Ansteys Lea Hotel


Barrington Road, TORQUAY, DEVON, TQ1 2QJ

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Ansteys Lea Guest House and Self-Catering Apartments


Ansteys Lea Guest House is a gracious Victorian building in a delightful district of Torquay, standing in 3/4 acre of attractive grounds. Ansteys Lea is a family-owned and run guest accommodation offering all the elegance and style of the Victorian age with immense comfort and courtesy shown to all guests. It was once a Victorian Gentlemen’s Residence and the English Riviera’s mild, continental-style climate, famous palm trees and stunning scenery creates the ideal setting for a relaxing break by the sea.


Solo travellers, couples and families with children are welcome, and the breath-taking landscape makes the English Riviera a great choice for keen walkers and ramblers, cyclists, golfers, tennis players, bowling club members and outdoor adventurers.


There are twin and double rooms available, each with modern facilities including TV with Freeview channels, an electric shaver point, a hairdryer, and tea and coffee making provisions. Ansteys Lea has a pleasant garden with a range of shrubbery, plants and trees and a secluded patio area for guests to enjoy.  There are onsite car parking facilities for guests arriving by car or motorbike as well as excellent links to local transport services with Torquay Railway Station, Torre Railway Station and Lymington Coach Station within easy reach. 


Wireless internet access is available throughout the building and there are business facilities for guests who are visiting the area on business or attending an event at Riviera International Conference Centre.


For guests wishing to have more flexibility during their holiday, Ansteys Lea has a choice of 2 self-catering apartments, sleeping up to 2 and a family room for up to 3 persons, with open plan lounges, fully-equipped kitchens and spacious dining rooms. 


Ansteys Lea is ideally located to between Torquay’s town centre, popular harbourside and cosmopolitan marina. Babbacombe Downs with its Green Flag awarded garden has the highest cliff top promenade in England and is within easy reach on foot, by car or by taking the No.32 bus which runs regularly along Babbacombe Road with a convenience bus stop located at St Matthias Church in Wellwood. From Babbacombe Downs there are spectacular views across to Portland Bill in Dorset on a clear day. There are plenty of eateries and family-run cafes to enjoy fish and chips or a delicious Devon cream tea. Take a trip on the quaint Babbacombe Cliff Railway or stroll along to Babbacombe Model Village, a miniature world of gardens and models.  There’s plenty to do in the area and something to suit all ages and interests.


Wellswood village is nearby, and just a level walk to a range of independent shops, cafes, bars and a post office. Follow the road towards Meadfoot Beach and you’ll find the award-winning Kents Cavern prehistoric caves, a gateway site to the English Riviera’s designated UNESCO Global Geopark. 


The English Riviera is one of the UK’s top seaside destinations and is well-equipped for families with babies and young children. 


Ansteys Lea is named after the enchanting Anstey’s Cove, which is close by and was once a smuggler’s haven. A short walk from the guest house, thorough a hillside woodland area lined with trees and attractive wildlife, rare plants, birds and butterflies will lead you to the peaceful and beautiful small shingle beach and a hidden gem nestled between Torquay and Babbacombe which has been granted Good Beach Guide and Seaside Award. The South West Coast Path which runs along the 22 miles of stunning English Riviera coastline passes through Anstey Cove to Oddicombe Beach and Meadfoot Beach. Torquay’s most famous resident and world-renowned crime writer, Agatha Christie has links to Ansteys Cove, as it was the inspiration for the name of Amyas which appears in her novel, Five Little Pigs. There are lots of other local connections too, with the Agatha Christie Mile, a self-guided walking trail leading you to 12 local landmarks that were inspirational in her life.  


Ansteys Lea is a most friendly and comfortable guest accommodation for guests to come to relax during their visit to Torquay and South Devon.

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2021 Opening (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)



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    Recent Reviews:

    • ricardoire
      Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
      Great value !
      5 of 5 stars
      13th Sept 2019
      Ansteys Lea is a small comfortable hotel in a great location, a 2 minute walk to Wellswood with shops, cafes and a pub !. Clean, basic facilities and friendly service, excellent value for money, will... Read full review
    • lawrenceoleary40
      Ross-on-Wye, United Kingdom
      two night stay room only
      5 of 5 stars
      16th Sept 2019
      lovely clean room with all you need a very comfortable bed ,room only but tea / coffee in room free onsite parking with short walk to bus stop with regular service till 11.30 would definately stay... Read full review
    • D4V1S72
      Brighton, United Kingdom
      Good value
      5 of 5 stars
      12th Oct 2019
      Comfortable, clean bed and a decent shower in a great location. Local amenities are excellent and only a few minutes drive or bus to Torquay harbour. The proprietor is very friendly and most... Read full review


    Road Directions

    From A38 From A38 follow A380 from Newton Abbot towards Torquay. Follow signs to Babbacombe then to Torquay. Hotel is situated on Babbacombe Road.

    Public Transport Directions

    By Car - Go along The Strand past the Clock tower and turn left into Torwood Street. Continue straight across at next set of traffic lights which leads you into Babbacombe Road. Ansteys Lea just up from the entrance of St Matthias ChurchBy Bus - No 32 (St Marychurch Bus) from outside Debenahams on the Strand to St Matthias ChurchWalking - Go along The Strand past the Clock tower and turn left into Torwood Street. Continue straight across at next set of traffic lights which leads you into Babbacombe Road. Ansteys Lea just past St Matthias Church on the left hand side before the Palace Hotel.



    • Serve breakfast

    Children & Infants

    • Accept children (Minimum age) - 0
    • Accept children all ages
    • Cot

    Establishment Features

    • Broadband Internet Access
    • Business facilities (eg. Fax/ modem)
    • Central heating throughout
    • Garden/patio for guests' use
    • Ironing facilities
    • Wireless Broadband Internet Access

    Key Features

    • Non smoking establishment

    Parking & Transport

    • Car parking

    Payment Methods

    • Delta accepted
    • Maestro accepted
    • MasterCard accepted
    • PayPal
    • Visa accepted

    Room / Unit Features

    • Colour television in all bedrooms
    • Electric shaver point
    • Free View TV
    • Hairdryer in all bedrooms
    • Non smoking rooms available
    • Tea & coffee making facilities in all bedrooms

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    This Official Tourism Website is managed by the English Riviera BID Company Ltd.
    Company number 10237792.
    Registered address 5 Vaughan Parade, Torquay, Devon, England, TQ2 5JG.
    Telephone 01803 211211

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