Cary Arms & Spa

Tel: 01803 327110

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With the personality and values of a traditional English inn and the luxurious style and facilities of a boutique hotel, the Cary Arms & Spa offers you a relaxed and modern getaway making the most of its sensational coastal location and breath-taking views.

Set in a remarkable position overlooking Babbacombe Bay and miles of seascape along the Jurassic Coast, the inn and surrounding grounds have been sympathetically restored and remodelled to offer stylish and spacious accommodation designed to rival the best hotels in the country – the English Riviera reborn. Theeight “New England” style guest rooms in the inn are chic and restful in muted coastal shades and feature stunning sea views, contemporary en-suite bathrooms and private sea-facing terraces. Adjoining the inn are two spacious suites with their own sunbathing terraces and fire-pits. A further eight new Beach Huts and Suites, which opened Summer 2016, bring a fresh sophistication to the South Devon coast. The clean, elegant lines of the six duplex Beach Huts are partnered with bold-print fabrics and contemporary furnishings, reflecting the fluid lines and colours of the coast. Top international designs and art-work have been hand-picked from Italy and France. Set only feet from the sea, each Beach Hut comes with a wide sun-bathing terrace, a luxurious sofa in front of a romantic fire and a huge mezzanine level bed with outstanding views out to sea. The two impressive Beach Suites suspended over the sea combine further exceptional facilities with privacy for the ultimate in romantic retreats. Three secluded Cottages ranging from three to five bedrooms provide a wonderful seaside getaway for families and friends travelling together. A short walk from the inn, each has secluded gardens and terraces with fire pits and are dog friendly.

Dining at the inn is relaxed and friendly. Daily changing menus from the talented local Chef Ben Kingdon reflect his love of the area and the coast and country in equal measure. Provenance is key and local suppliers provide an abundance of excellent fresh ingredients. Expect superb Devon beef, Lyme Bay lobster and line caught seafood sitting along side delicious traditional English heritage dishes. Private groups are also welcomed to enjoy any of the superb dining locations – from the convivial atmosphere of the inn, to the beautiful conservatory, or from the al fresco Captain’s Table overlooking the bay to the romantic glass sphere “Pod”.

The sublime Cary Spa sits above the inn, and boasts uninterrupted vistas of the unspoilt Jurassic coastline from a beautiful sun deck and a dramatic glass fronted hydrotherapy pool and relaxation room. Three treatment rooms, including a couple’s massage room, offer a range of treatments from leading marine-themed French beauty and skincare brand Thalgo. An innovative mood-enhancing aromatherapy light shower, hydrotherapy pool, sauna, steam room and a gymnasium are also available for rest and relaxation. Cary Spa not only offers guests tranquillity but an exclusive viewing of admired American Art illustrations, from Peter de Savary’s private collection.

The Cary Arms & Spa is a place for all seasons and all ages. Young children are welcomed with their very own fishing net, bucket and spade for exploring the rock pools and four-legged friends are greeted with a doggy welcome pack. If arriving by boat, four overnight moorings are available. The South West Coastal Path is on the doorstep and offers access to an area ripe for discovery. The walking is superb, fishing trips, water sports (including some of the best diving in the UK due to the clear waters) and horse-riding can be arranged. Tennis and Teignmouth Golf Club are nearby.

Room Types

Stay the Night

Tucked away in the most romantic and unspoilt corner of South Devon in Babbacombe Bay, the Cary Arms combines traditional seaside charm with cool contemporary beach side living.

With 8 elegant sea-facing rooms in the inn and a further 4 restored fisherman's cottages, the Cary Arms is the perfect place to unwind and relax. Whether you choose a room or the added privacy of a cottage, all are individually designed for great comfort as well as calm.


  • Seafront

Children & Infants

  • Accept children Minimum age: 1
  • Highchair
  • Accept children all ages

Parking & Transport

  • Car parking

Leisure Facilities

  • Arrangements for riding / pony trekking
  • Fishing
  • Gym
  • Health Fitness Beauty Facilities
  • Sauna
  • Water sports facilities
  • Spa Treatments


  • Bar
  • Cater for vegetarians
  • Serve breakfast
  • Serve evening meal
  • Serve lunch
  • Local Produce English Breakfast

Payment Methods

  • All major credit cards accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Master Card accepted
  • Visa accepted

Room / Unit Features

  • DVD Player in all bedrooms
  • Ground floor bedrooms available
  • Non smoking rooms available
  • Radio in all bedrooms
  • Tea / coffee making facilities in all bedrooms
  • Digital TV
  • WiFi

Establishment Features

  • Available for wedding receptions
  • Central heating throughout
  • Conference facilities
  • Event venue
  • Garden patio for guests use
  • Ironing facilities
  • Licensed for civil marriages
  • Night porter
  • Pets accepted
  • Real log / coal fires
  • Separate guests lounge

Specialist Features

  • Christmas / New Year Programme
  • Honeymoon Breaks
  • Pets on premises

Cary Arms Restaurant

The Food

A South Devon Restaurant with Coastal Chic

Gastro pub food cooked simply on the south Devon coast. The watchwords in the kitchen are fresh£ness and seasonality, underpinned by a deep rooted respect for the sur£rounding waters and pastures. Our restaurants specials change daily reflecting Devon coast and Devon country in equal measure. Expect superb Devon beef, Lyme Bay lobster and line caught seafood. Food to rival the very best restaurants in south Devon.

Hungry walkers, families, friends and travelling food£ies - this is a place where even a pint of prawns is done with panache. Dine outdoors in the warmer months and watch south Devon life in the bay unfold.In cooler weather, choose something comforting and slowly cooked from the daily changing blackboard.

Recommended in The Good Food Guide, the Michelin Eating out in Pubs Guide and The Good Pub Guide.

Food is served from: 12.00 - 3.00pm and 6.30 - 9.00pm every day.

Opening Times: 12 - 4pm, 6 -11pm Monday - Saturday, 12 - 3pm, 6 -10.30pm Sunday.

The Bar

Beamed ceilings, original stone walls, planked floors,books and boardgames. Theinformal mood is achieved with effortless style. Sympathetic to it’s proud heritage, the welcoming interior combines clean lines with a neutral coastal palette. Prop up the bar for as long as you like. Bring your dog along after along coastal walk.Bracing sea air, grown up adventures, fishing from the pier. Your appetite will sharpen itself.

Inside, big windows show off views across the bay. Portland Bill, fifty miles away, is visible on clear days. A crackling log fire and the lure of a proper pint makes it feel special and secluded here. Otter Ale and Bays are just two of the highlights. Unpretentious friendly service sets the tone.

Sit and watch the sun sink.

Our Suppliers

Our suppliers have all been chosen for their excellence, proximity and the passion for what they do. We strongly believe a real pub should have real beer. Lovingly made up in the Blackdown Hills, Otter Ale is synonymous with Devon. The brewery’s strong eco credentials not only make it a good ethical choice but also ensures a very unique taste. Bays Topsail travels even less of a distance – five miles to be exact – and is an easy drinking, light golden ale with refreshing and tantalising lemony citrus overtones.

No stranger to awards, Luscombe are another local company who have forged an enviable reputation. Hand-made in small batches with real ingredients, this wholly organic range of soft, naturally produced drinks are full of earthy flavours and nice textures. We currently stock their Sicilian lemonade and fiery Ginger Beer. The perfect reward after a bracing walk.

Plymouth Gin is famous the world over. Based on a closely guarded recipe that dates back to 1793, soft Dartmoor water is blended with pure grain alcohol and seven botanicals to produce a great depth of flavour. We proudly stock their English Gin and apply this same level of careful sourcing to all our meat, fish and fresh produce.

The best West Country produce is used in the kitchen where possible. Our superb suppliers include:

Seafood and Fish
Kingfisher, Brixham

Gribble's, Marldon,
Dunterton Farm, Shaldon

Fruit and Vegetables
Forest Produce, Honiton

Tea & Coffee
Costa Rica Plantation Co, Torquay

Other suppliers
Caterfood, Paignton

We also grow our own herbs in our beautiful gardens allowing head chef and his team to experiment with these fresh flavours. The kitchen enjoy making their own scones, cakes, fudge, chutneys, pies, burgers, mayyonaise, pesto and coleslaw.

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Intimate Devon Seaside Weddings

A South Devon Wedding Venue For Your Special Day

Nestled in one of Devon’s magnificent bays with its breath-taking views, the Cary Arms combines chic, contemporary flair with the old-style values of an authentic English Inn. The essence of understated elegance. Picture-perfect for the most intimate and memorable weddings celebrations.

We invite you to celebrate your civil ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening reception with us in an intimate celebration with family and friends by the sea. The Cary Arms is licensed for ceremonies in either the Saloon or our outdoors in our unique glass sphere Pod. Bijou* or Exclusive Use** Weddings are available.

The Saloon

Graced with deep sofas, luxurious fabrics andantique furnishings, the Saloon is dominated by its “big” views of Babbacombe Bay. Make yourvows in the fireside setting whilst surrounded byyour friends and family in this comfortable andelegant backdrop.

The 'Pod'

A totally unique outdoor seaside setting.“Floating” on the landscaped terrace, meters abovethe lapping water and beach below and with its far-reachingcoastal views, the glass sphere Pod will be awedding scene never to be forgotten.

To find out more and to discuss your dayat this beautiful intimate Devon seaside wedding venue, please contactour Wedding Coordinator on 01803 327110 or

*Bijou Weddings- For an intimate and relaxing celebration with upto 22 guests.

**Exclusive Use Weddings- For the ultimate luxury and privacy with takeover of the entire Inn. Celebrate with up to 40 day guests and a total of 80 evening guests.

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Business is personal and the best business happens in person.

A complete getaway – when business demands a creative and uplifting setting away from daily distractions, the Cary Arms is a tranquil oasis.

Private Receptions

With far-reaching views of Babbacombe Bay, the Cary Arms provides the perfect venue for residential meetings. The stylish Conservatory comfortably accommodates 16 guests board-room style.With 8 contemporary sea facing bedrooms in the Inn and a further 11 in our 4 cottages, the Cary Arms is the perfect location for smaller business meetings and is ideal for top-level,private retreats with up to 20 guests single occupancy or 36 with partners


Using only fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, menus change seasonally with a focus on gastro-inn inspired dishes served in an informal setting of the restored historic inn. Delicious workinglunches can be created to suit your working day or alternatively, BBQ luncheon on the terrace or a relaxed lunch in the dining room.

Corporate Retreats

Bespoke tailor made retreats are available.

Residential Retreat

Inclusive of:

  • Meeting room
  • Overnight luxury sea facing accommodation
  • Fullhearty English or continental breakfast
  • Endlesstea & coffee
  • Deliciousworking lunch
  • Mineral water & cordials
  • Seasonal fresh fruit bowls
  • 3 course gastro-inn dinner
  • Complimentary WIFI
  • Complimentary car parking

(Subject to availability, from Monday-Thursdays only)

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  • From the M5 at Exeter, follow sign for the A380 to Torquay. At Ashcombe Cross, branch left then take second exit B3192 signposted to Teignmouth. On entering Teignmouth, at bottom of hill by traffic lights, turn right, take the coastal B3199 to Babbacombe, crossing the River Teign and continue following signs to Babbacombe. At mini roundabout continue forward on the B3199 signposted Babbacombe, Sea Front. Proceed pass Babbacombe Model Village and Bygones, straight on after traffic lights. Turn left onto Babbacombe Downs Road, continue along the Downs with the sea on your left finally turn left onto Beach Road. By Air Get to Devon quickly with Air Southwest. Fly to Plymouth from London Gatwick, London City, Bristol, Manchester, Leeds Bradford, Newcastle, Glasgow, Cork, Dublin, Jersey and Guernsey. By Train To Newton Abbot Mainline takes just 15minutes. Hourly services are from London Paddington (2hrs 32mins). Taxi transfers can be arranged to and from the station to the Cary Arms. By Sea Our location is: Lat 50 degrees 28' 41" North. Long 3 degrees 30'31" West
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    Our Address:

    Babbacombe Beach
    TQ1 3LX

  • Sunday Sleepover

    Sundays at the Cary Arms are made for relaxing. Extend your weekend with a luxuriously lazy Sunday Sleepover.

    Luxury sea facing room for 1 night (up grade to Beach Hut for an extra £50)

    • Full English breakfast
    • 3 course gastro supper
    • Cream Tea
    • Midday late checkout



    £245.00 per double room until 25th March and £295 per double room from 22nd April until 24th June 2018 subject to availability

    Excludes  Festive Breaks, Easter weekend and bank holidays.

    To make a booking please call 01803 327110 or e-mail

    Cottage Offers

     Cottages Offers

    Nestled in the dramatic South Devon coast our three charmingly restored fisherman’s cottages sit close to our Five Gold Star Inn. Perfect retreats for family holidays, celebrations, hen parties or even corporate off-site meetings or team building events.
    Each one exudes personality and coastal charm. All include private gardens, sun terraces with barbecues and huge vistas, fully equipped kitchens, large dining-rooms and sitting areas, New England style bedrooms and family bathrooms. 
    Having one to four bedrooms, dogs are welcome too.

     Book 3 nights and pay for 2 (January-March only excluding Easter weeekend)

    Book any 4 nights and pay for 3 (excluding July and August)

    Book 7 nights and pay for 5 (excluding August)

    Choose from our 4 bedroom Beach Cottage or Rose Cottage or  3 bedroom Smugglers Cottage.


    Subject to availability excluding our Festive Breaks, Easter holiday, bank holidays and any other Special Breaks.
    Offers available on full rates only.


    Babymoon Getaway

     Our Babymoon Getaway includes:

    • 2 night stay for two persons in a Luxury Room
    • Gastro Dinner one evening
    • Continental breakfast in bed one morning
    • A Thalgo pregnancy ritual



    £295 per person  incl VAT Subject to availability until 26th March 2018 and from 1st October-23rd December 2018

    £355 per person incl VAT from 26th March 2018 - 30th September 2018

    Up-grade to a Beach Hut for an entra £50 per night

    Subject to availability excluding Festive Breaks, Easter and bank holiday weekends and any other special breaks


    To book, please call 01803 327110 or e-mail

    Dip'n'Dine Experience

    Our Dip'n'Dine 2 night experience includes:

    A two night stay for two in a Luxury Sea View Room
    Breakfast each morning
    A Three Course Dinner One Evening
    Use of the Spa Facilities

     £245 per person (until 29th March 2018 and from 1st October-23rd December 2018)
    £325 per person (from 16th April until 30th September 2018)

    Subject to availability Sunday-Thursday excludes Easter holidays, Bank Holidays, July and August

    Up-grade to a  Beach Hut for an extra £50 per night

    To book, please call 01803 327110 or e-mail 

    Doggy Getaway

    Dogs are always welcome at The Cary Arms - we want our guests to experience the very best during their stay - including your four legged friends.

    Situated on the South West Coastal Path and dog friendly Babbacombe Beach, The Cary Arms is the perfect location for a doggy getaway.  We have created our very own walk book, so you can explore the stunning coastal scenery and inland country paths.  Dogs can even enjoy a swim on the beach all year round. From the moment you and your trusted friend arrive, we will ensure you have a stay to remember.

    • 2 night stay for 2 persons in a  luxury double sea facing room
    • A 'Doggy Heaven' welcome pack, with dog bed and bowls, treats and suggested local walks book
    • Chef's delicious 3 course supper one evening of your stay
    • Your dog receives a dogs dinner one night of your stay
    • Full English breakfast
    • A Cream Tea to Share

    £245 per person incl VAT. Subject to availability until 26th March 2018 
    and from 1st October-23rd December 2018 

    £335 per person from 26th March 2018 - 30th September 2018.

    Up-grade to a Beach Hut or our Shell Suite for an entra £50 per night

    Subject to availability excluding Festive Breaks, Easter and bank holiday weekends and any other special breaks.

    To make a booking please call 01803 327110 or CLICK HERE

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