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; beer-battered Brixham fish with hand-cut chips; stuffed roasted red pepper, tomato and basil couscous and herb salad. 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, unsuitable for disabled. Plus 
7 self-catering cottages.

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, extra bed £25.

Dogs

allowed in some bedrooms 
(£25 per night).

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from £230, beach huts from £355, singles from £184. 
À la carte £40, vegetarian/vegan £28, spa use £25. 1-night bookings refused at weekends.

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Special offers

Three Nights for the Price of Two Special Offer

Book any 3 nights and receive one night free! This offer is subject to availability between 1st October and 23rd December 2022. Normal booking conditions apply. Based on the hotel’s best available rates. Must be booked by 30th September 2022 (excludes October Half Term). When booking, please mention the Good Hotel Guide.


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