Carbis Bay Hotel

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Carbis Bay Hotel
The large hotel building can be seen in the distance from the beach
Carbis Bay Hotel is located in Cornwall
Carbis Bay Hotel
Location in Cornwall
General information
Location Carbis Bay, Cornwall
Coordinates 50°11′53″N 5°28′0″W / 50.19806°N 5.46667°W / 50.19806; -5.46667Coordinates: 50°11′53″N 5°28′0″W / 50.19806°N 5.46667°W / 50.19806; -5.46667
Opening 1894
Owner Stephen Baker
Design and construction
Architect Silvanus Trevail
Other information
Number of rooms 47

Carbis Bay Hotel is an AA 4[1]-star hotel in Carbis Bay near St Ives, Cornwall.[2] It is the most prominent building in Carbis Bay, overlooking the beach.[3]


It was built in 1894 by Silvanus Trevail, Cornwall's most notable architect of the 19th century.[4] As of 2003, the hotel was owned by Stephen Baker and his family, although it was previously owned by the Monk family.[4][5] Virginia Woolf stayed at the hotel in the spring of 1914 for three weeks whilst recovering from a bout of mental illness.[6][7] She would later base her 1927 novel To the Lighthouse on the Godrevy Lighthouse nearby. Acclaimed film director David Lean also once stayed on the hotel.[7]

Author Rosamunde Pilcher features the hotel (renamed as The Sands Hotel) in her novels The Shell Seekers (1988) and Winter Solstice (2000).[8]

Architecture and facilities[edit]

The hotel is a traditional cream painted building, three storeys high with two large bays at either side. It has six chimney stacks, two on top of either bay and two in the middle. It has several extensions and an extensive conservatory at the front, overlooking the beach. The lawn is kept closely cropped, leading down to the beach.

The hotel has two restaurants. The fine-dining Sand's Restaurant has an AA Rosette and serves Cornish cuisine and fresh seafood.[9] The Beach Club restaurant, located on the beach, serves a range of Mediterranean dishes.[10]

The hotel and beach is regularly used for weddings with 11 areas of the estate licensed for wedding ceremonies, including the Beach Club restaurant, decking on the beach, conservatory with panoramic sea views and the C Bay Spa.[9]


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  2. ^ The Garden. Royal Horticultural Society. 2003. p. 230. Retrieved 26 March 2011. 
  3. ^ Dillon, Paddy (September 2003). The South West Coast Path. Cicerone Press Limited. p. 112. ISBN 978-1-85284-379-3. Retrieved 26 March 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Long, Peter (January 2003). The Hidden Places of Cornwall. Travel Publishing Ltd. p. 168. ISBN 978-1-902007-86-1. Retrieved 26 March 2011. 
  5. ^ McMinnies, William Gordon (1988). Signpost. Signpost Ltd. p. 44. ISBN 978-0-901249-18-0. Retrieved 26 March 2011. 
  6. ^ Hill-Miller, Katherine (2001). From the Lighthouse to Monk's House: a guide to Virginia Woolf's literary landscapes. Duckworth. ISBN 978-0-7156-2995-6. Retrieved 26 March 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Brownlow, Kevin (1996). David Lean: a biography. Richard Cohen. Retrieved 26 March 2011. 
  8. ^ "About Us". Carbis Bay Hotel. Archived from the original on 23 November 2010. Retrieved 26 March 2011. 
  9. ^ a b "Carbis Bay Hotel". Active Hotels. Retrieved 26 March 2011~.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
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