A stylish seaside inn that overlooks the sea - you’ll find deck chairs on the terrace, then stone walls, open fires and fancy rooms within
The Cary Arms hovers above Babbacombe Bay with huge views of water and sky that shoot off to Dorset's Jurassic coast. It's a cool little place – half seaside pub, half dreamy hotel – and it makes the most of its spectacular position: five beautiful terraces 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. Back on dry land the bar comes with stone walls, wooden floors and a fire that burns every day. In good weather you eat on the terraces, perhaps a pint of prawns, fillet of sea bass, lavender panna cotta; groups of friends can hold their own barbecues, too. Dazzling bedrooms come in New England style. All but one opens onto a private terrace or balcony, you get decanters of sloe gin, flat-screen TVs, fabulous beds, super bathrooms (one has a claw-foot bath that looks out to sea). Back outside, you can snorkel on mackerel reefs or hug the coastline in a kayak. If that sounds too energetic, either head to the treatment room or sink into a deck chair on the residents' sun terrace.
Local points of interest from Felicia Crosby:
Local points of interest from
- 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.