The Garden Of Eden Project Released Plans To Build The Scene Of The Hotel

It’s already Cornwall’s most visited attraction – thanks to its pair of striking biomes, housing an indoor rainforest as well as 1,000 varieties of Mediterranean plant – but the Eden Project has now announced plans to add an £8.5m hotel to its site near St Austell.

The idea is for the 109-room hotel to use a two-block design in order to reduce its visible impact on the landscape, while a focus on energy efficiency and sustainability will involve the use of timber and stone from the local area. If new plans are approved, construction will start in late 2017, with an opening date in April 2018.

Plans for the accommodation at the Eden Project are not new. It received planning permission for a hotel in June 2015, but these plans were revised to take in advice from hotel experts and concerns about the impact and scale of the property. And according to the Eden Project’s executive director, David Harland, a hotel option dates back to the attraction’s early days.

The biomes at the Eden Project near St Austell in Cornwall, UK.
The biomes at the Eden Project. Photograph: Kevin Britland/Alamy

“We have always aspired to have a hotel at Eden and this is the culmination of years of work towards that aim,” he said.

The hotel is likely to appeal to music fans attending the Eden Sessions concerts held every summer, and may also tempt families and day trippers looking to extend their stays. Since it opened in 2001, more than 18 million people have visited the site, which also puts on themed shows and activities with an educational slant.

Harland added: “We feel that hotel accommodation would increase Eden’s appeal as a venue for weddings, conferences and events. This is part of our plan to enhance the year-round sustainability of Eden’s business.”