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Newly furnished with lovely south facing terrace and parking directly outside the lodge. Centrally located on the site it is a great lodge for families renting a few lodges - there are three sharing the same car park.
Coastal Lodges are in a quiet five acre setting, in the grounds of 16th Century Corn Mill, in woodland alongside the Gara River. We are only 2 miles from the nearest village with its excellent pub. Coastal Lodges is a family run business with a small group of Lodges (9 in total). Our emphasis is on helping visitors to enjoy the array of nature that populates the river banks and woodland. We have a Nature Trail and encourage the whole family to get out and enjoy the outdoors, with the comfort of a wonderfully designed lodge. We are 10 minutes from the nearest beaches and offer an excellent base for all water sports with sailing, surfing, fishing and kayaking close by. Dartmouth Golf and Country Club with Championship Golf Course, Spa and indoor pool is 10 minutes drive away. Riding and Tennis can also be arranged nearby. Dartmoor National Park offers great walking, along with the array of coastal paths which make the South Hams so special.
We offer discounts on published rates for couples
Annie. We have been at Gara Mill for ten years, having dreamt of bringing our children here to grow up paddling in the stream. We have loved the freedom that we all have to explore here. We have endeavoured to create a place where anyone wanting to enjoy nature and the outdoors, can come to take it in (be active or relax); it is cool to camp but we want to be warm and dry while we do it. We have tried to establish a place where we can all be outside, with BBQ area and Nature Trail, perhaps gather some hens eggs for breakfast - generally get a sense of being on an camping holiday but without the downside of leaky tents, in a damp climate. We have excellent beds, lovely bedding and have included touches of design inspired by our location and great Scandinavian design!
Gara Mill House has had lodges on its grounds since the 1950's. The Mill itself dates from the 1550's ! It is a perfect setting for a lodge - we have otters and small brown trout in the river. Birdlife in abundance. Insects including dragonfly, numerous butterflies and some Slow worms. Wild orchids too. All of that before you leave your lodge. The South Hams then gives you the chance to surf, sail, fish, waterski and the rest. We can arrange pony riding or Golf within a 10 minute drive. You can walk the most breathtaking coastline for entire week without exhausting new tracks and paths. We have the best produce here and three great towns to explore within a half our of us (Kingsbridge, Totnes, Dartmouth). It is perfect in every way for a holiday !
As well as the wildlife, sport and food we have to offer the South Hams also has some terrific National Trust properties. Agatha Christies home at Greenway is only a few miles away and Collaton Fishacre, Sharpitor at Salcombe and Saltram House are all worth a visit. In addition you could take a trip on the steam train at Dartmouth or visit the Rare Breed Centre in Totnes. The Aquariam at Plymouth and Paignton Zoo are great day trips an hour away. Even the Eden Centre in Cornwall can be done as a day trip from here. One of my favourite trips out is twenty minutes away at Sharpham Vineyard; where you can walk, eat and drink happily for an afternoon. What could be better. (Must mention "Woodlands" - it is only 10 mins from the house and great for kids on a wet weather day !)
All bookings are secured with a 20% deposit, full payment due 8 weeks prior to arrival. All bookings require a £100 security deposit.
Bookings include linen and towels but please bring beach towels.
Friday or is our main changeover day though alternative days in mid/low season may be considered. Some Saturdays in peak season.
Short breaks are also available, four day breaks over Christmas now available !
Arrival time is 4pm and departure time 10am.
Notes on prices:
Inorder to see prices for the end of 2015 please scroll down the next Lodge on the page.
Half term is booking up but we a couple of Lodges left so call for a deal !
We had a lovely few days at Gara Mill. We were a party of 6 ranging from 9-80 and the accommodation suited all. The location is ideal with lots to do within a relatively short drive. We moved our eldest son into digs at Plymouth Uni and booked a short break with family while we did this. A big thank you to Annie for helping us by providing a cold box to move the rather large food shop we did prior to the Uni move. The break was just what we all needed and we felt rested and chilled upon our return to Norfolk . Many Thanks
We stayed at Treetops for a week Sept '16, I thoroughly recommend the property - the lodge was very clean, fully equipped and had a nice modern Scandinavian feel to it. What I especially enjoyed was the peace and quiet just sitting and listening to the birds and the stream running. It is ideally situated just a stones throw from Slapton, Torcross & Dartmouth. And as it names says you really felt you were in the treetops.
We have just returned from a wonderful family holiday at Gara Mill. The lodge we started in was extremely comfortable, well equipped and beautiful decorated. It was a great base to explore the area and so close to many fantastic beaches. We would highly recommend Gara Mill -even the dog had a great time!
This has been our favourite holiday destination for a few years now. The lodges are impeccably maintained and the grounds and surrounding areas are stunning. Nothing has been overlooked and I would recommend staying here to anyone. There are numerous fabulous pubs and restaurants nearby and plenty of family activities and breathtaking beaches.