Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Gara Rock: From Coastguard Station to Coastal Retreat

The beauty of Gara Rock has been captured in a video highlighting the dramatic and privileged cliff top position this development of West Country holiday apartments and holiday cottages holds.

Once a coastguard station, Gara Rock’s spectacular location made it a perfect place for a holiday development, with sea and headland views of Prawle Point and beyond Salcombe Estuary to Bolt Trail. The video, filmed by a visiting journalist, captures perfectly the unique location of Gara Rock and the natural setting the development was created to enjoy.

Its life as a lookout point for the safety of those at sea is remembered in the thatched hut that remains, while the 12 apartments and five cottages and the relaxed café restaurant are contemporary, but fitting, in style.

Walkers get the best views of the area, with the South West Coast Path running immediately below the development, hugging 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 winds down the 550 yards from Gara Rock to unspoilt, sandy Rickham Cove, which is ideal for a spot of rock pooling.

Staying at Gara Rock includes use of the indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room and an outdoor pool from the end of May until the end of September. The sun terrace, complete with sun loungers, can feel Mediterranean when the West Country’s milder weather brings summer sunshine.

The restaurant is positioned to make the most of the sea view, with a curved wall of windows looking out to the Atlantic and a terrace for relaxed dining in the open. The menu has an Italian influence and includes many locally sourced foods.

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.
To find out more about availability at Gara Rock, go to the Helpful Holidays website or call 01647 433593.