Gara Rock

Salcombe, Devon

Junior Suite

Sunset View room

Sunset View room

Sunset View room

Garden Apartment

Garden Apartment

Junior Suite

Junior Suite

Junior Suite

Suite

Suite

Suite

Suite

Suite

Garden Apartment

Garden Apartment

Clifftop Devon boutique near Salcombe with soul-stirring views

A breath of fresh air on Devon's coast, with an acclaimed restaurant, sumptous soothing spa and a choice of beautiful rooms

  • Gara Rock’s loft setting above Devon's precipitous cliffs blows away the cobwebs. One of the south coast’s hippest openings, its service and chic interiors (reclaimed wooden walls, wood burners, huge beds with geometric-patterned quilts) landed plaudits like ‘Seaside hotel of the year’ by The Times.

  • Return from rock pooling and exploring Salcombe’s colourful harbour to a plush spa with a blue mosaic pool, sauna and steam room. Outside there are captivating views from the swimming pool, which wouldn’t look out of place on a Greek island. On rainy days, catch a classic movie in the 10-seat cinema.

  • The food is equally renowned: breakfast on bircher or sourdough toast with poached eggs, ham and hollandaise. The restaurant has captivating views over the sea and a seafood-centric menu, while outdoors there’s a food truck – the Garavan, chortle – serving ice creams and pasties.

Amenities

- Wi-Fi
- Restaurant
- Lounge bar
- Food truck
- Cinema room
- Spa
- Pets welcome
- Parking
- Indoor pool
- Outdoor pool

How to get there

Take the M5 as far as you can go and then turn onto the A38 heading south – GPS systems can take you on a scenic route, but the hotel recommends heading to Kingsbridge/Frogmore/East Portlemouth. The closer you get to the hotel the more skinny and sinuous the roads become until – at last – you emerge onto a grassy clifftop which drops away to the sea.

If you’re coming from London it’s approximately five hours’ drive, from the Midlands around four hours, and there’s plenty of parking on site. If you want to try public transport it’s three-and-a-half hours to Torquay (trains from London Paddington, with a change in Bristol). You’ll then need to book a taxi for the rest of the way.

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