Editor Emily and her daughters were charmed by the Cary Arms, South Devon.
"I arrived with my two daughters at Babbacombe Bay, South Devon on an early summer evening. We drove down the vertiginous lane to a picture postcard pretty scene. The red roofed pub/hotel has flower-filled terraces and gardens going down to a rocky cove where a couple of yachts were moored and some kids were fishing on a pier. As we approached, ‘Oh look Mum, it’s a seal!’ And indeed, Salty was coming up to bask in the evening sun.
One side of the Cary Arms is a traditional beer and dark wood pub, popular with locals and tourists alike; the residents’ area is more the sort of place that you imagine a sea Captain out of one of the ‘Tim’ books might have lived in. It has a lovely airy lounge that has an elegantly genteel feel to it; upstairs our two adjoining bedrooms are more New England seaside chic. And as for my balcony – up there with one of the loveliest I have ever sat on. There is a general air of unhurried calm.
The girlsare given beach towels and scramble over the rocks for a bracing dip before supper and then we have dinner on one of the outdoor terraces. Our fish and chips are utterly delicious. We play Scrabble in the residents’ lounge and go to bed early. The next morning after a delicious breakfast the girls borrow fishing rods and try their luck (to no avail) off the pier. We all agree it is one of the nicest spots we have ever stayed in.
The hotel has 8 rooms and four self-catering cottages nearby. Later this spring they are also launching a collection of Beach Huts and Beach Suites overlooking the sea."
Double rooms from £195 per night.
caryarms.co.uk 01803 327110