Driftwood, Portscatho, Cornwall
Relax and unwind at this Cornish retreat, set in a cliff-top position within seven acres of stunning gardens. With a private beach, chic yet comfortable surroundings and field-to-plate cuisine served up in the restaurant, this coastal bolthole offers a welcome escape.
Rooms available from £195 per night
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Cornwall meets the Caribbean at this dreamy beachside retreat situated within seven acres of cliff-top grounds overlooking Gerrans Bay, with spectacular views of the sea and its private beach.
Set just a 30-minute walk along the coastal path to the village of Portscatho.
By car: Driftwood is around 5 hours from London, 3 hours 30 mins from Bournemouth and 4 hours 20 mins from Birmingham. There is free private parking at the hotel.
By train: London Paddington to Truro takes around 4 hours 30 mins. The hotel is a 30-minute taxi ride from the station. Book trains to Truro.
By plane: Newquay airport (24 miles)
CHARACTER & STYLE
With co-owner Fiona Robinson's expertise as an interior designer, the 1930s building has been revamped into a sleek and minimalist space. The décor showcases a muted palette reminiscent of its coastal surroundings, featuring dusky blue New England-style clapboard and Farrow & Ball neutrals.
Immerse yourself in the tranquil ambience of this enchanting hotel, whether it's basking in the sun on the spacious terrace overlooking the sea, finding respite in a shaded nook of the garden, savouring the exquisite Michelin-starred cuisine in the bright dining area or unwinding in one of the uniquely designed bedrooms. The amiable hosts, husband and wife team Paul and Fiona Robinson, are dedicated to guests' comfort, providing a hands-on experience that will leave you captivated.
- Private beach area
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
Exuding a refined yet relaxed seaside charm, each of the 14 bedrooms showcases breathtaking coastal vistas and is adorned in a serene colour scheme, with kingsize beds dressed in crisp linens accentuated by generous cushion piles.
Room types: Countryside Double, Small Sea View Double, Standard Sea View Double, Large Sea View Double / Family Room, Superior Sea View Double, Rustic Cabin
Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with REN toiletries, bathrobes, slippers, towels, TV, DVD player, tea and coffee making facilities, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
Indulge in a genuine farm-to-table adventure accompanied by breathtaking views. Head Chef Olly Pierrepont oversees a delectable menu featuring contemporary French and European delicacies that utilise an abundance of Cornwall's fresh ingredients, served with a selection of exquisite wines. What's not to love about the wild Cornish monkfish, ceps, hazlenut pesto and elderberry caper - it's a seasonal menu of dreams.
The restaurant: 3 AA Rosette dining, fresh Cornish produce, seasonal and tasting menus, light lunches, and Sunday roasts. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. From £45 for two courses.
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