Lonely Planet Writer

South-west England's Eden Project is expanding to include a multi-million pound eco-hotel

One of the most spectacular new visitor attractions of this millennium deserves an equally spectacular hotel. The UK’s Eden Project – two giant domes filled with plants and flowers from every corner of the globe – welcomes more than one million visitors every year.

Eden Hotel by Tate Harmer.
Eden Hotel by Tate Harmer. Image by © Image by AVR London

Now, travellers to the attraction will have a brand new hotel to stay in so they can make the most of their stay in the south-west of England. The stunning new GB£8.5 million Eden Hotel is designed to fit seamlessly into the surrounding countryside of Cornwall. It will be built entirely from locally-sourced materials with stone and timber cladding to blend into the Cornish landscape.

A mock-up of how the hotel will look.
The Eden Project attracts one million visitors per year. Image by Tate Harmer

The hotel is being built by Tate Harmer, who’ve already completed several other pieces of work at the Eden Project. They built a Rainforest Canopy Walkway, which lets nature lovers walk high above the lush foliage of the Rainforest Biome. Jerry Tate of the company said: “this building is a unique response to its local Cornish context and the philosophy of the Eden Project. Landscape is at the heart of it.” Work will begin on the hotel later this year with a plan for it to be open in 2018.

The Eden Project has become one of England’s most famous attractions despite only having been open sixteen years.
Its two enormous biomes, built into an old clay pit mine, are full of plants and sculptures and can be found around three miles from the nearest major town of St Austell.

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One of the biomes simulates the rainforest with banana plants, coffee, rubber, and giant bamboo all growing inside. The other recreates the Mediterranean climate, with olives, grapes, and so on. The Eden project also has an outside botanical garden to showcase local plant life, while the new hotel will be built with two classrooms to support the education programmes that run there.