Driftwood Hotel

‘A poetic setting of beach and sea and garden. More

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Driftwood Hotel
01872 580644
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15. 4 accessed via courtyard, 2 in cabin (2 mins’ walk).


3 Feb–3 Dec.


bar, restaurant, drawing room, snug, children’s games room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), 7-acre grounds (terraced gardens, private beach, safe bathing), unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

all day in restaurant and bar.


all ages welcomed, no under-7s in restaurant in evening (early supper provided).


not allowed.

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Amex, MasterCard, Visa.


[2016] per room B&B £190–£285, D,B&B £245–£305. Tasting menus £70–£100, à la carte £60. 1-night bookings refused weekends.

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘A poetic setting of beach and sea and garden.’ An ‘abundance of calm’ settles upon this smart hotel, thanks to the ‘very hands-on’ owners, Paul and Fiona Robinson, and their well-trained staff. ‘The owners went away towards the end of our stay, but the hotel continued to run like clockwork,’ visitors this year said. Chill out in the ‘beautifully landscaped’ garden (‘lots of seating hidden in nooks and behind hedges’) and the art-filled sitting room; ‘the blue-and-white decor lends itself to a stylish but informal atmosphere’. Bedrooms have a ‘comfortable’ bed, a ‘spotless’ bathroom; some have a private deck with ‘superb’ sea views. A family suite under low eaves can be made up with cots and children’s books. Chef Chris Eden uses ‘clever combinations’ of interesting ingredients in his Michelin-starred dishes; everything is cooked with ‘a lightness of touch’. A characteristic dish: roast cod, St Austell mussels, kale crisps, sea purslane. ‘Plentiful’ breakfasts are a treat: pastries, fruit salad, ‘just-one-more-spoonful’ granola; a good choice of hot dishes. (John Patterson, M and TS-P, and others)

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Guest comments

'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 - July, 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 - March, 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 - August, 2013

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