Holidays in the UK don't have to be boring, there are so many hidden gems and unusual places to stay in across Devon & Cornwall! We've decided to share some of our favourites, from tree-tops to surf pods, and even a castle making the list!
KINGSWEAR CASTLE, DARTMOUTH
You can pretend to be the king or queen for your holiday by staying in your very own two- bedroom castle. Situated on the edge of the water, this castle almost looks as if it is growing from the rocks. Whether you're visiting Devon as a family or looking for a romantic weekend away, Kingswear Castle is sure to make a memorable holiday. On the roof you will find a seating area where you can sit and admire the view of the stunning River Dart. You even have your very own Union Jack flag that you can dip to passing ships. During a storm this becomes an even more exciting place to stay as waves crash up against the rocks.
Spark the imagination of your children by taking them for a surprise stay in a luxury treehouse! Set within the grounds of the Fox and Hounds Country Hotel, the Treetops Treehouse is built in a 250 year old oak tree with the rooms designed around the branches. Inside, the treehouse sleeps two adults and two children and has rustic yet modern fittings including a copper bathtub. A living room with panelled walls, a wood-burning stove and beanbags leads onto a terrace with seating area overlooking a fishing lake and Eggesford Forest. At the main hotel you’ll find a relaxed family restaurant serving up the finest Devon produce. Beautiful woods and meadows for you to hike, horse ride and cycle surround the hotel. Who doesn’t love climbing trees?!
THE OLD LIGHT, LUNDY ISLAND
If you feel like getting away from it all with a twist, this 19th century lighthouse-keepers’ living quarters is just the ticket! The Old Light is built on Beacon Hill which is the highest point on Lundy Island - this means you will only have the Atlantic Ocean between you and America. You can choose to either stay in the upper or lower flat - both sleeping four people. Both floors have fantastic six foot wide fireplaces. A short walk from the lighthouse you’ll find the village where there is a tavern and shop selling postcards and souvenirs. Lundy Island itself is a wonderful place to spend a few nights - especially if you are a nature lover. You be able to spot puffins, seals and dolphins and even take part in one of the snorkelling safaris. You can access Lundy from either Bideford or Ilfracombe on the islands own shop - the MS Oldenburg.
WORTHAM MANOR, LIFTON
Steeped in history, this medieval manor is sure to add some magic to your Devon holiday. A whopping eight bedrooms makes this an awesome place for playing hide and seek! Wortham Manor sleeps 15 in total, and has a brilliant farmhouse-style kitchen complete with an AGA, so is ideal for extended family holidays or gatherings. Restored based on its original 15th century plan, you’ll get a real taste and insight into what it was like to live in Tudor times. You’ll be mesmerised by the intricate gothic carvings that dominate the ceilings and walls of the main rooms, and yet modern amenities such as wifi and under-floor heating will ensure you have a comfortable stay. The manor has large grounds and is surrounded by beautiful Devonshire countryside perfect for cycling, walking and horse-riding. The large open fire and great hall make this a fantastic place to stay in winter as well as summer.
CROWNHILL FORT, PLYMOUTH
An explorer's paradise, this fortress has tunnels, barracks and parade grounds you can run around to your heart’s content. Built in the 1860s to protect Plymouth from attack, you get a real sense of excitement from this place. The accommodation available for overnight stays is the officer’s quarters which is a single story apartment sleeping eight. At the end of each week the fort puts on an open day where you can take part in guided tours and learn more about the history of the building and the officers that lived there. On this day there are opportunities to dress up in Napoleonic costumes and see the cannons being fired. The fort is located just outside of Plymouth where you can find the Naval Base Museum and Royal William Yard Harbour.
TREE SPARROW HOUSE, HELSTON, CORNWALL
Spend your time in Cornwall staying in this cosy treehouse. Based in Helston, the lofty accommodation sat two metres up in an ash tree enjoys beautiful countryside and sea views over Falmouth Bay. The treehouse consists of one room that includes a comfy mezzanine double bed, kitchen and seating area. With Porthallow beach only a 10 minute walk away and a selection of pubs, cafes and restaurants within a 25 minute walk, we think that this is perfect place to stay for a relaxing break in Cornwall.
ATLANTIC SURF PODS, BUDE, CORNWALL
If surfing is yours and your families thing, then this is the place to stay. Set in 26 acres of lush Cornish farmland and 5 golden sandy beaches within a mile, this is perfect place to relax with your family but also get out into the open water for a spot of Surfing (or another watersport of your choice). Each pod has a comfy king size bed and extra beds can be provided for children. Each pod also has a decking area with a gas barbecue oven and dining furniture. For that extra special evening, you can also book the “BBQ House” and cook your food on a BBQ indoors (especially great if the weather is not to good), the BBQ house has a capacity of 12-14 adults.
TOMMY JACKS BEACH HOTEL, CROOKLETS BEACH, CORNWALL
Tommy Jacks, the winner of the “Best Budget Hotel” in the Sunday times, this colourful, fun and energetic hotel is a great place to stay and explore the stunning Cornish coastline. The surfer inspired hotel is small comprising of 20 nautically themed rooms called “snooze pads” and come in a mixture of shapes and sizes from standard double rooms, family friendly rooms through to luxury rooms. Make sure you check out the on site brew pub where they don’t only brew their own beer but they also have aquarium consisting of 3 huge tanks containing sea life from the Amazon Basin and the Mangrove Forest. The hotel also own a family friendly surf inspired restaurant just off the beach in Bude called “Sea Jacks”. The food is excellent and is great place to eat after a busy day at the beach.
LUXURY CORNISH YURTS, ST CLEER, LISKEARD, CORNWALL
These luxury yurts are set in the heart of Cornwall, on the edge of Bodmin Moor and is great location to explore both the North and South of Cornwall. Each Yurt is tastefully decorated with contemporary furniture, a king sized bed and a wood burning stove to make it extra cosy. As well as having your own yurt, you will also have the use of your own fully equipped kitchen in the “Cowshed” where you will have everything you need - including a cooker, kettle, toaster, microwave and dining area. You also have your own shower room. It is worth noting that the kitchen and shower areas are yours for the duration of your stay and not shared with anyone. This is a truly unique experience and with pubs and restaurants all within walking distance of your yurt, we are sure you and your family will have relaxing time.