Stay at a hotel that attracts the stars in Portloe, Cornwall.
If a hotel that boasts Prime Minister David Cameron, riotous comedienne Dawn French and singers Will Young and Morrissey as former guests is a recommendation, this 17th Century inn fits the bill. Catherine Tate stayed at the Lugger while filming the BBC series Wild West, a tribute to its spectacular views, home comforts and fascinating history, reports the Daily Mail.
We all love to be shocked by tales of Cornish smuggling and the Lugger (www.luggerhotel.co.uk 01872 501322) has a few tales to tell. In 1890, former landlord, Black Dunstan, was put to death for smuggling French brandy. Nowadays the ‘French connection’ is of a very different nature. Frenchman Didier Bienaime turns out fabulous seafood in the hotel’s atmospheric beamed restaurant, located in the oldest part of the hotel. Local crabs and lobsters are de rigueur when in season, but all the fish is brought straight from Portloe's harbor.
The hotel has 22 stylish bedrooms with traditional white furniture, a spa and spectacular views of the sea. Portloe is a tiny village 13 miles from Truro and its coastal beauty has made it a popular film location. It provided the backdrop in the 1935 adaptation of Treasure Island. Padstow and Rock may be the trendy places to go but Portloe makes a great laid-back hideaway where you can relax and enjoy embracing cliff walks.
Rooms start at £110 a night, including breakfast. Main courses in the restaurant cost around £15 with puddings and afternoon cream teas at around £7.50. The hotel is a short drive from Newquay airport, which has regular flights from Gatwick, Newcastle and Manchester, and Air Southwest also flies to Newquay Airport from a number of UK cities.