18 April, 2012

The Lugger Hotel - a perfect location on the Cornish coast

Cornwall is a place on my destination hit list that I can't wait to visit. With the longest stretch of continuous coastline in Britain, there is a lot to discover such as small fishing villages, spectacular beaches and gorgeous countryside. The Lugger Hotel is in the beautiful village of Portloe, just 13 miles from Truro.

Photo courtesy of The Lugger
This unique 17th century inn has a dark history. In 1890, one of the hotel's landlords was sent to the gallows for smuggling! The inn subsequently ceased trading, and was reopened in 1950 with just six bedrooms. Today, the 22 rooms are all en-suite and have crisp white linens and bleached Portuguese woods for a contemporary feel.

Photo courtesy of The Lugger
The Lugger also has a very good restaurant which is the oldest part of the hotel. As the fishing boats that come into the harbour bring their catch straight to the hotel, it's no surprise that the emphasis on the menu is on seafood! Having said that the menu also caters for vegetarians and meat lovers.

Photo courtesy of The Lugger
The village of Portloe is a popular location for filming since it appeared as a backdrop in the 1935 adaptation of Treasure Island. If you want to head out and explore the surrounding area, there are some great walks in the area. In terms of tourist attractions, the Eden Project, and St Ives are not far away.

Photo courtesy of The Lugger
The location of this hotel is amazing and many rooms have a view of the sea; but what most guests comment on is the standard of service, and the little touches that go towards making it feel that little bit more special than other hotels. If you'd like more information on The Lugger, visit their official website here.

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