Where to stay: W of England

Villa Marina
The English Riviera, Torquay, South Devon
Refurbished Victorian villa with a strong environmental commitment


This is a recently refurbished, detached Victorian Villa dating back to 1864 and retaining many of its original features. Villa Marina is close to Torquay’s town centre, seafront, harbour, Riviera Centre, Princess Theatre and Torre Abbey. The resort is located in the heart of the English Riviera, a perfect base for exploring the beautiful countryside and coastline of South Devon.

The 5 en-suite bedrooms are tastefully decorated and comfortably furnished with facilities including LCD-TV with Freeview, free wireless Internet access, alarm clock, complimentary toiletries, hairdryer and a hospitality tray.

Villa Marina uses free range meats, eggs, dairy produce, vegetables and preserves which are sourced from local West Country farms. The breakfast menu offers a wide choice to satisfy all appetites from the traditional English breakfast, to lighter options such as yoghurt, fruit, cereal and freshly baked croissants. Special options include smoked salmon with scrambled eggs, and breakfast omelettes. Guests can relax in the garden room or, on warmer days, in the secluded south facing garden itself.

Green features

Villa Marina boasts a strong environmental commitment with its membership of the Green Tourism Business Scheme, the Considerate Hoteliers Association and the Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust.

Where possible, low energy, long life light bulbs are used both outdoors and indoors. A rated appliances have been installed for cooking, washing and cleaning and they are not left on standby.

To save water all en-suite and private bathrooms only have shower facilities and there are several water butts around the property. There is a guests’ towel policy to reduce the changing frequency. Environmentally friendly cleaning materials are used where possible.

The proprietors support the local economy and reduce food miles by buying locally and also buy in bulk to reduce packaging - there are refillable soap & shampoo dispensers in all guest rooms. They recycle all glass, cardboard, cans/tins, newspapers/magazines, plastic bottles, printer and fax toners. There is a recycling bin for guests and a compost bin in the garden for food waste.
Other initiatives in hand include plans to improve insulation in the loft and by replacing all windows and doors.


Villa Marina
Tor Park Road
Devon TQ2 5BQ
Tel: +44 (0)1803 292187