Luxury hotels, foodie breaks and peaceful weekend escapes…
Whether you want to escape the January Blues or treat the one you love to a winter escape for Valentine’s Day, Head to the South West for brisk sea air, picturesque country walks, cosy hotels, historic towns, boutique shops and dining options that will please every palette.
The Old Rectory Hotel
Relax and re-charge, after a busy end to 2019, at The Old Rectory Hotel. Based just off the South West Coast path, the hotel offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Perfectly positioned for both beach visits and exploring Exmoor National Park, this hotel boasts a tranquil, rural setting in North Devon. A stay here could involve a day trip to Exmoor Zoo, Lundy Island and Marwood Hill Gardens.
The Beach Hotel
Enjoy mile-long walks across the Quantock Hills, an area of outstanding beauty, taking in views across the lush, green landscape down to the Bristol Channel below. Explore Somerset towns, wander along Somerset beaches and travel by steam train, on West Somerset Railway, to quaint, rural villages, before heading to The Beach Hotel in Minehead for an enjoyable coastal escape.
Carlyon Bay Hotel
A spa break, a golfing holiday, a fine-dining break or a seaside escape, Carlton Bay Hotel ticks every box. Just 10 minutes drive from the Cornish town of St Austell and 20 minutes drive from the beautiful Fowey Estuary, enjoy a stay here filled with fresh coastal walks, boutique shopping and fine dining. Take in panoramic sea views as you enjoy a fantastic dinner, before retreating to your room for a guaranteed restful night’s sleep – something that the hotel puts down to sea air, memory foam pillows and marshmallow-like duvets!
The Luttrell Arms Hotel
The picture-perfect village of Dunster is said to be the largest well-kept medieval village in England. The cobbled street that winds its way up to the imposing Dunster Castle is dotted with independent eateries and boutique stores. Situated in the heart of the village, and with all the country charm you would expect, is The Luttrell Arms Hotel. Stay here and enjoy winter walks around Exmoor National Park and the Quantock Hills, a visit to the National-Trust-owned castle and a delicious afternoon tea by the log fire back at the hotel.
There is just something completely calming about sitting back with a cup of tea, looking through the window to waves breaking on a sandy beach… And that’s exactly what you can expect at North Devon’s Watersmeet Hotel. Book yourself in to be pampered with a massage or facial in the hotel’s spa, enjoy afternoon tea over looking the Atlantic or immerse yourself in a book in your beautifully decorated room. Blow the cobwebs away with a stroll along the three-mile stretch of golden sand at Woolacombe beach before you return to the hotel and continue to be busy doing nothing…
The Royal Hotel
Featuring many original features, The Royal Hotel is the oldest hotel in Weston-Super-Mare. The boutique, family-run hotel first opened its doors in the 19thcentury and its period features and beachfront location make it a unique hotel to retreat to in the colder months. Take a short drive to Bleadon Levels Nature Reserve, stroll along The Grand Pier and the promenade or make a day of visiting Cheddar Gorge and Wookey Hole Caves (30 minute drive) before returning to the hotel.
The Devon Hotel
If you prefer a city break but want to avoid too much hustle and bustle head to Exeter. The city is slightly slower paced than the likes of London, Manchester and Birmingham. You can enjoy a day shopping and wander around Exeter Cathedral, before heading out of town to stay at The Devon Hotel. The hotel is just a 15-minute drive from the city centre and 30 minutes from the coastal town of Dawlish. Stay here and you can combine hitting the shops with walking along the shore.
The Hartnoll Hotel
The Hartnoll Hotel, a boutique country house hotel, is located on the outskirts of Tiverton. This hotel is perfectly situated if you are prepared to brace the cold for a winter’s walk. A short drive away is Wimbleball Lake, Knightshayes Gardens and Tarr Steps, all of which are beautiful all year round. After your walk, head back to the comfort of the hotel for dinner, featuring locally sourced ingredients and gourmet dining.
Perched on the cliff’s edge of Saunton Sands beach in Devon, this art deco style hotel boasts all out luxury to suit its 5* location. Enjoy strolls across the sand dunes, ultimate relaxation in the hotels brand new spa and delicious meals in the hotel’s 2 AA rosette restaurant. If you want to get active, there is plenty to do here; from surfing to yoga and walking to a work out in the hotel’s state-of-the art gym. The hotel is placed right next to Saunton Golf club too, so you can enjoy a round over-looking the sea before heading back to the hotel to warm up and take in the views of the crashing waves.
The Rising Sun
The Rising Sun is renowned for its delicious locally sourced food, cosy accommodation and characterful heritage that dates back to the 14thcentury. Located on the mouth of River Lyn, in Lynmouth, this hotel attracts guests who want to explore secret beaches, ride on the famous Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway and spend an afternoon fishing in the river. Enjoy the fabulous views and the picturesque surrounding area throughout the year.
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