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Sum­mer isn’t com­plete with­out a trip to the Bri­tish sea­side. You can ex­pect a sig­nif­i­cant up­grade on the bucket-and-spade bri­gade at this lux­ury bou­tique ho­tel on the Cor­nish coast, five miles from St Mawes. Its po­si­tion on the Rose­land Penin­sula sees a unique cli­mate driven by the Gulf Stream that prom­ises warm days and plays a role in cre­at­ing the lush gar­dens. From the ho­tel, a short trun­dle down­hill will bring you to the pri­vate swathe of sand. Ex­plore the cove and rock pools, or sim­ply head for a re­viv­ing dip in the sea. You could opt for kayak­ing, or sim­ply grab a pic­nic and enjoy the scenery. Of­fer­ing 15 bed­rooms and a ter­race, you’ll drift away on the wind of sim­ple el­e­gance that wafts through the ho­tel. The vibe is in­for­mal and easy with the spirit of New Eng­land in its de­sign such as its blue weath­er­board fa­cade. Opt to book the Cabin if you want a bit more privacy; it has two bed­rooms and a lounge with views across the bay. For sup­per, chef Chris Eden’s Miche­lin-starred din­ing room serves up plates us­ing fish from Cor­nish wa­ters, for­aged herbs and flowers, and lo­cally reared meat. Slightly more so­phis­ti­cated than a bag of fish and chips and a ‘99’ (though both have their place). Dou­bles from £215. drift­wood­ho­tel.co.uk

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