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“What can we say other thanPERFECT” 5 of 5 stars
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5.0 of 5 Inn   |   Babbacombe Beach | Babbacombe Near, Torquay TQ1 3LX, England   |  
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Ranked #49 of 154 Torquay B&B and Inns
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“What can we say other thanPERFECT”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2012

After a long & slow walk down to The Cary Arms we was welcomed by a chalk board that had events and mentioning of a seal (how exciting)

As soon as we walked into the bar,
We was greated by a young boy with a cast on his arm, with a big hello and a even bigger smile.
We struggled to walk through the barrier of waiting customers, we was welcomed by a young lady who showed us to a table that had just came free. Window seat with excellent views and nice atmosphere, are table was then re-laid by the boy with a cast on his arm, very quickly and then asked if we would like a drink. He explained the menus that the lady had already done. Still nice to make sure you know the system in these places. You can never be to sure.

We started to talk to the boy about how long he has worked here for and if he enjoyed it, very positive attitude and explained he had been working here for three years...

He then excused himself saying he had to go back to the bar, then the young lady came over to take our order, we asked what the soup of te day was, didnt hesitate to tell us.
Again very positive attitude and always smiling.

We had a lovely meal and we was always made sure that everything was okay and to our liking, we then had a quick peep at the desert menu. Very cheeky...

Everything was perfect, and was a brilliant finish to our tour of the South West, was the best pub\ resturant we had been to in along time. Even though the staff were young they were very proffesional and attentive to our needs.

We then had to leave to walk up that gastly hill what a night mare, we will be coming down to stay soon as we left with our broucher.

Sorry we can't remeber the two member of staffs names, not to say that every member of staff was smiling and positive throughout our visit.

Thanks
Mr Andrews

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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12 hotel reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

We paid £280 a night to stay here (and £60 a head to eat at night) so expected great things - our experience was mixed.

The views and location are outstanding, the staff were all friendly and attentive, the room was clean and comfortable and the food was good but we couldn't help feeling a bit disappointed!

The reason being at this price you expect a bit more - the place is essentially a very good B&B above a pub. The staff all wear casual attire and the facilities are just OK - e.g. just freeview on the TV, a very small bath, threadbare carpets in places, plug in the sink that doesn't keep the water in and so on.

The food was good but certainly nothing exceptional, the service good but nothing outstanding. You get the drift.

So, if you want a relaxed break in a room with a view in a spectacular location then may be it's worth £280+ per night but for us I think it'll be a one off.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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8 hotel reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2012

went for my birthday meal service was excellent and the meal was wicked thank you will come again food is expensive but and a special occasion worth it

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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31 hotel reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2012

This beautiful location is about as close to the water as you can get. The property is situated just a short distance away from the center of Torquay yet provides privacy and quiet places to enjoy a book, glass of wine, and the endless water views. While retaining the charm of a seaside inn, the Cary Arms has all the modern amenities one could want. Lovely decor, wonderful linens and bed coverings, great food, impeccable service, and a staff that is friendly and knowledgeable. Jen, Carly,and all the staff are always available to make your stay there a memorable one. We chose the Commodore room which was just delightful. It has a private balcony overlooking the sea so the sound of the waves will gently lull you to sleep. Breakfasts are delicious as were all the meals we enjoyed. The Brixham fish and chips are a must! While there are innumerable lodgings to choose from in the area, the Cary Arms stands out as a very special place indeed.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Torquay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2012

My son and his beautiful wife were privileged enough to have their wedding reception at this spectacular hotel. many of my family and my dearest friends stayed for the weekend of the wedding and had nothing but praise for the hotel, bearing in these family and friends are global travellers so their views are well founded.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2012

Comfortable dog-friendly hotel with character and fab position overlooking the sea. Rooms were smart and well designed with attention to detail. We had intended to eat out in the evenings but the restaurant provided an excellent seafood selection and because we were staying for 3 nights we were given the opportunity to make any special requests. Breakfasts were delicious and served efficiently by a friendly, helpful team.

The tiered gardens are a particular feature and although the weather did not allow us to make full use of them we did sit outside when the opportunity arose. Spa treatments were excellent and the therapist, Lisa, very friendly and helpful. A most enjoyable short break. We hope to return to The Cary Arms to visit Jen and her team in the not too distant future,,,,, next time with our Labrador Tess in tow.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cannock Chase
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2012

Not stayed at the hotel (on the list of places to try) but enjoyed lunch, and after a "play" on the beach, afternoon tea. Thoughts? Good quality food , although menu is not exactly exhaustive, nice staff, and brilliant location, except for drivers!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Babbacombe Beach | Babbacombe Near, Torquay TQ1 3LX, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > English Riviera > Torquay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #49 of 154 B&Bs / Inns in Torquay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Cary Arms 5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Chic, boutique inn by the de Savary Family in the unrivalled location of Babbacombe Bay. 8 Contemporary, New-England style bedrooms with outstanding sea-views & 4 restored fisherman's cottages for rental. The very best of creative, seaside gastro-inn dining focusing on local, seasonal ingredients in an informal and relaxed setting. Great for families & dog friendly. Hearty breakfasts, long lunches and lazy suppers indoors or out on the sun-terraces. Sheltering in its own un-sung part of the South Devon Coast, the English Riviera, the inn is accessible by water and has its own moorings. Spa treatments & massage available. ... more   less 
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The Cary Arms Hotel Torquay
Cary Arms Torquay, Devon

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