Nestled on the hillside on the outskirts of the village of East Portlemouth lies the stylish Gara Rock Complex. This beautiful collection of properties possess a commanding position on the South Devon Coast, boasting panoramic views from the headlands of Prawle Point and beyond the Salcombe Estuary to Bolt Tail.
All of the accommodation at Gara Rock boast contemporary bath and shower rooms, sleek kitchens featuring granite countertops and all the required essentials, high quality furnishings and a neutral décor, accented with tasteful splashes of colour. A number of the properties offer private balconies or sun terraces, furnished and featuring exquisite views across the sea, some of which also have the added the luxury of a private hot tub.
Guest are welcome to enjoy the plentiful facilities available on site at Gara Rock. Work up a sweat in the brand new fitness suite, recline in a bubbling Jacuzzi, catch a film in the Cinema Room or indulge in a delicious meal while taking in the sunset from The Restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows. The rest of the facilities include a spa with an indoor heated pool, sauna and beauty suite offering treatments (at additional cost). Communal gardens with an outdoor swimming pool with sun loungers and access to a secluded golden cove, as well as a stylish lounge and bar area.
The properties at Gara Rock are ideally located for exploring South Devon. The South West Coast Path runs below the complex, offering walking opportunities towards the beautiful beaches of East Portlemouth or East Prawle and Start Point. Salcombe is a short walk and a five-minute ferry ride away, offering plenty of independent shopping and dining opportunities, as well as more beaches and opportunities to enjoy some watersports. There are numerous other towns and villages to visit, such as historic Dartmouth, quaint Cockington or bustling centres like Torquay and Plymouth, or if dramatic moors are more your thing, Dartmoor is within easy driving distance.
1½ miles from East Portlemouth, eastwards along the coast, is Gara Rock, an utterly unique and spectacularly sited new development of 12 apartments and five cottages along with an excellent restaurant, all with fabulous, panoramic views seaward and towards the wild and rugged headlands of Prawle Point and beyond Salcombe Estuary to Bolt Tail.
Once, the dramatic site was home to a coastguard's station; the thatched lookout hut remains.
Now it is a place to relax and rejuvenate, hunker down and watch the ebb and flow of the tides rather than the clock.
It's a wild and remote spot, but also romantic and special - the sort of magical place that generations return to year after year.
It is in a brilliant position for exploring the South West Coast Path that runs immediately below the development and hugs the coastline to the west, passing accessible coves en route to East Portlemouth (and the ferry to Salcombe and beyond), and eastwards towards East Prawle and Start Point.
A footpath (steep in places) winds down the 550 yards from Gara Rock to unspoilt Rickham Cove (sandy, rock pools).
The apartments and cottages have exclusive year-round use of the indoor swimming pool (kidney shape, 31' x 17' x 4'6', available 8am to 8pm), jacuzzi, and sauna and steam room (available 12pm to 6pm).
From the end of May until the end of September (8am to 8pm) there is also exclusive use of the outdoor swimming pool (50' x 14'6' x up to 4' deep) with changing rooms, showers and sunbathing terrace with loungers.
The surrounding landscaped gardens are enclosed and carefully planted and there are lovely spots for sitting, relaxing and admiring the view.
The contemporary restaurant (gararock.com/restaurant) for informal dining offers, delicious meals and has a glazed wall for watching the view, plus a terrace for alfresco dining, taking full advantage of the breathtaking views from its cliff-top position.
The accommodation is set beyond the restaurant and within the enclosed grounds.
Each apartment and cottage has sensational sea views; some have small balconies, others their own terraces overlooking the coastline.
Inside, they are individual and finished to a high standard with well-equipped kitchens and smart bath or shower rooms.
There are steps down from the car park.
We currently let two cottages and four apartments.
Damages Deposit £200.
Cottage 3: In the centre of the row of cottages with terrace, looking over the gardens and outdoor swimming pool to Decklar's Cliff.
Inside, decorated in neutrals and blues, clean and contemporary.
French windows into open-plan living/dining/kitchen with sea views; twin bedroom with en-suite showe room (suite).
Stairs (stairgates) up to a double bedroom (5' bed) with bed on a mezzanine over a sitting room and en-suite shower room (fabulous coastal views); single bedroom; bathroom (suite, shower over bath); washer-drier in cupboard; door to steps to parking area.