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“Lovely Inn and excellent food”
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The Lugger Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Portloe
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 22, 2014

We stayed one evening here and it is truly special. Rooms were chic with all the comforts. Mine was up some very steep stairs so be sure to ask. Our evening meal was splendid - the view off the restaurant is just lovely. So the only reason for the loss of star in my review was because of the portion size at the restaurant. I am a small woman and the people I travel with are really tiny eaters - and even THEY commented about the miniscule portions. Our lamb entree (which was somewhat pricey) was one meatball and one small roulade of meat plus a tiny dab of veg. VERY very beautifully done and tasty - but we all left a little hungry. I know portions in Europe and UK are smaller than in America and I like that - but this was notable. Anyhow, it was a splendid visit.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with friends
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1  Thank azoomi
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Reviewed April 12, 2014

A perfect place to relax and feel special! The harbour is full of character and the walks up the headland give amazing views. The hotel is staffed by delightful young people who are friendly but professional. Our room in the annexe had a window with a tiny view of the sea, a real bonus. Tea, coffee, sweets and shortbread on the tea tray. Hot chocolate and marshmallows at night and the luxury of the bed turned down. Crisp white linen, fluffy towels and a really comfortable bed. The bathroom was very small and shower in bath difficult for me as I have mobility problems. The food, more perfection! Delicious and imaginative. Amazing fresh bread rolls of many flavours. The terrace collapsed in the storms but views from conservatory are beautiful. If you are lucky enough to visit don't miss the church at St Just in Roseland. There is even a kettle and coffee in the church if you want to make yourself a drink! We had a family holiday home in Portloe so it was a visit full of happy memories. Thank you all the staff in the Lugger, not forgetting the talented chef.

Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
2  Thank Tasmin10
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Reviewed April 6, 2014

A really lovely hotel right on the waters edge, lobster boat outside our window, went to sleep listening to the sea laping against the shore.
Service excellent breakfast excellent found it difficult to find fault , suggest you ask for a view overlooking the cove though.
Some one has mentioned an area outside were you can sit and have a drink overlooking the cove. Unfortunately the storms in early March have totally demolished this earlier though the views from the lounge are equally good.

Room Tip: Suggest you try for main building with views over the cove
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  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Fred K
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Reviewed April 6, 2014

I have never stayed anywhere where as I checked out, I immediately booked again for next year! Even though the hotel had been battered by the storms, our stay there was perfection. The staff were wonderful, very attentive and nothing was too much trouble. It is a small, well run boutique hotel and I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending this to everyone who is looking for peace and quiet in a stunning location.

Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
1  Thank Lulu F
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Reviewed April 5, 2014

This was my sixth visit to The Lugger stretching back to when it was privately owned. It is a pity I wasn't recognised/acknowledged as a returning customer.
I was also disappointed not to be told in advance about the terrace collapsing. Part of the charm of The Lugger is being able to sit outside having a glass of wine and a crab sandwich.
I did appreciate that the dinner menu is changed daily. One of my criticisms from the past was having the same, fairly limited selection, night after night.
The tables in the restaurant have good table linen, glassware and crockery. The view is superb. The waiters were cheery and helpful.
Breakfast. A disappointing fruit selection - three pieces of tired looking water melon. However the poached eggs and crispy bacon were perfect.
It was good to be able to curl up in front of a roaring fire having a pre dinner drink.
I hope Bespoke hotels restore the terrace quickly.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank studious2000
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Reviewed March 30, 2014

The Lugger is located in a beautiful little cove on Cornwall's coast. There's a lovely area to sit out on and enjoy a drink and the view ( must be wonderful to sit there in the warmer months). Our room was adequate but nothing more. Could have certainly done with a spruce up. We didn't mind so much as we got it at a good price though we might have been a bit peeved if we'd paid full whack summer rates.

Food didn't really hit the spot. Definite room for improvement at breakfast, lunch and dinner. In our opinion. Staff were fine and generally quite polite. However, we left feeling that The Lugger seems to have lost its way a bit which is a pity as it has the potential to be something quite special.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 3, 2014

The first room we were given had a whiff of damp. We rejected it. The second seemed OK but then we noticed a constant whirring noise coming from behind the wall. We were told that this was a water pump which would be switched off later. It remained on all night disturbing sleep.

The next day we complained. We were given a delightful clean room with an excellent view overlooking the harbour, with the sound only of breaking waves and gulls.

The breakfast was excellent - plenty of choice - served in the dining room with a good view over the harbour.

The dinner, served in the same room, was eccentric: a short list of starters and mains that changed each evening, characterised by unusual taste combinations. The items on the plate were carefully prepared but the contrasting tastes did not typically work well together. There was no cheese course or board on offer. Although it was February, the desserts were almost all from the fridge.

The only other dining alternative in Portloe is the village pub (which does a range of pub food popular with the locals).

The atmosphere in the dining and sitting rooms was spoiled by background music playing in the bar area. Without it the sitting room was quiet and restful and in the restaurant you could relax to the sounds of the sea.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank GBennet
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Additional Information about The Lugger Hotel

Address: Portloe TR2 5RD, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > Truro District > Roseland Peninsula > Portloe
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Portloe
Price Range: $163 - $220 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Lugger Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Lugger is nestled at the foot of a valley with picturesque cove and tiny harbour. Portloe is part of the beautiful Roseland Peninsula, surrounded by cliffs and headlands which form part of the Cornish Coastal Footpath. The Lugger sits right at the water’s edge in the very heart of the village and has been recently transformed following a major renovation programme. All the public rooms have been refurbished and greatly improved to offer comfort and functionality in the truly unique setting of this historic harbour. Luxurious touches throughout have helped the hotel to gain multiple awards, The Lugger has been named ‘Best Seaside Hotel’ by The Sunday Times, has featured on the Condé Naste Travellers ‘Hot List’ and also features in the Mr and Mrs Smith and Hip Hotels guidebooks. ... more   less 
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Lugger Hotel Portloe
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