We all know Devon is spectacular in the summer, but it is also the perfect destination for a winter getaway. Not only is it quieter than in the summer months, meaning you can explore at your leisure, enjoy incredible seasonal food and drink and generally get into the festive spirit, but you can also take advantage of some of the most luxurious hotels and other properties. A winter holiday, Christmas break or New Year sleepover is ideal for anyone looking to get away from everything this winter and really enjoy being pampered at the busiest time of the year.

Know where in Devon you want to stay? Take a look at what’s on offer in our different regions below.

South Devon

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There are hotels across South Devon offering winter and festive breaks, so if you want a break in the English Riviera or somewhere closer to Plymouth, take a look at what is on offer here.

One option for a winter break in South Devon is at the Cary Arms and Spa near Babbacombe. This year they are hosting a Christmas House Party and a New Year House Party that include all your accommodation, food and entertainment.

Further south is the Dartmouth Hotel, located just a few minutes from Dartmouth proper, the hotel sits within 225 acres of countryside and has its own 18 hole championship golf course, as well as its own spa. However you want to relax this winter, you’ll be able to rejuvenate ready for the new year here. They have a lovely winter retreat package which includes dinner, breakfast and a 30 minute treatment in their spa running throughout the winter months.

dartmouth hotel
Image: Dartmouth Hotel 

For a spa hotel in the English Riviera, take a look at the Headland Hotel and Spa in Torquay. They have a couple of winter breaks on offer, including a pre Christmas break, a Turkey and Tinsel style get away, a Christmas stay and more. If you like the idea of staying in Torquay, there are several hotels to choose from, including The Imperial which has a three night Christmas break on offer, complete with a 6 course festive lunch and TLH Leisure. Here you can pick to stay over Christmas, Twixmas or New Year at one of their many resorts and enjoy the facilities at each.

Elsewhere in the English Riviera, The Palace Hotel and Spa in Paignton has four night breaks available over Christmas, New Year and in between the two, while the Queen’s Hotel in Paignton have Turkey and Tinsel and New Year packages to choose from.

Near Salcombe, the Thurlestone Hotel offers 4 star luxury all year around and have a host of offers and breaks available for the Christmas and New Year period, while near the border with Cornwall, is The Arundell, one of Devon’s best loved country sport hotels. With two day breaks available, as well as festive themed activities and workshops, including a fly fishing course, this is a good choice for those that want to just chill out and do their own thing this Christmas.

For those that want to be closer to Plymouth, Boringdon Hall Hotel and Spa, full of Elizabethan splendour and elegance is a great choice. If you’ve ever wanted to experience the Christmas of a Hallmark Movie or period drama, this is where you need to be.

Looking for a cosy cottage holiday this winter? Luxury Coastal portfolio exclusively serves the South Devon area, with coast and country options. Their website features 354 cottages offering Christmas stays and 421 available for New Year, as well as a host of Winter breaks, so book yours today!

It isn’t just cottages and hotels that offer getaways for the winter season, holiday parks do too, which is great for anyone wanting a self catering holiday with a choice of accommodation so you can pick something that meets your needs and budget. One option is Beverley Holidays in Paignton, who offer one of the best New Year’s breaks in the UK. Their New Year breaks start on 29th December and run through to the 1st January, featuring games, entertainment and activities during the day, these breaks are great for the whole family.

North Devon

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Home to the UK’s surf reserve and an iconic coastline, North Devon is a spectacular place to visit. With the Exmoor National Park, you can find places that are rural and with the coastline, you can really awake the senses with a Christmas Day surf!

One suggestion for a festive getaway for the whole family is the Mole Resort. With Christmas activities, dog friendly stays and incredible food and drink on offer, this is a wonderful place to spend Christmas in North Devon. Staying here, you can choose between the Manor House and their eco conscious lodges, as well as make use of their golf course and leisure facilities, there really is something here for everyone.

East Devon

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In East Devon there is an annual Christmas Day swim within view of the incredible Jurassic Coast – are you brave enough to take a dip?

On the Esplanade overlooking the coast in Sidmouth, is Victoria Hotel. Aptly named due to its original Victorian features, the Victoria has all the luxury you have come to expect from the Brend Group. Pick from either a pre festive or a twixmas break here and enjoy award winning food and drink, including a festive cream tea as part of your stay. Alternatively, you can book a stay at their sister hotel, The Belmont, which offers a similar package of stays.

Belmont hotel
Image: The Belmont Hotel 

If you want something a little less formal than a hotel stay, Alpine Park Cottages, which are on the outskirts of Sidmouth have Christmas breaks on offer, with each cottage decorated with its own tree and lights – it’ll be like a home from home but without having to worry about clearing away the decorations afterwards.

With its atmospheric landscape and enchanting views, there are few places more mystical in the winter than Dartmoor. Plus, with cute cottages and sprawling country estates, you can have the Dickensian Christmas of your dreams here.

Sat on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park is Gidleigh Park. As a hotel that is famed for its menus, there are few places better to enjoy your Christmas dinner than here. There are Christmas break packages available, starting on 23rd December and including champagne toasts, six course dinners, carols with a brass band and more. If you don’t want to be away over Christmas but you do want to indulge in Gidleigh Park’s hospitality, take a look at their New Year’s package – just make sure to book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

In Yelverton, in the heart of Dartmoor, is Lydgate House Hotel, a family run private country house hotel which sits on Royal Duchy Land and retains many of its original Victorian features. Whether you want to stay for Christmas, that little time warp between Christmas and New Year, New Year itself or just want a winter get away, there are plenty of breaks and offers available here.

If you’re looking for a holiday with plenty to keep you entertained, The Manor House and Ashbury Resorts, is a sport and craft complex like no other with unrivalled indoor and outdoor facilities. They have several Christmas themed breaks, all with a full activity programme – ideal for those who want to avoid the annual argument over which board game to play!

Or for a truly luxurious break on Dartmoor that effortlessly marries luxury with informality, take a look at Bovey Castle’s Christmas offerings. With packages available for both the hotel and their self catering lodges, you can pick a festive experience that best suits your needs, while still be sure of a memorable holiday together.

Bovey Castle
Image: Bovey Castle

Not fussed where you stay or just want to find the perfect property? There are a host of self catering cottages across the county to choose from.

Boutique Retreats have over 260 luxury homes to choose from, including Georgian Townhouses, cottages and cabins, so you can find the property that best suits your needs. Over Christmas and New Year, there are several snug, cosy properties all over the region to pick.

Alternatively, take a look at what Helpful Holidays have on offer. With properties all over the South West, they have a host of properties available over Christmas.

There are a host of other hotels, holiday parks and self catering properties hosting Christmas and Winter breaks this year, click below to find more options for somewhere to stay in Devon.

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