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Polurrian Bay Hotel on the Cornish coast

About the Polurrian Bay Hotel

Where Edwardian beauty meets boutique seaside style.

Since starting life as a Victorian railway hotel, the Polurrian has warmly welcomed visitors to Cornwall and the Lizard Peninsula.

Famous figures such as Marconi, Winston Churchill and Clark Gable have stayed here, taking advantage of Polurrian’s spectacular sea views and unique Cornish character. Enjoy the relaxed luxury of the hotel itself, or venture out to explore the nearby areas of Mullion, Porthleven and Kynance Cove.

Retreat of the rich and famous

The original Polurrian Bay Hotel was built in 1890 as a railway hotel to serve the now defunct Helston branch line. Perched on the edge of a cliff, overlooking the Lizard, it was an impressive building appealing to distinguished guests. In 1901, Guglielmo Marconi stayed at the hotel while sending the first ever transatlantic radio messages from nearby Poldhu Cove.

In 1909 a fire devastated the original hotel, leaving it in ruins. The only parts of this original structure that now remain are the terraces and steps near the tennis courts. Three years later, a new hotel – the one you see today – was opened on the site. 

Polurrian Bay, a luxury hotel in Cornwall

Over the years, Polurrian has been a hive of activity. During the Second World War, the hotel became an officers’ mess for nearby RAF Predannack. In 1953, Hollywood stars Clark Gable and Gene Tierney stayed while filming scenes for the romance adventure Never Let Me Go.

One of the dining areas at the Polurrian Bay Hotel in Cornwall, looking out over the sea

Luxury clifftop hotel

There are some aspects of luxury that are simply priceless. At the Polurrian, it’s our cliff top position, perfect for sitting back and watching the sunset. It’s the short stroll down to the beach, and the light that pours into every room. More than this, it’s the almost intuitive way that we take care of our guests, with every need anticipated.

Outdoor family friendly swimming pool at Cornish hotel Polurrian Bay

A personal brand of luxury runs through everything we do, from the free fruit we provide for children to the warm welcome we’ll give your four-legged friends. Our kitchen is supplied with herbs grown in the garden, while other ingredients are carefully sourced from local suppliers. We think it’s these little things that make all the difference – to create lasting memories from your stay, just visit our spa and restaurant.

Above all this, however, we give you time: time to spend together, time as a couple and time for yourself. Because we look after the little things, you can focus on those that matter. And that’s what a stay with us is all about.

Cinema room at Polurrian Bay in Cornwall


At the Polurrian, there’s plenty to entertain all ages, from indoor and outdoor play to spa and leisure facilities.

Children and dog at dog-friendly UK hotel Polurrian Bay


We know that your family isn’t complete without its pets, which is why we welcome well-behaved dogs in our pet-friendly rooms.

Cornish coast around Polurrian Bay


Set high on the clifftop, Polurrian Bay Hotel looks out over the dramatic Cornish coast. If you can’t be here, our Cornwall webcam brings the sea views to you…