The Cary Arms

At the end of a ‘precipitous, twisty descent’, ‘courageous’ visitors are rewarded with ‘unrestricted views and a genuine, good-humoured welcome’ at Lana de Savary’s ‘fabulously secluded’ cliff-face hotel. 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 and suites, 2 in cottages. Plus 3 self-catering cottages.

Open

all year.

Facilities

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

Background music

all day in bar.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in some rooms, not in conservatory.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B from £245. A la carte £30. 1-night bookings sometimes refused.

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Good Hotel Guide Review

At the end of a ‘precipitous, twisty descent’, ‘courageous’ visitors are rewarded with ‘unrestricted views and a genuine, good-humoured welcome’ at Lana de Savary’s ‘fabulously secluded’ cliff-face hotel. A seaside air drifts through the ‘unpretentious’ building, which bears nautical ephemera, binoculars and New England colours. A log stove in the rustic bar is ideal for when the breeze becomes nippy, and for recovering from the English Channel’s sharp bite. Children and dogs are warmly welcomed (buckets and spades for the former, a ‘high-quality dinner and well-produced guide of local walks’ for the latter). ‘Spacious, attractive’ bedrooms look out to sea; all but one have a private terrace or balcony. Chic beach huts, each with a light, bright interior and private terrace, pepper a sheltered, sunny spot in the grounds. The dining room specialises in seafood (perhaps the ‘succulent’ prawn, crayfish and rocket pancake), paired with an ‘eminently quaffable’ wine list – ‘not gourmet, but beautifully cooked’. Fine weather opens up the tempting prospect of eating on the terrace, where hangs a bell ‘with a request that it be rung when dolphins are spotted’. Moorings are available on the Teign estuary, for guests arriving by sea.

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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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