Cary Arms & Spa

Babbacombe, Devon

A cosy beamed pub is the warm heart of this hotel, in the shelter of wooded, red sandstone cliffs that reminded the young Queen Victoria of ‘a ballet or a play where nymphs appear’. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

A cosy beamed pub is the warm heart of this hotel, in the shelter of wooded, red sandstone cliffs that reminded the young Queen Victoria of ‘a ballet or a play where nymphs appear’. Designed by owner Lana de Savary, sea-view rooms and suites, at the inn and in former fishermen’s cottages, have a cool beachside chic, some with a balcony or terrace for seal-watching. Welcoming touches include complimentary sloe gin on arrival, an espresso machine, chocolate and biscuits. Most luxurious are the blue-and-white ‘beach hut’ doubles and suites, with king-size bed, a waterfall shower or a bath and walk-in shower, bifold doors on to a decking area, music system, mini-fridge, under-floor heating. You can dine on pub classics and more sophisticated fare – pan-roasted venison haunch steak with juniper jus, say, or steak, ale and mushroom pie; Lyme Bay lobster or a pint of prawns and beer-battered Brixham fish with hand-cut chips; wild mushroom and spinach risotto. Spa use for residents is £25. Blissful days can be spent in sheltered coves, walking the South West Coast Path or the surrounding downs, spotting roe deer and buzzards.

Hotel details

Address

Beach Road
Babbacombe
Devon
TQ1 3LX
England

Telephone

01803 327110

Bedrooms

18. 6 beach huts, 2 beach suites, plus 9 self-catering cottages. Unsuitable for disabled.

Open

all year.

Facilities

saloon, bar/restaurant (vegetarian menu), in-room TV, civil wedding licence, spa (hydrotherapy pool, gym, steam room), garden, parking, EV charging, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

all day in inn, saloon and spa.

Children

all ages welcomed, family suites, extra bed £25.

Dogs

allowed in some bedrooms (£25 a night).

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from £230, beach huts from £355, singles from £184. À la carte £48, spa use £25. 1-night bookings refused at weekends.

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Special offers

'Gastro Getaway' Special Offer

Gastro Getaway. This Gastro Getaway includes: A 2 night stay for 2 persons. Full English breakfast. A three course dinner at the Cary Arms. A three course dinner at The Elephant by Simon Hulstone. Return taxi to the restaurant. Note: The Elephant Restaurant is closed on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday . Subject to availability.
From 1st October until 28th March 2024 (excludes 25th October until 1st November 2023 and 27th December until 10th January 2024). To book please call 01803 327110 or e-mail enquiries@caryarms.co.uk. When booking, please mention the Good Hotel Guide.


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