Cary Arms & Spa

Babbacombe, Devon

Just above the beach, Lana de Savary’s hotel was newly built when Edward VII came by rowing boat for a Devonshire cream tea. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Just above the beach, Lana de Savary’s hotel was newly built when Edward VII came by rowing boat for a Devonshire cream tea. He would not know it today, with its spa, coastal-chic bedrooms, glamorous suites, beach huts with mezzanine bedroom, glass doors, sun deck with Adirondack loungers. All rooms are supplied with decanter of sloe gin, White Company toiletries, robes. All but one have a terrace or balcony. Our inspector’s room was ‘spacious and attractive’, with a ‘magnificent view of Torbay’. He rated the ‘genuine welcome’, the dog-friendliness, the ‘relaxed, intimate atmosphere’ of the lounge and ‘strong sense of fisherman’s pub’ in the bar. Expect ‘gastro food cooked simply’ from head chef.Steve Poyner. River Exe mussels, Brixham fish and chips, West Country beef fillet, veggie options. New, too, this year are watery activities: kayaking, paddle-boarding, mackerel fishing, sailing on a classic wooden yacht. Reports, please.

Hotel details


Beach Road


01803 327110


18. 6 in beach huts, 2 beach suites. Plus 5 self-catering cottages.


all year.


saloon, bar, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, spa (treatment rooms, hydrotherapy pool, mini-gym, steam room, sun deck), garden, sun terraces, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

all day in inn, saloon and bar.


all ages welcomed.


allowed in some rooms, part of restaurant.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.


per room B&B double £265–£450. À la carte £40. 1-night bookings often refused weekends.

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Special offers

Romantic Hideaway Experience Special Offer

Romantic Hideaway Experience includes: 2 nights for 2 persons. Full English breakfast each morning including a Continental Champagne Breakfast in Bed. A 3 course candlelit dinner one evening of your choice. A 50 min Thalgo Spa Treatment per Person (either tailored body massage or facial). Prices between £149.50 – £195.50 per person per night in a Luxury Sea View Room. Prices between £174.50 – £235 per person per night in a Beach Hut. Subject to availability Sunday -Thursday until 23rd December 2020. (excludes Easter, school holidays, July & August, bank holidays, festive breaks). Book on-line or please call 01803 327110 or e-mail When booking, please mention the Good Hotel Guide.

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