Driftwood Hotel

Portscatho, Cornwall

Sink into a recliner on the terrace at this cliff-top hotel, and you can gaze out at ‘panoramic sea views’ over Gerrans Bay – or lie back and think of New England, prompted by the seaside-chic decor. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Sink into a recliner on the terrace at this cliff-top hotel, and you can gaze out at ‘panoramic sea views’ over Gerrans Bay – or lie back and think of New England, prompted by the seaside-chic decor. Coastal-coloured interiors are home to driftwood lamps, ornaments and artwork; some rooms have a decked terrace with Adirondack chairs. All but one of the bedrooms have an ocean view. Families might opt for the ‘rustic cabin’ on a path to the hotel’s ‘gorgeous secluded beach’ below the lawned gardens; large rooms have plenty of space for an extra bed. Olly Pierrepont’s imaginative nightly-changing dinner menu offers a choice of three dishes at each course, with ‘specials’ charged extra. For instance, wild turbot with grilled leek and salt-baked celeriac is an extra £8.50. Veggies have separate menus. Breakfast includes courgette fritter, cream cheese, crispy bacon and honey. You can order a picnic and spend a day on the sands, or stride out on the South West Coast Path. ‘Beautiful hotel, perfectly placed for coastal walks,’ one reader wrote. ‘Our second visit – we highly recommend it,’ enthused another. (John and Kay Patterson)’

Hotel details

Address

Rosevine
Porthscatho
Cornwall
TR2 5EW
England

Telephone

01872 580644

Bedrooms

15. 4 accessed via courtyard, plus 2-bedroom cabin.

Open

all year except Jan.

Facilities

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

Background music

all day in restaurant and bar.

Children

all ages welcomed, extra bed £15, children's supper menu (no very young children at dinner).

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from £190. Fixed-price dinner £50–£60 (2/3 courses), tasting menu £80. 1-night bookings refused weekends.