The Best Places to Stay Near the Eden Project

Explore the fascinating greenhouse domes at the Eden Project before a cosy stay nearby
Explore the fascinating greenhouse domes at the Eden Project before a cosy stay nearby | © robertharding / Alamy Stock Photo
Cathy Struthers

When the tropical biomes of Eden in Cornwall breathed new life into an old china clay crater, the surrounding hotels and B&Bs got a serious upgrade too. Here are the best places to stay, all bookable with Culture Trip.

Exploring the Eden Project is just the start of your adventure in mid-Cornwall. You can also tour the harbour villages of Fowey, Charlestown and Mevagissey, walk the beautiful South West Coast Path and discover other great Cornish gardens such as the Lost Gardens of Heligan and Lanhydrock. At the end of the day, return to one of these fantastic places to stay.

1. Bradleigh Lodge

Lodge

Bradleigh Lodge
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This is a welcoming B&B just outside St Austell with a well-kept garden that makes a perfect place to enjoy a takeaway. Traditional style (chintz curtains with valances and freestanding wardrobes) mixes with more modern touches (Banksy prints and contemporary lighting) – but the jewel in the crown is the deluxe suite. A copper roll-top bath, teal walls with a stylish mural and even a small kitchen (handily equipped with a washing machine) add up to give a top-end boutique feel to this small B&B.

2. Carlyon Bay Hotel

Spa Hotel, Luxury

Luxe king room in neutral tones with padded white headboard, velvet chairs, plush carpet and mounted TV at Carlyon Bay Hotel
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Nespresso coffee machines and freshly cut flowers come as standard in most of the super-comfortable bedrooms at this luxury clifftop hotel, and all have fluffy white robes and slippers. Go for a superior room and they’ll throw in a decanter of sherry and evening canapés. The feel is of a private club with tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pools, spa, championship golf course and private beach. But it’s the incredible views of St Austell Bay that might tempt you further afield.

3. Eden's Rest Bed & Breakfast

Bed and Breakfast

Edens Rest Bed & Breakfast
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Its spot in the quiet clay village of Bugle may not be the most glamorous, but the welcome, service and immaculate rooms at this two-bedroom bungalow B&B more than make up for it. As the name suggests, it’s close to the Eden Project – just 6km (4mi) away – but also within easy reach of both coasts. Guests consistently rave about top-notch service where the owners go out of their way to help with the little things that make a stay special.

4. Honeycombe House

Hotel

Honeycombe House
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At the top of a steep hill with panoramic views of Mevagissey Harbour and the dramatic coastline beyond, this is a family-run B&B that punches above its weight. Bedrooms are clean, comfortable and contemporary (with blackout blinds) and if you’ve brought two wheels to enjoy the National Cycle Network that runs past the house, there’s secure storage for them. But it’s the 180-degree sea view from your breakfast table that’s guaranteed to get your day off to the best start.

5. Ivy House Cornwall

Bed and Breakfast

Ivy House Cornwall
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This gorgeous Georgian manor house is surrounded by lush gardens of magnolias, camellias and hydrangeas, yet just a short walk from St Austell. The three bedrooms feel clean, airy and large and ceilings are high. Don’t miss the delicious homemade jams and marmalades made with seasonal fruits from the beautiful garden. Enjoy looking over that same garden from your breakfast table.

6. Rashleigh Arms

Hotel

Rashleigh Arms
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Nautical stripes and white walls, this is clean, contemporary, coastal décor at its best. Just a stroll from the historic harbour and tall ships of Charlestown (a star of many films and Cornish TV favourite Poldark), this 18-bedroom inn is family- and dog-friendly. The best rooms have harbour and sea views and the pub is laid-back and welcoming.

7. The Water Wheel Inn

Pubs with Rooms

The Water Wheel Inn
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In a wooded valley beside a river, this lovely inn stands out for its beautiful setting. Although close to a road, it has a secluded and remote feel thanks to its fern-peppered gardens with ponds, waterfalls and an ancient well. The decked terrace and patio overlooks it all; the perfect spot to relax with a glass of wine come sundown.

Looking for somewhere different to stay? Book into one of the best boutique B&Bs in Cornwall, or, if you’re travelling with your four-legged friend, opt for a top pet-friendly stay. Inspire your Kernow itinerary with the most beautiful coastal walks in the county – don’t miss the most beautiful towns, either.

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