If you are looking for a hotel right by the sea look no further – The Lugger is perched on the the very edge of the rocks above the slipway in Portloe. The final 1.1 miles of road into Portloe is not for the faint hearted or bad drivers. There is barely room for one car and if another car comes the other way, beware passing places are few – we reversed around 400 metres on one occasion.
The hotel car park is tight and manoeuvring both in an out takes time and patience.
There are many positive things to say about this hotel though and just a few niggles that prevent it from being the perfect getaway.
We stayed in room 203. Our windows (bedroom and bathroom) looked out onto a terrace with outdoor furniture. Turns out this terrace is a private terrace for room 201 which can be accessed via an outdoor stairway just outside the entrance to reception and from a window in room 201. This seemed odd on two counts – our bathroom window didn’t have frosted glass so we had to be sure to keep the blinds closed the whole time and the terrace was hardly private as our bedroom window looked out over the terrace. I enjoyed sitting in the window seat to read however I was very conscious that our neighbours would feel a lack of privacy.
The public terrace off the dining room was damaged in the winter storms and has yet to be repaired which was disappointing as we had fabulous weather during our stay and a drink on that terrace would have been fantastic.
Our room was comfortable and nice touches like fresh milk in the fridge (I hate those pots of long life milk), along with complementary bottles of water, little cookies/pastries left in our room to have with a cup of tea on arrival back after a day out, the bed turn down service with hot chocolate (complete with marshmallow), weather forecast for the following day and an amusing story/joke to make you smile.
The fridge however is in the wardrobe reducing the hanging space considerably. The only other storage space in the room is a 2 drawer chest. We stayed 4 nights and if we’d stayed any longer we’d have needed more storage space for clothes.
Aside from not having a frosted window and having to keep the blind permanently closed no complaints about the bathroom. Lovely toiletries, fluffy towels and a great power shower.
We booked half board basis so had dinner in the hotel each night of our stay.
As mentioned the dining room looks directly out over the sea which is stunning. The food was very good, well cooked and beautifully presented. The portions are small and there were two occasions when this bordered on the ridiculous. One morning I ordered the haddock and poached eggs for breakfast. The piece of haddock that accompanied the two (perfectly poached) eggs measured no more than 3cm by 3cm and could have been eaten as one mouthful. One evening for dinner I ordered the ‘scallops’ (plural) when ‘they’ arrived it was one scallop cut into three slices with some citrus fruit and that will set you back £8.50!!
We thought the dinner menu was limited and remained basically the same for the 4 nights of our stay (some slight adjustments were made to presentation and accompaniments) – lamb, steak, two fish dishes and a veggy option. If you don’t like fish, I do but and my husband is not a fan, this meant that he had the steak three times. We asked on the 3rd evening if the menu was going to change at all and we were asked what we’d like. We suggested a chicken dish. The following evening the person taking our order told us that the chef had prepared a chicken dish for us. It was delicious. We noted that other couples had lobster which wasn’t on the menu. We weren’t offered lobster so I guess those couples must have just asked like we did for the chicken. If you’re there for a few days and have tried all the things you like, I’d suggest asking, if there isn’t anything else on the menu that takes your fancy. It’s unlikely that you’d have an alternative on the night you ask though as my husband asked for chips with his steak as he’d had them the previous night and the server said she’d check if they had any potatoes!!!
The little niggles aside though, overall we loved this place, the location and the staff who are all friendly and helpful and we will visit again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Lugger is nestled at the foot of a valley with picturesque cove and tiny harbour. Portloe is part of the beautiful Roseland Peninsula, surrounded by cliffs and headlands which form part of the Cornish Coastal Footpath. The Lugger sits right at the water’s edge in the very heart of the village and has been recently transformed following a major renovation programme. All the public rooms have been refurbished and greatly improved to offer comfort and functionality in the truly unique setting of this historic harbour. Luxurious touches throughout have helped the hotel to gain multiple awards, The Lugger has been named ‘Best Seaside Hotel’ by The Sunday Times, has featured on the Condé Naste Travellers ‘Hot List’ and also features in the Mr and Mrs Smith and Hip Hotels guidebooks. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lugger Hotel Portloe
- The Lugger Hotel Portloe, Cornwall