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Driftwood Hotel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Trewithian
Certificate of Excellence
Scottburgh, South Africa
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159 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Faultless Towers”
Reviewed March 15, 2013

What a wonderful spot this hotel is situated in, superb sea views, pathway to its own beach and everything one could wish for. The architectural style is East Coast USA clapboard in soft pastel colours, the interior just so very English. Comfort is the hotels byword here with hearty fires in Winter (and early spring!). The rooms are all very well appointed and very comfortable. Room and bathroom sizes are generous, with attention to detail such as the provision of bathrobes. Drinks at the small bar are varied; several beers, both local and big name brands available and it is a nice touch to see successful establishments supporting good quality local beers and ciders. I also noticed and took advantage of a good selection of scotch and gin.
Service is understated, yet attentive and guests are not left unattended for long.

The food is what sets this hotel apart from its competition. Stunningly dishes wonderfully twinned with a surprisingly wide selection of wine ensure guests have no avenue for disappointment. The menu is small, yet very varied including a generous proportion of local ingredients on offer and served with great visual appeal. Pre-dinner drinks are accompanied by tantalising tasters making the menu choices every more difficult.

Altogether a wonderful relaxing experience metres from the sea!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 8, 2013

Lovely accommodation. My partner and I were in room 10 which is a large double. Tastefully furnished, more chique than shabby. Great views. Wonderful food and dinner is inclusive during the winter. Chris Eden is the resident michelin-starred chef and he and his team perform wonders with their local ingredients, notably the fish and seafood. Just about every course over the three days that we stayed was memorable for all the right reasons.

Breakfasts were lovely too and our rooms were serviced whilst we were having breakfast which meant that the room was available to us all day if necessary and that can be important at this time of the year.

The hotel is right on the southwest coastal path and there are some lovely walks literally on the doorstep

Ian and Fiona have assembled a very happy team here and it shows in every way through the operations of the hotel.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 4, 2013

Exquisite from start to finish. Food, Rooms and Staff, phenomenal - simply could not fault.

The location is breath-taking, we drove out from London for one night and it was worth every mile.

Cannot wait to go back!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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South Cerney, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 2, 2013

We took friends with us this time just to make sure we were not imagining how good the hotel and restaurant is. They are 'foodies' who are quick to find fault especially when the expectation has been ramped up by the reports from our previous visits. They were SILENT and we could see just by the look of their faces that they loved every mouthful. Back again in the Summer.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Sandbach, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

I fell in love on arrival and each time I returned from a day out. A great location to enjoy the SW Coastal path. The hotel decor, ambience & service managed to mirror the magical location. The staff managed to balance professional and friendly to give a fantastic service, knowledgable both of location & food. And now to the food, although I have experienced 2 Michelin stars previously, I'm not lucky enough to experience Michelin star food regularly however I cannot understand how the chef Chris Eden was only awarded 1 star, having checked the criteria I would definately say his food is exceptional and worth a special journey.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

What can I say. From the moment you arrive in this secluded little retreat you realise that style and sympathy are the order of the day. The decor, rooms and gentle ambience are all enough to begin winding down the stress buttons and the staff, never intrusive, are always on hand to deal with any wants quickly and efficiently. The nice touches of tea being brought to your rooms (no need for in room kettles here) and fires being lit when you sit in the lounge give the place a feel of old world courtesy even in the face of it's modern desighner intereor. The beautiful little beach, acsessed by a path from the hotels garden, provides a tranquil outdoor setting in which to develop an appitite for the evening meal (included in the room price at this time of year). Ah yes - the evening meal. We ate in the restaurant just 4 days after the hotel returned from its winter break and you would not have known that the guys had not been beavering away all year. The food itself was amongst the best I have eaten in this .....no....full stop. To find a chef of this skill level opperating in the provinces is serendipity on a plate (excuse the pun) and I'd put a pound to a penny a second Michellin star will not be far away. Well done guys - this I did not expect so close to home!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

My wife and I enjoyed a meal at the Driftwood with two close friends who had been several times before. They couldn't wait to see our response and weren't disappointed!! Quite simply this was one of the best 2 or 3 meals we have ever had. Attention to detail in both the food and service was always evident and yet dining at the Driftwood felt like the most natural thing to be doing - if perfection can be found surely this was it!

The dining room itself is unpretentious and yet exquisite. We chose 1ere Cru Chablis Vacqueyras to accompany our food from a beautifully chosen wine list. Everything we ate or drink easily achieved Michelin star status and I have to say that I found the combination of all these elements intensely moving - like listening to great music in a great location. It really wasn't just the wine!

We found the restaurant staff to be superb and so knowledgeable without feeling the need to demonstrate this unless asked. We hope to return very soon and maybe stay to enjoy breakfast!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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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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