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Housel Bay Hotel And Restaurant

  • Housel Bay
  • The Lizard
  • Nr Helston
  • Cornwall
  • TR12 7PG

Facilities

  • Bed and Breakfast
  • Family
  • Parking
  • Restaurant

About this property

Britain s Most Southerly Mainland Hotel,located in a spectacular position overlooking the ocean where the Western Approaches of the Atlantic meet the English Channel.A secluded,sandy beach nestles below adjacent cliffs and the Cornish Coastal Path runs through the hotel gardens.The Lizard is designated an area of Outstandig Natural Beauty and of Special Scientific Interest thanks to one or two unique and many unusual plant species and its characteristic geological formation.There is a stylish restaurant and a less formal bar area.

The Beginning

Imagine this scene. Just over a hundred years ago, a small group of men stand on the cliffs close to Lizard Point, top hats silhouetted against the bright sky, frock coats fluttering in the light breeze. They gaze down at the Atlantic waves crashing on the rocks below, a vista of wild natural beauty. Agreement is reached, a decision made. This will be the perfect place for a new hotel.

Tourism was just beginning in Cornwall. The first tourists were rich people. There was none of the mass movement of holiday makers that there is today. In Cornwall and Devon a number of hotels were under construction around the coast to accommodate wealthy and discerning guests. The Housel Bay, developed by a group of substantial, local business people was one of these. Keen to extol the virtues of Cornwall and The Lizard in particular they planned to benefit from the increasing number of tourists who were beginning to come to the county.

The Directors commissioned a well known local architect, Silvanus Trevail, to design the new hotel. In 1894, shortly after the hotel was opened, he was to become Mayor of Truro. Trevail designed many of the more modern buildings in Cornwall . He was widely travelled in Europe and the Americas and was celebrated as far afield as London, Sydney and Paris .

Plans were laid, designs approved. The hotel was, in the words of the original builder, Mr. Carkeek, positively carved out of the rock - for the stone with which it was built came from the hill on which it stood and was carved and formed upon the spot . Down the narrow roads of the Lizard were transported Cornish slate, wood, glass and the many other materials needed to build Housel Bay Hotel.

Directions to Housel Bay Hotel & Restaurant

From: London,Gt London To: Housel Bay Hotel, The Lizard

Total Distance: 315.8 miles  Total Time: 6 hr 15 min



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16.20 4.80 M4 Junction 4b (Join from M25) Keep forward

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34.90 18.70 M4 Junction 10 (A329M) Forward (signposted South Wales)

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43.40 8.50 M4 READING SERVICE AREA Travelodge (Reading - M4 West)

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56.80 13.40 M4 Junction 13 (A34) CHIEVELEY SERVICE AREA Travelodge (Newbury - Chieveley)

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68.60 11.80 M4 MEMBURY SERVICE AREA

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97.30 28.70 M4 LEIGH DELAMERE SERVICE AREA Travelodge (Chippenham Leigh Delamere)

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117.00 19.70 M5 Junction 20 (M5) Branch left and follow signs The South West to join M5 TRAFFIC BLACKSPOT - CALL 401 100 from your mobile

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124.60 7.60 M5 Avonmouth Bridge

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125.90 1.30 M5 Junction 19 (A369 and GORDANO SERVICE AREA)

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145.40 19.50 M5 SEDGEMOOR SERVICE AREA

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158.40 13.00 M5 Junction 24 (A38) Travelodge (Bridgwater)

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170.10 11.70 M5 TAUNTON DEANE SERVICE AREA

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180.40 10.30 M5 Junction 27 (A38/A361) Travelodge (Tiverton)

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196.10 15.70 M5 Junction 30 (A376/A379) (EXETER SERVICE AREA) Travelodge (Exeter) Forward (signposted Plymouth)

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199.90 3.80 A30 Junction 31 (A30/A38) Branch left to leave Motorway (signposted Okehampton, Bodmin) and join A30

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216.20 16.30 A30 Merrymeet Roundabout Travelodge (Okehampton East) At roundabout take 2nd exit

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221.80 5.60 A30 Junction for Okehampton Forward (signposted Launceston)

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227.20 5.40 A30 Sourton Cross Junction Travelodge (Okehampton West)

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261.00 33.80 A30 Junction with A389 Keep forward (signposted Newquay) In 1.6 miles forward (signposted Redruth) TRAFFIC BLACKSPOT - CALL 401 100 from your mobile

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267.10 6.10 A30 Innis Downs (Junction with A389/A391) At roundabout take 2nd exit

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270.00 2.90 A30 Victoria ( Victoria Inn )

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281.00 11.00 A39 Carland Cross At roundabout take 2nd exit A39 (signposted Truro)

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285.60 4.60 A39 Penmount Crematorium (on right) In 0.6 miles at roundabout take 1st exit

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Check in and check out times

You can check in from 15:00. You need to check out by 11:00.

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