Cary Arms & Spa

Torquay, Devon
Pub with rooms

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 suites and beach huts that have 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, yards 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. 


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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


  • 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

Booking information


Biscuits, dog bed and bowl in the room.

Dogs £20 per night. Max. 1 in Luxury Room, Beach Hut and Beach Suite; 2 in Shell and Pebble Suites.

Dogs welcome in main area of the inn and garden terraces, but not conservatory. South West Coast path on the doorstep; Babbacombe beach dog-friendly all year round.

Lunch from £7.95. Dinner £25-£35.


Nightly price
from £295
Extra bed/sofabed £25 per person per night.
1 Suite for 4
From £450
9 Suites for 2
From £375
7 Doubles
From £295
1 Family room for 4
From £395


This charming inn is just magical- even on a rainy day! The staff pay attention to the minutest of details and the service is impeccable. The sea views from the restaurant, most rooms and spa are stunning and very special. I loved going out for a walk on the South West Coast Path (pick it up directly from the doorstep)and then soaking in the hydro pool and sauna, before enjoying a delicious dinner- all without taking my eyes off the sea.

Zoe, Bristol

Accommodation, dining, views, service, walks - everything was all so lovely & enjoyable! We lacked for nothing. We found plenty to do even in November, walking along the coast & taking the cliff railway up to Babbacombe Model Village & the quaint town of St Marychurch. After hours of exploring we came back to the Cary Arms & entered the restaurant where it was warm and cozy with the fire going. The food was unbelievably good for each meal, & our room was beautiful with a balcony, where we stood admiring the sea & mountains, listening to the waves. We loved it here! Highly recommended.

Rita, Totnes

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.