Driftwood – Roseland, Cornwall
There’s no more fabulous vista than from clifftop Driftwood. More Mediterranean than Cornish, it overlooks Gerrans Bay on the Roseland Peninsula and includes seven acres of gardens full of secluded, shady spots that lead to a perfect crescent of private beach. Halfway down is a rustic cabin with two small bedrooms and a sitting room – a magical place to stay in summer. A wildflower garden is home to bees that produce honey for the restaurant. The house itself, a 1930s building transformed with the aid of dusky blue clapboard, makes the most of the views. Whether relaxing in the bedrooms, drinking on the generous terrace or indulging in a delicious meal prepared in the highly acclaimed restaurant and enjoyed in the chic dining room (hand-rolled linguine, say, or wild turbot with razor clams), you’ll want to stay forever. When Paul and Fiona Robinson opened Driftwood 17 years ago neither had hotel experience, but Fiona’s refined interior designer skills, plus their hands-on approach and ease with guests, have created a delightful Cornish haven: stylish, seaside-fresh and devoid of any pretension.