The Cary Arms at Babbacombe Bay

Torquay, Devon

A chic seaside inn on Babbacombe Bay - you’ll find views of sea and sky, deck chairs on the terrace and rooms that spoil you rotten


18 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 4


 The Cary Arms is a chic little inn that hovers above Babbacombe Bay with views of sea and sky. But it’s not like other inns. Its determination to spend money creating the lap of luxury is matchless. This explains the spectacular new suites and beach huts that have recently taken root in the garden. Walls of glass frame the view, bedrooms look out to sea, bathrooms with walk-in showers are hard to beat. Best of all is your terrace, meters from crystal clear waters, with views that stretch for miles. Don’t expect to move too far, though the small spa with treatment rooms and a hydrotherapy pool is hard to resist. As for the inn, you can eat fresh seafood on terraces that drop downhill towards a small jetty where locals fish. The pub has six moorings in the bay, you can charter a boat and explore the coast or hire kayaks for fun on the water. Inside, you find stone walls, wooden floors and a fire that burns every day. Rooms in the house have a New England style, all but one with a private terrace or balcony. Excellent bathrooms come as standard, one has a claw-foot bath that looks out to sea. 


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Credit cards
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Special offer: 2 nights Full English breakfast 3 course dinner one evening A Continental Champagne Breakfast in Bed A 50 min Spa Treatment pp £295 per person from 1st October-31st March 2019

Booking information

Booking restrictions
Minimum stay in cottages: 2 nights.
Lunch from £7.95. Dinner £25-£35.


Nightly price
from £195
Extra bed/sofabed £25 per person per night. Dogs £20 per night.
1 Suite for 4
From £375
9 Suites for 2
From £375
7 Doubles
From £195
1 Family room for 4
From £395
3 Cottages for 8
From £393


We stayed Feb 2015! We saw your offer of 3 nights for price of 2 and contacted hotel; who only had the 2 for 1 offer on, but I mentioned Sawdays and they gave us a balcony room over looking the sea which was amazing. I particularly loved the lounge to sit in before dinner. Walking is for the fit but the cliff railway takes the strain and is yards from the hotel (uphill!). We don't travel by car and it is just accessible by train and taxi for a lovely seaside break from London

Brenda, London

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Dany Richford

  • Queen Victoria visited the Babbacombe Bay twice. Once in1846 when she did not land and again in 1852. This time the queen was taken close to the shore in a rowing boat so that she could admire and sketch the scenery.
  • During the day, Babbacombe's sun-trapped beaches are the main attraction. Water sparkles like sapphire and you can lose yourself in the surroundings of the unique Coral Coast. Babbacombe Cliff railway is available to take you up and down from the beaches.
  • The world’s most famous crime writer, Agatha Christie, was born in Torquay in 1890. 1938 she bought Greenway, a beautiful house overlooking River Dart at Galmpton near Brixham, a short drive away. Every year we take part in a festival celebrating her life.
  • Outdoor sports are a must! Coastal walks, horse riding, scuba diving, sailing, fishing, kayaking, tennis, golf, swimming etc. We are surrounded by a selection of great activities hosted throughout several little bays around Torbay.
  • Look out for 'Sammy' our resident seal. Often seen by the pier point or lazing in the sun on the Babbacombe rocks. Friendly and fun he plays with all the divers, swimmers and fisherman.