, Beach Hut No.1 is so stylish that it's attracted plenty…

The Nap

The Nap

A deliciously cosy designer cabin with hot tub, encased in natural luxury and secluded in the beautiful Devon countryside. Far away from the beaten Devon tourist track, you'll find The Nap peacefully and privately located on a small working farm, with magnificent rural views across the Taw Valley that stretch out to Exmoor. Distractions are kept to a minimum here; no road access, no…

Vane Tower Penthouse

Vane Tower Penthouse

A sumptuous apartment at the top of an iconic Torquay villa, featuring outstanding coast and country views. There is a certain pedigree to Torquay's iconic Vane Tower. A strikingly elegant, Grade II listed Italianate villa, the building was originally constructed in the 19th century, supposedly for the first American Ambassador to Britain.   Vane Tower was also once visited by…

The Linhay

The Linhay

A sublime and secluded off-grid Devon retreat that brings you blissfully back to nature, batteries fully recharged. Once a dilapidated farm building, The Linhay has been transformed by a dedicated local team of craftspeople into an idyllic off-grid holiday cottage, surrounded by birdsong, trees and the delicate rushing of the nearby river Caen.   You'll find the lovingly restored…

Exe Valley Glamping

Exe Valley Glamping

A charming Devon family farm, rich in traditional luxury, cosy creature comforts, and pure back-to-nature loveliness. A soothing, sumptuous and eco-friendly sanctuary, Exe Valley Glamping is the perfect retreat for those times when hectic everyday life gets a little too much. Father-and-son team Robin and Patrick are your friendly hosts (together with Sparrow, their shaggy canine…

Loveland Farm

Loveland Farm

A luxuriously unique eco-escape on North Devon's stunning Hartland Peninsula, where sustainability meets serious style. Part of the North Devon UNESCO Biosphere, the Hartland Peninsula is beautifully circled by the South West Coast Path, offering some of the finest walking scenery you could possibly wish for. It's here that you'll discover Loveland Farm, six glorious acres that are home to six…

Sunridge Geodome

Sunridge Geodome

A tranquil South Devon country paradise, packed with cutting-edge creature comforts and surrounded by a rippling lake. You'll find the luxurious Sunridge Geodome in South Hams, one of Devon's most naturally beautiful regions. A glorious mix of coast and country, there's plenty to explore. Not only is Dartmoor a mere fifteen minutes away, there's also a wealth of unspoilt, blissfully deserted…

The Round House Ilfracombe

The Round House Ilfracombe

Step back in time, to a grandly unique circular home that's ideal for group breaks with something to celebrate. Perfectly located next to the Cairn Nature Reserve, and with far-reaching views out towards the Bristol Channel from the very top, The Round House began life as something of a challenge! Built in 1910, the striking house was created by a builder who had been set a specific task: to…

Huxham View

Huxham View

A sumptuous large-group retreat on the outskirts of Exeter, complete with a gym, al fresco hot tub and swimming pool, and outstanding countryside views from the roof terraceLooking for a jaw-dropping setting for epic large group celebrations? Nestled on the rural outskirts of Exeter, Huxham View is exactly that.Sleeping up to 16 guests, there's something for everyone at this showstopping retreat,…

The Inspiration

The Inspiration

An impossibly charming 'glam-boat' with picture-postcard sea-and-harbour views of the colourful Brixham harbour on The English Riviera. A true hidden gem in southern Torbay, Brixham is strewn with scenic activity, from stunning coastal walks, clear-water beaches, and pretty architecture in an array of fun colours. You'll find The Inspiration amidst all this bustling action, yet it is beautifully…

Dartmoor Express

Dartmoor Express

View the Devon countryside in all its glory, from the first-class comfort of an exquisitely restored Victorian railway carriage for two.Lovingly renovated for exceptional comfort, Dartmoor Express has been built around an authentic Victorian railway carriage that has been in the owner's family for over a hundred years.Now a beautiful bolthole for two, you'll find everything you need on board for a…

Coastal Cabins

Coastal Cabins

A selection of luxurious hideaways for couples and families, with indulgent on-site facilities and surrounded by North Devon countryside. Coastal Cabins is far removed from your average glamping site.  First off, the site occupies a dreamlike position in North Devon, just above the windswept Hartland coastline. Surrounded by unspoilt countryside, the views are truly spectacular. Then, there…

The Hidden Chapel

The Hidden Chapel

A luxurious TV-featured conversion of a 19th century congregational chapel, peacefully secluded in an ancient, rural Devon village. The conversion story and process of The Hidden Chapel is so fascinating, that it has recently been documented as part of a Channel 4 series. An 1856 congregational chapel that's ‘hidden' in the ancient Devon village of Zeal Monachorum (Latin for ‘cell of the…

Avon Signal Box

Avon Signal Box

Let the fast pace of life come to a gentle halt, with a stay in a stunning signal box that's peacefully set alongside a river in the idyllic Avon Valley.Sleeping up to 4 guests, Avon Signal Box is an elegant cottage nestled on the former ‘Primrose Line' in the Avon Valley - an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, no less.(Dog-friendly, your best four-legged pal will adore the four acres of…

Yeworthy Eco Treehouse

Yeworthy Eco Treehouse

An off-grid, dog-friendly hideaway that's privately secluded amongst the treetops, above a sparkling lake in a sleepy Devon hamlet. It's getting harder and harder to find a magical private space, in which you can gently disconnect from the rest of the world. It's harder still to find a magical private space that's rich in natural beauty... with the only sounds coming from singing birds, the…

Abbotsham Hobbit House

Abbotsham Hobbit House

Step into the pages of a classic fairytale, with a quirky and magical stay in soothing North Devon countryside... complete with hot tub!Boasting a gorgeous mix of storybook quirkiness with stylish décor and furnishings, Abbotsham Hobbit House is the perfect place to relax and unwind.Sleeping up to four guests, you'll find the Hobbit-themed house nestled in rural North Devon, close to coastal…

Kushti Camping

Kushti Camping

A refreshing ‘re-wilding' experience, in quirky, lovingly bespoke retreats nestled in a magical copse on a Devon farm that feels miles away from anywhere. Peacefully secluded in the heart of South Hams, Kushti Camping occupies an idyllic position on a working farm that's surrounded by green fields and rolling Devon hills.     With no internet connection, and no passing traffic,…

Beaconside Cabins

Beaconside Cabins

A sumptuous collection of individually styled glamping havens, magically secluded amongst ancient fairytale woodland on a 25-acre North Devon estate. Set amongst 25 tranquil acres of picture-perfect countryside, Beaconside is a magnificent country estate nestled on the edge of the historic town of Bideford. Just five minutes from the sweeping North Devon coast, there's plenty of scope to explore…

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