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Biden’s Cornish West Wing: US president and G7 leaders hole up in £200-a-night castle hotel

World leaders attending the G7 summit in Cornwall this weekend will spend their downtime at an 18th century castle that has been turned into a fortress. 

The Grade II-listed Tregenna Castle Resort was built in 1774 and will be home for the likes of US president Joe Biden between discussions at the summit.

And Mr Biden will feel right at home with the hotel’s best rooms dubbed the West Wing Sea View rooms with stunning views over St Ives. 

Set in 72 acres with commanding views of the St Ives coastline, the Treganna Castle was seen as the perfect place for world leaders to stay and relax after attending meetings of the G7 summit.

Rooms at the normally go for £200 a night and the area is a staycation hotspot for Britons while foreign travel is restricted by the coronavirus pandemic. 

With its secluded grounds, manicured lawns and an 18-hole golf course – an ideal landing spot for US President Joe Biden’s Marine One helicopter – it is by far the largest and grandest hotel in Cornwall.

With 98 rooms and 55 apartments it was large enough to cope with the President’s entourage of advisors and Secret Service agents as well as other world leaders from France, Germany, Italy and Japan.

Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie will also be in residence during the summit taking place a short distance away at the Carbis Bay Hotel.

And to ensure the privacy of the world leaders, a giant fence has been erected around Tregenna, with police on patrol with sniffer dogs and extra lighting installed. 

Tregenna Castle Resort was built in 1774 and will be home for the likes of US president Joe Biden between discussions at the summit

Tregenna Castle Resort was built in 1774 and will be home for the likes of US president Joe Biden between discussions at the summit

The Tregenna Castle Resort in St. Ives, Cornwall. World leaders attending the G7 summit will be staying at the hotel resort

The Tregenna Castle Resort in St. Ives, Cornwall. World leaders attending the G7 summit will be staying at the hotel resort

Pictured: Self-contained apartments at the hotel resort. Set in 72 acres with commanding views of the St Ives coastline, the Treganna Castle was seen as the perfect place for world leaders to stay and relax

Pictured: Self-contained apartments at the hotel resort. Set in 72 acres with commanding views of the St Ives coastline, the Treganna Castle was seen as the perfect place for world leaders to stay and relax

The US President and his wife Jill are thought to be staying in one of the self-contained apartments (pictured) with spectacular views over St Ives Bay or one of the West Wing suites

The US President and his wife Jill are thought to be staying in one of the self-contained apartments (pictured) with spectacular views over St Ives Bay or one of the West Wing suites

With 98 rooms and 55 apartments the hotel is large enough to cope with the President's entourage of advisors and Secret Service agents as well as other world leaders from France, Germany, Italy and Japan

With 98 rooms and 55 apartments the hotel is large enough to cope with the President’s entourage of advisors and Secret Service agents as well as other world leaders from France, Germany, Italy and Japan

The hotel is less than a ten minute drive from the Carbis Bay Hotel in Cornwall where Mr Biden and Mr Johnson will be attempting to thrash out agreements on issues like climate change, international travel and Northern Ireland, alongside other world leaders.

Perched on top of a hill overlooking Carbis Bay on the Cornish coastline, politicians will be able to explore Tregenna’s secluded grounds and natural woodlands – and perhaps even enjoy a friendly game on its 18-hole golf course. 

They will also be able to take a dip in the hotel’s indoor or outdoor swimming pools, a round of tennis on its two all-weather courts or even a workout in its well-stocked fitness suite. 

The US President and his wife Jill are thought to be staying in one of the self-contained apartments with spectacular views over St Ives Bay or one of the West Wing suites. 

Tregenna was built in 1774 as a 12-bedroom private home for a wealthy Cornishman with a love for the sea.

Samuel Stephens commissioned the build of the house from local granite. The house remained in the family until it was sold by their final heir, John Stephens, to a family of local bankers, the Bolithos, in 1871.

The hotel is named after the hill in St Ives which it was built upon with the renowned architect John Wood the Younger, best known for Bath’s Royal Crescent, designing the home.

The Bolithos acquired the house at the same time that Isambard Kingdom Brunel was building the Great Western Railway from London to Penzance to serve the West of England.

British police officers patrol outside the security fence erected around the perimeter of Treganna Castle, where world leaders will be staying

British police officers patrol outside the security fence erected around the perimeter of Treganna Castle, where world leaders will be staying

G7 leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the United States are staying at the Treganna Castle resort

G7 leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the United States are staying at the Treganna Castle resort

Tregenna was built in 1774 as a 12-bedroom private home for a wealthy Cornishman with a love for the sea

Tregenna was built in 1774 as a 12-bedroom private home for a wealthy Cornishman with a love for the sea

Guests will be able to take a dip in the hotel's indoor or outdoor swimming pools, a round of tennis on its two all-weather courts or even a workout in its well-stocked fitness suite

Guests will be able to take a dip in the hotel’s indoor or outdoor swimming pools, a round of tennis on its two all-weather courts or even a workout in its well-stocked fitness suite

The hotel is named after the hill in St Ives which it was built upon with the renowned architect John Wood the Younger, best known for Bath's Royal Crescent, designing the hom

The hotel is named after the hill in St Ives which it was built upon with the renowned architect John Wood the Younger, best known for Bath’s Royal Crescent, designing the hom

Mr Biden will feel right at home with the hotel's best rooms dubbed the West Wing Sea View rooms with stunning views over St Ives

Mr Biden will feel right at home with the hotel’s best rooms dubbed the West Wing Sea View rooms with stunning views over St Ives

Great Western Railway bought the hotel in 1895 and it was so popular they later named two steam locomotives after the castle resort

Great Western Railway bought the hotel in 1895 and it was so popular they later named two steam locomotives after the castle resort

At the time it was then fashionable for all the great railway companies to establish destination hotels by the sea.

Great Western Railway bought the hotel in 1895 and it was so popular they later named two steam locomotives after the castle resort.

Sir Daniel Gooch, the chairman of the GWR, stayed at the hotel a few weeks after it opened to the public and recorded in his diary: ‘The situation of this house is very fine; it is a castle within its own grounds of about 70 acres (28 ha), a great part of which are gardens and woods with pretty shaded walks.’

The hotel underwent major development throughout the early 1900s.

The West Wing was completed in 1932 with one of the guests Hitler’s Ambassador, Herr Von Ribbentrop.

It’s said that he later sent a message back which stated that on no account was St Ives to be bombed as he wished to live in Tregenna when ‘they’ had won the war.

Under the current owners, the Treganna Hotel Estate, the luxury destination has hosted many famous guests, from the late Duke of Edinburgh, former Prime Minister John Major, actress Dame Judy Dench and singer David Bowie.

The West Wing was completed in 1932 with one of the guests Hitler's Ambassador, Herr Von Ribbentrop. It's said that he later sent a message back which stated that on no account was St Ives to be bombed as he wished to live in Tregenna when 'they' had won the war

The West Wing was completed in 1932 with one of the guests Hitler’s Ambassador, Herr Von Ribbentrop. It’s said that he later sent a message back which stated that on no account was St Ives to be bombed as he wished to live in Tregenna when ‘they’ had won the war

Under the current owners, the Treganna Hotel Estate, the luxury destination has hosted many famous guests, from the late Duke of Edinburgh, former Prime Minister John Major, actress Dame Judy Dench and singer David Bowie

Under the current owners, the Treganna Hotel Estate, the luxury destination has hosted many famous guests, from the late Duke of Edinburgh, former Prime Minister John Major, actress Dame Judy Dench and singer David Bowie

The cast of the hit TV series Poldark, including its star Aiden Turner, also stayed at the hotel while filming the BBC series

The cast of the hit TV series Poldark, including its star Aiden Turner, also stayed at the hotel while filming the BBC series

Away from the G7 summit the hotel is popular for weddings with two indoor and four outdoor venues

Away from the G7 summit the hotel is popular for weddings with two indoor and four outdoor venues

Extinction Rebellion protesters pictured on a bridge in Reruth near the site of the G7 summit in Cornwall this morning

Extinction Rebellion protesters pictured on a bridge in Reruth near the site of the G7 summit in Cornwall this morning

A ring of steel surrounding the G7 summit has seen 11,000 police officers and 150 sniffer dogs gather to combat potential threats

A ring of steel surrounding the G7 summit has seen 11,000 police officers and 150 sniffer dogs gather to combat potential threats

To ensure the privacy of the world leaders, a giant fence has been erected around Tregenna, with police on patrol with sniffer dogs and extra lighting installed

To ensure the privacy of the world leaders, a giant fence has been erected around Tregenna, with police on patrol with sniffer dogs and extra lighting installed 

The cast of the hit TV series Poldark, including its star Aiden Turner, also stayed at the hotel while filming the BBC series. 

As well as the 18-hole President’s golf course there are two swimming pools for leisure activities.

Away from the G7 summit the hotel is popular for weddings with two indoor and four outdoor venues.

A ring of steel surrounding the G7 summit has seen 11,000 police officers and 150 sniffer dogs gather to combat potential threats.

President Biden and his wife Jill flew into Newquay Airport shortly before midnight and were driven to their accommodation at Treganna in a convoy of cars flanked by police outriders. 


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