Luxury Devon coastal retreat reopens its doors following a fresh facelift
Gara Rock, situated on the stunning South Devon coastline, has been completely updated with a spa, cinema and much more. We headed to Devon to take a closer look.
Once a set of coastguard cottages and now a stylish clifftop retreat with luxurious suites and spa, Gara Rock sits on the secluded South Devon coast and is blessed with stunning sea views and access to a beautiful beach below.
Kick back in the private cinema, completely relax in the heated outdoor pool, sip on a cocktail while watching the sun set over the sea before retiring to your sumptuous suite – the perfect coastal escape awaits.
Situated across the water from Salcombe and hugging unspoiled coastline, Gara Rock features five new loft rooms, three luxurious suites and six spacious rooms, four with sea view, and in addition to the above amenities, a restaurant, meeting room, indoor pool, spa bath and spa treatment rooms. Gara Rock will also offer Land Rover transfers from the ferry to and from Salcombe when visiting the restaurant and bar.
Gara Rock is a key landmark on the South West Coastal formerly the site featuring cottages for the coastguards. The coastguards were employed in the 19th century to prevent any illegal smuggling on the remote coastline and used The Lookout to scour the open seas, protect the coastline and watch for any boats in difficulty. Today Gara Rock is where walkers often stop off to enjoy a hot chocolate in winter and sundowners in summer as the sun sets across the water.
Headed up by Head Chef Lewis Glanvill, visitors to Gara Rock will be treated to a season led, great British menu using finely sourced produce from local farmers and fishermen. The restaurant provides an ultimate long-lunch hotspot in a world-class setting. With al-fresco seating and outdoor fire pits, this superb eatery enables local residents and guests to celebrate the rugged and wonderfully wild coastline all year round.
Capturing the breath-taking sunset, the bar provides an unrivalled setting and serves as an idyllic place for well-earned drinks for walkers, pre-dinner drinks or a memorable spot to toast something special.
Visitors can warm up by the roaring fire in the lounge and enjoy a light snack or a drink before lunch or dinner at the restaurant in this cosy spot. This will offer guests a relaxed dining option in the day that so many top hotels lack, whilst also offering a sought after spot to meet in the evening. There will also be a private dining space or the option for people to take over exclusively for special occasions or weddings. Four legged friends are also most welcome.
The Gara Van
Situated in the field opposite the property, the Gara Van will offer walkers and guests coffees, teas, cold drinks and sweet and savoury treats with a view. The ever-changing panorama is a local landmark and an inspiring lunch stop.
Wonderfully romantic, the new suites and loft rooms will feature roll top baths, wood panelled walls and private terraces overlooking meadows and Bolt Head that meet rugged cliffs and the sea. Guests can treat a loved one to a candle lit dinner or a glass of champagne in the cliff-top viewpoint after a romantic picnic on the secluded beach. Gara Rock will also feature bespoke touches throughout including picnic hampers filled with farm shop treats for long treks or short strolls.
The ultimate playground for children and adults alike, there is plenty of adventure at Gara Rock. Families can enjoy picnics or BBQs on the beach, surfing lessons and deep-sea fishing, foraging trails, yoga classes for all ages, and foodie masterclasses. After days filled with old fashioned fun in the seaside air, cosy up by the fire in The Lounge or relax in your room and play one of the hotel’s board games.
With world-class views, unrivalled culinary experiences and relaxing spa facilities this secluded destination is the ultimate place for city dwellers seeking fresh air, space and a special place to switch off. What are you waiting for?! Prices start from £200 including breakfast and VAT.
Visit gararock.com for more information or to book.
Address: Salcombe – East Portlemouth, East Portlemouth, Salcombe TQ8 8FA
Phone: 01548 845946