- Style New England yacht club
- Setting Bracing Cornish clifftop
A boutique hotel with a dramatic setting – high on a Cornish cliff overlooking the bay – the Driftwood Hotel feels very remote. But, the homey interiors, with light blues, creams, natural woods and natural driftwood lamps, and the grounds over looking the bay with a private beach below are all incredibly inviting.
Need to know
- Rooms 14 rooms, and a private cabin overlooking the beach.
- Rates Double rooms from $355.85 (£217), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
- More details Rates include breakfast, newspaper and, in low season, dinner.
- Facilities Private beach, terrace, seven acres of heritage coastline, TV room with DVD/video library, WiFi, parking. In rooms, DVD/video player, free broadband internet access, L’Occitane toiletries.
- Check–out 11am (but flexible); earliest check-in, 2pm.
Children Welcome, but babies and small children are not allowed in the restaurant. There is a £15 charge for under-12s sharing their parents’ room (£20 for over-12s), including breakfast. The games room has, among other amusements, a PlayStation.
- Hotel closed Driftwood is closed for eight weeks in winter, usually from early December to early February.
- Also In-room beauty treatments can be booked if you need some TLC. A minimum two-night stay is required at weekends (three nights on bank holidays) for rooms. Stays of four nights or more are available at a discount – ring the Smith Travel Team to book.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms In terms of both size and sea views, Room 10 wins hands-down: it’s the biggest room in the hotel, and boasts double aspect vistas and a snug little vantage spot. Room 11 (a Deck Room), has French windows opening onto a private deck overlooking the gardens and the sea beyond.
- Packing tips Frisbee, kite, binoculars.
- Also The kitchen will provide a picnic hamper on request.
Food and drink at Driftwood Hotel
- Hotel restaurant Chef Chris Eden was formerly at the Square, and uses fresh, local and organic ingredients when available to produce his Michelin-starred Modern European menu; highlights include wonderful fish and seafood and home-made bread.
- Dress code Chino chic: deck shoes, panama hats and cable knits.
- Top table A corner table in the new extension, or table 6 in the conservatory, overlooking the sea.
- Last orders Food: 9.30pm. Breakfast heartily from 8am until 9.30am (10am on Sundays).
- Room service Drinks and snacks only.
- Hotel bar There’s a wee little bar next to the restaurant, serving all the usual tipples till midnight, but you could also take a glass of chilled wine onto the deck or the lawn and soak in that gorgeous view from a comfortable steamer chair.