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Bespoke Lodges, set in woodland, close to beachs near Dartmouth and Kingsbridge - Riverside



Updated: 20-Sep-2016
Coastal Lodges in a valley nr Slapton, Dartmouth, Devon, England - Sailing Centre Salcombe, Fishing And Kayaking At Dartmouth And Dartmoor National Park Nearby

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

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Details for holiday chalet Riverside, 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, 2 Bathrooms

Set in Woodland next to the river, Riverside lodge is set apart from the other lodges. The lodge is accessed directly off our overflow car park and you can there fore park adjacent to your lodge. The huge L shaped terrace is totally enclosed and runs the length of the lodge - great if you are bringing your dog or very young children.

The open plan living space opens directly onto the terrace and is spacious and bright.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Pets considered
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

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!

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1 holidaymaker review


Peaceful & relaxing

  • 5 of 5

If you want peace & quiet this is the place to go. We really enjoyed our stay here, accommodation is fantastic & to watch all the birds feeding just outside the window is lovely. Road down to the place is a bit hair-raising but make sure you note your passing places & you'll be fine, ours became a family thing with our 2 boys. Great location for site seeing & Blackpool Sands beach is a must. Thank you for a lovely holiday

  • Review Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for the lovely review - great to know that you had a good time here and we hope to see you again. Hedges in the lanes have now been cut so the journey in is less of an adventure ! Regards Annie
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From the Owner

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 !

Activity and Interests

Nearest Golf : 5 miles away at 8 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : 3 miles at 7 Kilometres


Ten minute drive to Blackpool and Slapton Sands.

Twenty minutes drive to beautiful hidden coves of Lannacombe and Mattescombe.

Surfing, kite surfing and walking at fantastic Bantham, which overlooks famous Burgh Island. Surf lessons are available at Bantham.

Twenty five minutes to breathtaking sandy beaches at Salcombe.


Exeter Airport is an hour away, Bristol is an hour and half away.

Regular trains to London (3 hours 15 mins) and the whole UK from Totnes (half an hours drive away).

Car hire is essential.

Further Details:

Local post offices offering local produce and basics are at Strete and Torcross - both five minutes drive. Dartmouth offers Marks and Spencers and Sainsburys along with numerous restaurants and pubs. There is a cinema and good arts scene. It is a lively town with annual Comedy, Music, Food and Sailing events. There is also an outdoor pool. Dartmouth Country Club has an indoor pool and spa. Totnes has a great market and independent high street.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
October Half Term
21 Oct 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
22 Dec 2016 - 3 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Easter 2017
31 Mar 2017 - 15 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
May school hols 2017
26 May 2017 - 3 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer hols 2017
22 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Oct 2017 half term
20 Oct 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
XMaas/NY 2017
22 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
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.

Changeover Day:
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 !

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

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 !)

Property Type

  • chalet


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • rural


  • autumn foliage

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2


  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: Each Lodge has been newly furnished for 2012/13. Decor is clean and contemporary using the woodland, riverside setting as inspiration. Living room comprises TV. Kitchens are equipped for you to enjoy "eating in". Gas Hobs and Ovens, microwave, dishwasher (except in Garden Lodge), washing machine and dryer. Outside: Set alongside the river, visitors can enjoy paddling in the shallows, or taking in the bird life in our meadow and orchard. The site offers the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors either on site or on the local beaches and coastal footpaths. If you want to enjoy a relaxed outdoor "camping experience" without getting soggy under canvas a stay in our lodges is a great experience. All Lodges have a private terrace and we provide an area for BBQ and fire pit with panoramic views across the valley down towards the sea. In addition some Lodges have Hot Tubs from 2013. In the Winter we light up the Wood burners to provide you with the perfect hide away. The South Hams is blessed with fantastic local produce and as a result the local pubs and restaurants have great menus - eating in or out here is a fantastic part of visiting us. We can arrange for local vegetables and meat to be delivered whilst you are staying with us.

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