driftwood hotel

‘A charming place in a charming situation’, Fiona and Paul Robinson’s ‘stylish, informal’ New England-inspired hotel soaks in the spread of Gerrans Bay. More

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15. 4 accessed via courtyard, 2 in cabin (2 mins’ walk).


2 Feb–10 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.


[2017] per room B&B from £185, D,B&B from £240. Tasting menus £75–£95, à la carte £65. 1-night bookings refused weekends.

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘A charming place in a charming situation’, Fiona and Paul Robinson’s ‘stylish, informal’ New England-inspired hotel soaks in the spread of Gerrans Bay. There’s no flash or ostentation, Guide readers say, just ‘attentive, amiable staff’, a family-friendly, seasidey feel and an ‘abundance of calm’. The ‘beautifully landscaped’ garden is dotted with Adirondack chairs; in the evening, hurricane lamps are set out for alfresco drinks and nibbles. Comfortable contemporary rooms (some with a private terrace; all but one with a coastal view) are decorated in a palette of sand and sea. In the airy restaurant – dine early so you can eat in the glow of the evening light through the large windows – chef Chris Eden has a Michelin star for his ‘delicious, flavourful’, flower- and herb-strewn dishes. Among his ‘very special’ plates: asparagus, fresh verbena curd, truffle, confit egg yolk; John Dory, mussels, pickled cucumber, samphire, morels. Have a ‘plentiful breakfast’ before making your way across the lawn and down the woodland path to the peaceful private beach – a picnic hamper can be packed on request. (JP, and others)

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Guest comments

'Lovely deco. Good food but the tasting menu took three hours. ' - JM - January, 2018
'Wow! This was good. Very nice room with a view over the garden to the sea. Bathroom a bit small. The food was superb. My only gripe is a personal one: the style is nouvelle - protein predominates. A lof meat or fish and little in the way of vegetables. It isn't cheap but it was worth every penny. ' - Peter Anderson - June, 2017
'This is a delightful hotel. 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. ' - John Patterson - July, 2015
'We stayed in the only available room - the smallest, in the eaves. It had a comfortable bed, spotlessly clean, large bathroom and a birds-eye view of beach and sea and garden. Dinner was a highlight- led by confident staff who took pleasure in explaining the menu. It's great to see a lightness of touch in the cooking. The presence of Paul and Fiona, the owners is key to setting such a welcoming tone. ' - Murtaza & Tazim Sachak-Patwa - March, 2015

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