Each year over 300 Bed and Breakfast and Guest House owners warmly welcome thousands of visitors to the glorious English Riviera. Many accommodation providers have received top hospitality industry excellence awards from Visit England, TripAdvisor, South Devon and Devon Tourism Awards for their customer services, décor and quality food.

Whatever you’re looking for, from best value to five star luxury; short or long stay breaks; dog or child friendly accommodation you’ll find plenty on offer.

If you’re planning to visit Torquay with its award winning restaurants, iconic palm tree lined promenades and international marina take a look at our profile of 10 Torquay B&B owners* for some inspiration.

The 25 Boutique B&B

Voted Best B&B in the World by TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2019Meet the owners of The 25 Boutique B&B in Torquay, Devon

Andy and Julian have been running this super stylish B&B for just over three years. In that time they have won countless awards including a very impressive Best B&B in the World by TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards in 2019, as well as Silver for Best B&B at the Visit England Awards for Excellence and Unique B&B of the Year at The AA Hospitality Awards.

The owners have put their handy skills to work and revamped the interior, creating a funky modern look throughout. There are some very nice touches for guests to enjoy such as Amazon Alexa voice controls, Smart TVs, mood lighting and other luxurious extras within the six uniquely designed bedrooms.   

Ultra chic meets good old fashioned hospitality here and a fabulous personal service awaits you. Book a room for a relaxing break on the English Riviera and ask Andy and Julian for their insiders’ tips on taking the circular walk around the nearby picture postcard village of Cockington or visit their favourite local attraction, Torre Abbey Museum, just a 5 minute walk from The 25 Boutique B&B.

Torcroft Boutique B&B

Meet the owners of Torcroft B&B in Torquay, Devon

Sharon and Phil have been running this gorgeous B&B for 3 years. They love living near the sea and enjoy the English Riviera’s microclimate. They speak many languages, are fluent in French and German and have some knowledge of Spanish, Italian and Dutch so international visitors are well catered for and will feel at home.

The Torcroft Boutique B&B is housed within a beautiful large Victorian villa with stunning original features such as high ceilings and large rooms blended with very stylish, contemporary decor. There are 11 guest rooms, 2 with partial sea views and a delightful South-facing palm-fringed terrace and garden for visitors to enjoy. Welcome drinks are an added bonus on arrival too.

This B&B is in a quiet location and a conservation area and is only a short walk to the beach and town centre. It promises high quality accommodation at affordable prices and has received Tripadvisor number 9 ranking and 9.6 with Booking.com.

With free onsite parking available, Sharon and Phil’s tip is to walk the coastal path to Babbacombe, part of the 22 miles of the South West Coast Path. Situated 300 feet above sea level, Babbacombe Downs is a great spot to take in the amazing colour of the sea and for stunning views of the 30 mile coastline.

Court Prior Boutique B&B

Meet the owners of Court Prior in Torquay, Devon

You’ll be warmly welcomed by Pauline and Anthony when you stay at Court Prior Boutique B&B. They have been running this gorgeous boutique business for 5 years and enjoy the mild climate and the friendly ‘village’ feel of the area.

This delightful Victorian Villa has an atmosphere of period charm mixed with modern luxury,  set within pleasant gardens. Guests will immediately feel at home in these lovely surroundings with its quiet but convenient location. The business has achieved the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2018 and Booking.com’s 9.7 Exceptional Award. There are 7 modern and comfortable guest rooms and a dog-friendly, cottage style self-catering garden apartment with private terrace.

Pauline and Anthony’s ‘must see’ recommended local attraction is to visit the artisan craft workshops at Cockington Court, which can be easily accessed by public transport or on foot.

The Norwood

Meet the owners of The Norwood B&B in Torquay, Devon

The Norwood is a friendly, family run guest house owned for many years by Mary, Lindsay and Bridgid. Situated in the popular area of Belgravia, The Norwood is a perfect base for exploring the English Riviera and South Devon.

Guests’ comfort is a priority at The Norwood and you’ll find delicious home cooked food, pleasant and relaxing surroundings and a warm welcome. All bedrooms have modern facilities including flat screen Freeview TVs and complimentary toiletries. Accommodation is available all year round with special winter offers available.

Living Coasts, an award winning coastal zoo and aquarium is an all weather attraction on Torquay harbourside and 20 minutes walk from The Norwood. An all year round attraction visitors can get up close to marine life including Octopus, African and Macaroni Penguins, Seals and Stingrays. The Terrace Bar Cafe is a great place to take in some stunning views across the whole Bay.

The Downs

Meet the owners of The Downs in Torquay, Devon

Ed & Kate have been running this award winning B&B for 11 years and live onsite with their two young children, Charlie and Emily. What they like most about living on the English Riviera is that they’re never too far from the beautiful coastline and some of the best beaches in the UK.

With its excellent location on the Babbacombe Downs, the highest cliff top promenade in England, The Downs was built by American inventor Isaac Singer in the mid 1800’s and was once known as ‘The Honeymoon Hotel’. Today there are 12 bedrooms including 2 family rooms and 8 with their own balcony. If you’re looking for a B&B with a seaview in Torquay  then look no further. This one has the most idyllic sea views stretching across to Portland Bill in Dorset. All of the rooms are furnished to a very high standard and as the owners are dog lovers it’s dog friendly too. The Downs has achieved a number of industry accolades including AA Breakfast Award, Gold Award and Dinner Award.

The B&B is within easy walking distance to Ed and Kate’s ‘must see’ local attraction, Babbacombe Model Village. Their insiders’ tip is to leave the car and take advantage of the area’s great public transport and use the nearby bus service.

Garway Lodge

Meet the owners of Garway Lodge in Torquay, Devon

Paul and Julia have been running the Garway Lodge for 6 years. Paul is a keen golfer and Julia enjoys Nordic walking. They are both members of the South West Coast Path so make sure that you ask them for tips on the best walking routes and local golf clubs when you stay with them. They love the calm and beautiful English Riviera surroundings and meeting the friendly locals who often stop and chat.

The Garway Lodge has received Visit England & AA 4 Star Silver Award and Breakfast Award. This is an adult only venue which has 6 guest rooms including Executive Singles and Luxury Doubles. With its close proximity to the town’s train station and main conference venues there are great discounts available to business visitors.

As a dog friendly B&B the owners can point you in the direction of the local pubs and restaurants who will welcome you and your four legged friend. Paul and Julia recommend walking through nearby Abbey Meadows and Gardens to take in the beautiful views, the attractive pond and the pretty water rock garden.

Mount Edgcombe, Torquay

Meet the owners of Mount Edgcombe in Torquay

Claire and Dave have owned Mount Edgcombe for 4 years. They love the mild climate, the local people and the great location of their business.  

This stylish accommodation is housed within a charming Victorian Villa in a leafy suburb of Torquay. With easy access to the local amenities visitors can enjoy ample parking on site or can use the complimentary pick up service if arriving by train at Torre or Torquay railway stations.  

Mount Edgcombe has achieved TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence. There are 10 guest rooms including the Edgcombe Suite which boasts a luxurious whirlpool bath. There are some original Victorian features which create a home from home atmosphere. An optional dinner menu is available with specific dietary needs catered for.

The owners recommend taking a trip to the picturesque thatched village of Cockington to sample a scrumptious Devon cream tea or a horse and carriage ride around the grounds of Cockington Court.

The Cimon

The Cimon Guest House is run by Jo and Mark.

Once a nunnery, The Cimon is set within a detached Victorian villa. It is ideally located, just a few minutes stroll to the town centre for some high street shopping, to the award winning Torre Abbey Sands beach, and the waterfront promenade, fine dining restaurants and bars.

Guests can enjoy a residents bar with games and a pool table, a relaxing conservatory and a luxurious 30ft heated swimming pool.

This family run business has 12 elegant guest rooms, some with wonderful panoramic sea views. There are Superior, Family and Super King rooms available and most dietary requirements are catered for. All rooms (with the exception of the compact room) have flat screen digital Freeview TV, a fridge, hypo-allergenic bedding and complimentary biscuits and  refreshments tray.

The Somerville

Helen and Peter run The Somerville, a boutique style Bed and Breakfast with a classic twist, and a 5 Star Gold Award.

The owners offer a warm welcome to new and returning guests, and can provide a flexible service for business visitors requiring late check ins and early breakfasts. There are a range of suites, deluxe rooms and one standard room, all furnished with antiques, original artwork and soft furnishings. The breakfasts are gold award rated and whenever possible, supplied with organic and local produce.

Exploring Torquay on foot is easy as The Somerville is located close to the harbour, the town centre and many award winning tourist attractions. Within a mile of The Somerville you’ll discover Torquay’s prehistoric caves at Kents Cavern, one of Europe’s top Stone Age Caves. This indoor heritage attraction is a gateway site of the UNESCO English Riviera Global Geopark and a great experience for all the family.

The Westgate

Meet the owners of The Westgate B&B in Torquay, Devon

Paul and Michael have been running The Westgate Hotel for 5 years. They love working and living on the English Riviera with its jaw dropping scenery and its fabulous selection of restaurants and bars.

The Westgate has been awarded Visit England 4 stars with Silver Award and TripAdvisor Hall of Fame Certificate of Excellence.  Centrally located this B&B is set within a leafy conservation area with easy access to Torquay town centre and award winning beaches.

There are 11 comfortable and stylish guest rooms including a luxury King sized four poster bed, Super King doubles, a 3 person family room and superior singles.

Paul and Michael like to make sure their guests get the best out of their holidays and they are happy to provide ideas for great days out and places to eat. Their top tip is to visit Torquay’s famous Babbacombe Model Village, a miniature world with a big attraction. Suitable for adults and children alike there are thousands of miniature buildings and animated scenes capturing the essence of England’s heritage.

*based on the English Riviera website page views from 1 January to 5 August 2018.


The 25 Boutique B&B
Bed & Breakfast
The 25 Boutique B&B

Best B&B in the world! (Twice! - TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards 2020). If you think of Fawlty Towers when you think of Torquay then think again! Funky design meets cutting-edge technology in this recently refurbished boutique B&B which is multi-award winning. The 25 offers six individually styled luxurious bedrooms to relax in, each with a fabulous en-suite.

Court Prior Boutique B&B and Apartment
Bed & Breakfast
FREE level-parking for all guest rooms at Court Prior, Torquay, Devon

4 Star Boutique B&B and Apartment ideally situated in a central, yet very quiet residential/Conservation Area of Torquay and within 7 minutes walking distance of cafés, restaurants and amenities.This beautiful Victorian villa, built in 1860, combines modern luxury with period features and is set in its own large pleasant garden with private off-road parking. We are open most times of the year and provide guests with quality accommodation in a relaxed and comfortable environment.

The Downs Babbacombe
Guest House
The Downs Babbacombe

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 and over Lyme Bay all the way to Portland Bil

Garway Lodge B&B Torquay
Guest House
Luxury rooms for that special occasion at Garway Lodge, Torquay, Devon

Award winning accommodation exclusively for adults, offering peace and relaxation. Enjoy a refreshing sleep in superior rooms with the added option of a leisurely breakfast of local produce. Free parking and wi-fi.

Mount Edgcombe Torquay
Guest House
Mount Edgcombe Torquay

Mount Edgcombe is a family run, detached Victorian Guest House which provides visitors to the English Riviera with quality comfortable accommodation, hearty breakfasts and delicious 4 course home cooked evening meals, situated in a level location, easy walking distance of many attractions, seafront, shops and restaurants.

The Torcroft, Torquay
Bed & Breakfast
The Torcroft, Torquay

The eleven-room Torcroft Boutique B&B is a stylish and friendly place to stay in Torquay, heart of the English Riviera. All rooms are individually and recently furnished. The Torcroft is located just 4 minutes walk from the main beach.

The Cimon
Guest House
The Cimon Guest House, Torquay, Devon

The Cimon is set in a magnificent 1860’s detached Victorian villa retaining many original period features combined with modern comforts.  Our guests can enjoy the use of two comfortable relaxed seating areas and the residents well-stocked bar, with board games at the ready. The bright and airy breakfast room looks out over the large patio with tropical plants and our 30ft swimming pool. From May to September our pool is open and heated – we offer sun-loungers and complimentary pool towels with a south facing aspect we can have sun all day.  There is plenty of space on the two terraces for relaxing under a palm or two. The Cimon benefits from plenty of free onsite parking and we offer free access to fibre optic wifi throughout.

The Somerville Torquay
Guest House
The Somerville Torquay

Southwest B&B of the Year 2011. Luxury boutique bolt hole located in the centre of town with exquisite furnishings and impeccable service.

The Westgate
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room 1

The Westgate is a Victorian Villa that retains its period charms and has the advantage of a central location, free secure on site parking, guests 'lounge and bar. A good range of comfortable en-suite rooms including a luxury four poster , Super-kings/twins, doubles and singles, with a lovely locally sourced English breakfast Breakfast to start the day off well.

The Norwood
Guest House
Entrance to the Norwood, Torquay, Devon

The Norwood is a friendly, family run guest house where visitors are cared for in high class accommodation. The Norwood is located in the popular Belgravia area, a short walk from the beach, the town



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