Tuesday, 23 April 2013
Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside. I really mean that, even though now you've all got an annoyingly catchy music hall song stuck in your head for the rest of the day. Soz.
With this massive crush on the seaside, I was obviously seriously excited when The Boy and I were invited to stay a night at The Lugger in Cornwall's very beautiful fishing village of Portloe.
Not only is this one of the prettiest coastal areas in the country, The Lugger in particular takes the 'being beside the seaside' bit to a whole new level: slotted into the rugged cliffs with the waves lapping at the terrace, if you were any more beside the sea, you'd be in it.
Imagine our delirium when we arrived to this view. It really is every bit as eye-wateringly stunning as that, and more. It was brilliantly sunny on Saturday, but even in Sunday's moody clouds the view was beautiful.
The rooms are equally fetching - spacious, stylish and seriously comfy, with the most wonderful view of the sea. I had a bath with the sound of the waves drifting through the window, and it was magic.
They really think of everything: the phone is a gorgeous rota-dial number, plus there are comfy bath robes, a jar of sweeties for you to nibble on, and our room even had a selection of this month's magazines to read. Basically, I could have moved in.
The hotel itself is quite small and intimate, but there's also a second building with further rooms and some gorgeous cottages facing onto the sea you can stay in as part of the hotel. Next to these is their spa room - that's room, singular - so you can feel properly pampered in a one-on-one environment. Their prices are actually remarkably decent, with hour-long massages from £65 and a treatment and facial package for £55.
We drank wine on the terrace and ate tasty crab and creme fraiche sandwiches for lunch whilst staring out at the blue sea and friendly fisherman on their boats. When it got cloudy, we sat in the cosy lounge with its squishy sofas and huge open fires and enjoyed the free wifi there.
We ate dinner whilst watching the sun set over the sea, and the seasonal, fresh food was as lovely as the view: in particular, the turbot was a succulent delight, and I couldn't scoff the blood orange bruleè fast enough. We also took ages deciding what to choose from the wine list, which is always a good sign.
Tellingly, the guestbook is full of more exclamation marks than I've ever seen - people seem to love The Lugger like an honorary family member, and I can see why: the whole premises has a rare, incredible ability to make you feel both pampered and completely at home.
Prices do of course change with the seasons, but you can currently stay on a B&B basis from just £115 per room per night. They also do various packages, such as Bloomin' Marvellous (currently £350 for two nights B&B with dinner on one night) which includes tickets to some of the most famous gardens in the region. They even throw in a packed lunch.
Can I go back next weekend? Pretty please?
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