The tiny community of Gara Bridge lies in the heart of the Avon Valley, on the river, in the South Hams district of Devon. Situated in the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it is surrounded by ancient woods, meandering brooks and peaceful farmland, making self-catering holidays in Gara Bridge ideal for visitors who want to enjoy long walks in the countryside. The rugged heathland, mossy boulders and standing stones of Dartmoor National Park are a few miles north of Gara Bridge, while the lush estuaries, sandy beaches and classic resorts of the south coast are a short drive southward. Totnes, Dartmouth and the Torbay resorts of Paignton, Brixham and  are to its east, while Salcombe, Hope Cove and Bantham are to its south.

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On the doorstep of your Gara Bridge holiday cottage, you will find the remains of a station which was once on the Great Western Railway Line. Built from stone in 1893, it served freight and passengers until the Sixties, when it was closed. To the west of Gara Bridge, the California Inn is a delightful 14th century pub with roaring fires, oak beams and a garden. Expect a menu of hearty pub classics and a fine selection of local ales and ciders. Opposite the pub, there is a petrol station with a small shop. Hampers bakery is also nearby, in case you need to pick up lunch before heading out for the day. Also near Gara Bridge holiday cottages, the South Devon Chilli Farm is a popular attraction with a shop and café serving a range of spicy dishes. Totnes is probably the main town for all essential services. It's Tudor streets and Norman castle arguably make it is one of the most picturesque in Devon, much appreciated for its range of independent food, fashion and craft shops.

Directly south of Gara Bridge, Salcombe is a lovely resort on the Kingsbridge estuary with sandy beaches, nostalgic seaside amusements and some great places to eat and drink. Further west, Hope Cove is a quaint village, and Bantham is one of the area’s best surf spots.