BEST Small Hotels in South-West England

Havener's

, Fowey
, Cornwall
.

Situated right on the Town Quay overlooking Fowey harbour.

Double rooms from £70
Guest rating 9.8

Trewornan Manor

, Wadebridge
, Cornwall
.

An adult-only country house hotel just a few minutes from the glorious North Cornwall coast.

Double rooms from £108
Guest rating 10.0

The Scarlet

, Mawgan Porth
, Cornwall
.

An uber-cool boutique hotel for adults only, set beside the beach and cliffs, with sea views to die for.

Double rooms from £195
Guest rating 9.3

Dower House Hotel

, Rousdon, Lyme Regis
, Dorset
.

A dog-friendly country house hotel on the border of Devon and Dorset, just outside Lyme Regis.

Double rooms from £115
Guest rating 9.6

Halsons Bed and Breakfast

, Bridport
, Dorset
.

A charming little village B&B on the Jurassic Coast.

Double rooms from £80
Guest rating 9.8

Mitchelcroft

, Buckfastleigh
, Devon
.

A unique bed-and-breakfast surrounded by flowers and meadows, right on the edge of Dartmoor.

Double rooms from £90
Guest rating 10.0

Middle Burrow Bed and Breakfast

, Timberscombe
, Somerset
.

A proper farm B&B within the Exmoor National Park.

Double rooms from £80
Guest rating 9.9

Poole Farm

, Launceston
, Devon
.

A small farmhouse B&B with a huge guest satisfaction rating.

Double rooms from £98
Guest rating 9.9

Cary Arms

, Torquay
, Devon
.

A historic English inn spectacularly re-purposed as a fresh modern boutique hotel with extraordinary sea views.

Double rooms from £245
Guest rating 9.2

Number 38 Clifton

, Bristol
.

A cool new boutique hotel on the Clifton Downs above the city of Bristol.

Double rooms from £130
Guest rating 9.4

Glazebrook House

, South Brent
, Devon
.

Quirky, offbeat interiors in a country house boutique hotel on the edge of Dartmoor.

Double rooms from £239
Guest rating 9.8

Limestone Hotel

, West Lulworth
, Dorset
.

A stylish hotel situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the Jurassic coastline.

Double rooms from £110
Guest rating 9.3

Little Court

, Dorchester
, Dorset
.

A delightful Edwardian country house with fabulous gardens featured by Gertrude Jekyll.

Double rooms from £109
Guest rating 9.6

Leworthy Farmhouse

, Holsworthy
, Devon
.

An authentic Devonshire farmhouse B&B set in glorious countryside, surrounded by pigs, chickens, sheep and ducks.

Double rooms from £75
Guest rating 9.9

Kentisbury Grange Hotel

, Kentisbury
, Devon
.

A magnificent Victorian manor house in north Devon, transformed into an exquisite boutique hotel.

Double rooms from £110
Guest rating 9.5

Wooden Cabbage Country House B&B

, East Chelborough
, Dorset
.

A unique country house B&B surrounded by fields and a flower-filled garden.

Double rooms from £115
Guest rating 9.7

South Sands

, Salcombe
, Devon
.

Perfectly positioned on the Salcombe estuary, with fabulous views and a brilliant seafood restaurant.

Double rooms from £170
Guest rating 9.0

Star Castle Hotel

, St Marys
, Isles of Scilly
.

A family-run hotel with an award-winning restaurant and amazing views in the Isles of Scilly.

Double rooms from £158
Guest rating 9.4

The Royal Oak Inn

, Winsford
, Somerset
.

A thatched village inn in the heart of Exmoor with an award-winning restaurant.

Double rooms from £130
Guest rating 9.5

Lewtrenchard Manor

, Lewdown
, Devon
.

A prestigious manor-house hotel in a secluded Devon valley.

Double rooms from £162
Guest rating 9.5

Lewinnick Lodge

, Newquay
, Cornwall
.

A boutique hotel and restaurant perched in a spectacular clifftop position overlooking the ocean.

Double rooms from £145
Guest rating 9.5

The Old Vicarage

, Kenton
, Devon
.

A lovely village B&B close to Exeter, Powderham Castle and the River Exe.

Double rooms from £90
Guest rating 9.2

Pencubitt House

, Liskeard
, Cornwall
.

An adults-only country house hotel just outside Liskeard.

Double rooms from £70
Guest rating 9.5

Heddon's Gate Hotel

, Martinhoe
, Devon
.

A former hunting lodge in wooded gardens high above the Heddon Valley.

Double rooms from £100
Guest rating 9.4

Beacon Country House Hotel

, St Agnes
, Cornwall
.

Cornish views, and a stunning location near the north Cornish coast.

Double rooms from £130
Guest rating 9.4

Lympstone Manor

, Exmouth
, Devon
.

A Georgian manor house on the banks of the Exe estuary with extensive grounds and unrivalled views.

Double rooms from £255
Guest rating 9.4

Buckland Manor

, Broadway
, Worcestershire
.

An elegant country house hotel in the Cotswolds, surrounded by carefully-tended gardens and 10 acres of grounds.

Double rooms from £203
Guest rating 9.3

Apsley House Hotel

, Bath
.

An elegant Georgian house in Bath that was once home to the Duke of Wellington.

Double rooms from £165
Guest rating 9.3

Villa at Henrietta Park

, Bath
.

A haven of peace and comfort in Bath.

Double rooms from £169
Guest rating 9.3

The St Mawes Hotel

, St Mawes
, Cornwall
.

A harbourside hotel with a lively and informal atmosphere.

Double rooms from £140
Guest rating 9.2

The Bath Priory

, Bath
.

A luxurious hotel and spa with a Michelin-starred restaurant, in 4 acres of gardens close to the city centre.

Double rooms from £176
Guest rating 9.2

Queensberry Hotel

, Bath
.

Historic architecture, modern style and something extra in a Georgian townhouse hotel in Bath.

Double rooms from £130
Guest rating 9.1

Reasons to visit South-West England

The South-West peninsula is dominated by it's coastline and moors. That's hardly surprising given the huge length of the coast and the three large yet quite distinct moors, but to stop at that would be to miss so much. There are cities such as Exeter and Bath, and the rolling green hills and wooded valleys seem to go on forever.

Starting in the far west, Cornwall is a land of legend, spectacular cliffs, sandy beaches, quaint fishing villages and two millenia of history in the the remnants of the once-mighty Cornish tin-mining industry.

Crossing the Tamar, Devon gives us yet more wonderful beaches and mighty cliffs. It also gives us the most westerly city in the Roman Empire, and parts of the Roman walls and underground passages remain to be explored by visitors. There's also a historic quayside and a glorious mediaeval cathedral. Dartmoor and Exmoor are great for country-lovers and Devon is of course the home of cider and cream teas.

The more mellow corner of East Devon blends smoothly into Dorset, with picturesque towns and villages and the famous Jurassic Coast.

Somerset gives us cities like Bath, Wells and Bristol as well as the famously spiritual town of Glastonbury. While the Somerset Levels are strikingly flat, Exmoor is anything but, and the Mendip Hills are not just beautiful but also the site of the biggest and best show caves in Britain at Cheddar.

For really keen walkers, the South-West Coastal Path runs for 630 miles from Minehead in Somerset, via Land's End, to Poole in Dorset.

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