The Best Bed & Breakfasts in Torquay

Launch an adventure from Torquay Harbour during your stay
Launch an adventure from Torquay Harbour during your stay | © Roberto La Rosa / Alamy Stock Photo
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15 April 2021

Torquay, thanks to a temperate microclimate, has served as a popular holiday destination since the Victorian age. Take that well-trodden path and stay in one of these excellent B&Bs, all bookable on Culture Trip.


Considered the heart of the English Riviera, Torquay is a seaside resort town in Devon, southwest England. Beyond the expansive beaches and rugged coastline, local attractions include the fossil-rich Jurassic Coast, the culture-heavy Princess Theatre and the open moorlands of nearby Dartmoor National Park. Whether you’re on a budget-friendly getaway or planning a more luxurious holiday, here’s Culture Trip’s selection of the best B&Bs in Torquay.

The Elmdene

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The Elmdene
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Located on a leafy, tree-lined road across from open parkland, The Elmdene consists of six elegant ensuite bedrooms catering to adults only. It’s just a short walk to the picturesque seafront, while the town and major attractions are also within easy walking distance. Your stay includes a full English breakfast taken in the dining room, and complimentary tea and coffee.

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The Somerville

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The Somerville
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If you’re seeking a luxury break on the English Riviera, look no further than The Somerville. This five-star boutique B&B gives the impression of being tucked away from the usual bustle of seaside Torquay, yet is conveniently located between the beach and the town centre. A home-made breakfast of local produce and baked goods is served daily. The hosts can arrange personalised trips to nearby Dartmoor, which can include a picnic at the end, as well as excursions to the local golf course and mountain biking around Haldon Forest.

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The Torcroft

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The Torcroft
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The Torcroft combines the personalisation of a B&B with the amenities of a small hotel, including an on-site bar and lounge. Built in 1860, the renovated building now has 11 stylish rooms suited to short breaks, weekends, business trips and summer holidays. For a more deluxe stay, choose a balcony suite with partial sea views, or a luxury suite with a spacious bathroom. After a buffet breakfast, relax in the sunny, south-facing garden and terrace, admiring the Torquay palm trees.

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Devon Court

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Devon Court
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Built in the mid-1800s, Devon Court has been a luxurious seaside villa from the beginning. Located on a quaint road just a short walk to the town centre and the beach, it provides easy access to long hikes, sea activities and all the fine dining Torquay has to offer. Choose from a range of deluxe rooms and elegant suites, or opt for the secluded, self-catered private apartment. Breakfast is included, and you’ll have access to a pool during your stay.

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  • The Charterhouse

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    The Charterhouse
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    Steeped in historical English charm, The Charterhouse is a pleasant, family-run B&B conveniently located between the park, village and beach. This 10-room Edwardian-style guesthouse is nestled in a garden-like setting that offers the opportunity to relax and retreat. Enjoy buffet breakfasts and access to a small, heated outdoor swimming pool during the summer.

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    The Montana

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    The Montana
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    The Montana is a beautifully modernised Victorian building, which sits a short walk to Abbey Sands Beach and the South West Coastal Path. Free pick-up and drop-off services are available to and from the local rail/coach stations. The homely, family-run accommodations include a home-cooked English breakfast every morning, which are made using fresh and locally sourced produce where available.

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    Burleigh House

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    Burleigh House
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    This family-run guesthouse offers a warm and personalised stay, with just eight guest rooms to increase that homely vibe. A full English breakfast is served daily in the sunny dining room, using fresh, local produce. It’s just a short stroll to the town centre, harbour and beaches. If you’re arriving by car, there’s free parking – make sure to visit Abbey Park, a plot of greenery right on the seafront, which is just a few minutes’ drive away.

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    Mount Edgcombe Guest House

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    Mount Edgcombe Guest House
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    An elegant, nine-room Victorian villa built in 1880, Mount Edgcombe is situated in a conservation area near the seafront, town and local attractions such as Torre Abbey. Overlooking a pretty courtyard, the light and airy dining room serves a hearty English breakfast on a daily basis, as well as an optional four-course home-cooked dinner menu from Easter to October.

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