Gara Rock

East Portlemouth, Devon

Drive down 'tiny country lanes', putter across from Salcombe aboard a little motorboat ferry, or walk the South West Coast Path to reach this remote hotel and spa with 'a commanding cliffside position and sublime views'. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Drive down ‘tiny country lanes’, putter across from Salcombe aboard a little motorboat ferry, or walk the South West Coast Path to reach this remote hotel and spa with ‘a commanding cliffside position and sublime views’. However you get here, you won’t regret it, says a Guide insider, though it is expensive. Built on the site of a Victorian coastguard station-turned-Edwardian hotel, it has an exciting choice of rooms and suites, some sea facing with a balcony, some with a garden patio, ‘perfect for dog owners’. New junior suites have an open living space and roll-top bath. ‘Apartments in the grounds are more simply furnished and more suited to families.’ A lounge with ‘wood-burner and sheepskin throws over squishy armchairs’ shares space with a bistro with curved full-height windows, ‘lights cleverly incorporated into fishing nets’. New executive head Paul Hegley creates dishes such as pan-fried halibut, Salcombe shellfish sauce, piperade and preserved fennel, but you can still have good old fish and chips. When the sun shines, dine alfresco on barbecued fare; when it rains, watch a movie in the cinema. (JK)

Hotel details

Address

East Portlemouth
Salcombe
Devon
TQ8 8FA
England

Telephone

01548 845946

Bedrooms

33. 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, EV charging, public rooms wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet on floor below, reached via lift.

Background music

in public areas.

Children

all ages welcomed, no charge for extra bed.

Dogs

allowed in some rooms (£40–£60 per stay), grounds, lounge bar and restaurant.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from £328. À la carte £45. Min. 2-night bookings.