Commencing my epic exploration across South West England, my mission was clear: unearth cost-effective havens that offer top-notch services, tantalizing cuisine, and relaxing environments. Here’s my odyssey through 16 exquisite accommodations that exceed expectations without straining your wallet.
The journey began at Exeter’s The City Gate, where traditional architecture and modern amenities exist in perfect harmony. The warm, inviting rooms and friendly staff set the tone for a delightful stay. At the on-site restaurant, the locally-sourced menu of traditional English fare was a gastronomic delight. Accommodation starts at a reasonable £80 per night, and I found the best deals through Booking.com.
Castle Combe & The Cotswolds, Wiltshire
My journey continued to The Manor House in the Cotswolds. Nestled amidst verdant landscapes, this charming property pairs time-honoured decor with cutting-edge service. The highlight was the Michelin-starred restaurant that boasted an innovative menu. Prices begin at £150 per night, which may seem a bit steep, but the experience is worth every penny. I booked via their official website for the best rates.
St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall
My next stop was the Godolphin Arms, offering panoramic vistas of St Michael’s Mount. The cozy rooms were paired with a restaurant renowned for its seafood specialties. Prices are quite fair, starting at £110 per night. Hotels.com was my platform of choice for booking.
Lulworth, Dorset (Jurassic Coast)
My journey along the Jurassic Coast led me to Lulworth Lodge, a tranquil retreat by the sea. The fresh, locally-sourced menu in their cafe was delectable. Starting at £80 per night, bookings can be made through the Lodge’s own website.
Chapman’s Pool Beach & Kimmeridge Bay, Dorset (Jurassic Coast)
Further along the coast, Kimmeridge Farmhouse B&B offered a boutique-style stay. I adored their homemade breakfast, brimming with fresh ingredients from their own farm. Prices begin at £90 per night, with the best booking deals available on Airbnb.
Lyme Regis, Dorset (Jurassic Coast)
Next, The Pilot Boat in Lyme Regis offered a modern boutique experience above a delightful gastropub. The rooms were chic and comfortable, and I booked my stay at £100 per night via Booking.com.
Cheddar Gorge, Somerset
At Cheddar Gorge, Gordons B&B provided an idyllic retreat. The intimate setting was complemented by a splendid restaurant known for local culinary creations. Prices start from £70 per night, and bookings can be made directly through their website for the best deals.
Close to Stonehenge, Rollestone Manor is a historic gem offering serene accommodations. The £95 per night rate included a hearty English breakfast that fueled my explorations, and I found the best deals on their own website.
In Dartmouth, the grand Royal Castle Hotel boasted opulent rooms and two exceptional restaurants. With prices starting at £120 per night, I found the best deals on Expedia.
In Glastonbury, I lodged at The George & Pilgrim, South West’s oldest pub turned hotel. Medieval aesthetics blended seamlessly with modern comforts, and the traditional English pub grub was a delight. I found a room at £90 per night on Booking.com.
Dartmoor National Park, Devon
Deep in Dartmoor National Park, I discovered the tranquil Two Bridges Hotel. This pet-friendly hotel offered spacious rooms starting at £100 per night, with best deals found on their official website.
Isle of Wight
The Grange in Isle of Wight offered a tranquil B&B experience. The home-cooked breakfast was delightful and set me up for exploring the island. Prices start from £80 per night, and bookings can be made on the hotel’s website.
In Tavistock, I enjoyed a delightful stay at the Bedford Hotel. The property’s award-winning restaurant served sumptuous local and international dishes. A room goes for £90 per night, and I booked directly from their website.
Brownsea Island, Dorset
On Brownsea Island, I relished the views from The Villa. It’s a charming property with a restaurant known for seafood. Prices start at £100 per night, with best deals on Airbnb.
St Ives, Cornwall
At The Porthminster Hotel in St Ives, I was mesmerized by the sea views. The restaurant offered a mouthwatering seafood menu. Rooms start at £120 per night, and I found the best rates on Booking.com.
Lastly, I landed in Bath, at the Abbey Hotel. Located in the heart of the city, the stylish rooms and an outstanding restaurant were perfect for unwinding. Rates start from £90 per night when booked through the hotel’s website.
My journey across South West England was a beautiful tapestry of inviting lodgings, captivating landscapes, and enticing cuisines. Regardless of your budget, there’s a welcoming stay awaiting you in this enchanting corner of England.