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Surrounded by the windswept headlands of the Roseland Peninsula, this 17th-century smugglers inn is right on the water's edge of the peaceful fishing port of Portloe, offering a stylish yet homely retreat, with more than a sprinkling of Daphne Du Maurier-style charm. Step inside the Lugger's old-world exterior and you'll discover why it's Cornwall's only five-AA star inn - an award-winning restaurant and 24 coastal chic bedrooms add luxury to this characterful bolthole. Suited to those looking to relax with a backdrop of stunning sea views, walk the rugged South West Coastal Path, and enjoy fresh local produce - it's hard not to fall for the charms of this ancient inn.

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Natalie Millar-Partridge
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For over 15-years, Natalie has written extensively for regional, national and global publications, offering an inside track on unusual and exciting destinations; a highly curated approach to the most groundbreaking places to stay – from the super-luxe to the quirky, curiously different and considered properties to have on your radar. Natalie is based in South West England.



Being so close to the sea, the air is salt-fresh; think invigorating coastal escape in a historical, romantic setting.

The Lugger is right on the seafront in the charming fishing village of Portloe, with the popular South West Coast Path starting nearby.
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.
By plane: Newquay airport (21 miles)

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Style & Character

The hotel is suited to anyone looking for a restorative coastal escape at a luxury bolthole, with the backdrop of the unspoiled Cornish coast. You'll love the dreamy coastal hues that create a bright calming space, with the odd pop of colour adding a modern vibe.

Service & Facilities

Ensconced on a large sofa next to the log-fire, with a Cornish gin, you won't ever want to leave!

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Terrace
  • Lounge
  • Beachfront property
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free parking


Utterly dreamy Deluxe rooms offer either a direct sea view or a private terrace with views over the harbour. Gazing out to sea in such a beautifully tranquil space allows you to unravel your thoughts and completely unwind.

Classic, Superior, Deluxe, Junior Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with bath and overhead shower, bathrobes, slippers, towels, toiletries, TV, fridge, desk

Food & Drink

Breakfast on the terrace, overlooking the harbour, is a memorable experience in a blissful stay. Our favourite a la carte dish is steamed monkfish, tomato and fennel salad with crab bisque. It ticks all the boxes for a winning main course!

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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