Stylish Cornish coastal retreat with shades of nautical New England
Cornwall meets Cape Cod at Driftwood, a clapboard boutique hotel painted in fresh nautical blues. Set on a breezy clifftop above its own private beach, it makes the perfect rustic hideaway.
- Cornwall meets Cape Cod.
- Drifting away by the seashore.
- A boutique beach break with great cooking.
Hit the spot
Five miles from St Mawes, near Falmouth.
You’ll find seven acres of gardens with a private (pebble) beach below. There’s also a TV and games room, plus a DVD library.
Good to know
Take a frisbee and binoculars for breezy beach walks.
Minimum StayTwo nights at weekends
ClosedClosed December to early January
ParkingThere is free guest parking.
AirportNewquay – 28 miles.
TrainTruro station – 13 miles, or St Austell – 16 miles.
ChildrenWelcome. There is a children’s games room to keep little ones occupied, and early suppers are served.
LocationRosevine, Portscatho, Falmouth, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, TR2 5EW, United Kingdom
14 rooms plus a private two bedroom cabin.
Ground floor rooms have a private decked terrace, L’Occitane body products, a TV/DVD player and wi-fi. Almost all have kingsize beds.
Take a bedroom with its own decked terrace, or – for that true hideaway feel – the private clapboard Cabin by the sea, just yards from the beach.
Eat & Drink
Expect plenty of freshly caught fish at Driftwood. Michelin Starred Chef Chris Eden’s modern European dishes feature hand-dived scallops, red mullet, crab risotto and mackerel tartare. Meat eaters are not left out, with plenty of locally reared fare on offer, such as boudin of Lanihorn rabbit and lamb with rhubarb sauce.
If you can’t decide, go for the tasting menu and sample something of everything. The restaurant team will also pack you a delicious hamper – ideal for lunch on the beach. Afternoon tea and cakes are worth coming back for, too.
Excellent breakfasts are served until 9:30 on weekdays, 10:00 on Sundays. As well as home-made breads and cereals, you’ll find Cornish kippers or salmon and scrambled eggs.
Drinks and light snacks are available from lunchtime to around 10pm.
See & Do
Stroll along Driftwood’s private pebbly beach or lace up your walking boots and set off with one of the chef’s hampers along the famously scenic coastal paths. The Eden Project, Lost Gardens of Heligan and the avant-garde Tate Gallery at St Ives are all within easy reach.
Go surfing at Newquay (look out for dolphins), book a fishing trip or – if you’d sooner keep your feet dry – play tennis or golf nearby.
Trendy St Mawes is five miles away and you’re just a mile from the quaint fishing village of Porscatho. If the weather keeps you indoors there’s a cosy TV room packed with books and DVDs, plus a games room and pool table.
Book an in-room massage or beauty treatment at reception.