Boutique Beachside Charm

Driftwood hotel is a beautiful, boutique hotel in Cornwall

Boutique coastal holidays and short breaks with exceptional award-winning dining in the heart of the Roseland Peninsula, Cornwall.

Driftwood is a true coastal retreat, a beautiful seaside boutique hotel in Cornwall. Perched on the South West Coastal Path close to St Mawes and Portscatho overlooking the turquoise waters of Gerrans Bay, it is the perfect spot to unwind and soak up some vitamin sea.

Independently owned and simply styled, our hotel offers a space to comfortably enjoy life’s little pleasures in the most breathtaking of locations.

Nestled in seven fabulous acres with its own beach beckoning at the end of a pretty woodland path, you’ll experience pure escapism and relaxation on tap from the moment you arrive.

So, if like us, you enjoy the simple pleasures in life (great food, fresh sea air, a coastal stroll, a good book...)  then check-in to Driftwood in South Cornwall.

A destination like no other

Driftwood Hotel

 

 

"So special, every time"

Thank you to the entire team for a wonderful 6-night stay at Driftwood. The reception and office team, the housekeeping team, the restaurant and sommelier team, and the kitchen team, were all excellent. The whole team are consistent in their focus on customer service and the customer experience, with an enthusiastic attention to detail and high standards.There is clearly a real commitment to staff training.

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"A magical visit"

We visited Driftwood to celebrate my husband’s birthday, and it was a magical experience from beginning to end. The staff were all so kind and attentive, the room super comfortable, and all the food beyond expectation. I would recommend Driftwood without any hesitation.

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"Perfect"

The restaurant serves a seasonal menu which summer visitors can enjoy on the outside terrace watching the sun drip down behind the horizon - perfect.

The English Home
"Perfection!"

This is our third trip to the Driftwood Hotel and again we had the perfect stay. Thank you Guy for your attention to detail at Dinner. The Michelin star restaurant is without doubt the star of the show. Faultless! Thank you.

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"Relaxed atmosphere"

Last night I dreamed I went to driftwood again... there is a lovely, relaxed atmosphere... good food at a fair price always produces a smile on everyone’s face.

Jan Moir, Daily Telegraph
"Personal touches "

Right up alongside the best seaside hotels in Britain. All kinds of personal touches – like the sea urchin shell placed on the early morning tea tray. Dinners to die for, with succulent local hand-dived scallops and melt-in-the-mouth boeuf en daube.

Brian Jackman, Daily Telegraph
"Stunning Hotel and Restaurant"

We only ate here for our wedding anniversary and we were not disappointed. The food was amazing. The views were stunning The ambience of the surroundings was perfet. The staff were attentive and highly professional. would love to go back when it isnt raining.

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"A party on the plate"

The head chef, Chris Eden doesn't leave local produce to speak for itself. He throws an entire shopping trolley of fancy ingredients at the dinner.... My main course cod was another example of Mr Eden throwing a party on the plate and inviting everyone

John Walsh - The Independent
"MY NEW FAVOURITE HOTEL"

I've visited this amazing hotel twice now. Once with friends and our three children and once with my family. Everything is just lovely... location, food, decor, wine list, atmosphere...I could go on. It's high in standard, but retains its relaxed homely feel. The staff are INCREDIBLE!!!!!!!!! Love love love.

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"Amazing!"

Our stay was amazing. The food was the best food I’ve ever eaten. Would like to say a big thank you to all the staff in particular guy, Stewart and Chris and his team. If there was any room for improvement it would be the cooked breakfast in the morning. The buffet however was also stunning. Our room was very well present and had a lovely view from the window. The bed was soooooo comfy and room wasn’t too hot or too cold. Had an amazing stay thank you.

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"The ultimate hideaway"

Turn off your mobile and head for the ultimate hideaway, where the only thing you’ll hear is the sea lapping at the shore.

Daily Mail
"Lovely location and great staff"

The hotel is superbly located overlooking the sea and has some quite dramatic views. Once you’ve wound your way through some of the pretty villages of Cornwall and arrive at the hotel you find it at the end of a small lane and it consists of a dozen or so rooms. Upon arrival we were greeted by both owner and a senior member of staff who treated us like long lost friends with a warm welcome...

In conclusion I would say that I would definitely recommend Driftwood to anybody that is looking for a hotel in the area and I would compliment both the owners and the staff always having a smile on their face and having a will do attitude. One final comment a nice touch is the coffee they deliver to your room (outside) at an agreed time each day that is complimentary so that you can have coffee in bed before you go for your breakfast.

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"Still Amazing"

Visited in September and were very pleased that the standard of the Driftwood has not fallen. Fab location. Fab food and the most amazing views. So relaxing. Thank you to all concerned for making our stays so enjoyable.

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"A delightful place to stay in a unique location"

The family-run Hotel does exude personal service. It is delightfully positioned with sea views from almost everywhere. The attractive grounds harbour several terraces with private seats looking over the sea. The hotel has a virtually private beach.

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"Cuddle-inducing retreat "

Charming, atmospheric…There can be no more cuddle-inducing retreat in Cornwall than this...

London Evening Standard
"Our first visit - but we will be coming back!"

We booked a short stay here to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Friends had recommended Driftwood based on the location and quality of the food. Both exceeded our expectations. Even on a drizzly December day the view from our room was stunning and the hotel at this time of year was so peaceful. I honestly cannot fault anything. The room was spacious, well appointed and quiet. This hotel is outstanding for three main reasons in my opinion: food; staff and location. I could ramble on and extol the virtues of each category but suffice to say we will be happily hoping to return in 2019 for another short stay. 

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"Perfect stay"

Just returned from seven nights at Driftwood, it was simply perfect, stylish room, sublime view, every amenity you could think of, wonderfully, helpful and courteous staff, couldn't ask for more. Thank you for a wonderful holiday.

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"Definitely one of my favourites"

 This place in Portscatho is not necessarily unknown, but its definitely one of my favourites..."

Nathan Outlaw, The Times
"Another splendid visit"

Despite the poor weather the welcome we received at the Driftwood was as usual warm and friendly. Having stayed on a number of other occasions this was the first time that we had sampled the five course tasting menu. Chris and his team conjured up the most exquisite morsels of flavour, each course was a delight. We also appreciated the opportunity to have a light bite on one evening, we chose the sharing platter of charcuterie and baked cheese, which we enjoyed in the cosy lounge with the fire burning brightly while a storm raged around outside. This was a welcome change from the more complex dishes served on the other evenings and just as beautifully served with tasty side dishes.

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"Superb food. Epic meal"

Every course was a delight. Innovative and delicious dishes from the talented chef. Well deserves his Michelin star. The loin of lamb was amongst the best I have ever tasted. Excellent and varied wine line list, helpful and efficient service. Bravo.

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"Romantic Cornish hideaway"

This is a fabulous, very romantic Cornish hideaway... Elegant dining with delicate dishes packed with flavour

Tom Chesshyre - The Times
"Sublime! Still my favourite restaurant in the world!"

As usual the Driftwood did not disappoint. We had a truly wonderful evening for my partner's birthday starting with complimentary champagne on the terrace looking at the beautiful view below of the mediterranean blue coloured sea and pretty coastline. The staff were their lovely friendly selves and the dinner up to the usual delicious and high standard... I am looking forward to returning on my birthday in July to savour the delilghts of the Driftwood menu.

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"Another splendid visit"

The Driftwood was as usual warm and friendly. Having stayed on a number of other occasions this was the first time that we had sampled the five course tasting menu. Chris and his team conjured up the most exquisite morsels of flavour, each course was a delight.

We also appreciated the opportunity to have a light bite on one evening, we chose the sharing platter of charcuterie and baked cheese, which we enjoyed in the cosy lounge with the fire burning brightly while a storm raged around outside. This was a welcome change from the more complex dishes served on the other evenings and just as beautifully served with tasty side dishes.

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"Superb!"

The wonderful weather we had certainly helped and the high point was the food which I’ll review separately but even without those we would have loved The Driftwood. Beds were huge and comfortable, a mistake on the bill was corrected without debate, breakfast was beautiful and all the staff were excellent. We will definitely return.

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"My favourite hotel in the world"

My wife and I spent three nights at Driftwood on Nov 2017 and it's our fourth stay. There is no one thing that makes this hotel so amazing, it is simply a cocktail of wonderfulness. The rooms are very good, the food is absolutely fabulous, the service is great, the views across the sea are calming, the walks along the beaches & coast path from the hotel door are invigorating and the pre-dinner beer in the pub in Portscatho seems like the best ever (and the walk along the beach to get there is a treat in itself).

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"Exceeding all expectations!"

We wanted a quiet place with excellent food and beautiful surroundings. Driftwood had all of these in abundance. The staff, room, location and outstanding service exceeded our expectations. The one meal we had ( we only stayed two nights - needed longer) was simply one of the best we've ever experienced.

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"My favourite hotel in the world"

My wife and I spent three nights at Driftwood on Nov 2017 and it's our fourth stay. There is no one thing that makes this hotel so amazing, it is simply a cocktail of wonderfulness. The rooms are very good, the food is absolutely fabulous, the service is great, the views across the sea are calming, the walks along the beaches & coast path from the hotel door are invigorating and the pre-dinner beer in the pub in Portscatho seems like the best ever (and the walk along the beach to get there is a treat in itself). It was my 50th birthday and this was my No.1 choice for a birthday break. Just wonderful and we'll be going back as soon as we can.

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"Superb!"

The wonderful weather we had certainly helped and the high point was the food which I’ll review separately but even without those we would have loved The Driftwood. Beds were huge and comfortable, a mistake on the bill was corrected without debate, breakfast was beautiful and all the staff were excellent. We will definitely return.

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"I just wanted to say "thank you""

I don't quite know how this is possible but our stays with you just get better by the year, the month, the week, the day, the hour and the minute.

As for the food, well it is truly a delight to the taste buds that seem to explode with every mouthful. The dishes are a picture, a work of art....the oyster shells, oh my goodness....!

We are so fortunate to be able to spend time in the special place you have created.

Please pass on my thanks to your wonderful team.

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"Sophisticated chic and style"

Relaxed ambience and youthful vibe and the food is also excellent…. Without compromising on its sophisticated chic and style, the place is very child-friendly.

Harpers & Queen
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Last Minute Escape 20th - 24th August

Last Minute Escape 20th - 24th August

We have just recieved a last-minute cancellation and are able to offer a lovely cosy double room overlooking the sea with a walk in shower.

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Last Minute Stay

Last Minute Stay

Escape the rain and stay in luxury accommodation on the South Cornwall coast.

We have one room available tonight (9th August) for one night.

Summer Dine & Stay

Summer Dine & Stay

Arrive and settle in to your bedroom, before exploring the grounds, the coastal path, or pop into trendy St Mawes. Toast to your trip with a complimentary glass of Champagne on the deck before enjoying a five course dining experience in our award-winning sea view restaurant. Then rest your head to the sounds of the ocean in your peaceful bedroom, and wake to a hearty breakfast...

Pimm's Afternoon Tea Summer Special

Pimm's Afternoon Tea Summer Special

Enjoy a naughty but oh so good Afternoon Tea with a glass of Pimm's No.1 this National Afternoon Tea Week (12th-18th August).

Choose to indulge in our award-winning restaurant or out on our decked terrace, overlooking the crystal blue waters of the Gerrans Bay.

This Summer special is available for a limited time only so grab it while you can! 

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3 Night Summer Special

3 Night Summer Special

Perfect for foodies looking to sample the finest Cornish produce in our award-winning restaurant.

Enjoy 3 nights of luxury accommodation in a sea view room with traditional English breakfast each morning, a sumptuous 5 course tasting menu on one evening and a delicious 3 course dinner on your third evening.


Guest Reviews

Guest Reviews

Congratulations to Chris Eden and his team for retaining the Michelin Star for 2019 and our sincere thanks to all our guests for their support.

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Meet 6 of our amazing local food suppliers

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What’s on in Cornwall this Summer 2019

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