On Our Doorstep
Babbacombe Bay sits on the lush Downs of Babbacombe Village, within the English Riviera town of Torquay.
The property dates to the early Victorian era when the English gentry discovered our sun-flecked south coast. With lush valleys, bountiful seas, charming seaside towns, and a balmy microclimate, Torbay is the ideal riviera.
Babbacombe’s sunny beaches front the house, accessed by coastal paths or the Babbacombe Cliff Railway. Babbacombe Down interconnects with those at Oddicombe and Petitor, forming a wildlife oasis which often rewards walkers with glimpses of Roe deer and buzzards overhead.
We are on England's Seafood Coast, which is a foodie haven. Fresh fish is in abundance, from Brixham's world famous fish market to Torquay's award-winning restaurants. Some of our favourites are No. 7 Fish Bistro, The Orange Tree, Mitch Tonks' Rockfish and the Michelin starred The Elephant, owned and run by husband and wife team Simon and Katy Hulstone.
In 2007, UNESCO made Torbay the world's first urban Global Geopark. Torbay's rich blend of nature and cultural heritage is far removed from the traditional bucket and spade image of the English seaside. Our coastline is a wild meeting of verdant woodland, distinctive red cliffs, and shifting seascapes.
TripAdvisor's top seaside resort, with its relaxing feel, family-friendly attractions, romantic scenery and adrenaline-fuelled activities of diving, coasteering, and kayaking. Sail away into the sunset on a sightseeing boat trip, or moor your own in our expansive marina.
Experience the rich 800 year history of Torre Abbey or delve deeper to the Prehistoric subterranean caves of Kents Cavern. The caves have been home to three species of human, as well as a 41,000-44,000 year old human fossil - the oldest to be unearthed in North-Western Europe.
is a water lover's dream. Try water skiing, coasteering, paddle boarding or swimming from its Blue Flag sandy beaches. There's also plenty of family fun to be had on the slides at Splashdown Waterpark! Away from the water, the Seashore Centre and the famed zoological park are must visits. Explore Paignton Zoo’s ecosystems, from Savannah to Wetland, spot the rare species residing there, and learn about conservation efforts to support them.
is a world-famous fishing port, where pleasure yachts and heritage trawlers jostle for space among day boats heading out for the day’s catch. There’s plenty to see and do here, not least an early morning tour of the fish market and delicious brunch. The striking Berry Head is also worth a trip. The heritage site and National Nature Reserve features wonderful coastline, an iconic lighthouse and even a Napoleonic Fort.
A haven for 'yachties' and those who prefer to keep their deck shoes on dry land, Salcombe offers golden sandy beaches, sparkling seas, wonderful walking in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and great food. Take a walk along the South West Coast Path and discover hidden tidal coves, or go rock pooling and build sand castles on North Sands beach.
Visit the idyllic holiday home of Agatha Christie, the Queen of Crime, on the banks of the River Dart. The National Trust has restored the house and gardens to their heyday in the fifties, when Christie and her family spent happy spring, summer and Christmas holidays there.
The National Trust promotes "green ways" to reach Greenway, and these are charming ways to enhance your trip. If you travel by atmospheric steam train from Paignton or Kingswear to Greenway Halt station, a half hour woodland amble brings you to the house. Alternatively, take the ferry from Dartmouth or make use of the many gorgeous walking routes along the Dart estuary.
The Round Robin
Perfect for family groups, this popular circular tour will keep all ages entertained. Travel between the charming towns of Paignton, Totnes and Dartmouth by steam train, river boat and bus.
Highlights include the River Dart's wildlife and picturesque wooded creeks, Dartmouth Castle, Totnes' characterful high street, and — of course — a waterfront pasty or fish and chips.
After filming War Horse on Dartmoor, Steven Spielberg said "I have never before, in my long and eclectic career, been gifted with such an abundance of natural beauty”.
That says it all about our National Park. The largest area of wilderness in the south of England, it is under an hour’s drive from us. Like the park, Dartmoor’s main attractions are abundant and untamed: rolling hills, towering rock formations (called tors), Dartmoor ponies, ancient oak woodland, and lush, green landscapes.
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