History of Babbacombe Downs


'[A] beautiful spot...Red rocks and wooded hills like Italy, and reminding one of a ballet or play where nymphs appear, such rocks and grottoes, with deepest sea on which there was no ripple.' – Babbacombe Bay, described by Queen Victoria in her journal of 1846

Once a coaching hotel and previously known as The Regency, our property dates to 1846. Our B&B entrance is clad with photographs of the building in its various guises,  as well as Babbacombe Downs. This long stretch of common land is home to the highest promenade in England, and a rich 

Babbacombe Bay Hotel was built as the English Riviera became a picturesque refuge for the rich and famous. Among its fans were Queen Victoria, who made personal visits to Babbacombe to sketch the cliffs, and Oscar Wilde, who lived in the village from 1892-3.

The area has been a beloved year-round holiday destination ever since. In 1926 Babbacombe Cliff Railway opened, a charming funicular scaling the 240ft cliff between Oddicombe beach and the downs.  

Beyond the beach, the Village has everything you need for a peaceful holiday. Visit world renowned Babbacombe Model Village and Gardens, or wander down our street for a matinee at Babbacombe Theatre. Source local, artisan picnic or supper ingredients in the Victorian precinct of St Marychurch, smell the roses in Tessier Gardens or sip a crisp cider at the Cary Arms on the water at Babbacombe Bay.