The inn is a Devon delight with interiors by way of New England: at the inn, wood-floored rooms – all but one with a private terrace or balcony – have yachting photos and breezy décor, while beach huts and suites have cantilevered sun decks. Staff go above and beyond to welcome, leaving sticks of rock on pillows and snifters of sloe gin to snaffle, delivering newspapers.
Move from bedroom to spa (treatments, hydrotherapy pool, sauna and steam) to the cosy pub downstairs, all without dragging your eyes away from the sea views. You’re anchored to the English Riviera, windows framing the water. Downstairs the pub serves up comforting menus – regional, ever-changing, with an emphasis on seafood and a vegan menu, too – and breakfasts of pancakes or bubble and squeak with duck eggs, plus a continental spread.
Pick up the South West Coastal Path from the front door or fish with the locals from the jetty. Walk 10 minutes to Oddicombe Beach for sea kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkelling.