driftwood hotel

César award in 2010

Standing in ‘beautifully landscaped’ gardens overlooking Gerrans Bay, Paul and Fiona Robinson’s upscale seaside hotel has a ‘relaxed’ atmosphere and ‘friendly and courteous’ staff. ‘The presence of the owners is key to setting a welcoming tone devoid of pretension,’ say visitors in 2015. ‘We stayed in the only available room, in the eaves on the top floor; it was snug but had a comfortable bed, a spotless large bathroom and a bird’s eye view from a window seat of the garden and the sea.’ A tall visitor found this room constricting. It can be used as a family suite: ‘A separate children’s room had been made up for us with two cots and a selection of children’s books.’ Pre-dinner drinks can be taken on the terrace on balmy evenings; in the restaurant, chef Chris Eden holds a Michelin star for his ‘very special’ modern European menus. ‘It was great to see a lightness of touch in the cooking: a simple John Dory with intense flavours; a spiced pineapple and lemon dessert was so good I had two helpings.’ (Mr and Mrs Sachak-Patwa)
  • This is a delightful hotel, and we really enjoyed our stay. The public areas are full of art works and the decor is blue and white, giving a stylish but informal atmosphere. Our room was spacious with a private deck area with great views over the gardens and the sea. The food was delicious and the service attentive and friendly. The owners (very hands on) went away towards the end of our stay but the hotel continued to run like clockwork which is a tribute both to the staff and the owners.

    John Patterson, 29/07/2015

  • We stayed in the only available room - the smallest and in the eaves on the top floor. Despite being snug it had a comfortable bed, spotlessly clean, large bathroom and a birds'- eye view by the window seat to capture the poetic setting of the beach and sea and garden. Dinner was a highlight- led by confident staff who were relaxed and took great pleasure in explaining the ingredients and content of the menu. It's great to see a lightness of touch in the cooking, ranging from a simple John Dory with intense flavours to deserts of spiced pineapple and lemon grass. The presence of Paul and Fiona the owners is key to setting such a welcoming tone devoid of pretension and an antidote to the ostentatious branded luxury that abounds

    Murtaza & Tazim Sachak-Patwa, 16/04/2015

  • A charming place in a charming situation. An air of calm and a relaxed atmosphere. The grounds are beautifully landscaped. Our spacious family suite had two rooms, low beams and a superb sea view, but when the windows were open we got kitchen smells. Cots had been prepared with a selection of children’s books, and they were accommodating about our children’s’ suppers. Dinners were very special but we would have liked a lighter a la carte as well as he £50 set menu. Breakfasts were plentiful, with an inviting buffet.

    A S, 15/01/2014

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Local attractions

National Seal Sanctuary
A sanctuary set in the beautiful village of Gweek.
Minack Theatre
An open-air theatre in Porthcurno Bay.

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Contact Details

driftwood hotel

Rosevine, nr Portscatho PORTSCATHO Cornwall England TR2 5EW

Telephone

01872 580644

Further Information

Bedrooms

14. 4 in courtyard, also 2 in cabin (2 mins' walk).

Open

5 Feb--6 Dec.

Facilities

2 lounges, bar, restaurant, children's games room, free Wi-Fi, 7-acre grounds (terraced gardens, private beach, safe bathing), unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

jazz or classical in restaurant.

Children

all ages welcomed, early supper for children, no very young children in restaurant in evenings.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

(2015) per room B&B £180--£285, D,B&B £245--£305. Set dinner £55. 1-night bookings refused weekends.