Stunning views from Balcony System’s curved patio doors at Gara Rock resort

Panoramic ocean views are dished up every day for diners at this new South Devon restaurant-thanks to a show-stopping curved sliding patio door from Balcony Systems.

The balustrading and curved door specialist met the architect’s specification with a nine-panel door, incorporating two sliding panels, spanning well over half the building’s circular sea-facing elevation.Measuring nearly 15 metres in width with a blue powder-coated finish, the door opens onto an outdoor dining terrace at the Gara Rock Restaurant, part of an exclusive coastal resort complex built by Coast Group near Salcombe.Directly below, a second eight metre-wide curved patio door with two sliding panels, also supplied by Balcony, offers similar spectacular sea views for guests using the indoor swimming pool and spa facilities.Diana Hunt, who runs the restaurant with Ian Dent, said: “The wonderful curved glass wall and doors frame an almost 180 degree view of the south Devon coastline.  We are able to open the curved glass doors back to the point where they almost seem to disappear.They are incredibly smooth, but heavy enough to dissuade children from playing too enthusiastically with them!”

Suitable for virtually any commercial or residential property, Balcony’s curved patio doors add the ‘wow’ factor with a versatility that allows for a variety of sliding or fixed configurations within almost limitless creative scope for designers and architects. Wide openings can be achieved to seamlessly connect interior and outdoor spaces.

Adding extra fixed curved panels allows for longer glazed runs, further enhancing views, light and the feeling of space to any interior.

Simon Baldwin, Director of Aminghurst Ltd, Gara Rock’s owners, commented: “Both doors are quite stunning, creating a distinctive visual statement and making the most of impressive vistas from the building.

“The doors enable guests to enjoy the beautiful views in comfort, whatever the weather, while also providing practical and easy access to the terraces by the restaurant and pool.”

Installation of both doors went smoothly, according to Gara Rock Site Manager Tim Jones, who added: “The general consensus from everyone who sees them is that they look spectacular and really make the most of this unique cliff top location.”

Built in 1847 as a former Coastguard Station and Lookout, the buildings were converted into a family hotel in the early 1900s and became established as a popular holiday resort, which attracted some notable guests. Requisitioned by the RAF during the Second World War, the hotel reopened but was finally closed in 2006 when work began on replacing it with the new Gara Rock facilities.

For more details, contact Balcony on 01342 410411 or email

600450 Stunning views from Balcony System’s curved patio doors at Gara Rock resort
Date: 8 April 2013
Source: Balcony Systems

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