Driftwood Hotel

Portscatho, Cornwall

A family-friendly sort of place just a mile and a half from the fishing village of Portscatho with its own private beach


16 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 4


Gaze out to Gerrans Bay from the sheltered terrace where you eat breakfast in the sunshine. Wander the gardens, scramble down a wooded path to the beach and cove below. Hampers for beach picnics and rucksacks for walkers can be arranged; the seven-kilometre circular walk from Portscatho to Pendower Beach will take you across beach and through meadow. There’s a fire to keep you cosy when it’s chilly and a games room for children – special high teas too. Bedrooms vary in size and all except one have sea views, three have their own terrace.You’ll eat well: Chris Eden heads up the Michelin-starred kitchen and service is on wheels. Take a digestif onto the terrace – on clear nights the sky is full of stars.

View of the house and surrounding grounds at Driftwood Hotel in Portscatho, Cornwall

We think you'll love

  • Dinner in the Michelin-starred restaurant
  • Walking five minutes down the path to the private beach and cove
  • The sea views from almost every angle
Cosy lounge area with comfy sofas and plenty of books at the Driftwood Hotel in Portscatho in Cornwall

Home truths

  • You’ll need to get in the car for shops and restaurants
  • Children are welcomed so it won’t suit those who want absolute peace and quiet
  • No dogs allowed


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights at weekends.
Early Dec to early Feb.
Dinner, 3 courses £65, Vegetarian tasting menu £75, 8 courses tasting menu £85,10 courses tasting menu for £105.


Nightly price
from £185
Dinner, B&B £125-£155 per person.
13 Doubles
From £185
1 Twin
From £185
1 Cabin for 4
From £235


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The neighbourhood

On the beach below the hotel there’s an abundance of wildlife: sea birds, perhaps seals and dolphins and occasionally groups of basking sharks. It’s a mile and a half to the fishing village of Portscatho, which has cafes, art galleries and a couple of pubs, and five miles to the larger St Mawes. The Roseland Peninsula is an AONB, bordering the River Fal and the Atlantic; its sandy beaches are perfect for rock pooling and paddling with little ones.


Paul & Fiona Robinson

Paul and Fiona Robinson have owned Driftwood since 2002. Having previously lived in Kenya, London and Surrey, they were drawn to the hotel and the area. They employ a friendly team who look after you with ease.