Guest Reviews

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"Beautiful Hotel"

We have walked past this hotel many times on our walk to the beach from the Caravan Club site at the top of the road and always said we must stay there sometime. Well now we have and it was all that we thought it would be. We stayed in a patio room with glorious views over the Roseland to the sea. The people were wonderful and very attentive. The meal we had on our last night was superb. We will certainly go back there.

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"Outstanding Service"

Staff were to a member courteous and helpful. We only went for coffee and lunch but we felt we were extremely well looked after by them! Fantastic views too. Easy access to the beach too. Overall hugely impressed and would like to stay.

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"Still the best"

This is my second review after last staying there 6 years ago. Our memories of the hotel and of course the magnificent restaurant were very high. Well, all I can say is that it is as good as we remembered in every respect, and that means top marks. OK, its expensive, but you get what you pay for. Great room with the perfect sea view, all the facilities you expect for an up market boutique hotel, terrific service and helpful staff. Even with covid precautions, the personal touch remains. Their beach is lovely as is the sound of the waves at night. As for the restaurant, one word sums it up - marvellous - see the pics and reviews on line.

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"Family hotel with a hidden beach"

We've stayed in the area on holiday many times over the years and always come to our favourite restaurant for dinner. This year, we weren't able to secure a holiday rental in the area, so we decided to stay for a couple of nights before heading to the north coast.

Service, as usual, was excellent and the food superb - our favourite breakfast! Children had kids tea one evening, which was great and it allowed us to sample the tasting menu (with wine pairings) in peace!

Finally, we loved their quiet, hidden beach which is reached via a short path from the hotel.

We will certainly visit again.

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" The best in Cornwall"

Outstanding food - we couldn’t ask for more. Great wine pairing and attentive staff. The tasting menu was unbelievably good. We’ll be back!

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"Another wonderful visit - delicious food"

We keep coming back to Driftwood. Every time the visit is wonderful and this was no exception. The food is outstandingly good, even for its class, and we had a delicious dinner again. The staff are all friendly and despite the ‘haute cuisine’ nature of the service, they strike a good balance by not being stuffy. Each stay we’ve had the bed has been extremely comfortable and the view looking out to sea is stunning. Never disappoints, we’ll be back.

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"Great hotel in a fantastic setting made extra special by the food and the staff"

We stayed for four days in mid July and had fantastic weather every day. We had booked DB&B as with everything just out of lockdown we felt it was easier and safer. Turned out to be a great choice as the food each evening was outstanding...

Gardens were lovely with lots of discrete corners to relax in the sun or shade.

Best of all were the staff - everyone went out of their way to help guests relax and enjoy their stay even though coping with Covid restrictions was new to staff and guests alike. It was nice to see Paul, co-owner, around each day - very friendly in an understated way.

We would definitely go back and would absolutely recommend it.

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"Perfect Balance"

In my opinion this Hotel gets it just right, blessed with the perfect position set in sub tropical gardens on the edge of a cliff with access to a stunning sandy beach with crystal clear waters Paul and Fiona have created something very special.

Elegant, sophisticated but never stuffy. A great place to truly unwind and enjoy the friendly efficient service of the excellent team of staff. As for the food what can I say some of the best I have ever tasted, congratulations to Olly and his team in the kitchen and keep up the good work. I can't finish without saying how relaxing it is to fall asleep with the tranquil sound of the waves lapping on the Beach.

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"Friendly and welcoming - amazing food!"

We stayed in Room 5, which was a good size with a VERY BIG and comfortable bed. 

The staff were, without exception, welcoming and genuinely wished to make the stay a pleasure. The food was beautiful in a relaxed restaurant with incredible coastal views. Our crab starter was exceptional.

The grounds of the hotel feature terraced gardens with a number of comfortable places to sit and admire the views, including a lovely, hidden summer house set down the hillside from the hotel.

Below the hotel is a quiet beach which is only accessible by walking so it had few people using it whilst we were there.

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"Great food, great hotel"

Fantastic family break after lockdown. The hotel is perfectly situated near a lovely beach, staff were brilliant and very friendly, top class chef made for a perfect place to celebrate my wife’s birthday. Well situated for visits to Lost Garden of Helligan and Eden Project amongst other local attractions.

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"Truly wonderful, hidden Cornish gem!"

Wow! What a beautiful restaurant and breathtaking scenery. The food was incredible especially the fish board, and we even walked down and took a dip in the sea at the beach. The staff were so friendly and we couldn’t recommend it more highly.

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"Great 2nd Stay"

We returned to the Driftwood to stay for 4 nights in July as our escape post COVID lockdown. The service is as good as our last visit in 2019 as was the food. The Head Chef has changed with Oliver Pierrepont taking over from the fantastic Chris Eden but the food was still excellent. We really enjoyed our holiday and are looking forward to our next stay... hopefully soon.

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"What a gem"

We came here while on holiday and was totally blown away. This place reminded me of Barbados and I felt right at home. The food is of a very high quality and very tasty. Staff are discrete and efficient. Highly recommend . My wife says if she ever goes missing this is where she will be.

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"Guest Email"

We would just like to thank you and your very professional and friendly staff for making our stay at The Driftwood this week as enjoyable as it always is.

In light of this very difficult and testing time for everyone, we felt reassured and confident all precautions possible were being taken to try and keep the Coronavirus at bay.
    
As for Olly and his team in the kitchen.... my goodness we have been fed well! We truly enjoyed every part of each dinner on all three evenings, from the canapés with our pre dinner drink to the petit fours with our mint tea... delicious! The kitchen now belongs to Olly!

We hope you, and everyone at The Driftwood remain in the best of health.
    
Our fond regards to you all,
John & Carol Stevens

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""Excellence All Round""

"Our second stay in this well located cliff top hotel on the Roseland Peninsular. Extremely comfortable rooms and first class service from a top team of dedicated and friendly staff.

Similarly excellent food and service in the restaurant with a range of innovative and locally sourced dishes to please all tastes at both breakfast and dinner.

Highly recommended"

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"Family Treat"

A huge family treat, we had the superb taster menus and a great fun experience. Big thank you to Guy, our waiter, so efficient and kind, a great personality.

Date of visit: February 2020

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"An exceptional hotel & restaurant "

An exceptional hotel & restaurant in a wonderful location! Relaxed and super comfortable. Fabulous staff particular thanks to Steph and a great chef in Oli! Food was amazing! Everyone made our extra long surprise birthday weekend for my husband very special.

 

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"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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"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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"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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"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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"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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"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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"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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"Romantic Cornish hideaway"

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

Tom Chesshyre - The Times,
"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,
"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,
"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,
"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,
"Cuddle-inducing retreat "

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

London Evening Standard,
"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,
"Definitely one of my favourites"

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

Nathan Outlaw, The Times,
"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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"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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"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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"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 isn't raining.

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"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 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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"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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"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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