The Sunday Times Travel Best Places to Stay in the South West 2019
"I think I’ve found the best spa view in England. The hot tub looks on to a foaming sea, flanked by hills braided with 3,500-year-old banks of earth, once tilled by Bronze Age farmers. As you are doing laps in the pool at dusk, you can watch the ocean slowly turn golden, and yachts twinkle sleepily in the sun."
"Poised above the South West Coast Path, on a clifftop just east of Salcombe, Gara Rock is a relaxed coastal retreat with luxurious rooms and suites, fabulous food and spectacular views of the south Devon shoreline."
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an exclusive luxury resort for your very special occasions.
Whether you're heading off on a honeymoon or celebrating a big anniversary, Gara Rock is the perfect destination for a truly indulgent getaway. The stunning views, exceptional quality of accommodation, delicious locally-sourced food and beautiful walks make this Devon retreat ideal for marking a memorable milestone. The experience of staying in such exclusive surroundings is sure to impress, and an ideal opportunity for a proposal, birthday treat or retirement surprise for someone very special.
Take your time to savour the sea air as you arrive down the country lane, which winds its way through sheep fields, across the magic South Hams Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You've arrived at an exclusive hotel and self-catering destination with a modern twist. The stunning rough-luxe interiors and industrial chic of the metro-tiled bathrooms are just part of the experience here. Discover beautiful details in the bohemian interior design across the resort, from the stunning art on Apartment walls to the tasteful blend of hipster cool and antique chic in the Secret Suite.
From the welcoming reception, you can explore luxury facilities - experience the thrill of swimming outdoors with an open air pool that overlooks the stunning cliffs and tumultuous sea of the south Devon coast. Or head inside to the relative calm of the spa and indoor pool. In summer, the views from floor to ceiling windows in the exclusive restaurant take in crystal clear waters, golden sand and rugged cliff edges beyond. This is the perfect holiday retreat for walkers; situated just yards from the Southwest Coast Path, on perhaps the most ruggedly-beautiful stretch of Devon coastline.
Families will love the wild, secluded beach and quiet lanes, with a safe haven in the surrounding countryside to play and explore for children of any age, including teenagers! Wide open fields are perfect for an impromptu game of family football or rounders and the stunning beach is a delight, with rock pools and long stretches of sand at low tide (access to this cove is only for surefooted guests!). Gara Rock is ideal for those wanting to unplug and get back to nature - the perfect compliment to a natural childhood lifestyle.
With both hotel and self-catering options, Gara Rock has been designed to offer a variety of options for couples holidays. Whether you're looking for the ultimate luxury escape in the Secret Suite, with sea views, hidden away from prying eyes, or you prefer the convenience of the suites for a weekend break, just a few steps away from our celebrated restaurant.
Discover the Devon coast path with your dog and you'll find pet-friendly accommodation at Gara that surprises and delights. With beautiful furnishings, garden access and stunning sea views, there's nowhere better for a dog lover to stay than this clifftop retreat, surrounded by fields and beaches.
"We spent two nights at Gara Rock - arriving to the spectacular views of the sea that are the focal point of the restaurant. The food was fabulous - totally delicious, well presented and lots of choice. Extensive wine list and great local beers and gin too... perhaps the best thing was the exceptionally friendly and professional staff who looked after us so well - there seemed to be a shared pride in what they have to offer and the Gara Rock product which really comes across."
OCT 2018 / TRIPADVISOR
"We visited the restaurant for a meal for two. It was lovely. Fantastic & caring staff, amazing interior. The food was amazing as well. The view from the restaurant and the sun set... Loved it all. We always travel with our dog so it was nice to know that dogs are welcome. We loved it so much we are definitely going back maybe even for holiday or weekend."
OCT 2018 / GOOGLE REVIEWS
"We were privileged to stay at Gara Rock for two nights and were blown away by the location!! We were very fortunate to have hot sunny weather which meant we could make the most of the beaches, room balcony and loungers. The room was spacious, clean and we loved the decor. Although Gara Rock is not finished and being one of the first to visit, we did have to encounter some teething problems as expected, but have to say these were outweighed by the friendly staff, fantastic rooms, great food in the restaurant and views/location to die for!"
OCT 2018 / BOOKING.com
Set astride the cliffs which lie east of the Kinsgbridge estuary, Gara Rock can be accessed by road through the country lanes, or by passenger ferry from Salcombe.
When driving to Gara Rock, Google Maps and sat nav systems can sometimes choose a scenic route. For an easier route, we suggest you head to Kingsbridge, then Frogmore where you can turn right over the bridge and then follow signs/sat nav to East Portlemouth and Gara Rock.