Gara rock hotel can be seen in the distance, set on a cliff in Devon overlooking the coast

Looking for situates to stay near Salcombe? Want a rustic-chic hotel in Devon? Read our review of Gara Rock in South Devon.

Gara Rock in a nutshell

Devon’s hippest brand-new inn, perched on the deception of a face near Salcombe, has 12 rustic-chic bedrooms, a unwound diner with sunlight terrace, indoor and outdoor heated kitties, and a control of stylish self-catering family-friendly bungalows– all of which are cleverly well placed to fix the most of magnificent coastal views.

A large room with glass wall looks out over the Devon coast. There is a dark grey kitchen in the background, and blush blue sofas with a coffee table in the foreground

Devon’s hippest new hotel is cleverly well placed to oblige the most of magnificent coastal sentiments

The vibe

Set on the South West Coastal Path, at the end of a tangle of narrow high-hedged country corridors, Gara Rock has an edge-of-the-world feel, where zero mobile signal and patchy internet gives it a refreshingly low-fi, analogue vibe. Clean-cut households, marries, hikers and dog-walkers are drawn by its laid-back, beachy milieu, abiding for leg-pumping wanders, beach barbecues, coastal cuisine and spa medications- or simply to gawp at the epic views.

Interiors have an earthy, ethnic inclination and are furnished with artisan commodities from Devon-based store, Nkuku( hand-loomed Rajasthani block-print jute carpets and armchairs, rattan lampshades handwoven in Indonesia, and Cambodian seagrass baskets ).

Interiors at Gara Rock Hotel, Devon

Interiors have an earthy, ethnic lean and are furnished with artisan commodities from Devon-based store, Nkuku

Which room should I book?

There are no bad options, with all chambers sharing the same cosy feel, and most enjoying sea vistums from balconies, terraces or garden-varieties. Loft suite 5 is the most impressive, with an open-plan living area, freestanding bathroom, contemporary wood-burning stove, and a super king bed and terrace facing the sunset.

A bathroom at the Gara Rock Hotel has white-washed, wooden panelled walls. There is a dark grey freestanding bath with a towel perched on the side and a small wooden table to one side

Loft suite 5 is the most impressive, with an open-plan living area and freestanding soak

Bathrooms have potent walk-in showers, fluffy towels and bespeak organic toiletries. Fresh milk is provided for a morning liquor, but there’s no mini barroom. The brand-new penthouse and signal residence are geared for massive radicals, while the uber-romantic secret suite is a palatial, hidden-away option for lovebirds.

The food and drink

Gara Rock’s restaurant and terrace is its prime gather, present a loosened vibe, a limited but reliable menu that caters for all culinary persuasions, and panoramic vistums through floor-to-ceiling windows( tables 115 or 117 have uninterrupted thoughts ). The kitchen was in a state of flux during my visit, with the arrival of psyche chef Chris Warwick, but Lancashire-born Chris predicts coastal fix with a northern twist, knitting in personal beloveds such as Ampleforth Abbey cider, Lancashire Bomb cheddar, black pudding, and sweets including Bakewell Tart, Eccles and lardy cakes.

A slice of Bakewell tart and a quenelle of ice cream are sat on a white plate. The plate is on a distressed wooden table and the photo is taken overhead

Lancashire-born Chris promises coastal cook with a northern slant, weaving in personal favourites such as Bakewell Tart

Dishes are still in development, but looking after for the buttock of lamb with ricotta, wild garlic, turnip meridians and shepherd’s pie sauce; or inhaled Cornish lobster with mashed potato and lobster claw gravy. Local suppliers include Riverford Farm and Rusty Pig charcuterie. The hotel’s big kitchen garden specifies herbs, salad buds and summer results, while flowering rosemary is foraged from cliffs. The following is two tables stocked with West Country gins, including Salcombe Gin( purified in a former skipper loft in town ), Luscombe fruit juices, Devonshire ciders and Dartmoor ales. For an on-the-go lunch, the’ Garavan’- a retro Citroen van parked on Gara’s cliff edge- acts fort takeaways such as pasties and sausage rolls.

A distressed wooden table has a white bowl on top. In the bowl is a colourful beetroot and goat's cheese salad. There is a knife and fork laid next to the bowl

The hotel’s tiny kitchen garden plies herbs, salad foliages and time returns


Also in the throes of change, but a forthcoming menu predicts all the favourites, as well as more ingenious presents including ricotta and honey toast with nutmeg, corned beef hash with deep-fried egg and Worcestershire sauce, and an English breakfast tartine. The already excellent buffet will be jazzed up farther with homemade heather-honey granolas and conserves, foraged heartfelts and Devon-made charcuterie.

Gara Rock Restaurant with Views of the Cliffs

Gara Rock’s restaurant is its prime proceed, present a unwound vibe and panoramic vistums through floor-to-ceiling windows

What else can foodies do?

Work up an appetite with a 45 -minute coastal path to sandy Mill Bay beach, refuel at the charming little Venus beach cafe, then hop on the jaunty fare ferrying from East Portlemouth to Salcombe, where you can spawn your own gin at Salcombe Gin, watch ice-cream being made at Salcombe Dairy, and tuck into chargrilled cutlets at festive, bunting-garlanded beach cafe, The Winking Prawn. Overbeck’s, a National Trust property, acts a aim cream tea in humid plots overlooking the estuary. Gara Rock offers complimentary Land Rover pick-ups from East Portlemouth pier for the persons who overindulge and can’t face the walk home.

Is it family friendly?

Five self-catering bungalows are geared for houses, consist of three bedrooms, two bathrooms, an open program kitchen and big garden. There are two heated pools- one indoor and one outdoor- and various sandy beaches adjacent with shallow float( though no lifeguards ). There’s a crowd-pleasing children’s menu and a tightened stance to tearaways in the restaurant. A private cinema indicates daily child-friendly films, as well as those for a more grown-up audience. The hotel’s proximity to cliff advantages rules out allowing young children to roam free.

Indoor Pool with Jacuzzi at Gara Rock Hotel, Devon

The following is two heated kitties- one indoor and one outdoor

olive tip

Don’t miss the sunup clifftop yoga sessions in summer, which are followed by brunch.

Words by Suzy Bennett, April 2019

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