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 restored cabin with two 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 in the chic dining room, you’ll want to stay forever. Lunch on the sunny deck overlooking the bay is an absolute delight. Paul and Fiona Robinson opened Driftwood 19 years ago and Fiona’s interior designer skills, plus their hands-on approach and ease with guests, have created a delightful Cornish haven: stylish, seaside-fresh and devoid of pretension. 

Doubles from £230 

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Sofa and bar at Driftwood hotel in Cornwall