The Downs Babbacombe

Guest House

41-43 Babbacombe Downs Road, Babbacombe, TORQUAY, Devon, TQ1 3LN
4 Visit England Stars 4 AA Gold Stars 4 AA Gold Stars 4 AA Gold Stars 4 AA Gold Stars 4 AA Gold Stars Guest Accommodation

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The Downs Babbacombe

About Us

The Downs is on the seafront bordering the Babbacombe Downs. Situated on the clifftop we have 12 en-suite rooms, 8 with balconies enjoying fabulous unobstructed sea views along the coastline to Teignmouth, round to Lyme Bay and all the way to Portland Bill. We have 3 family rooms (reduced rates for children under 12). All rooms have hospitality trays including ground coffee and hot chocolate, TV's, hairdryers and free WiFi access. Hair straighteners, dressing gowns and slippers are available upon request.  We are fully licensed, our Lounge Bar and spacious restaurant with snug provides additional space for our guests to enjoy. We are also dog friendly with a number of allocated rooms for pets. During the summer months the forecourt café provides an excellent area to relax and enjoy the view with an icecream, a traditional cream tea or a refreshing beer.
During the winter months our forecourt provides free parking for guests (first come first served basis). Unfortunately this is not available during the summer. Parking is available in a Pay & Display car park at the rear of the property or there is free on street parking nearby. We are only 1.5 miles from Torquay harbour, with great bus links or 20 minutes walking. 

Enjoy a round of golf? As a preferred accommodation provider of Torquay Golf Club, St. Marychurch, we can book you 1 free round of golf per week day (4 ball) Golf must be booked by The Downs, Babbacombe and is subject to availability.

Fancy taking in a show? We are able to get you discounted rates for the mid-week varierty show Starshine at Babbacombe Theatre. We can also obtain priority seating at other shows, subject to availability.

Gold Award winners of the 2018 Herald Express South Devon Tourism & Hospitality Awards in the category of Small Boutique Hotel or Guest Accommodation. Gold Award winners of the 2013 English Riviera, South Devon Tourism & Hospitality Awards for Best Bed and Breakfast, Guest House of the year.

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Number of Rooms / Units
Room / Unit TypeRoom / Unit Tariff*
Double en-suite£94.00 per room (breakfast included)
Family Quad en-suite£134.00 per room (breakfast included)
Family Triple en-suite£114.00 per room (breakfast included)
Twin en-suite£94.00 per room (breakfast included)

*We regularly have offers on our rear facing rooms so give us a call to get the best price!


  • Visit EnglandGold Gold 2019
  • Visit EnglandRose Rose 2018
  • Visit England Small Hotel of the Year - Gold 2018
  • AA AwardsAA Breakfast Award AA Breakfast Award 2019
  • AA AwardsAA Dinner Award AA Dinner Award 2019
  • Visit EnglandBreakfast Breakfast 2019
  • TripAdvisor AwardsTripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2018
  • Devon TourismEnglish Riviera and South Devon Tourism Hospitality Awards B&B of the Year English Riviera and South Devon Tourism Hospitality Awards B&B of the Year 2013
  • Regional and MiscellaneousHotelsCombined Recognition of Excellence HotelsCombined Recognition of Excellence 2018
  • Regional and MiscellaneousHerald Express shortlisted award Herald Express shortlisted award 2018
  • TripAdvisor AwardsTripAdvisor - Certificate of Excellence - 2019 TripAdvisor - Certificate of Excellence - 2019 2019


  • 4 AA Stars Guest Accommodation
  • 4 Visit England Stars Guest Accommodation
  • 4 AA Gold Stars
4 AA Stars Guest Accommodation 4 Visit England Stars Guest Accommodation 4 AA Gold Stars

Opening Times

Open Christmas
Open New Year
2020 -Opening (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)
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Recent Reviews:

  • maggietracey1966
    Birmingham, United Kingdom
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    Fabulous relaxing stay
    5 of 5 stars
    10th Oct 2020
    We had a 3 night stay at the Downes Hotel with a sea view. What can I say...the view was breathtaking..the hotel had a calm and relaxed atmosphere. The food was delicious. Even though we're in covid... Read full review
  • sandrahJ6792BQ
    Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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    Mrs sandra hyland
    5 of 5 stars
    11th Oct 2020
    great hotel and fantastic location. We had a lovely room overlooking the sea.Breakfast was really good and you got loads good choice as well 👍 would certainly return . The staff were all very... Read full review
  • _david_hardwick
    Whitby, United Kingdom
    Short break in dog friendly hotel.
    5 of 5 stars
    20th Oct 2020
    After looking around for a dog friendly hotel we landed on this one and what a brilliant choice it was. Friendly staff, excellent food (able to do Gluten Free) and very clean. Well able to cope with... Read full review

Special Offers

  • Enjoy fantastic uninterrupted sea views in one of our 8 balcony rooms. Short breaks are available all year, with no single night supplement. Discounts are offered on stays of 7 nights or more. Optional Evening meals are available every night for just £19.95 for 2 courses. Traditional home cooked fayre. Guests can order champagne, flowers or chocolates for your room ready for arrival as required. In the warmer months why not have breakfast on your balcony at a small additional charge. Call Kate on 01803 328543 where she will only be too pleased to discuss your requirements.

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  • Dinner at The Downs

    Dinner is offered nightly at The Downs.

    Traditional home cooking at its best, prepared by Kate to suit all palates and dietary needs, offered at £19.95 for 2 courses. Desserts are also available at an additional cost.

    Dinner is optional, you can either enjoy it nightly or pick and choose to suit your needs.

    Call Kate now on 01803 328543 to discuss your requirements.

    More offers like this - English Riviera Dinner Bed & Breakfast offers


Road Directions

From M5 head for Torquay A380. Continue on the A380 South Devon Highway. At the end of A380 dual carriageway turn left onto the A3022 (signposted Torquay).  Continue forward onto Riviera Way - A3022. Entering Torquay Lowes Bridge, at traffic signals turn left onto the B3199 (signposted Teignmouth). At Hele Cross roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Hele Road - B3199 (signposted Teignmouth). At mini-roundabout turn left then immediately at next mini-roundabout turn right onto Westhill Road (signposted Plainmoor). At traffic signals turn left onto Manor Road (signposted St Marychurch, Babbacombe A379). At traffic signals turn right onto Babbacombe Road - A379. Turn left onto Princes Street. Turn left onto Babbacombe Downs Road, the hotel is 20m on the left.

Public Transport Directions

The hotel is within easy access of Torquay and Newton Abbot, mainline stations with regular services running from London, Bristol, Birmingham and Cardiff.  Hop-on buses pass right outside our door.



  • Free Wi-Fi available


  • Additional meal details - Cater for most special diets with prior notice.
  • Bar - Fully licensed Lounge Bar.
  • Cater for vegetarians - Also cater vegans and coeliacs. Please advise at the time of booking.
  • Half board supplement (£) - £20.95
  • Local Produce English Breakfast
  • Room service
  • Serve breakfast
  • Serve evening meal - Mealtimes are normally served from 18:30 until 19:15 however these can be varied to suit.
  • Serves Local Food

Children & Infants

  • Accept children all ages
  • Cot
  • Facilities for children - We have board games to suit all ages in our Lounge Bar. These can be taken to play in bedrooms as required.
  • Food/bottle warming available
  • Highchair
  • Special meal times for children - We offer a Childrens Menu and mealtimes can be varied to suit parents. Just discuss your requirements with Kate upon arrival or at the time of booking.

Establishment Features

  • Available for wedding receptions
  • Beach within 2km
  • Dogs Accepted
  • Event venue
  • Family Friendly
  • Garden/patio for guests' use
  • Ironing facilities
  • Licenced for alcohol
  • Minimum Group size
  • Near coastal path
  • Open All Year
  • Pets accepted
  • Pets accepted by arrangement
  • Pets accepted by arrangement
  • Sea Views
  • Separate guests' lounge
  • Wireless Broadband Internet Access

Key Features

  • Non smoking establishment
  • Seafront

Leisure Facilities

  • Access to golf course - Free round of golf can be arranged with Torquay Golf Club but this must be booked by The Downs, Babbacombe.

Parking & Transport

  • Off site parking - At rear of hotel, council car park. Free on-road car parking within 200 yards.
  • On site parking - Limited parking spaces available during winter months.

Payment Methods

  • All major credit cards accepted
  • Delta accepted
  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Solo accepted
  • Special group rates
  • Visa accepted

Room / Unit Features

  • Colour television in all bedrooms
  • Electric shaver point
  • Free View TV
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hairdryer in all bedrooms
  • Non smoking rooms available - All rooms are no smoking
  • Non smoking rooms available
  • Radio in all bedrooms - Upon request
  • Tea & coffee making facilities in all bedrooms
  • Telephone in all bedrooms
  • TV in all bedrooms

Specialist Features

  • Christmas/New Year Programme
  • Honeymoon Breaks
  • Pets (Proprietors) on premises

Travel & Trade

  • Wi-fi available

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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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