Stay-cations are becoming increasingly popular, and with beautiful counties like Devon, we can see why. Whether you are visiting Devon with young or older kids, we have chosen some of the best places to stay in Devon with kids.
Best places to stay in Devon for a family holiday
The Cary Arms, Babbacombe beach: £100 per night
This hotel is all you can want from a British hotel. Amazing pubfood, state-of-the-art spa and classic English-style Inn. It is highly luxurious and with their cottages a winner for families with children (and dogs!). These are given a bucket, spade and fishing net on arrival, to optimally enjoy Babbacombe Bay. Paignton Zoo and Splashdown Waterpark are two of many local activities, which also boast horse riding, a local farm, a leisure pool and working steam railway.
The hotel has 10 bedrooms and three self-serving cottages that are equipped with board-games for the young ones. These fill up fast over the summer period, so make sure to book on time.
Highbullen Hotel, Golf & Country Club, Umberleigh Bridge: £71 per night
Highbullen Hotel is perfect for families with children over 8 years old. This country club has many indoor and outdoor activities, to keep both adults and children busy. With its two swimming pools (one indoor and one outdoor), seven tennis courts, an 18-hole golf course, croquet lawns, snooker rooms, a gym and a private fishing river, there will be an activity for each member of the family. There are rooms for families of four, or cottages that sleep up to 8 people. Rooms are beautifully decorated in English, but modern style. This is the perfect hotel for a longer stay, as there are many amenities and plenty of space.
The Imperial is a lovely seaside hotel overlooking the English Channel. The hotel has a rich history, as the most popular Victorian hotel to visit this seaside resort. Still, the big chandeliers and marble floors have a grandeur effect. Not only does the hotel have a fully equipped spa and fitness suite, there are indoor and outdoor pools and plenty of games for the kids. From toddler play areas to teddy bears’ picnic, from pyjama parties to table tennis for the teenagers. A great fit for adventurous families, with its squash courts, crazy gold and scuba-diving. The hotel has standard family rooms and suits, but is usually fully booked in the summer so make sure to reserve on time.
Puddleduck Valley farm, Cookbury: £81 per night
For families who like nature and animals, Puddleduck is the perfect choice. They have options ranging from luxury tents to a self-serving cottage for the non-campers. This family-friendly farm is located in the countryside of Devon, and will bring you and your children a lovely, relaxed holiday. Take it back to basics (although there is Wi-Fi in the rooms and cottages) and cuddle the goats and ducklings on your holiday to Devon. The facilities are beautiful and especially the bathroom are luxury-hotel worthy, so you won A lovely area for long walks and the barbecue and campfire areas will keep you and your children entertained.
Warcombe Farm Camping Park, near Woolacombe Beach: £14 per night
Looking for a camping holiday? Warcombe Farm Park is a family and pet-friendly campsite that lies on Woolacombe Beach’s doorstep. Ilfracombe is a short drive away for any facilities you may need, but the camping park has all the key ingredients for a lovely holiday. There are family bathrooms with underfloor heating (!) and a fenced children’s play area to make sure you relax too. The camping site lies next to a fishing like where you can try your luck and there are many walking paths if you would like to explore the area. The nearby beach provides great fun for all, whether it is building a sandcastle or reading a book in the sunshine. The campsite offers lots of privacy, as the individual spaces are large – great for loud and high-pitched children’s voices. All in all, this is a great park for families who like camping and/or are on a budget.
South Coombe Country Cottages, Tiverton: £365 per week
Run by the hospitable Simon and Clare, these Country cottages are a wonderful way to enjoy Devon on your holiday. With a minimum of a 3-night stay, these cottages are great for a longer stay when you want somewhere that feels homely. There are cottages available from 3 beds up to 10, which means you can bring the extended family. Surrounded by 15 acres of orchards and fields, there is enough to do for the entire family. With an outdoor adventure play ground for the young ones, and picnic areas for the parents to relax – there is no time to be bored. If you are unlucky and get caught in some rain, there is an indoor swimming pool, games room and ‘tumble’ room for the toddlers to enjoy. The local village of Witheridge is a mile away and has a post office, village store, newsagent and two pubs. Surrounding attractions include Crealy Adventure Park, Quince Honey Farm, Exmoor Zoo and Devon Model Railway Center.
Long Barn Luxury Holiday Cottages, North Whilborough: £475 per week
Award-winning Long Barn estate has the perfect balance between luxury and family-friendly – something that is not easy to find. These self-catering cottages come in all sizes, whether you have a small or large family. The estate boasts an indoor swimming pool, carpeted indoor playbarn for the young ones, and outside adventure play area. Or why not take a stroll in the estate’s private gardens. There are babysitters available upon request, which gives the adults an opportunity to explore the local restaurants. While the town of North Whilborough is quiet and sleepy, bike storage facilities offer a great way of getting around the area. Make sure to pay a visit to Dartmoor and Torquay. Like most cottage rentals, the minimum stay is 3 nights.