Cary Arms & Spa

Torquay, South Devon

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.

Hotel Details

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

With eight elegant sea-facing rooms in the inn and a further four 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.

The eight “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.

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.

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
  • Real log / coal fires
  • Separate guests lounge

Leisure Facilities

  • Arrangements for riding / pony trekking
  • Fishing
  • Gym
  • Health fitness beauty facilities
  • Sauna
  • Water sports facilities
  • Spa treatments

Room / Unit Features

  • DVD player in all bedrooms
  • Ground floor bedrooms available
  • Radio in all bedrooms
  • Tea / coffee making facilities in all bedroos
  • Digital TV
  • WiFi

Specialist Features

  • Christmas / New Year programme
  • Honeymoon breaks
  • Pets on premises

Payment Methods

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

Cary Arms & Spa Restaurant

Dining at the inn is relaxed and friendly. Daily changing menus from the talented local Chef Ben Kingdon reflects 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”.

A South Devon Restaurant with Coastal Chic

Gastro pub food cooked simply on the south Devon coast. The watchwords in the kitchen are freshness and seasonality, underpinned by a deep rooted respect for the surrounding waters and pastures. The restaurants specials change daily reflecting Devon coast and Devon country in equal measure. 

Hungry walkers, families, friends and travelling foodies - 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 board games. The informal 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 for the 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.

  • Cater for vegetarians 
  • Serve breakfast, lunch and evening meals
  • Local produce English breakfast 

Weddings

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.

The hotel invite you to celebrate your civil ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening reception with them in an intimate celebration with family and friends by the sea. The Cary Arms is licensed for ceremonies in either the Saloon or outdoors in the unique glass sphere Pod. 

The Saloon

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

The 'Pod'

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

*Bijou Weddings- For an intimate and relaxing celebration with up to 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.

Meetings

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 the 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.

Dining

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 working lunches 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
  • Full hearty English or continental breakfast
  • Endless tea & coffee
  • Delicious working lunch
  • Mineral water & cordials
  • Seasonal fresh fruit bowls
  • 3 course gastro-inn dinner
  • Complimentary WIFI
  • Complimentary car parking

Location

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

22 miles of the stunning English Riveria forming part of the 630 mile long South West Coast Path, which takes in some of the finest coastal scenery in Europe.

During the day, Babbacombe's sun-trapped beaches are the main attraction. The water sparkles and you can lose yourself in the surroundings of the unique GeoPark Coast. The historic Babbacombe Cliff funicular railway is available to take you up and down from the beach to the village.

Babbacombe, Oddicombe and Petitor Downs are a series of interconnected, attractive little bays full of their own charms and known for their top water quality and cleanliness. The red cliffs of Dorset and jutting point of Portland Bill are both visible on clear days.

Throughout the seasons, this part of the coast assumes a rugged splendour far removed from the traditional bucket and spade image. Going back a century, the Petitor cliffs were mined for marble and this can still be seen in the pavements around Torquay. Today, the offshore reefs of Oddicombe reward divers with a wealth of marine life. A great place to learn the sport or a challenge for the more experienced diver with a number of intact wrecks to explore. Roe deer and soaring buzzards are frequent sights on the surrounding downs.

The South West Coastal Path is on the hotel's 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.

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