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Where Hollywood history meets coastal character

The Polurrian has welcomed visitors to the Lizard Peninsula for over a century, with figures including Marconi, Winston Churchill and Clark Gable taking advantage of its unrivalled location.

VINTAGE GLAMOUR

Originally built in 1890, the Polurrian was a fashionable railway hotel appealing to distinguished guests. In 1901, Guglielmo Marconi stayed here while sending the first ever transatlantic radio messages from nearby Poldhu Cove.

In 1909, a fire devastated the original hotel, destroying everything but the terraces and steps near the tennis courts (which you can still see today). Soon after, a new hotel was built and Polurrian became a hive of activity once again. During the Second World War, the hotel was an officers’ mess for nearby RAF Predannack, and in 1953, Hollywood stars Clark Gable and Gene Tierney stayed while filming the romance adventure Never Let Me Go.

CONTEMPORARY STYLE

Every bit as welcoming now as it was then, the modern-day Polurrian on the Lizard remains a fashionable escape from the everyday.

We’ve recently shaken things up with an exciting refurbishment, creating an experience that’s every bit as inspiring as the landscape surrounding us. While service is our top priority, you’ll find life here is refreshingly relaxed. There’s the space and freedom to do things just as you like, whether that’s playing a game of tennis, indulging in a treatment or enjoying a quiet moment in the gardens. After a busy day, wind down with delicious food in the restaurant, or sip a cocktail with a Cornish twist.

Spectacular West Cornwall

The view from Polurrian’s Terrace offers a breathtaking combination of rugged, dramatic coastline and serene beauty. As far as the eye can see, glistening beaches adorn the shoreline, inviting wanderers to explore their sandy expanse and take a dip in the crystal clear waters, in what is nature’s ultimate playground. For the less adventurous, there is no better place than the Terrace or Vista Lounge to enjoy a refreshing drink and some mouth-watering, locally caught seafood and just soak it all in…

For those looking to get out and about and explore the local area, take a look at some of the attractions and places to visit that are on our doorstep…

History of the Polurrian

Polurrian on the Lizard stands proud above some of the nation's most dramatic and breathtakingly beautiful stretches of coastline, on a small peninsula with a big history. Find out more about the key events that have taken place at the hotel and in the surrounding area over the past century.

1890

The Polurrian is built as a high-end railway hotel, appealing to distinguished guests that wished to stay in luxury, overlooking the wild, rugged cliffs and sandy beaches of the Lizard.

History - Polurrian on the Lizard

1901

On 12 December 1901, Guglielmo Marconi and his assistant, George Kemp, heard for the first time, the sounds of a wirelessly transmitted Morse code signal for the letter "s" from across the Atlantic Ocean, a groundbreaking and globally important achievement that took place at Signal Hill, Poldhu Cove. Mr Marconi stayed at Polurrian during this time.

Polurrian on the Lizard - History

1909

The main hotel building is all but destroyed after the breakout of a devastating fire.

1910

The hotel is rebuilt and restored to its former glory, becoming a hive of activity once again.

Polurrian on the Lizard - History

1940

Polurrian served as an officers' mess for nearby RAF Predannack during the Second World War.

Never let me go

1953

Hollywood superstars Clark Gable and Gene Tierney stayed at the hotel while filming the romance adventure Never Let Me Go.

2022

Polurrian on the Lizard was acquired by Linconshire businessman Andrew Long, who was a huge fan of the hotel that he has visited with family for over 30 years. Some incredible internal renovations were carried out, with rooms, Restaurant and Vista lounge all being reimagined and tastefully updated. Watch this space for the next exciting chapters in the hotel's history...

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