The Cary Arms – Family And Dog Friendly Holiday Destination

The Cary Arms

The Cary Arms is a friendly and relaxing place to stay in Babbacombe Bay, Devon. Dogs are welcomed with open arms and treated like part of your family. The staff are helpful, friendly and always smiling. The perfect beach-side getaway!

10 Hotel and Cottage
10 Cleanliness
10 Staff
9 Nearby Activities
10 Dog Friendly
10 Food & Drink

The Cary Arms is a restored Inn, located on the beach in Babbacombe Devon.

A boutique style hotel complete with a Yon-Ka spa room, The Cary Arms exudes the charm and characteristics of an English pub, but the sophistication and luxury of a hotel, all set within Babbacombe Bay.

All eight rooms provide guests with luxury accommodation and a terrace balcony with magnificent views. Sea facing, en-suite rooms with a fresh and light barefoot beach ambience, decked with Italian bed linen and bespoke fabrics. A turndown service is offered every evening.

Besides the rooms, there are a further four cottages, perfect for families, or a group of friends.  The Cary Arms is a place for all seasons. Blustery and wild, but surprisingly sunny and warm – all the elements that hark back to a real English seaside fun.

The food is that of a high-quality seaside gastro-pub. Daily changing menus reflect coast and country in equal measure.

Our stay at The Cary Arms in Pebble Cottage – The Perfect Dog Friendly and Family Friendly Accommodation

We took a wintery New Year’s break this January to The Cary Arms and stayed in Pebble Cottage. With two bedrooms, a roaring log fire and a beautifully bijoux kitchen space, this was perfect for us.  We were greeted by The Cary Arms friendly and welcoming team of staff, who took our details and showed us to our cottage. They even lit us a fire whilst we walked around and explored the delights that Pebble Cottage had to offer. The bedrooms were cosy and spacious.


The décor was stunning and the cottage had everything you could require for a relaxing break. There was even a Nespresso machine complete with coffee pods in the kitchen. This pleased my husband immensely and is sure to be a huge hit with other guests! The bathroom was fully tiled and had the most gorgeous bath, overlooking a sea view. There was also a lovely large shower.




We travelled on a more blustery day, but if you want to make the most of the gorgeous sunny weather, or crisp spring mornings then Pebble Cottage comes with its own private terrace with sea views! Our dog, Zac was given his own bed and food bowl (complete with treats) and was made to feel just as welcome as us, right from the very start.

This, along with some of the many little thoughtful extras that The Cary Arms provide to their guests, all adds to the charm of the place. Sticks of rock are placed upon your pillows and hot water bottles are tucked into your bed at night in winter. If that isn’t the ultimate in good service, I don’t know what is.

Cary Arms - Pebble Cottage Fireplace 2

We spent our first evening relaxing in front of the open fire and amusing ourselves with the selection of games and DVD’s provided in the room before deciding that we were too tired from our drive to cook and heading down for some food in the restaurant.



The Cary Arms Bar and Restaurant – Delicious Food and Drink

Sympathetic to its proud heritage, the welcoming bar interior combines clean lines with a neutral coastal palette. 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. We arrived at the Cary Arms in the evening. So after we’d settled into our cottage, we headed down for a meal. The restaurant and bar area is cosy and well decorated. The best plus point for us though, was that our dog, Zac, was even invited down to dinner with us! Why should you pet be left out? The Cary Arms staff will even cook your furry friend a hearty bowl of quality food. Zac had lamb, rice and gravy whilst we ate. A fantastic touch and one of many things that really makes this place feel like a true home away from home.

Our meals were heavenly. Everything was cooked to absolute perfection. The food is all of great quality and most of it is locally sourced. This is gastro pub dining at its finest. There wasn’t even an ounce of pretentiousness about it. It just completely and utterly hits the spot! We enjoyed everything from goat’s cheese starters to delicious pasta dishes and tender, succulent pork with buttery mash and red wine jus. My husband had the crab and commented how fresh and tasty it was. He even went as far as to say that it was the best he’d ever had! Praise indeed. The deserts were perfectly portioned and utterly heavenly. If you are looking for comfort food, you’ve come to the right place. Both myself and my daughter had sticky toffee puddings with butterscotch sauce and honeycomb ice-cream. It was so rich and warming! The poached baby pears on brioche, with clotted cream and toffee sauce was also absolutely faultless from start to finish! Finish your evening off with a drink in the Saloon. A gorgeous area at the back of the restaurant (through the doors at the end) and take in the stunning sea views in a decadent, charming setting. You can see some images below. Click for larger views.



Breakfasts were hearty and filling. You could choose from a variety of hot foods (we all went for the delicious full English) and there is also a buffet of fresh cheeses, meats, croissants, breads, cereals, yoghurt and fresh juices. This is just what you need to set you up for a day of scenic coastal walks. Once again, dogs were welcome and treated like part of the family by staff and guests alike! Not one staff member passed by without a smile and a quick but cheerful hello to all guests.

The Cary Arms is an absolute must if you are planning a getaway at any time of the year. Cottages range in size to suit your needs and you can all chip in together for some stunning accommodation. The hotel rooms are spacious and sea views are also available. We spent our day wandering around the local area and collecting shells from the beach on the bay. There was also a really lovely walk along the coastline. You can choose how far you want to wander and turn back if you find yourself tired out from the refreshing sea breeze! We can’t wait to return to The Cary Arms during the summer for a repeat stay.

For bookings and further information, visit or call 01803 327110.

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