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.
Three bedrooms: 1 x super king (on mezzanine floor) with private sitting room and en-suite with shower, basin WC, 1 x twin with en-suite with shower, basin and WC, 1 x single. Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC, shower room. Open-plan living area with sitting, dining and kitchen areas.
South Pool 3 miles; Kingsbridge 8; Salcombe 1 mile (by passenger ferry) 15.8 miles (by car). East Portlemouth is a tranquil village nestled on the southern edge of the Kingsbridge Estuary in the South Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The small number of properties that make up this settlement are scattered on the hillside and around the cliff, with part of the village once being home to Coastguards employed during the nineteenth century to prevent any smuggling on this section of the South West Coast Path.
Nowadays the village offers a little cafe (open only on dry days) and a number of tiny peaceful beaches - Fisherman's Cove, Smalls Cove and Mill Bay - all of which have been awarded Safe Bathing status.
Further inland situated creekside, is the pretty village of South Pool with its delightful pub, the Millbrook Inn. A haven for food-lovers, this establishment serves a heady combination of fresh English ingredients with traditional Galic cooking.
Just across the estuary is the popular resort of Salcombe with its charming independent boutiques and plentiful selection of cafes, bars and restaurants, which can be reached easily by a five minute pedestrian ferry ride. Further down the coast are the historic town of Dartmouth with its Castle and the bustling city of Plymouth with its museums, aquarium, theatres, shopping and the Barbican.