driftwood hotel

Portscatho, Cornwall

You can order a picnic hamper and walk down to a private beach through lovely gardens at Paul and Fiona Robinson’s New England-inspired hotel, or just relax on the deck, gazing across Gerrans Bay. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

You can order a picnic hamper and walk down to a private beach through lovely gardens at Paul and Fiona Robinson’s New England-inspired hotel, or just relax on the deck, gazing across Gerrans Bay. The coastal path runs by. The Lost Gardens of Heligan are close. But once you’ve found your way to this sequestered spot, why leave? Bedrooms are contemporary with a breezy coastal mood; all but one overlook the ocean. One reader’s ‘very nice’ room had a ‘comfy’ bed, seating area, a ‘slightly small’ bathroom. Another found a ground-floor room’s layout ‘idiosyncratic’ and thought the place ‘more a restaurant-with-rooms’. True, public areas are not huge, but there is a playroom, a lounge with driftwood lamps, a snug bar. And, anyway, what a restaurant! Chris Eden has held a Michelin star since 2012, for his ‘superb’ cooking of locally grown, fished and farmed ingredients, with ‘tricksy bits’. Maybe roast cod, cauliflower, beurre noisette hollandaise, jus gras, pickled cucumber. Glad tidings about breakfast. It was ‘excellent’ with a good cooked choice, an adequate buffet. ‘The home-made granola was a highlight. Smoked haddock with poached egg was a miniature delight.’ (PA, and others)

Hotel details

Address

Rosevine
Portscatho
Cornwall
TR2 5EW
England

Telephone

01872 580644

Bedrooms

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

Open

all year except 4–30 Jan.

Facilities

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.

Children

all ages welcomed, no under-7s in restaurant in evening.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B £195–£300, D,B&B £260–£320. Tasting menus £85–£100, vegetarian £80, à la carte £70. 1-night bookings refused weekends.