The Lugger, Portloe, Cornwall
Head for a restorative coastal getaway at this 17th-century smugglers' inn nestled on the water's edge and surrounded by the glorious Roseland Peninsula. The old-world exterior gives way to a modern interior, where guests can dine on seasonal fare and relax to the sound of gently lapping waves - it's not hard to see why this is a five AA-starred inn.
Rooms available from £119 per night
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In the middle of nowhere, overlooking the picturesque cove at Portloe, The Lugger offers a welcome oasis, providing a calm and tranquil setting for a romantic getaway or restorative escape whatever the season.
Situated right at the centre of the Cornish Coastal Path.
By plane: Newquay airport (40-minute drive)
By car: The hotel is 5 hours from London, 4 hours 15 mins from Birmingham and 1 hour 40 mins from Exeter. There is a small car park for guests.
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.
CHARACTER & STYLE
Housed in a 17th-century smugglers' inn, the interiors feature a laidback style that combines clean lines with muted colours and the occasional nod towards nautical, with low ceilings, exposed beams and painted shutters adding a historic charm and a sophisticated yet homely vibe to a centuries-old inn.
Honing in on its stunning coastal location, with sea vistas from the restaurant, bar and terrace - this bolthole is designed for lounging. Savour the natural environment, breathe in the sea air and enjoy exceptional service; just the right balance of relaxed and attentive, with nothing too much to ask of the friendly team.
- Beachfront property
- Free Wi-Fi
- Free parking
Bedrooms offer a bright space to unwind in, heritage features fused with contemporary style and set against a backdrop of muted hues and bleached-wood furnishings. Some offer stunning sea views with aptly positioned beds made up with crisp, white linen.
Room types: Classic, Superior, Deluxe, Junior Suite
Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with Orla Keily toiletries, bathrobes, slippers, towels, TV, fridge, desk, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
Head Chef Richard Lipscombe creates dishes crafted from bountiful Cornish produce and seafood, hauled from the harbour by the village's fishing vessels. Everything is made on the premises, from the bread served daily to the ice cream and sorbets used in the desserts. In the mornings, the table-service breakfast on the terrace overlooking the harbour offers a memorable experience for a blissful stay.
The restaurant: 2 AA Rosette dining, fresh fish and seafood, world cuisine with Cornish ingredients. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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