Devon has more than its fair share of cultural and natural attractions. Famous for everything from its cream teas to its tin mines, smugglers and plenty of legends and fabulous tales, Devon is a playground for the young and a source of endless interest for the older and the wiser. When you come to visit England's most attractive county, why not pamper yourself a bit and stay at one of the many four star hotels here?
Days Out from 4 Star Hotels in Devon
Visit Devon at any time of the year, but particularly during the summer months, and you'll find all sorts of places to visit and things to do. Take a boat along the indented coastline from Brixham or Paignton and explore the myriad secret coves and bays with their smugglers' caves and fabulous offshore wildlife. Surfers and boating enthusiasts come from across the United Kingdom to enjoy the beaches and attractions like unspoilt fishing ports, and walkers love the wilds of Dartmoor and Exmoor in the interior. If you're a fan of the Arthurian romances you must make the pilgrimage over the border into Cornwall and the extraordinary Tintagel Castle, just a short drive away from Plymouth and wrapped in magic and mystery. A four star hotel in Devon makes the perfect base if you want to mix exciting and interesting days out with comfort and luxury.
Four star hotels such as the Magdalen Chapter in Exeter and the Moorland Garden Hotel in Yelverton offer excellent facilities and services such as conference rooms if you're here on business, and free WiFi. Many of the four star hotels in cities such as Exeter are close to historic and cultural attractions such as Mol's Coffee House and the Cathedral.
Walking the Walk from Devon 4 Star Hotels
Devon is a paradise for walkers and ramblers, hikers and strollers. The South West Coastal Path runs along both the northern and southern coastlines, with cliff-top walks the perfect recipe for a day outdoors in the fresh sea air and away from the comforts of your four star hotel, wonderful as they may be! The valleys and inlets that cut deep hidden trenches into Devon's coastline made it the perfect territory for smugglers in Napoleonic times, when it's estimated that 100,000 men, women and children were involved in that lucrative enterprise. Many of the older inns along the coastline have hidden tunnels beneath them, although your four star hotel will probably not be one of these! Head farther inland and you can enjoy a bracing walk across Dartmoor, where romantic Tors and ruins are silhouetted against the skyline and the landscape is so reminiscent of a novel by Daphne du Maurier.
Visit King Arthur From Devon 4 Star Hotels
Pop over the border into Cornwall and you're bound to head for Tintagel Castle. This extraordinary location is a magnet for anyone interested in the legend of King Arthur. It was built in the 13th Century and stands on Cornwall's north coast, not far from the Devon border at Bude. Set high on a crag overlooking steep cliffs, dark caves and crashing waves, it's impossibly romantic and can only be reached via two steep stairways carved into the hillside. Base yourself at a four star hotel in Bude or further up the north coast towards Bideford or Barnstaple and you'll be perfectly placed to explore the castle, the delights of Exmoor and Europe's top beach at Woolacombe, all just a short drive from your hotel.