The Cary Arms, Babbacombe, South Devon, England
Oh, we do like to be beside the seaside. Especially when we’re eating delicious Devonshire food on a crisp autumn weekend in front of an open fire.
Perched above pebbly Babbacombe beach, on the red and rugged South Devon coast, the Cary Arms is the newest in a collection of hotels by Peter and Lana de Savary, and it’s a little piece of coastal heaven.
Eight guest rooms have a cool New England vibe, with whitewashed walls and candy stripes, and private terraces looking out to sea. Three separate guest cottages and a Captain’s Suite provide ample family accommodation; dogs are even greeted with their own little bed and bowl.
The space-age pods are a genius addition, so you can dine while watching the weather roll in, or cosy up in the hotel’s dining room/gastro pub in front of the fire. In summer, there’s the captain’s table outside overlooking the ocean. All of that ozone brings on a healthy appetite, and the food doesn’t disappoint. Devon classics such as pan-seared scallops, Brixham crab and melt-in-the-mouth steak-and-ale pie are must-tries. For breakfast there’s smoked kippers and brioche French toast.
There’s plenty to do, come rain or shine – sailing, scuba diving and fishing for the grown-ups, and rock pools aplenty for the children. The South West coastal path runs right past the door, and nearby is the renovated Cliff Railway to shuttle you up the hillside. Or you can just curl up and chill out with a pint of Otter Ale or Bays Gold.
Even if you come for just one night, you’ll sleep like a baby, and feel like you’ve been away for a week. And that, as they say, is the sign of a good break.
The deets: The Cary Arms, Babbacombe Beach, South Devon (01803 327110; www.caryarms.co.uk).
The damage: Double rooms from £150 per night, including breakfast.
Foodie diversion: The Elephant (3&4 Beacon Terrace, Torquay. 01803 200044; www.elephantrestaurant.co.uk) is a Michelin-starred restaurant overlooking the marina in nearby Torquay.
Come here for: Seaside strolls, rockpooling, fresh seafood, open fires and real ales.
By Katie Monk
Images courtesy of The Cary Arms