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Bespoke Lodges, set in woodland, close to beachs near Dartmouth and Kingsbridge - The Hide - dog friendly

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights



The Hide - dog friendly

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.

About the property


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

More Details

Judith Parker
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
August 12, 2017

About Judith Parker

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!

Why Judith Parker chose South Hams

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 !

What makes this cottage unique

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 !)

Available Rentals

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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 !


Kingsbridge Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • 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 ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Shower room 1 - shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • autumn foliage
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Each Lodge has been newly furnished for 2012/13. Decor is sleek 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. 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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The Hide - dog friendly
average rating of 4.75 based on 4 reviews

Just what we needed

  • 4 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for taking the time to review us - we look forward to seeing you again in the future ! Annie
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Beautiful lodge situated in lovely countryside

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for taking the time to review us - we hope you will visit us again ! Annie
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A wonderful relaxing holiday

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks - glad you had a great time ! Annie
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Best Break Ever

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks - look forward to seeing you again soon ! Annie
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Nearest Golf
8 Kilometres
5 miles away
Nearest Restaurant
7 Kilometres
3 miles


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.


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