The Burgh Island Hotel is a luxury hotel in Devon accessible only by foot or Defender at low tide. The hotel is known for its polished art deco hotel interiors, black tie events in the ballroom, live pianists, and other tropes of ocean liner luxury.
Agatha Christie and Winston Churchill were among the notable former guests. Once the tide is back, helicopters are the only way out – but with the fun to be had, no one goes voluntarily.
Built by William Henry Smith, Bovey Castle on Dartmoor has a charming championship golf course. Other activities offered in this 275-hectare land include off-roading, fishing, clay pigeon shooting, and archery.
Some rooms are in the neo-Elizabethan main building, or choose from 22 three-story cottages throughout the courtyard; each has a kitchen, but if that sounds like hard work, the chefs can deliver the food for you. Elan Spa has its own Espa and Gentlemen's Quarter treatments.
On the edge of the Exe Estuary, Lympstone Manor is in a listed Georgian building, with rooms in the original home and a shepherd's hut – with an outdoor deck and bathtub for the intrepid – hidden in the woods. Some suites have a terrace with a fireplace.
The show's star is dinner in Michael Caines Restaurant, who shows his love for southwestern larder in dishes such as grilled scallops with caramelized cauliflower and Brixham turbot braised in truffle butter. The chef has also planted his own vineyard on the estate, with the dream of serving his own liquor soon to come true.
A Tudor-style house on the banks of the Teign River, Gidleigh Park sits on one hundred acres on the shores of Dartmoor, with croquette lawns, an 18-hole golf course and lawn tennis courts. You can come spring and find the forest on the grounds of this hotel shrouded in blue bell flowers.
The chef at the restaurant can pack baskets for a picnic or afternoon tea on the estate or stay in the warm, close to the cellar, which has 13,000 bottles to choose from.
A 500-year-old granite longhouse in Bridford refurbished with the help of some hipsters relocating from Hackney, Weeke Barton has a matching soundtrack, art and soft furnishings.
Original features include wooden beams, stone walls and low ceilings, with more modern additions such as a freestanding bathtub on a raised platform, a wood-burning stove and twin sinks in the bathroom.
Its location gives guests the best of both worlds – just 20 minutes by car from Exeter, with its cathedral and shops, and on the edge of Dartmoor for those seeking the wild side of Devon.
In the Martinhoe village on Devon's north coast and within Exmoor National Park, Old Rectory is made of the same stone structure and carriage house, with immaculate lawns inviting afternoon tea on the deck.
The owners will guide you to secret coves and stunning seaside walks (the hotel is just off the Southwest Coast Trail) before welcoming you back for an orange grove sunset and homemade dinner. This secluded retreat has only 11 rooms, each overlooking the sea or gardens, adding to the serenity.