It is privately owned and run by Ed & Kate Wood and independently graded as:

  • 4 Star GOLD Guest Accommodation by VisitEngland - last reviewed in 2019 - see note below.
  • 4 Star GOLD Guest Accommodation by the AA - 2020/21

For its commitment to excellence it has also been awarded:

  • Yearly winners of Tripadvisor 'Hall of Fame' for continued high scores and commotiment to customer service.
  • VisitEngland Breakfast Award upto 2019 (We took the commercial decision not to renew our affiliation with VisitEngland for the 2020 season, as - in our - view it no longer represented value for money).
  • VisitEngland Rose Award in Recognition of Service Excellence 2018 - only 100 awarded per year.
  • AA Breakfast Award up to 2021
  • AA Dinner Award 2021
  • 2020 Recognition of Excellence from HotelsCombined

Gold Awards Winners in the category of Small Boutique Hotel or Guest Accommodation in The Herald Express South Devon Hospitality Awards 2018 and crowned as Winners of South Devon's Bed & Breakfast, Guest House and Inn of the Year 2013.  It is accredited by Child Friendly Matters.

It benefits from 12 en-suite bedrooms, a fully licenced bar lounge and restaurant and boasts 8 balcony rooms with breathtaking panoramic sea views over Lyme Bay.

Who are we ?

The Downs, Babbacombe is owned by us - Kate & Ed Wood. We purchased this lovely old house in June 2007, and live here with our 2 young children Charlie & Emily, who can sometimes been spotted in the morning scooting their way out of the building to school. We live on site to the rear of the building.

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What are we ?

We are family run, seafront guest accommodation offering bed and breakfast, optional evening meals and a fully stocked bar open to both residents and the public, with a seasonal forecourt café.

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Where are we ?

We are set in a short Victorian terrace believed to have been built by Isaac Singer, of Singer sewing machine fame, c.1850. adjacent to Babbacombe Downs, close to Torquay harbour in The English Riviera, South Devon.

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Whilst it has always been our aim here at The Downs to make your stay as comfortable as possible, we feel it is very important we seek advice and guidance from recognised experts, and as such we have chosen to be affilliated with the AA. We were affilliated with and VisitEngland until 2019, but have made the decision it is no longer commercially viable to be so with them  based on the benefits that organisation gives us.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Our aim here at The Downs is to ensure you have a lovely stay. We have thought long and hard about everything we do, so if you have any questions not covered below please ask us before booking.


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Access Statement

The Downs Babbacombe welcomes all visitors to our establishment and wherever practicable will cater for the individual need of all our guests.

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What we can do for you !

The highest value we put on our own holidays is that they are relaxing and hassle free. Let us minimise the hassle factor for you by using our Concierge service.

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Terms & Conditions

All bookings made in advance online, by telephone or in person, or on arrival in person are accepted on the basis that the terms and conditions of The Downs have been read, understood and agreed to.

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