From the Beast of Bodmin to The Wurzels, Pentire Point to Cheddar Gorge, The West Country is one of the nation’s most beautiful, diverse and highly visitable regions. There’s no end of stunning scenery, quaint towns and villages, rugged coastlines plus a more relaxed approach to life that’s as intoxicating as its cider. So wait a second while we pull on our wellies, we’re off to the West Country…
The Pig, the high-end boutique hotels that are talk of the town, are on the beach in Dorset. One of a handful of The Pig hotels spread across beauty spots in the south, The Pig – On The Beach, sits atop a Dorset cliff overlooking the sea and bring luxurious surroundings, a stunning setting and a dining experience that’s hard to beat into one place. The higgledy piggledy (no pun) hotel comes with its own kitchen garden that drives a restaurant many that’s based around uncomplicated garden and sea foraged seasonal food. The elegant rooms are unique and pretty, complete with roll-top baths in each room.
The Malibu of England, Newquay is the place to come to surf, to enjoy the beach or just to get away from the city. Replete with its own airport, flying direct to Heathrow and ‘London’ Southend, the place to stay has to be the Fistral Beach Hotel and Spa. Overlooking Newquay’s sands, the hotel includes its own spa with an impressive indoor pool, perfect for relaxing after a day out with Quiksilver Surf School Newquay, which is affiliated to the hotel. The Dune Restaurant and Bay Bar are the ideal respites from city life and the well apportioned rooms are elegant and comfortable.
Where: Fistral Beach Hotel and Spa, Esplanade Road, Newquay, UK
Nearest station: Newquay (1.4 miles)
Straddling town and country, Boringdon Hall in Devon is a perfect place to stay. Don’t be put off by the industrial nautical metropolis that is nearby Plymouth, Boringdon Hall is tranquil and exquisite. Thanks, in part, to the Gaia Spa, but also the luscious rooms and suites, replete with four-poster beds that could not be more in keeping with the setting in this ancient hall. Eating and drinking are, of course, centre stage thanks to Head Chef Scott Paton whose Gallery Restaurant showcases his creative dishes using only the finest locally sourced ingredients.
Watergate, not the Nixon downfall but the Cornish Hotel, looks out to the Atlantic from one of the most dramatic spots on the British coast. And what’s spectacular from the outside is even more so from within, where the rugged surroundings of Watergate Bay transforms into the chilled out luxury of the rooms at Watergate. Excellent food and brilliant facilities combine into a perfect stay.
It’s one of Britain’s most iconic addresses, The Royal Crescent, Bath. This stunning sandstone gateway to the West Country, Bath is endlessly beautiful, historic and full of things to do. And there’s one place that you have to stay – The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa. Occupying one of the famous crescent’s townhouses, the 45 room hotel is the height of modern luxury, while taking guests back to past ages past with it’s state rooms and interiors. The hotel comes with its own spa and an acre of gardens.
Set within 275 acres of glorious parkland, Bovey Castle Hotel sits on the edge of Dartmoor National Park. The hotel was originally founded by the Great Western Railway, the hotel has been a West Country destination for a century and it’s clear why. The rooms are as grand as you’d expect from a palatial country pad of this scale, as is pretty much everything. From the surrounding walks, to the restaurant, bar and spa.
Salcombe, the smart destination for all the middle class families who aren’t Polzeath/Rock people, is a gorgeous harbour village in South Devon and the ideal getaway. And never more so than at the harbour-front hotel Salcombe Harbour Hotel. The sweet seasidey aesthetic is nevertheless cool and highly sophisticated. It’s got a turntable for cars in the courtyard, a space-saving device, but a very cool one nevertheless!