If you’re planning on visiting Devon anytime soon you may want to read our guide to The Best Gourmet Breaks in Devon:
Salcombe Harbour Hotel, Salcombe
Where: Overlooking the turquoise waters of Salcombe Harbour, this luxury hotel is located in one of the most picturesque Devon settings.
Why we love it: What’s not to love about the beautiful South Devon town of Salcombe? With stunning interiors and exceptional food on offer, you can sit back, put your feet up and enjoy the views.
What do they offer? The Jetty Restaurantserves exceptional local dishes, with fish landed daily and a local larder of fresh seasonal produce on its doorstep. With outstanding waterfront views and award-winning Chef Alex Aitken at the helm, you really can’t go wrong.
What’s the damage? Rooms start from around £200/night.
Find Out More: www.salcombe-harbour-hotel.co.uk
Kentisbury Grange, Kentisbury
Where: This luxury country hotel stands on the edge of the Exmoor National Park – one of Devon’s most striking areas of natural beauty.
Why we love it: Kentisbury Grange is a peaceful and relaxing retreat. The Coachhouse Restaurant serve some of the most beautifully presented food in Devon (under the executive direction of Chef Michael Caines) and the entire places oozes luxury.
What do they offer? The Gourmet Weekend package offers guests the chance to stay in luxury suites, enjoy a bottle of Champagne upon arrival, enjoy a three course dinner from the à la carte menu on their first evening and a six course taster menu on the second evening.
What’s the damage? Classic Rooms start from £140/night and the Gourmet Break Offer starts from £605.
Find Out More: www.kentisburygrange.com
Borringdon Hall, Plymouth
Where: Fondly known by the locals as ‘the enchanted place on the hill’, Borringdon Hall is situated on the edge of the idyllic Dartmoor National Park.
Why we love it: There’s something a little bit magical about Borringdon Hall. The food is fantastic, the Gaia Spa is a real treat and the hotel exudes a warm and welcome ambience.
What do they offer? Having been awarded 3 AA Rosettes, it’s fair to say that food and drink lays at the heart of Boringdon.The hotels ‘Fanciful Food Break’ offers guests the opportunity to sample a 5 course taster menu, devised by Head Chef Scott Paton, as well as full access to the Gaia Spa.
What’s the damage? The Fanciful Food break will set you back anywhere from £299 – £369 depending on the date you book. Ordinary rooms start from £105 a night.
Find Out More: www.boringdonhall.co.uk
The Pig at Combe, Gittisham
Where: Possibly one of the prettiesthotels in all of Devon, The Pig at Coombe is set within acres of spectacular countryside.
Why we love it: What’s not to love? Fabulous interior design meets top notch local food with a real emphasis on seasonality. The hotel provides easy access to the rest of East Devon and some beautiful gardens to sit back and relax in.
What do they offer? Everything on The Pig’s menu is sourced from a 25-mile radius of hotel and many of their dishes use herbs and ingredients grown fresh in their gardens. Bedrooms epitomise country chic and you can even book your own onsite cottage should you wish.
What’s the damage? Rooms start from £145 a night.
Lympstone Manor, Lympstone
Where: With panoramic view of the picturesque Exe Estuary, this Grade II listed Georgian manor house boasts quite an enviable location.
Why we love it: Lympstone Manor might be the newest of the bunch, but this luxury fine-dining hotel is already earning its spurs thanks to it’s exceptional food created by Michael Caines. With stunning interiors throughout, the 21 luxurious guest-rooms and suites take full advantage of its wonderful location, the majority of which look out on unrivalled views of the estuary.
What do they offer? ‘Escape to the Estuary’ luxury breaks featuring Michael Caines taster menu with wine flight.
What’s the damage? Bed and breakfast rates start from £280.00, while ‘Escape to the Estuary’ breaks start at £780.00.
Find Out More: lympstonemanor.co.uk
Glazebrooke House, South Brent
Where: Located just outside the Dartmoor settlement of South Brent, you will find this boutique hotel in an area known as Glazebrook (a collection of properties surrounding the beautiful Glaze Brook).
Why we love it: Each of Glazebrook’s nine boutique bedrooms have been meticulously designed by Timothy Oulton in his signature British Revival style. There’s a charming Alice in Wonderland theme running throughout the hotel, with each room taking a queue from Lew Carol’s iconic story and lot of surprises around every corner.
What do they offer? For dinner, the restaurant offers guests the choice of two Tasting Menus. There’s an eight course tasting menu for £64.00 (£96.00 with Wine Flight) and a 5 course tasting menu for just £45.00 (70.00 with Wine Flight). Guests are also welcome to chose from the standard à la carte menu.
What’s the damage? Rooms start from around £219/night.
Find Out More: www.glazebrookhouse.com
Gidleigh Park Country House Hotel, Gidleigh
Where: Set on the upper reaches of the River Teign, Gidleigh Park enjoys an exquisite location on the very edge of Dartmoor National Park.
Why we love it: The dining experience, in terms of its food Gidleigh Park is famed for its culinary credentials. With the departure of Michael Wignall last year, Chris Simpson former Head chef of the two-Michelin– starred Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, has taken the rains as Executive chef.
What does it offer: Everything about this luxury hotel is a five star experience. Bedrooms are individually styled and feature the most stunning bathrooms, wet rooms and spa suites.
What’s the Damage? Rooms can be pretty pricey but if you’re lucky you can grab a room from £247.
Find Out More: www.gidleigh.co.uk
Bovey Castle, North Bovey
Where: The Five Star Bovey Castle rests in 275 acres of countryside and rolling valleys, complete with manicured lawns, a lake and it’s very own golf course.
Why we love it: Bovey Castle exudes charm; combining the traditional with the contemporary across it’s two restaurants ‘The Great Western’ and ‘The Brasserie’. The surrounding countryside is beautiful and guests can treat themselves to a treatment or two in the Elan Spa or a round of golf on the hotel’s very own golf course.
What do they offer? As well as a vast array of country pursuits on offer (including falconry, horse riding and off road driving) there’s also a number of dining options for guests to enjoy. Indulge in an afternoon tea or opt for fine dining in the Great Western, or simple relax and enjoy a classic British menu in Smith’s Brasserie.
What’s the damage? Rooms start from £160/night.
Find Out More: www.boveycastle.com
Lew Trenchard Manor
Where: This family run luxury hotel is located near the stunning Dartmoor National Park.
Why we love it: Lew Trenchard Manor is steeped in history;with four poster bedrooms and unique oak panelled corridors. This peaceful country house is completed by charming gardens and an excellent restaurant.
What do they offer? Guestscan look forward to relaxing therapies, including manicures and deep tissue massage in the comfortable and privacy of their own rooms. There’s also local fishing on the nearby River Tamar for those looking for a relaxing escape and an exception dining experience can be looked forward to in the evening.
What’s the damage? Rooms start from £162 a night
Find Out More: www.lewtrenchard.co.uk
Paschoe House, Crediton
Where: Nestled amidst lush green countryside, this manor house hotel is situated in Credition, near to the rural village of Bow.
Why we love it: Eclectic decor and an eye for detail set this retreat apart from many competitors. There’s also something a little bit youthful about Paschoe House (perhaps it’s the fact that oldest member of managerial staff is under 30!)
What do they offer? Everything from a great value Afternoon Tea to 3 course dinner and relaxing breaks.
What’s the damage? Rooms start from £150, while lunch starts from £30.
Find Out More: paschoehouse.co.uk
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