Driftwood Hotel

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

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Driftwood Hotel
01872 580644

Hotel information


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

'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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