Places to soak up the summer sun in Devon

Devon is a wonderful part of the world to visit and perfect as a location to soak up the British summer sun. Known across the world for its brilliant (albeit at times windswept) beaches, the intricate little villages spread across the county, and patchworks of farmland. There are many places where you can stay, whether you are staying simply for a short family break over a weekend, or spending the majority of your summer there. There is a hotel, campsite or Holiday park in Devon for you.

The New Continental Hotel, Plymouth

The New Continental Hotel is the largest independently owned hotel in Plymouth, but it has been chosen for more than just its size. Placed ideally at the centre of the historic city, it is the perfect starting point for your trip to Devon. It is known for providing a luxurious experience and affordable prices, and with a personable and comfortable atmosphere, without the snobbiness that can come with luxury. The most striking thing about the New Continental Hotel is its grade II listed exterior, which cannot really be explained through words alone. It feels like it has been pulled out of a Wes Anderson film. Once inside the grand building, which is over 150 years old, you can walk into the reception, lounge and Roma Bar. They are perfectly designed to create a peaceful and calm atmosphere, where you can sit back and relax, work in peace, read or have a drink should you want to. As well as having wonderful rooms, the hotel also offers a comprehensive health and leisure complex; and a recently updated set of restaurants and bars.

Westland Farm

Nestled in one of Devon’s not so hidden gems, Exmoor national park, Westland Farm is a wonderful working farm that also acts as a campsite. Out of the way from the busyness of your daily life, Exmoor is the perfect place to wind down and reconnect with nature, and Westland farm also has a collection of friendly animals to enjoy.  It has a grand selection of country camping pitches where you can bring your own tent, touring caravan lots where you can hookup. There are also many options for those who want a more glamorous camping experience. Such as the shepherd’s hut, charming driver’s hut and the unique Mongolian yurt; set by a babbling brook which makes you feel like you have been pulled out of the world of Middle Earth. Fully furnished, complete with a cosy kitchen, toasty wood burner to keep you warm whatever time of year you visit and the wonder of stretching out on a real bed; these glamping options definitely provide you with the taste of the highlife.

Woolacombe Bay

Woolacombe Bay, a holiday park with stunning views out onto the sea and its famous golden sands just a walk away from the resort, is the perfect place to truly soak up the summer sun. One of North Devon’s gems, it is known for its reputation as a truly iconic great British holiday destination. Alongside its wonderful setting, the resort itself has a lot to offer as a place to stay.

With a fun water flume, nature trails and an impressive climbing wall, there are plenty of high octane activities to throw yourself into at the park. If you enjoy a slightly slower pace of life there are also several more mellow activities. If you want to relax there is a well heated indoor pool as well as incredible spa facilities you can make use of; or if a steam room doesn’t appeal, there are plenty of activities where you can bring out your inner artist, doing arts and crafts tasks  like pottery painting.

Hopefully you will enjoy our recommendations when you next make a trip to Devon during the summer months.