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