You don’t get much closer to the sea, unless you’re on a boat, than at The Lugger Hotel. This unique place – a 17th century smuggler’s inn – is located in the too-charming-for-words coastal village of Portloe in the south-west of Cornwall. Right above the tiny harbour.
The fact that we arrived in misty, grey drizzle (a July road-trip through the UK comes with British weather) had no effect on the picturesque looks. Or on us. First thing we met, while walking up the entrance to the Lugger Hotel, was a fisherman reeling in his boat filled with lobster pots. Hello, dinner.
The Lugger Hotel, window to the sea
Looking for a bathroom with an endless sea view? This is your destination.
Luxury often lies in the peacefulness of the location. Sleeping with the windows wide open to let the salt-fresh air in and listen to the sound of crashing waves, proves that for me. Ok, that and crispy white linen.
The Lugger, the place where time stood still, entered our Fav Hotels of the World list. We stayed in the old and tiny – but oh so charming – fishermans cottage outside the main hotel building.
The romantic little terrace above the sea became our hangout spot. Just to sit and watch the fishing vessels come and go and do hours to read the newspaper back to front. The weather was rough upon arrival but changed the next day into the loviest of summer warmth.
Breakfast (more super foods, please), lunch or dinner is served in the two AA rosette restaurant where the catch of the day plays a main role. Guess what the view of the restaurant is.
No phone signal, another luxury
Yes, you read that well. These days no phone reception equals offline time equals luxury. For me. How about you? (Ok, I shall be honest, there was WiFi from time to time and a free-phone-landline in the room. I could still share stunning views on Instagram, phew)
The Lugger Hotel has all the ingredients to snap out of the hectic city life for a few days. I definitely forgot about it when mr. B. (under slight protest at start, but very enthusiastic at the finish) and I took a long walk along the famous Cornish Coastel Path. A steep walk along a narrow path, high on the cliffs and with a stunning new view around every corner. There is only one downside to all this countryside bliss. Too much space and fresh air created tons of new ideas in my head…
The Lugger Hotel rooms from 200 euro