Chapel House, Penzance
I'm so excited to share with you all this next post! Perhaps one of my favourite stays to date - it’s definitely the most 'me' - and one that I absolutely recommend you pop on your lists. Are you ready? Ok!
After a day of trawling the Cornish coastline (more of that to come in another blog post soon), we eventually made our way right down to the tip of Cornwall and to our home for the evening, Chapel House.
Privately owned, Chapel House is located on the charming Chapel Street in Penzance. Originally built in 1790, the historic townhouse has gone through a number of influential owners (including Admiral Samuel Hood Linzee of HMS Temeraire, the ship made famous by JMW Turner’s iconic painting The Fighting Temeraire) and has fascinatingly played the role of family home, a shelter for WW2 evacuees, a lodging house and the Penzance Arts Club before finally being lovingly and beautifully restored by current owner Susan (who I sadly didn't get to meet on my visit this time - but there's always next time!).
The hotel is home to six individually decorated rooms split over two floors. As it happened, we had the house to ourselves the night we stayed, meaning I was free to wander in all the rooms for a sneak peek and honestly, I still don't think I've picked a favourite - just take a look at the photos below and you'll see why. All were insanely beautiful and had their own unique touches. Light positively flowed into the rooms, bouncing off the white painted floorboards and walls (which I've decided I need for my future home!), giving the most magical bright and airy feel. Our rooms were located at the top of the house and were totally and utterly divine. White canvases with high-beamed ceilings and pops of bright colours to fill the room and huge beds that just demanded a starfish!
Because let's be honest, is there anything more satisfying than starfishing in a bed so big that your fingers and toes don't reach the corners?
I don't think so!
Breakfast is another real treat at Chapel House. We had ours whipped up in the kitchen by Lucy, the 'hotelkeeper' for our stay. We helped ourselves to the nibbles laid out for us - granola, yogurt, fresh fruit, juices - before Lucy cooked up a storm in the kitchen, making us the most delicious breakfast dishes to start our day (my scrambled eggs, bacon and avo was one of the best I've had in a long while!).
After breakfast, it was time to be on our way and I reluctantly said goodbye to the hotel. It would have been nice to have a longer stay as it's the kind of hotel which just beckons you to sit on the sofa with a blanket, a hot drink and a good book or magazine. The Drawing room is the perfect place for that; an ideal oasis for some serious downtime and relaxation. Not to mention, every corner detail of the room is simply beautiful - as you will see, someone went a little overboard on their photo taking!
Staying at Chapel House felt more like we were in a home rather than a hotel and if I could move in, I would. A return visit will most definitely be on the cards.
Chapel St, Penzance TR18 4AQ