If you’re looking for a luxury family hotel, Devon has several to choose from but by far our favourite is Soar Mill Cove. It has pretty much everything you could need for a holiday to Devon with kids and so much more. Plus it’s super dog friendly meaning you can bring the whole family along.
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We visited Soar Mill Cove Hotel in the February half term. It was Piper, my eleven year old, myself and our Hungarian Vizsla dog. We were after a bit of luxury to celebrate a birthday and that’s exactly what we got. From the moment we pulled up at the hotel and saw the stunning views out to sea we knew we’d made the right choice. The hotel does everything it can to make you feel at home. Only a way more luxurious and designer home where you don’t have to do any chores. This is the kind of place where families return again and again.
The hotel is all about relaxation. The decor is beautiful, all neutral colours and high quality finishes. Nothing is too much effort for the staff. From emails exchanged before we arrived to requests during our stay, everything was quickly delivered or answered with a smile.
Soar Mill Cove is a small independent hotel so I’m sure it will never feel too busy. This is not a sprawling resort, it feels friendly and intimate. Whilst all parts are beautifully designed, the relaxed nature of the staff meant I was never too stressed about wandering the corridors with a slightly muddy, sandy dog and kid.
List of Contents
- 1 Family rooms at Soar Mill Cove
- 2 The Pool at Soar Mill Cove
- 3 Soar Mill Cove Hotel Restaurant
- 4 What makes this such a Luxury family hotel, Devon
- 5 Soar Mill Cove Hotel with Dogs
- 6 Soar Mill Cove Beach
- 7 Walks from Soar Mill Cove Hotel
- 8 How to get to Soar Mill Cove Hotel
- 9 Is Soar Mill Cove worth the money?
Family rooms at Soar Mill Cove
The main thing we focus on when picking a luxury family hotel is whether the rooms are big enough. It can be hard finding rooms to fit a couple of kids and this is where Soar Mill Cove more than delivers. Family rooms are absolutely huge. Ours had three large double beds, plenty of storage, a separate seating area and small outdoor terrace with amazing views.
The bathroom was spotlessly clean with a large bath and deliciously smelling Molton Brown Toiletries.
We had booked a sea view room and it was well worth it. We had a small terrace, accessed via large glass patio doors with a couple of chairs and a table. The perfect spot for enjoying our morning cuppa. The views on walking into the room were just spectacular.
The room was packed full of family friendly extras. It had a large wall mounted TV, plenty of hot drink options, hot chocolate sachets for the kids and even some yummy biscuits. There’s a small fridge in your room which is a great addition if you’re visiting with kids who like fresh milk. There was even a small bottle of complimentary Jenny’s gin and some fever tree tonic water. A lovely treat for the adults.
The Pool at Soar Mill Cove
Whenever we stay in hotels we try to book ones with a pool. It’s a great way to relax the kids, to get them to burn off some energy before bed. And Piper is just obsessed with swimming. The salt water pool at Soar Mill Cove hotel is small but perfectly formed. It was plenty warm enough for our visit and always seemed empty during our stay. The small changing area has lockers although it was nice for us to be able to walk down the corridor in the fluffy gowns that were provided in our room.
There is also a small spa with a sauna onsite where you can book in for all the usual treatments. I love that they have a couple of kid friendly options on the spa menu. If we had longer I would absolutely have booked Piper in for a “mini temple spa facial” and manicure.
Soar Mill Cove Hotel Restaurant
We didn’t eat our evening meal in the hotels restaurant as we had a huge lunch on the way. The menu however looks amazing with local specialities such as Devon crab and scallops. The head chef always aims to source local, seasonal produce so the menu changes regularly. They serve a kids high tea in the coffee shop between 5pm and 6pm.
We did enjoy a breakfast in the restaurant on our last morning. It was absolutely delicious with a huge selection. There’s a cereal bar with the most amazing granola, juices, fresh baked goods and fruit.
I opted for a cooked Devonshire breakfast, bacon, beans, sausages and egg, plus mountains of toast. Piper enjoyed a plate of sausages. Her idea of heaven! You can also order room service if you would rather take breakfast in the comfort of your own room.
What makes this such a Luxury family hotel, Devon
When visiting a family friendly hotel it’s the little things that make the difference. Staff who are always there with a smile, a well stocked DVD library and play areas where kids can just be kids. Soar Mill Cove hotel has all this and more.
The Hotel has brilliant outdoor play area. In fact I don’t think I’ve ever seen one with such great views. Plus a grass tennis court. The hotel will provide bait for your fishing lines if you want to try crabbing on the beach or for rainy days they have plenty of books and board games.
The lounge area is a great space to relax with the whole family with its huge windows, calming hues and very chid friendly swivel seats.
During the school holidays the hotel puts on plenty of special events to keep the kids entertained such as this Easters event. With chocolate eggs in rooms, an egg hunt, bouncy castle and egg decorating.
On your pre visit email the hotel warns that wifi and phone signal can be a bit temperamental. We didn’t have any issues during our stay although this may be different in different rooms.
Soar Mill Cove Hotel with Dogs
I just love finding a hotel that doesn’t just allow dogs but positively embraces them. On arrival at the hotel we were delivered dog bowls to our room along with a handmade dog biscuit which made Holly feel very welcome.
We had to ask reception for extra dog mess bags during our stay and they were more than happy to provide them.
Dogs are welcome in most areas of the hotel although not in the lounge or parts of the restaurant. Our room opened straight onto the gardens which made it really easy to take Holly out before bed or when we first got up. The hotel has a dog shower which you can use if your pooch gets super muddy. They also have a laundry room should you need to put a wash on during your stay.
Soar Mill Cove Beach
Whilst this gorgeous family hotel has all the many facilities you’d expect from a luxury hotel it’s the location that really sells it to me. Set in the secluded Soar Mill Cove, right on the South West Coast Path, it’s less than a ten minute brisk walk down to the beach.
We took a late afternoon stroll down to the sand and had the whole cove to ourselves. The sand is yellow and soft and brilliantly sheltered by the steep cliffs surrounding it. There are loads of rock pools to investigate and you could easily spend hours down here building sandcastles and chasing crabs. It may take you a little longer to cope with the steep hike back up to the hotel.
Inside, the hotel has made excellent use of its surroundings. Glass walls and huge windows are used to display the stunning sea views, you can’t help but stop and just breath it all in.
Walks from Soar Mill Cove Hotel
The South Coast of Devon is home to some spectacular scenery. The rugged cliffs are unforgiving and the coastal walks offer some absolutely stunning views. Make sure you walk down to the little cove and have a paddle in the sea.
I also highly recommend you walk up the cliff path to take in the impressive views along the coast. Reception staff will be happy to give you a print out of local walks of varying lengths.
There is a local herd of deer that regularly visits the fields surrounding the hotel. As we had our dog with us we kept a good distance but they were still charming to watch.
How to get to Soar Mill Cove Hotel
The hotel is a little tricky to find although sat nav should pretty much get you there, then the hotel signs will do the rest. Use the postcode TQ7 3DS. These narrow lanes are not easy to navigate with high hedges and some uneven services. Just take it slow and expect to back up at times to let other vehicles pass. You’ll be fine!
There is plenty of parking behind the hotel and a couple of car charging points.
You can check out the hotels website here.
Is Soar Mill Cove worth the money?
This is the only thing that might put you off a stay at Soar Mill Cove. It is rather expensive. If you’re looking for an ultra luxury family hotel, Devon doesn’t have that many and this one is fairly small so if you want to stay, you have to pay. The school summer holidays are the most popular times to visit and therefore the most expensive.
The cheapest stay I could find was £2,297 for a country view room for a family of three. Pretty pricey but absolutely worth it for the service, facilities and location. Overseas travel can feel a little fraught right now with constant changes and forms to complete, from the instant you book Soar Mill Cove, you just know you’re in for a totally stress free family holiday.
If you’re looking for another luxury family hotel, Devon isn’t your only option. Cornwall, also located in the South West has a few. We recently stayed at the Bedruthan Hotel and Spa which was similar in style and feel to Soar Mill Cove. Read my full review of the Bedruthan Hotel to learn more.
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