This week leaders from around the globe will be heading to the Carbis Bay Hotel. This 5-Star accommodation is nearing the end of an extensive refurbishment.

The Bazeley Partnership are the lead architects for the project. Having completed a wide range of impressive property developments in the South West, they specified the highest quality materials. Exterior Solutions Ltd was delighted to be selected as the charred timber cladding supplier for this luxury development.

Our Shou Sugi Ban® range of timbers reflect the natural beauty of the stunning location. For this project, Koshikijima, our charred and lightly brushed Siberian Larch was chosen. It compliments other timbers used across the hotel complex.

The iconic hotel has been completely upgraded, with new elements added. These include high-end wooden beach lodges with direct access to a beautiful Cornish Beach. Guests can also enjoy the stylish restaurant and orangerie with impressive views over the bay.

Many other hotels in the area are painted white, however, the choice of charred timber cladding helps the Carbis Bay Hotel to blend into the surrounding cliffs and greenery. From our choice of timbers, they selected a tone that closely matches the rocks which are a feature on the rugged Cornish coast. The use of green rooftops and large expanses of glazing also connect the complex with its setting.


Carbis Bay Hotel

Carbis Valley was an untouched part of the Cornish coastline until the 1800s. In 1877, the St Erth to St Ives railway was completed and Great Western Railway named the stop before St Ives, Carbis Bay. In the same year, a lodgings house was built; the first holiday accommodation.

With a focus on attracting premier guests, several high-quality hotels were built in the area overlooking the golden sand and turquoise waters of Carbis Bay Beach.

In 1894, renowned Cornish architect, Silvanus Trevail designed the Carbis Bay Hotel in a prime beachside location. Carbis Bay soon earned a reputation as a desirable West Cornwall holiday resort and it remains an attractive seaside location today.

One Cornish hotel wasn’t enough! Silvanus Trevail also designed luxury family hotels in Newquay; the 5-star Headland Hotel and 4-star Atlantic Hotel. Both offer attractive sea views – which one would you choose to stay in? He went on to become the Mayor of Truro and the President of the Society of Architects.

Literary Inspiration

After a stay at the Carbis Bay Hotel, author Rosamunde Pilcher used the experience to create the fictional The Sands Hotel. It is referred to in her 1987 best-selling novel, The Shell Seekers and again in Winter Solstice. Rosamunde Pilcher was familiar with the area, having grown up in Lelant, the next stop on the railway. Many British and German literary fans visit the area to see the setting of her novels.

Sustainable Hotel Refurbishment

The prestigious development of the Carbis Bay Estate will ensure that it remains a highly sought-after spa hotel for many decades to come. There has been a focus on sustainable development in the contemporary design and the resort won the AA Eco Hotel of the Year 2019/20.

In addition to sustainably sourced external timber cladding and green rooftops, the hotel includes an onsite electricity supply, electric car charging points and rainwater harvesting. The pathways that lead through the gardens are formed from recycled marine plastics. The architectural and interior design clearly shows that there is no need to compromise on quality when you go green.

It is a delight to be part of this top-class hotel refurbishment. We hope that the Exterior Solutions Ltd team will have an opportunity to view the finished project. It would be great to admire the timber cladding whilst dipping our toes in the sea!

G7 Leaders Meet in Cornwall

The United Kingdom is the host nation for this year’s G7 event.

Carbis Bay Hotel was selected as the ideal location for the event. Following a sunny half term where families enjoyed the sandy beach, leaders from the USA, Canada, Japan, Germany, France, Italy and the UK will be staying at the resort this week. They will be joined by invited guests from Australia, India, South Korea and South Africa.

As they gather in the timber-clad, beach-side accommodation, the leaders will be discussing measures to promote a green and fair recovery from Covid-19. This includes fair taxing of global digital companies, vaccinations for all and environmental protection. We hope the setting provides plenty of inspiration for sustainable solutions to global issues.