Cary Arms & Spa

Babbacombe, Devon

Queen Victoria thought of Italy as she viewed the ‘red cliffs and rocks and wooded hills’ that surround pebbly Babbacombe Bay, and for la dolce vita look no further than this spa hotel. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Queen Victoria thought of Italy as she viewed the ‘red cliffs and rocks and wooded hills’ that surround pebbly Babbacombe Bay, and for la dolce vita look no further than this spa hotel. Sitting beneath Babbacombe Downs and the Coast Path, it is spread across several levels at the water’s edge; there’s even a bell to ring if you spot dolphins while dining outside. Coastal-chic bedrooms which bring to mind a New England inn are designed to take advantage of the lovely situation, most with a balcony or terrace. Two ground-floor doubles are dog-friendly, with access to the terraced gardens. Duplex beach huts have hand-made furniture, modern artwork, and wall-to-wall glass doors that fold back on to a sun deck, affording views across Lyme Bay to Portland Bill. In the cosy inn, decorated with nautical artefacts, seasonally inspired dishes run from a crab sandwich or a pint of prawns to Lyme Bay lobster and Devon beef, with a separate menu for vegans and vegetarians. The resident pianist plays on Saturday night, while a guitarist will sing to you over your Sunday roast.

Hotel details

Address

Beach Road
Babbacombe
Devon
TQ1 3LX
England

Telephone

01803 327110

Bedrooms

18. 6 beach huts, 2 beach suites. Plus 6 self-catering cottages.

Open

all year.

Facilities

saloon, bar/restaurant, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, spa (hydrotherapy pool, mini-gym, steam room), garden unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

all day in inn, saloon and bar.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in some bedrooms, part of restaurant.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

Luxury doubles: £180–£365, beach huts £255–£475, family suites £250–£475, spa use £15. À la carte £40 (vegetarian/vegan £28). 1-night bookings often refused weekends.

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