Cary Arms & Spa – Babbacombe, Devon
Visitors descend a cliff lane and dramatic views of the English Riviera unfold. Once ensconced in the Cary Arms & Spa – owned by Peter and Lana de Savary – you feel as though you’re in a Mills & Boon romance and Famous Five adventure rolled into one. Its delightful bedrooms, with echoes of New England-style, are each supplied with a stick of rock on the snow-white pillows. Eat Devon beef and Lyme Bay lobster in the stone-walled bar, or on pretty terraces that hang over the bay. Bedrooms in the inn are sumptuous and seaside-fresh, while the beach huts and suites are beautiful and contemporary. Seven smart cottages sleep larger groups, each with their own gardens and sundowner spots. The brand new Foxes Walk Cottage is a particular showstopper. While you wouldn’t usually expect sybaritic luxury at a self-styled ‘Inn on the Beach’, there’s actually a state-of-the-art spa with a hydrotherapy pool, steam and sauna, and marine Thalgo treatments. Romantic, family friendly, perfect for walkers and dog lovers, there’s something here for everyone.
Doubles from £295
+44 (0)1803 327110; caryarms.co.uk
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