The Cary Arms

By a ‘fabulously secluded’ cove, Lana de Savary’s chic hotel clings to wooded cliffs overlooking the beach. More

Contact details

The Cary Arms
Beach Road
Babbacombe
Devon
TQ1 3LX
England
01803 327110

Hotel information

Bedrooms

16. 2 on ground floor, 8 in beach huts.

Open

all year.

Facilities

lounge, bar, restaurant, conservatory, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV, civil wedding licence, spa (treatment rooms, plunge pool, mini-gym, steam room, sun deck), garden, terrace.

Background music

all day in bar.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in some rooms, not in conservatory.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2016] per room B&B from £195. À la carte £30. 1-night bookings sometimes refused.

Other reviews

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Good Hotel Guide Review

By a ‘fabulously secluded’ cove, Lana de Savary’s chic hotel clings to wooded cliffs overlooking the beach. The approach involves a ‘precipitous’ descent by road; guests who are more seafarer than landlubber could arrive by yacht at the private quay. Seaside style comes in buckets (and shrimping nets) here; ‘an appealing sense of domesticity’ reigns. Arrive to a ‘genuine welcome’, then relax in the ‘tastefully decorated’ lounge (nautical prints, pot plants, a ‘splendid’ model yacht). It is thoughtfully supplied with board games, a ‘well-stocked’ library, ‘binoculars to fully enjoy the view’. All but one of the ‘attractive’ bedrooms in the main house have a terrace or balcony, but you can get closer to the elements in one of the smart new duplex beach huts and suites set into the grassy slope overlooking the sea. Not quite unwound yet? Luxuriate in the new spa, with its glass-fronted plunge pool. Later, order a local ale in the beamed bar, then tuck in to chef Ben Kingdon’s ‘informal’, ‘beautifully cooked’ dinners – ‘seafood’s a speciality’. In the morning, a splendid breakfast buffet is ‘an uplifting start to the day’.

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Special offers

Autumn Spa Retreat Special Offer

This exclusive Autumn Spa Retreat includes: Two-night stay for two in a Luxury Seaview Room; cocktails and canapés; a Tailored Thalgo Facial per person; one day use of the spa facilities; £295 per person; subject to availability from 28th August until 21st December 2017; up- grade to Beach Hut available with a supplement of £50 per night. To benefit from this offer, please mention The Good Hotel Guide when booking.

Map

The Cary Arms
Beach Road
Babbacombe
Devon
TQ1 3LX

Guest comments

'On a fabulously secluded cove, with has a wide vista over the Teign estuary. The exterior is unpretentious. An extensive, layered terrace includes an enormous brick barbecue and an area for those visiting by yacht. Our first-floor room, spacious and attractive, had a private balcony, a well-produced guide for local walks, a spotless bathroom. In the lounge, binoculars enable full enjoyment of the view. There is a well-stocked library. An appealing sense of domesticity overall. In the restaurant, blue-check table cloths emphasise the informal dining; not gourmet fare, but beautifully cooked. The wine list is smallish but wide ranging; reasonably priced. This dog-friendly hotel offers a "Dog's dinner" of high quality. Breakfast had a beautiful buffet; cooked dishes made an uplifting start to the day. Service was prompt and courteous: staff attentive to the needs of young children. ' - RG - February, 2015

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