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Since the 19th Century Torquay has been a fashionable spot on what came to be known as the 'English Riviera'. The appeals are obvious, Torquay is right on the Channel, with no less than nine sandy beaches spreading out from the town - almost a record by British standards - and one of the UK's friendliest micro-climates, which allows cabbage palms to flourish.
Torquay is also famous for being the home of Fawlty Towers… But our recommendations for the best places to stay in Torquay promise significantly less chaos. Still popular with coach-loads, Torquay is much smarter than it was in Basil's time, now rivalling Dartmouth for attention from foodies.
Don't forget to plan well ahead it you want to book our pick of the best places to stay in Torquay - it's a very busy spot.
- The Cary Arms is an eclectic gastropub with five stylish rooms plus three self-catering cottages in a wonderful seaside spot. This is the kind of place where they supply you with not just a room but also a net for fishing in nearby rock pools.
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Cary Arms 8 rooms from $239Torquay (South Devon)
A boutique hotel with the charm of a British pub. The cliff top position makes for stunning views. Chic white washed rooms mix traditional features with modern simplicity. Hearty gastro-pub styled food is served at the restaurant. A glorious spa. An excellent choice for a family holiday.Total relaxation - Lazy days eating seafood on the terrace, followed by customised holistic treatments in the spa using Yon-Ka products.Families - Three cottages with three, four or five rooms are ideal for families.Great walks - Jump onto the South West Coast Path National Trail spanning for 630 miles through stunning landscapes.Fishing - The Inn provides rods for the pier and nets for fishing in rock pools.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Johansens, Sawdays