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Driftwood, Portscatho, Cornwall
With its stunning cliff top location and fabulous outlook across the South coast of Cornwall, Driftwood feels more Mediterranean than Cornish. Opened by husband and wife team Paul and Fiona Robinson 17 years ago, it overlooks Gerrans Bay on the Roseland Peninsula, and includes seven acres of gardens full of secluded shady spots, palm trees and subtropical plants, with a winding path down to a perfect crescent of a private beach. Halfway down is a restored cabin with two bedrooms and a sitting room - a magical place to stay during the summer. This laidback coastal retreat offers up a memorable Cornish escape - guests are invited to soak up the style and comforts of the chic surrounding, and indulge in field-to-plate cuisine with quality service.
The picturesque town of St Mawes is just five miles to the south - a delight to explore with its array of eateries, boutiques and water sports.
The hotel is in seven acres of gardens overlooking Gerrans Bay and just off the South West Coast Path.
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. thetrainline.com
By plane: Newquay airport (24 miles)
Style & Character
Suited to those looking for the ultimate Cornish escape in a divine location, with great food and views, without any pretention. The light and bright furnishings, subtle driftwood interiors and local artwork create a seaside-chic look that's hard not to love.
Service & Facilities
The wildflower garden, home to bees that produce honey for the restaurant, is an absolute delight!
- Private beach area
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
The restored rustic cabin, perched on the cliff side and overlooking the bay, offers the most romantic hideaway for a coastal escape. Sitting out on the private decked terrace, gazing across Gerrans Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, is the perfect way to while away the hours.
Countryside Double, Small Sea View Double, Standard Sea View Double, Large Sea View Double / Family Room, Superior Sea View Double, Rustic Cabin
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with bath and handheld shower, bathrobes, slippers, towels, REN toiletries, TV, DVD player, kettle, desk
Food & Drink
What's not to love about the wild Cornish monkfish, ceps, hazelnut pesto and elderberry capers - hello seasonal menu of dreams! Breakfast is equally exciting - we couldn't get enough of the classic eggs Benedict, cooked to absolute perfection.
The restaurant: 3 AA Rosette dining, fresh Cornish produce, seasonal and tasting menus, light lunches, Sunday roasts. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. From £45 for two courses.