Gara Rock

East Portlemouth, Devon

‘The perfect pit stop’ on the Coast Path between Salcombe and Dartmouth, Gara Rock stands ‘high on the cliff above a beautiful beach’. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘The perfect pit stop’ on the Coast Path between Salcombe and Dartmouth, Gara Rock stands ‘high on the cliff above a beautiful beach’. Driving there is quite an adventure, down country roads where your satnav might send you on a scenic detour. It’s worth the trip, though, to find, as a Guide insider did, a ‘stylish yet relaxed hotel with sublime sea views’, built on the footprint of old coastguard cottages. Sea-facing bedrooms, in earth tones, have a balcony or terrace. Loft suites have a freestanding roll-top bath and an en suite rainfall shower. ‘Enormous garden suites open on to the lawn and are perfect for dog owners and families.’ A reader loved the setting, the beach, two pools and plush cinema, but ‘maintenance needs a bit of an overview’ with ‘lots of lights not working at night’. The open-plan public space includes an all-day bistro, with sea views ‘enhanced by the curved floor-to-ceiling windows’. Here, they serve ‘unpretentious, tasty dishes such as excellent fish and chips and Salcombe crab’, although ‘limited menu choices’ for children mean it is only ‘fine for one night’. (JK, C and ES, and others)

Hotel details

Address

East Portlemouth
Salcombe
Devon
TQ8 8FA
England

Telephone

01548 845946

Bedrooms

30. Accessed externally, 
1 suite separate from hotel.

Open

all year.

Facilities

restaurant, private dining area, lounge bar, spa, cinema room, terrace, indoor and outdoor pool, in-room TV, civil wedding licence, public rooms wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet on floor below, reached via lift.

Background music

in public areas.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in some rooms, grounds, lounge bar and restaurant (£40 per dog).

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B £225–£1,100. À la carte £42, fixed-price menu £19.50–£24.50.