Surely there’s nothing more novel than waking up to an uninterrupted view of the sea through a large porthole? Well, at the new beach huts built into the cliff face at popular pub-with-rooms The Cary Arms, this is exactly what you can expect. But these aren’t the teeny, retro-rustic shacks you huddled into when you were kids, these are souped-up, luxe boltholes made just for two.
The exterior is delightfully trad; white clapboard wood with poster-paint blue roofs and that porthole, plus wall-to-wall glass doors that reveal wooden decking jutting out onto the rocks (you can practically taste the salt spray from the water) with two deck chairs and a bottle of Champagne in a silver bucket.
Inside, each are designed slightly differently, but you can expect a small Tango-orange corner sofa pointing towards a TV loaded with Netflix (yessss) and a fire (the faux kind though; turn on the sound for the soothing crackle and pop noises). Plus, there’s a small Smeg fridge loaded with snacks and sloe gin. Don’t mistake these six boltholes to be self-catering though, there’s no kitchen, it’s essentially one room with a small bathroom and a mezzanine level housing a squishy double bed covered in woollen blankets and super-soft cushions.
Meals are served at the Cary Arms’ awesome restaurant where people travel the county just to come for lunch. The seafood is top notch, go for the Devon crab & crayfish cocktail, followed by half a Lyme bay lobster, perfectly cooked in garlic butter - it’s a winning combo. How to spend a day here? Get to breakfast for a full ‘Devonshire’ (their take on a trad full English), grab a walking map and get stomping along those cliffs, then come back and dare each other to take a dip in the freezing sea before racing to the just-opened spa that sits above the huts.
There’s something seriously magical about watching the sun go down over a chilly ocean from a bath-warm hydrotherapy pool. Come evening, make a late-night dinner visit to Hanbury’s fish and chip shop, it’s got to be the best in Torquay. It will be all too tempting to eat in the restaurant attached to it, but don’t. Get a takeaway wrapped in newspaper and walk the two minutes to the old-school Torquay promenade with its Narnia-style street lamps. Even at 10pm in the depths of winter, it really ramps up the romance factor.
Book it: Beach huts from £375 per night bed and breakfast, caryarms.co.uk