Searching for somewhere to stay in Devon? Need to be able to charge your car to explore or to get you back home? There’s no need to worry, while you can find electric car charging points in car parks and at service stations and other facilities around the county, there are also a number of accommodation providers who have car charging hubs onsite. If you’re travelling with an electric car and need to know where you can stay and charge your car at the same time, take a look at the following properties.
In East Devon and known for their eco credentials, Higher Wiscombe features a small collection of cottages that all have stunning views across the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and are built with sustainability in mind. All three cottages are dog friendly and can sleep up to six making it ideal for big group get-togethers and family holidays just a stone’s throw from the Jurassic Coast. There are two EV charging points on site, one of which is for Tesla vehicles while the other is a standard unit.
For those of you who want an uninterrupted view of the Jurassic Coast, the Victoria Hotel in Sidmouth has an unparalleled position on the Esplanade. The view, alongside the hotel’s impressive Victorian architecture, makes it a grand destination for a special occasion or a quick, coastal getaway. The hotel does have parking for guests at the front and there are three charging points to be found here too.
Image: Victoria Hotel
If you’re looking for a holiday park with electric charging capabilities, take a look at Woolacombe Bay Holiday Park in North Devon. The park is located right next to an award-winning beach and has a great selection of modern self-catering accommodation to choose from. The site has electric rechargeable ports for guests to use that are pay as you go for your ease. Holiday parks are a great option for families and Woolacombe Bay Holiday Park has a host of facilities so you can have a great time without even leaving the site!
Ladram Bay near Budleigh Salterton in East Devon is another option. You can find several facilities to keep the whole family entertained including a splash zone and an adventure golf course. Like most of the region’s holiday parks, there are several accommodation options to choose from including their glamping pods – a perfect mix between luxury and camping!
Near the English Riviera is Cofton Holidays, an award winning family run holiday park with plenty of entertainment on site to keep the whole family amused. The park is working hard to be as sustainable as possible, with several electric vehicles on site and eco friendly accommodation options. They have four different charging points dotted throughout the park, as well as charging available at some of their lodges and holiday cottages. The main charging points are also available for day visitors – so even if you’re just exploring the English Riviera or the nearby towns and villages, you are still welcome to top up if you need to.
Image: Cofton Holidays
In South Devon, Fletchers Combe is a great option for anyone wanting a B&B property. Located in the South Hams area, Fletchers Combe can be found between coast and moorland and allows you to easily visit places like Dartmouth, Salcombe and Totnes. The spacious barn and farmhouse sleep 22 combined, so is a good option for big groups or those visiting for hen or stag dos and has the facility for charging your car. For those of you who want to give glamping a go, there are treehouses and Shepherd’s Lodges at Dittisham Hideaway near Dartmouth. The huts are just a mile from the water’s edge of the River Dart and are hidden away in a private wooded valley. Guests are welcome to use the electric vehicle charging points and BBQs onsite.
Those of you who like a hotel stay have plenty to choose from too. Overlooking Babbacombe Bay is the Cary Arms and Spa, a boutique hotel in an enviable location. Known for its friendly and informal atmosphere, the quality of the menus and the incredible views, it is great for families, couples and business travellers, so whatever kind of break you’re looking for you can find it here. In recent years, they have been improving their sustainability and as part of this programme, have installed several electric charging points for guests’ use.
On the edge of Exeter is the Devon Hotel which retains its Georgian charm without compromising on the mod cons. As the first hotel in the South West to instal Sky television in guest rooms, it is no wonder that they are also leading the way with electric car charging. Similarly, Boringdon Hall Hotel and Spa in Plymouth is an impressive, historic building with modern features. It’s somewhere you can lose yourself in acres of countryside while still being close to the city centre. The hotel is well known for their afternoon tea and spa facilities and is loved by couples and groups alike. The hotel has an electric charging point in their onsite car park and can reserve the space for guests with an electric vehicle so you can simply park and charge on arrival.
As electric vehicles start to get more popular, you’ll find that more and more accommodation providers and attractions are installing charging points. You can find more information about car charging points, places to stay and things to do here.