An artist's impression of the Eden Project hotel

New plans for an £8.5 million hotel at the Eden Project in Cornwall have been unveiled.

The two-block hotel has been designed to blend into the countryside, and includes prominent timber poles, cladding the outside of its two blocks.

Construction is likely to start in late 2017, with an opening date forecast for April 2018. The hotel will have 109 bedrooms.

The hotel will be designed to provide accommodation for visitors to big events, such as the Eden Sessions – an annual series of summer concerts.

The proposed location for the hotel is near Eden’s plum car park, where there is easy access to the Eden Project site as well as local footpaths and cycle routes.

Existing features in the area, including old trees and stone walls, would be incorporated into the design of the grounds, while new features, including a meadow and orchard, would be planted around the hotel.

The proposed accommodation will be split into two blocks to reduce its visual impact. Local stone cladding will be used at the lower level of the buildings, while locally-sourced timber poles will set the main accommodation blocks into the surrounding landscape.

Eden Project executive director David Harland said: “We have always aspired to have a hotel at Eden and this is the culmination of years of work towards that aim.

“We feel that hotel accommodation at Eden would not only give an attractive option to our day visitors, but also increases 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.”

Group rates at the Eden Project

Group travel organisers planning a future trip to the Eden Project can take advantage of group rates for parties of 15 or more arriving by coach or minibus.

Guided group tours are also available.

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