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The Downs Hotel

  • 41-43 Babbacombe Downs Road
  • Babbacombe
  • Torquay
  • Devon
  • TQ1 3LN
no star
Guest Accommodation


  • Balcony
  • Bed and Breakfast
  • Close to Beach
  • Close to Golf Course
  • Close to Shops
  • Concierge
  • Evening Meals
  • Family
  • Freeview
  • Licensed Bar
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Parking
  • Patio
  • Pet Friendly
  • Restaurant
  • Sea Views
  • TV
  • Weekend Breaks
  • WiFi


At a Glance

  • 12 en-suite bedrooms
  • Free WiFi 
  • Panoramic sea views
  • Child friendly accredited
  • Multi Award-winner
  • Dogs welcome by arrangement

About this Award-winning Bed and Breakfast

Offering multi award-winning 4 Star Gold accommodation, The Downs Hotel on Babbacombe seafront sits in a stunning area of the English Riviera overlooking Babbacombe Downs, a mere 1.9 miles from the Torquay harbour area.  Privately owned and family run by owners Ed and Kate Wood, the hotel has a long-standing reputation for excellence with the highest standards of service and a list of awards including a Visit Britain Breakfast Award, an AA Breakfast Award and AA Dinner Award. The hotel is also a recent winner of South Devon's Bed and Breakfast, Guest House and Inn of the Year award, and is accredited by Child Friendly Matters.


Choose from 12 stylish en-suite bedrooms and suites including 8 balcony rooms with panoramic sea views of Lyme Bay.  Appointed to the highest standard and recently refurbished with oak furnishings and comfortable pocket sprung beds, all rooms have en-suite facilities with showers (some come with baths and showers).  Stylish double, twin and spacious family rooms are all available with complimentary concierge service.

Rooms include:-

  • Individual heating control facility.
  • Fluffy soft bath sheets, flannels and hand towels.
  • Luxury Duck Island toiletries.
  • Tea and coffee making tray replenished daily - additions are happily supplied on request.
  • Direct dial telephones and radio.
  • Free WiFi internet access.
  • Flat-screen TV with Freeview channels.
  • Free room service.
  • Evening meals (vegetarian alternatives available).
  • Pets/ dogs are accepted by prior arrangement.


Enjoy award-winning locally sourced cuisine in our purpose built dining room which can seat up to 40 guests comfortably - but never more than 24 unless we are offering function facilities.

Our award-winning breakfasts are a real treat, featuring buffet tables with fruit juice, fresh fruit selection, pastries, cereals and natural yoghurts.  Our friendly waitresses will then take your order for hot food selection - an extensive breakfast menu choice is available on our specials board.

Evening meals are served in the restaurant usually from 6.30pm until 7.15pm (we endeavour to accommodate late and early dining - please request).  Food is locally sourced where possible and includes award-winning local foods such as Regency Sausages, fresh fish from Brixham Fish Market and our extra special River Teign Mussels. 

Dinner prices are fixed with a selection of three courses including delicious options such as tender lamb rump with brandy cream sauce or a light salad.  A full Table d'hote menu is available, together with seasonal specials and our vegetarian menu.  Special diets including coeliacs and vegans are happily catered for on request.  Romantic candlelit dinners can also be arranged.

Other Facilities/ Services

  • Picnic hampers packed with delicious goodies are available on request - pre-order by 4pm and your hamper will be ready the following morning by 9.30am - perfect for lazy days on the beach or planned day trips.
  • Relax in the spacious and well stocked lounge bar and enjoy ar range of local bottled beers, draught beers, house spirits, or try a cocktail from Ed's cocktail book!
  • Off street parking with CCTV coverage available - bikers/ motorcyclists welcome.

Family Friendly

Children are warmly welcomed, with travel cots and bed guards available.  Baby changing facilities are on the ground floor along with a fridge for storing baby milk.  Children's menus and highchairs are also available.

Dog Friendly

No need to leave furry friends behind - The Downs is a pet friendly hotel - well behaved dogs are welcome by arrangement and we can supply water bowls, towels and storage space for cold food.  A choice of dog friendly beaches are just on your doorstep including Babbcombe beach which is dog friendly all year round. 


Why not hire the whole bed and breakfast for your party.  Tailor-made packages are available with meal times to suit your group.  Minimum exclusive hire is for 24 guests.  Contact us direct to discuss your requirements. 

At times minimum stays may apply.  One night stays can be accommodated at no additional charge.  Call us to discuss your requirements.


From M5 head for Torquay A380.  At the end of A380 dual carriageway on arrival at Newton Abbot - Penn Inn roundabout - take the 2nd exit onto Torquay Road - A380 (signposted Torquay).

Continue forward onto Torquay Road - A380.  Entering Kingskerswell.  At Kerswell Gardens Roundabout take the 1st exit onto Riviera Way - A3022 (signposted Torquay).

Continue forward onto Riviera Way - A3022.  Entering Torquay Lowes Bridge, at (hospital) traffic signals turn left onto the B3199 (signposted Teignmouth).  At Hele Cross roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Hele Road - B3199 (signposted Teignmouth).  At the mini-roundabout turn left then immediately at the next mini-roundabout turn right onto Westhill Road (signposted Plainmoor).

At the traffic signals turn left onto Manor Road (signposted St Marychurch, Babbacombe A379).  At the 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.

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