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Carbis Bay Hotel & Estate

Carbis Bay Hotel & Estate

The award-winning Carbis Bay Estate is situated on the golden sands of Carbis Bay beach, which is owned by the hotel and is reputedly one of the finest beaches in the world.

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Run by the Baker family, the Carbis Bay Hotel & Estate is a tranquil paradise, offering a complete hotel service; courteous, friendly staff and attention to detail are apparent from the moment you arrive and are part of the hotel's culture and tradition.

Carbis Bay is part of the larger St Ives Bay, one of only two bays in the United Kingdom to qualify as a member of the exclusive, internationally recognized, Most Beautiful Bays in the World organisation.

The Carbis Bay Estate combines the perfect holiday ingredients from a luxury hotel to self-catering apartments and cottages – all with outstanding coastal views. This unique destination is panoramic living at its best - with coastal grandeur and an unrivaled beach location. Carbis Bay is a very special place with a breathtaking setting.


Built in 1894 by the famous Cornish architect, Sylvanus Trevail, the Carbis Bay Hotel quickly gained popularity as a result of the boom in seaside holidays, which had been made possible by the expansion of the railways. Indeed, at the turn of the 19th Century, the neighbouring Carbis Bay Station was a grand affair, boasting its own station master, station house and full-time staff.

Today, the business is owned and managed by the Baker family who have made significant developments to the hotel. Due to this ongoing investment programme, the hotel is widely recognised as one of Cornwall’s leading waterside hotels. The estate comprises of 125 acres within which is situated the hotel with forty-seven bedrooms and the majority of its coastal properties.

Rosamunde Pilcher

Penelope, however, has taken everything in her stride. By everything, I mean the enormously thick carpets, swimming pools, Jacuzzis, private bathrooms, televisions by our beds, huge bowls of fresh fruit, and flowers everywhere. We have clean sheets and towels every day. Our rooms are all in the same corridor, and have adjoining balconies, looking out over the gardens and the sea. From time to time, we step out onto them and converse with each other. Just like Noel Coward's Private Lives.

The Carbis Bay Hotel has been immortalised by the author Rosamunde Pilcher and appears as The Sands Hotel in her novels 'The Shell Seekers' and 'Winter Solstice' both published in the UK by Hodder Headline.

Visitors from all over the world come on a 'pilgrimage' to West Cornwall to bring alive the magic of Ms Pilcher's writing and to experience first-hand the drama of the scenery in which much of her work takes place.
Cornwall Wildlife Trust

Cornwall Wildlife Trust

We are proud to be Business Members of Cornwall Wildlife Trust. As Cornwall’s leading local wildlife charity, the Trust carries out vitally important conservation and educational work throughout the county. Our support helps the Trust manage 57 nature reserves, providing refuge for nationally rare and endangered species.

Cornwall Wildlife Trust runs a number of conservation projects across the county, on land and in our seas. We are very happy to help raise much needed funds for the Trust, so it can continue to protect Cornwall’s wildlife and wild places, now and for the future.
Cornwall Wildlife Trust

Cornish Coast Challenge

We recently supported the Cornish Coast Challenge - 9 men and 300 miles of our spectacular Cornish coastline in just 7 days.