Hotel Review: The Lugger, Portloe, Cornwall

Hotel Review: The Lugger, Portloe, Cornwall

This unimposing, boutique hotel is located in the tiny fishing village of Portloe, situated between St. Austell and Falmouth on the south Cornwall coast.

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The USP: A world away from hectic city life, this cosy bolt hole offers a tranquil seaside escape in a rugged and rural Cornish setting.

Book it now if: You want some peace and quiet, with nothing but the sound of seagulls and crashing waves to disturb you. Watch the fishing boats sail into the harbour from the terrace or curl up with a book in by the fireplace. This is the place to indulge in doing nothing.

Bedding down: The 22 bedrooms are intimate and unpretentious, with all-white en-suite bathrooms and comfy king-sized beds. The two superior rooms come with terraces overlooking the harbour but there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the views from elsewhere in the hotel if these rooms aren't available. To make you feel all the more snug, guests are welcomed back to their rooms with hot chocolate, marshmallows and a poem to read every evening.

Feed me: If you like seafood, you'll be in food heaven in The Lugger. Where better to enjoy locally sourced fish and shellfish than in an award-winning restaurant by the sea? The daily menu also includes meat and vegetarian dishes for non-fish eaters, but aside from the delicious food, it's the hard-to-beat sea views that make this the perfect dining spot.

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Easily bored: Pack your walking boots if you feel energetic enough to tackle the coastal paths that start from either side of the hotel or hop in the car to visit nearby south coast hotspots, St. Mawes and Falmouth.

What's the damage: Classic rooms are £130 a night including breakfast or £180 including breakfast and dinner in the restaurant. Superior rooms start at £150 a night. There are also seasonal offers to look out for throughout the year.

Point me in the right direction: The Lugger Hotel, Portloe, Truro, Cornwall TR2 5RD. Tel: 01872 501322, web:


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