Hotel famed for BBC’s Poldark unveils results of renovation under new ownership

A hotel in Charlestown, Cornwall that was made famous when it became the setting for the popular BBC series Poldark, has now unveiled its new look following a refurbishment.

The Pier House Hotel was acquired by St Austell Brewery in December 2016 for an undisclosed sum, and now the company has ploughed £380k into redeveloping the property situated at the water’s edge in Charlestown’s World Heritage Site.

The hotel shot to fame after it was used as a setting in episodes of the BBC series, with the Pier House becoming a popular destination for fans of the programme and visitors to the area.

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The 27-bedroom hotel has a bar/bistro and à la carte restaurant with seating for up to 115 people and a patio and seating for a further 90 people with views across the harbour and St Austell Bay.

Planning permission to modernise the building was approved last year and the owners then went on to close the business at the end of January to carry out the work, which saw the bar extended and the ground floor remodelled.

St Austell Brewery said much preparation work was undertaken to “maintain the character of the hotel”, which started life as a farmhouse on the harbour in the late 1800s.

Brewery director Steve Worrall said: “It is vital any alterations made to historic buildings balance the competing needs of respecting the past, whilst at the same time, creating a space that will excite and engage our team and guests.

“The Pier House looks stunning now, inside and out, our team are delighted and I trust our guests will be too – I certainly believe we’ve struck that balance exactly right.”

Husband and wife management team Rob and Lucy Brewer have taken over the running of the hotel following years of local experience at the helm of the Rashleigh Arms just a few yards up the road, while existing hotel staff have also joined St Austell Brewery at the hotel.

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