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Driftwood Hotel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Trewithian
Certificate of Excellence
Devon
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Lovely stay”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2008

I stayed at this delightful hotel in the autumn of 2007. It was a great place, so much so that an originally booked three night stay turned into a whole week.

The staff were very polite and considerate and the atmosphere was warm and welcoming. I dined in the restaurant which i have to say was exceptional. The menu lived up to expectation and the final result delivered well.

The rooms were well worth the money and i would be very happy to return to this fantastic establishment.

  • Liked — The cuisine
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank Cris2365
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Taunton
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30 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2008

Whilst this is a lovely hotel in a wonderful part of the world, staying here brought home the difference between staying in a private hotel in the UK and one abroad. By that I mean that the English sting you for every little thing.

We had booked this hotel to celebrate my birthday and we notified the hotel in advance asking for a room with a sea view. We were allocated one in the new block. While I can't fault the room it was beautifully laid out and clean, the sea view was to the side and not directly in front. Full frontal sea views only appear to be from rooms in the main part of the hotel. We most definately could not lie in bed and watch the sea, if you book one of these do as the previous reviewer recommends and book one of the ground floor rooms which have a patio.

Whilst the bathroom was of a reasonable size we could hear the next door rooms plumbing, not something you expect from a hotel of this quality.

Be warned there are no tea trays in the room, the information book states that these are available on request but tea and cakes can be brought to your room or taken in the lounge. It infers that this is complimentary in place of in room facilities - first sting - they are not and the charge an unbelievable £5 per head, hence the reason why they discourage room trays.

They ask you to specify a time for dinner, we asked for 19:45. We are not pre-dinner drinks people and having asked for a table for 19:45 we expected to be shown to it at that time, unfortunately that was not the case, - second sting - the restaurant manager who reminded us of Basil Fawlty seemed taken aback by the fact we wanted to go straight to our table, told us it wasn't available and directed us to the bar where we had to purchase drinks which we didnot want as we were kept waiting there for half an hour, although I have to say the food is wonderful, but be warned our break included dinner, at other places we have stayed where we have had the same offer dinner has included coffee - sting 3- this one didn't.

The next day was my birthday and at other hotels we have stayed at around the world we have at the very least been given complimentary drinks at the most in the Seychelles it was a complimentary six course meal and a sunset cruise. Here my husband had to ask for a flower to be placed on the table and that was it. I don't say that because we expect to receive freebies because we don't, but because the difference between a good hotel and that extra special one is when they go that extra mile to make their guests feel as if they are special, a simple happy birthday in the morning would have sufficed.

I have to say that we did leave with a bad taste in our mouths, whilst this hotel was most definately not cheap they did not really make you feel as if you were a valued customer to them, infact what came over was that they wanted to make as much money out of you as they could. Would I return sadly probably not.

  • Liked — The fantastic location
  • Disliked — The way in which your room was cleaned the minute you left it for breakfast, we hadn't finished in the bathroom and then had to ask for more toiletries in the evening which they begrudged giving us
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
4 Thank Satisfied1
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Hampshire
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21 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2008

We have just returned from a 3 day break at Driftwood booked to celebrate my birthday and to go househunting in South Cornwall.

It was perfect in every way. The hotel enjoys a stunning posiiton overlooking the coast with its own beach and well kept gardens. From the hotel you can walk directly onto the costal path which takes you to the nearest village of Portscatho in one direction and for miles and miles in the other. We stayed in one of the first floor superior rooms accessed by its own entrance just next to the main hotel reception. The room was lovely with views from the patio doors directly onto the coast line so you could lie in bed in the morning and watch the waves crash on the shore below. Furnishings were simple but high quality with the feel like a very upmarket beach cabin and equal to any five star hotel we have stayed in around the country. Nice touches included a morning tea tray delivered to our door and afternoon tea and cakes are available each day (at extra cost). The hotel doesnt serve lunch but will make you a picnic if you ask.

Food was superb with fresh fish daily. I guess if you were staying for more than a few days, with only the fish choice changing, you might get a little bored with the menu - but its of the highest quality and again equal to any top restaurant in London.

Whilst children are welcome, they eat earlier and the main resturant is therefore blissfully child free in the evening. Staying in high season would I assume mean there are more children around but then you should expect that if you book a hotel saying children welcome! The owners are relaxed and friendly as are all the restaurant staff and the whole place feels like a fabuolus home out of homes and gardens magazine but also somewhere where you can relax in slouchy sofas or on the steamer chairs outside in good weather.

I would return in a shot - if we went back in spring/summer I would book a ground floor superior room as these have their own decking patios and steamer chairs where you can sit with a glass of wine and enjoy the amazing views.

We booked through Mr & Mrs smith - we are Smith fans and have been to several hotels. They are all fabulous but Driftwood is the best so far - it exceeded our expectations and our standards are high!

  • Liked — Beach cabin luxury
  • Disliked — Nothing!
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank susisav
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Knutsford, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
18 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2007

We stayed at the Driftwood for a 3-night weekend break in February 2007 (oops, sorry for the delay in sending in this review).

Like many other reviewers, I had struggled with whether to book the Driftwood or the Tresanton – eventually going for the Driftwood. We were not disappointed – it was superb! From the welcome tour on arrival, the afternoon tea (including homemade doorstop wedges of fruit cake made locally by the WI), the tea brought to our room in the morning and the wonderful meals – it was all perfect.

Our room (No. 15) was in the newest section of the hotel (so a short walk to the main building – umbrellas provided!). The exterior of the new 2-storey section is blue clapperboard and the four rooms in this part either have an opening French window (top floor) or a small wooden deck on which to sit (ground floor). As it was February, the latter did not appeal so a room on the upper floor gave us wonderful views out to Portscatho. Inside our room the theme was “nautical/country” all in contrasting pale blues and neutrals (evoking thoughts of our honeymoon in New England). The furniture was of high quality and the bathroom well fitted out with everything you needed toiletries wise – including wonderful ‘fizz bombs’ for the bath.

Dinner was delightful – in fact all the food was first class. As another reviewer has said, the portions were not large, but this was a plus for me having been brought up always being told to eat what was on your plate and suffering in later years for it!!. The seasonal evening menu consisted of a four or five starters and the same number of main course dishes. Of these, four were fixed – i.e. the same each evening with the fifth item being different each night – one starter and one main and from memory I think for the mains there were two meat dishes, one vegetarian dish and one fish dish. The additional item was always fish – so the fish lovers had two to chose from. Not surprising for a restaurant in Cornwall and I was in my element, but my husband was less easy to please. The meat dishes were either venison or rabbit, which caused some concern from my husband who found himself choosing fish on two of the evenings and later admitting that he thorough enjoyed it!!

In the evening, the dining room was candlelit and as it was Winter and dark outside, there was no rush for a table with a “view”. I’m not sure if the table arrangements change in Summer, but some guests, at the tables for two, had their backs to the window and I can imagine that in Summer, some people would be disappointed with this arrangement.

Breakfast was in the same dining room, however, the seating arrangements could possibly have caused the same problem for some guests – though not for us, we were lucky on all three mornings to get a table giving us the tremendous vista across the gardens to the sea. Perhaps the tables could have been differently positioned, maybe at an angle, to give both guests the same outlook?

Hot breakfasts were freshly prepared and delicious and there were muffins, croissants, fruit and cereal to start. Newspapers, if ordered, were delivered into the comfy seating area adjoining the bar where Buffy, the Driftwood’s resident canine, would also preside.

Now to activities. The weekend was our Christmas present to each other and the main purpose for our weekend was to walk along the South West coastal path. From the Driftwood doorstep you can drop down onto this in either direction. On the first day we turned right and walked to Portscatho and beyond. The path took us to xx Lighthouse with the Falmouth Estuary in view then back inland via the St Mawes creek – retracing our steps for the last part of the journey. Our packed lunch from the Driftwood (sandwiches, cake, muffins, a piece of fruit and a cold drink) was very welcome. It was a long walk but with a fizz bomb bath and glass of wine to look forward to, we were spurred on!

On the second day we went in the other direction – around the headland, which is visible from the drawing room and bar (for those armchair walkers). Our lunch stop was Portloe with our intended place to eat being the Lugger Hotel (another one we pondered over). However, on arrival we found it to be a bit to smart for very muddy boots and over-trousers, so instead chose the other pub in the village, which was bustling with locals, had a lively atmosphere and a cracking good home-made mushroom soup and crusty bread!

All in all, I think we made the right choice. The location of the Driftwood is perfect for walking or simply relaxing in the lounge (or on the deck if the weather was right), the food was superb and our room was extremely comfortable.

We will most definitely return!

  • Liked — The wonderful view from our room & the gorgeous bathroom
  • Disliked — Nothing - everything was perfect!
  • Stayed February 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
4 Thank sagittarius2411
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2007

Driftwood is an oasis of ordered calm situated on a Cornish clifftop above a small beach. The welcoming, attentive, relaxed and friendly atmosphere is due to the example set by the owners, Paul and Fiona Robinson.

During our stay, this was best illustrated by our first breakfast. As it was a beautiful morning, we wanted breakfast on the deck, but could only find a free table with one chair. As we turned round to go and sit at a table indoors, one of the staff appeared with a chair and a smile, completely unprompted. That level of attention to detail was shown throughout our stay.

At dinner, the food is some of the best and most complex I have ever tasted, and is comparable to Michelin star restaurants I've eaten in. The chef, Chris Eden, has been at Driftwood less than a year, so this might come.

Yet it is the extras that really make a stay at Driftwood special:

* Relaxing on the loungers on the deck, looking over the south Cornish coast towards Portscatho, eating cake and drinking tea.
* Eating breakfast on the deck in the full Cornish sun.
* A long soak in the bath after a strenuous walk along the South West Coast Path which passes below the hotel.
* A crisp white wine before dinner.
* Waking up to the sound of the sea.

This was our third stay. We’ll be back!

  • Liked — The warmth and friendliness of the staff
  • Disliked — Leaving
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank JohnTheGeologist
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Hertfordshire
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2007

We have just returned from a 2 day break to Driftwood and what a great place to stay. We were looking for a short relaxing couple of days of and we got exactly what we wanted.

We arrived and was shown round by the owner and taken to our "small room" (which was stressed to us at the time of booking) however the room was more than adequate and with the most fantastic view of the bay.

The highlights for us were the food which is excellent, service (contrary to other reviews) was spot on at both dinner and breakfast and to add some of the best wine suggestions I have had. Together with the whole relaxed ambiance and almost private beach..

Well worth a visit

  • Liked — Attention to detail & view
  • Disliked — Quite expensive
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Fishandchips_7
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gavinfromlondon
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2007

My wife and I (who are in our late 20s) booked to stay here for three nights on the basis of the website, which sells this as a beautiful, relaxing, hotel.

When we arrived, we weren't disappointed by the location and the views. This hotel really is in an incredibly beautiful spot.

We were met by the hotel owner and given a personal tour of the hotel, he was extremely friendly and it was lovely not to have to fill in any check in forms at all!

However, we started to worry when he told us that there was a baby next door which was teething; hardly the start of a relaxing break we were hoping for!

The room was nice, but I felt not quite up to the standards Id expect for the prices. The towel rail was hanging down, there were quite a few marks and scuffs on the walls, the bathroom door didnt shut, the TV was tiny with a video and not DVD player... little things, but things that made me feel that I was overpaying somewhat.

We soon noticed that the hotel was full of children of various ages. Whilst the hotel doesnt sell itself as being adults only, the constant shrieking means that this isnt a particularly relaxing or quiet spot.

We ate dinner in the restaurant which I can't fault. We regularly eat in Michelin starred London restaurants and I thought this compared really favourably. Contrary to some prior reviews, I didnt find the service slow, just a relaxing, enjoyable evening.

However, the real problems started when we headed off to bed. Our room (room 1) was right above the restaurant and we had to go and ask them to turn down the music at 11pm as it was flooding into our room. However, even after this, we were kept awake until 1am whilst the staff moved tables around and chatted and joked loudly amongst themselves.

After a terrible nights sleep, we checked out before breakfast the next morning and went to stay elsewhere (Watergate Bay hotel, which while less "exclusive" was fantastic). To give credit to the Driftwood, the owner seemed mortified and offered to move our room and didnt charge us for the room for the night, but the fact that he said "oh they should know to turn the music down" and the fact we were already stressed meant that we were glad to cut our losses.

We were also disappointed that not even sandwiches were available in the hotel, so if youre not eating in the restaurant (and its not the kind of place you want to eat every night, its very rich food and the menu doesnt change much) then you'll have to travel a way to get it.

So should you stay at Driftwood? Well, lots of people will, Im sure, love this hotel, but make sure your room isnt about the restaurant.

  • Liked — The views
  • Disliked — The noise
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
5 Thank gavinfromlondon
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Property: Driftwood Hotel
Address: Rosevine | Near Portscatho, Trewithian TR2 5EW, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > Trewithian
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Trewithian
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Driftwood Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Imagine your perfect holiday - a stylish, privately run Cornish Beach House Hotel, overlooking the stunning Gerrans Bay, near the pretty village of Portscatho, near St Mawes South Cornwall. Driftwood is like no other boutique hotel in Cornwall. Driftwood has the friendly informal service, a michelin star restaurant, and the efficiency you would expect. Where else can you walk down a wooded path, to your own beach and cove? Where else can you lie back on a steamer chair, with a glass of wine, and enjoy an unbroken sea view. Where else can you eat the best, locally sourced food, perhaps lobster caught that morning, or crab from the bay? Whoever you are or whatever your looking for, whether that be a family holiday, a boutique or romantic hotel in Cornwall, Driftwood is perfect for all your needs. At Driftwood, families can be as well looked after as romantic couples or small groups of grown-ups. ... more   less 
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