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About St Austell

Just a few miles from the golden beaches of the Cornish Riviera, St. Austell nestles amidst rolling, green countryside: small-scale farms with fields that run down to the sea, secluded valleys bearing the marks of an old industrial past of china clay mining, and down at the coast, the picturesque harbour of Charlestown, where colourful antiquated fishing boats bob gently in the water. Set in this rural idyll, it's not surprising that the Eden Project made its home nearby! A great place for a weekend away or a romantic break, St. Austell is one of Cornwall's biggest towns and it certainly punches above it's weight in terms of things-to-do. There are the gorgeous beaches lining the coastline, the Charlestown Shipwreck - complete with rare findings and artefacts in the heritage centre - not to mention a range of sub-tropical gardens that are well worth exploring. Of course, you can't go to St. Austell without sampling some of the internationally-renowned ale brewed in the St. Austell Brewery, one of the few independent family-run breweries left in the UK, producing, (according to this particular writer), the best beer in the world: Tribute IPA. Picturesque, idyllic and charming, the best places to stay in St. Austell range from charming traditional B&B's to pampering spa hotels - ideal for a romantic break!

What not to miss

  • Take a guided tour of the St. Austell Brewery!
  • Visit the Wheal Martyn China Clay Museum to learn about St. Austell's booming industrial past.
  • Head 2 miles east to the Eden Project, the largest indoor rainforest in the world!
  • Sunbathe or surf at the countless nearby beaches! We recommend Dupforth and Parthpean.
  • Walk around Charlestown Harbour and admire the pretty little fishing boats bobbing in the water... It's the selfsame harbour used during the filming of Poldark!
  • Explore the Lost Gardens of Heligan, a restored sub-tropical estate.
  • Check out the Charlestown Shipwreck and Heritage Centre!

Quaint, pretty and charming, St. Austell is ideal for a romantic break or weekend away. Find out why by browsing our list of the best places to stay in St. Austell!

The best places to stay in St. Austell

B&B romantic break

  • The Grange offers 5 neat double rooms with modern decor. Guests are welcome to use the sitting room, spacious garden and terrace. Breakfast here is served daily in the dining room. In close proximity to a golf course and with bicycles to rent. Low key relaxation, ideal for couples.
  • Lower Barns is a delightful boutique B&B nestled amidst rolling Cornish countryside outside St. Austell. Six individually designed rooms featuring bright colours inspired by the owners' travels, two with private hot tub. Gorgeous mature gardens and table d'hote style dinners. Perfect for a romantic hideaway.
  • Tubbs Mill House is a pretty ivy covered house boasting a secluded spot in picturesque Cornwall. Housing just two rooms with rich green walls, sloped ceilings and sink-into beds. A delightfully quirky lounge features criss-crossing beams and a wood-burning stove. It is the perfect place to unwind after a day outdoors.

Spa break

  • Traditional meets woodland contemporary at The Cornwall Hotel Spa & Estate. Large bedrooms are tastefully designed and the spa is top notch. If you prefer to self-cater they can offer 5 star Woodland Homes with all the hotel benefits.

For an apartment or cottage

  • Our partner Booking.com has a wide range of cottages and apartments in the nearby area.

Travel information

  • The best time to go is during the summer, when the temperature ranges between 12 and 18 degrees.
  • Fly to Exeter Airport, (taking flights from major European hubs), and take the shuttle bus to the train station; from there, you can get a train to St. Austell, taking 2h 15 minutes.
  • If you want to rent a car, contact our partner Rentalcars.

Still not sure?

Best Hotels in St Austell

  • The Cornwall Hotel Spa & Estate St Austell, Cornwall 65 rooms from £85

    Traditional meets woodland contemporary at The Cornwall Hotel Spa & Estate. Large bedrooms are tastefully designed and the spa is top notch. If you prefer to self-cater they can offer 5 star Woodland Homes with all the hotel benefits.

    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor Pool
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Spa
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
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  • The Grange St Austell (South Cornwall) 5 rooms from £87

    The unassuming Grange B&B offers 5 neat double rooms with modern decor. Guests are welcome to use the sitting room, spacious garden and terrace. Breakfast here is served daily in the dining room. In close proximity to a golf course and with bicycles to rent. Low key relaxation, ideal for couples.

    Back to Nature  -  The region of Cornwall boasts some excellent hiking, with trails passing around the region's dramatic coastline
    Beach Life  -  Embrace the windswept sand dunes of Cornwall for a truly refreshing seaside break
    Active Holiday  -  With the seaside nearby and a local golf course a short drive away
    Sights nearby  -  Check out the ruined castles and also the abandoned copper mines that dot the coastline
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  • Lower Barns St Austell (South Cornwall) 6 rooms from £130

    Delightful boutique B&B nestled amidst rolling Cornish countryside outside St. Austell. Six individually designed rooms featuring bright colours inspired by the owners' travels, two with private hot tub. Gorgeous mature gardens and table d'hote style dinners. Perfect for a romantic hideaway.

    Local exploring  -  In the heart of rugged Cornish countryside, it's a great launchpad for exploring the area around St. Austell.
    Private Hot Tub  -  Two of the rooms have their own private hot tub and secluded garden. One even has a woodburner.
    Sights nearby  -  Six miles from the amazing Eden project, it boasts an enormous indoor rainforest.
    Great walks  -  The surrounding countryside has a whole host of lovely walking routes.
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  • Tubbs Mill House St Austell (St. Austell) 2 rooms from £140

    A pretty ivy covered house boasting a secluded spot in picturesque Cornwall. Housing just two rooms with rich green walls, sloped ceilings and sink-into beds. A delightfully quirky lounge features criss-crossing beams and a wood-burning stove. It is the perfect place to unwind after a day outdoors.

    Country Escape  -  A charming rural property complete with wood-burning fires, cosy rooms and access to fabulous walking country.
    Great walks  -  Embark on long walks running along the picturesque Cornish coastline.
    Sights nearby  -  Take a tour of the historic Caerhays Castle and gardens.
    Restrictions on children  -  Adult only
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