Where to stay in Devon

Looking for the best place to stay in Devon? I have just the place for you. Nestled in the bucolic backdrop of South Devon’s countryside, the holiday lodge of Bowden Wood represents a beacon of luxury, tranquillity, and privacy. This exclusive 2-bedroom property is part of the illustrious portfolio of Coastal Living Holidays, who have curated a list of fantastic holiday homes for those searching for the quintessential Devon experience. Whether it’s couples looking for a romantic getaway, or families desiring an unforgettable English countryside holiday, Bowden Wood provides a retreat that will create lifelong memories.

Where to stay in Devon - beautiful countryside at Bowden Wood

Sitting just 4 miles (6.44 km) from the historic port town of Dartmouth and a mere mile from the azure waters of Blackpool Sands, Bowden Wood is perfectly positioned for those looking to explore the gems of South Devon. For larger families or groups, the nearby sister property, Bowden Croft, shares the same stunning location, presenting an ideal option for a harmonious holiday experience.

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Beautiful Private Accommodation

Bowden Wood is strategically tucked away amidst green fields and hedgerows, creating an atmosphere of solitude and serenity that belies its proximity to local points of interest. The daily hustle and bustle feels a world away. The gorgeous beach of Blackpool Sands is within a comfortable 20-minute walk, and the nearest charming town is only a 10-minute drive away.

Each morning at Bowden Wood presents an opportunity to connect with nature, as the sun rises over rolling hills and bathes the lodge in a gentle glow. The surrounding countryside unfurls in all directions, offering a scenic backdrop for a relaxing breakfast or a refreshing cup of coffee.

Peaceful countryside retreat

The impressive grounds of Bowden Wood are a delight, bursting with vibrant flowers, trees, and greenery. The air is filled with the delicate perfume of blossoms, setting the scene for outdoor relaxation. The generous outdoor area is furnished with a BBQ, picnic table, and a lounging area.

The porch and decking area, provide the perfect platform to enjoy the panoramic vistas of the surrounding countryside. Both spaces invite you to unwind, whether by sipping on your morning coffee or just lounging in the sunshine.

Beautiful interiors

Bowden Wood is not just about its stunning exteriors and captivating views. The house boasts two large bedrooms: a master with an ensuite and a twin room. Both bedrooms offer ample storage space, ensuring the lodge can truly be a home away from home for your stay.

With an aesthetic that marries English countryside charm with a touch of Japanese elegance, the lodge’s interiors create a serene ambiance. The host’s previous life in Japan subtly influences the decor, with artefacts and design elements speaking of a well-travelled life.

Light pours in through the numerous windows, illuminating the spacious living area, where comfortable sofas and a discreet study area await. This is a space where one can sink into relaxation, catch up on reading, or – if you must – handle urgent emails with stunning views.

Inviting living space in our Bowden Wood scandi chalet in Devon

The lodge’s kitchen is equipped with top-quality culinary tools, including pots, pans, crockery, and glasses. Preparing meals here becomes a joy rather than a chore. The family can come together at the beautiful wooden dining table and enjoy their meal, with breathtaking scenery all around.

Beautiful Japanese decor at our place to stay in Devon

Furthermore, the utility room, featuring a washer, dryer, and an extra fridge freezer equipped with temperature-controlled wine racks, adds to the conveniences offered by Bowden Wood.

Comfy and inviting sitting area in the Scandi accommodation in Devon

Memorable Experiences

One of the defining features of a stay at Bowden Wood is the host’s thoughtfulness. Upon arrival, guests are welcomed with a basket of local delights such as homemade jam, chutney, local eggs, and wine. The contents of this welcome basket change with the seasons.

Stunning Scandi retreat in Devon - beautiful accommodation

Adding to the property’s allure, the host decorates the lodge with fresh flowers from her garden. This small gesture not only enhances the aesthetics, but also infuses the space with a lovely fresh scent.

Inviting decking area to sit outside with coffee in Devon

Places to stay if you’re travelling as a group

For larger groups seeking a holiday, the host offers a lovely, alternative accommodation called Bowden Croft, located right next to Bowden Wood. This traditional Georgian terrace is attached to the main manor house, yet it retains a distinct personality with its private entrance and dedicated amenities.

Bowden croft a great place to stay in Devon

Bowden Croft, much like its neighbour, captivates guests with its blend of English charm and modern comforts. As you enter, you are welcomed by a delightful garden room, with double doors leading onto a sun terrace. This becomes the ideal spot for enjoying an afternoon read or a heart-warming cup of tea.

With both Bowden Wood and Bowden Croft available, you can have a fun holiday with your group and still have your own private spaces. These sister properties, with their shared charm, exclusive privacy, and convenience of location, present an unmatched vacationing spot in the beautiful setting of South Devon.

Activities in the Surrounding Area

Although Bowden Wood offers ample charm to keep guests entertained, the surrounding area is filled with opportunities for exploration and fun. As I have mentioned earlier, the beautiful Blackpool Sands beach is just a short walk through the leafy country roads.

A short drive away, you’ll find the vibrant town of Dartmouth. Steeped in naval history and boasting an array of delightful dining options, Dartmouth offers activities like paddleboarding, sailing, and ferry rides. A key attraction here is the Dartmouth Castle, perched majestically on the SW Coast Path and offering panoramic views akin to those we’ve only ever seen in Abel Tasman, in New Zealand.

For nature enthusiasts, I recommend a visit to the Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve. The reserve is home to Slapton Sands, a serene beach, perfect for a sunset walk. Another recommended adventure is a drive to the Start Point Lighthouse, marking the beginning of a captivating coastal hike to Prawle Point. Don’t miss Mattiscombe Sands, a surreal, secluded beach flanked by towering cliffs and rock formations.

Despite the myriad of available activities, I encourage you to indulge in simple relaxation within the grounds of Bowden Wood. Whether it’s sipping a glass of wine on the deck or enjoying a book on the lush lawn, Bowden Wood provides the perfect environment for relaxation and rejuvenation.

Bowden Wood is the right blend of luxury, seclusion, and location. It’s a dreamy countryside sanctuary that consistently delivers an idyllic holiday experience. Whether you’re searching for a regular holiday home in the UK or just exploring Devon for the first time, Bowden Wood is an irresistible choice and our recommended place to stay in Devon.

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Cory Varga – Cory Varga is a licensed travel agent and published travel writer. Her main expertise is writing about Japan, where she happily lives with her husband.
Cory published her first book on Japanese customs and manners because she’s obsessed with everything Japan and wants to share more about the local customs with the rest of the world.
While Cory has visited hundreds of destinations and has lived in 7 different countries, Japan remains her favorite place to live and write about. Cory is multilingual.


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