Driftwood Hotel, Porthscatho

  • Roseland Peninsula
  • South Cornwall

Key Information



Accommodation Style

  • Beach / Coastal  | 
  • Chic and Stylish  | 
  • Gourmet Escape  | 
  • Romantic  | 
  • Sea Views

About Driftwood Hotel, Porthscatho

Driftwood Hotel in Porthscatho on the Roseland Peninsula, South Cornwall, has a laid-back coastal retreat vibe set among stunning gardens overlooking a private beach with views across the Roseland Peninsula. It offers a memorable escape, combining Michelin-starred cuisine with quality service

Striking the perfect balance between accessible and remote, the main house of this boutique hotel has an incredible setting, high on a Cornish cliff with spectacular sea views over the bay and Driftwood Hotel’s own private beach.

From the outside it doesn’t look out of the ordinary, but the interior has been given a great deal of thought: the furnishings have a comfortable, homely feel, in blues and creams and natural woods – all very, very tasteful with nods towards a New England coastal theme. Palettes combine soft Farrow & Ball hues in neutrals, muted greys and blues, reminiscent of the sea. Furnishings are light and bright with subtle driftwood interiors and local artwork throughout.

Private beach, terrace, seven acres of heritage coastline, TV room with DVD/video library, WiFi, parking. In rooms, DVD/video player, free broadband internet access, Ren bath products.


All 14 rooms but one have stunning sea views, designed in soft hues with nods towards the seaside. Driftwood features are weaved into the design. King-sized beds are so comfortable you will be hard pushed to get up – think soft crisp linen and mountains of cushions. Tea-making facilities are delivered on request. Bathrooms are bright and spacious with Ren toiletries and waffle robes. If you’re after something a little bit different, there is one rustic cabin, suitable for either a couple or a family of four, on the cliff-side overlooking the bay.

We recommend room 10 in terms of both size and sea views – it’s the biggest room in the hotel and boasts double aspect vistas and a snug little vantage spot. Room 11 (a Deck Room), has French windows opening onto a private deck overlooking the gardens and the sea beyond.

Hotel restaurant

Chef Chris Eden was formerly at the Square, and uses fresh, local and organic ingredients when available to produce his Michelin-starred Modern European menu; highlights include wonderful fish and seafood and home-made bread. The exceptional spread means the restaurant, which is open for breakfast and dinner only, gets very busy; we strongly recommend booking a table in advance of your stay.


Two sets of rooms interconnect. There is also a rustic cabin suitable for two adults and two children.


Situated within seven acres of grounds in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Driftwood overlooks Gerrans Bay with spectacular sea views and its own beach. The village of Portscatho is a 30-minute walk along the coastal path and the sought-after town of St Mawes with its array of established restaurants, boutiques and watersports sits just five miles south. It’s located 20 miles from the A30 and 15 miles from Truro – with a mainline connection to Bristol and London. Newquay airport is 40 miles away. A five-minute drive will take you to The Lost Gardens of Heligan where you can explore 200 acres of botanical gardens.


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