Cornwall, United Kingdom

Artist Residence Cornwall

Rates from (ex tax)$82.81

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP75.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

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Style

Art break hotel

Setting

Quaint quarter of Penzance

If pirates were around today, they’d have one eye on boutique hotel Artist Residence Cornwall. This collection of artist-designed rooms is set in a dashing Georgian pile in the heart of historic Penzance, and features reclaimed wood-panelling and upcycled furniture in rustic-industrial interiors. The Cornish Barn restaurant whips up seasonal local produce into tasting plates and home-smoked specials, while next door in the lounge a roaring log fire greets guests returning from Cornwall’s spectacular coastal path. Mark this spot with an X, me-hearties.

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Daily cooked breakfast for two

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

22, including two suites.

Check–Out

11am, or up to 12.30pm on request. Earliest check-in is 3pm, but flexible, subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $82.81 (£63), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP75.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates do not include breakfast; à la carte options from £2.50 for toast and jams, to £7.50 for the mini full-English.

Also

Chapel Street itself is well worth a wander: it’s history-packed and has the blue plaques to prove it. Nelson’s victory (and death) at Trafalgar were announced from the minstrels’ balcony at the Union Hotel, the Brontës’ mother Maria Branwell lived at number 25, and there’s even an Egyptian-style townhouse from the 18th century, when Pharaoh-fashion was in vogue.

At the hotel

Restaurant, bar, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, Roberts digital radio, minibar with local and gourmet snacks and drinks, tea- and coffee-making facilities (Nespresso coffee machines in some rooms), Bramley bath products, free Cornish bottled water and, oh yes, a Tunnock’s caramel wafer. The Cottage and the Lookout each have a kitchenette and dining table.

Our favourite rooms

The Bigger Arty Double or Triple has a charm all of its own, with vintage-patterned wallpaper and an antique sleigh bed in a room basking in light from the floor-to-ceiling bay window. Each Super Comfy Luxe Double is exactly that, with cabin-style wood-plank walls, tea-chest bedside tables and textured mail-sack fabrics; the bathroom features bold geometric tiles and a cavernous rolltop bath tub.

Packing tips

Bring sturdy boots to navigate the ups and downs of the coastal path. Leave space in your suitcase for antiques and curiosities from Chapel Street Bazaar.

Also

Tables at the Cornish Barn are in high demand, especially at weekends and in summer, so be sure to book ahead. The nook-and-cranny nature of the historic property makes it inaccessible for wheelchair users and baby buggies.

Pet‐friendly

Three rooms are dog-friendly: the Cottage, a Cosy House Double and a Comfy House Double on the hotel's ground floor; a £10 supplement applies. Each dog is given a bowl and welcome treats, just so they know they’re on holiday. See more pet-friendly hotels in Cornwall.

Children

All ages welcome. The Gallery Loft has a mezzanine floor with an additional single and double bed, but the family-friendliest is the Cottage. Baby cots (free) can be added to some rooms, best to check when booking and you'll need to bring your own linen.

Eco‐friendly

The recycled-craft-paper menus at the Cornish Barn feature wholesome dishes made with seasonal and free-range produce from local farms. Reclaimed wood plays a starring role in the rustic interiors, including feature walls in the bar and several bedrooms. The Bramley bath products in each room are hand-made by a West Country apothecarist, using all-natural ingredients. Behind the scenes, even the cleaning products are eco-friendly, and beyond the usual glass and cardboard recycling collections, the hotel also repurposes its delivery pallets as fuel for the wood-burning fires.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Behind the Banquet Room there’s a secret terrace garden, with hanging hammock chairs for lazing in after lunch.

Dress Code

Easy-going checks and rough-hewn denim, for the lumberjack look.

Hotel restaurant

The Cornish Barn is a smokehouse and bar which lives up to its name with a menu of farm-to-fork produce sourced from local suppliers – some, like the butchers up the road, are so local you could even pay your compliments in person. Breakfast is not to be skipped: the banana- and- maple syrup pancakes make an enticing alternative to the mini full-English (which could just as well be called a full Cornish), and the small-batch juices on the side come from Polgoon orchards just outside Penzance. The tasting plates are made for sharing, including spiced scallops and chilli squid, but the main event is the meat. Chow down on cured, hung and charred Cornish sirloin, or tuck into barbecued belly ribs, straight from the Green Egg smoker out back. Inside, the Barn is a rustic blend of reclaimed wood panelling and filament-bulb lighting; alternatively, eat at leisure in the lounge or outside in the beer garden in summer.

Hotel bar

This is the kind of lounge that makes even the most sodden, bone-chilling, this-storm-wasn’t-forecast coastal walk worthwhile. Slouch-in-me sofas cluster snugly around the roaring log fire, and cocktails and craft ales sit alongside Cornish wines on the drinks menu.

Last orders

The Cornish Barn serves breakfast from 7.30am until 11am, lunch from noon until 2.30pm, and dinner from 5pm until 9.30pm. The bar and lounge is open from 7.30am till 11.30pm.

Room service

Anything and everything on the Cornish Barn menu can be brought to your room, during restaurant hours.

Location

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Address
Artist Residence Cornwall
20 Chapel St
Penzance
TR18 4AW
Penzance
United Kingdom

Planes

From London Heathrow, the Heathrow Express takes you straight from the airport to Paddington, where you can catch the Cornwall-bound train. From London Gatwick and other major UK airports, Flybe runs flights into Newquay airport, which is an hour’s drive ‘up-country’ from Penzance. You can also fly to and from the Isles of Scilly from Newquay, or Land’s End airport, which is 10 minutes’ away from the hotel by taxi.

Trains

Penzance is the final destination of the Great Western railway from London, via Exeter and Plymouth. The journey takes five-and-a-half hours, but it seems like less if you’ve got a window seat. From the station, it’s a short cab ride or a 10-minute walk across the wharf and up Chapel Street to the hotel.

Automobiles

Once you’re here, driving is the best way to explore Cornwall’s country charm and many isolated fishing villages, especially out-of-season when the winding lanes are all but empty. In high summer, the A30 can become something of a bottleneck, so avoid peak times if possible. The handiest car-hire places are at Penzance railway station and Newquay airport; at the hotel, drop your bags and then park up for free on the street, or in the car park five minutes’ walk away.

Other

Penzance fits nicely with a trip to the Isles of Scilly: the Scillonian ferry departs from the harbour six days a week, from spring until autumn.

Worth getting out of bed for

Go for a wave-free splash in the saltwater Jubilee Pool, a restored art deco lido down by the sea. Cross the causeway to St Michael’s Mount for a cultural day out and inspiration for your next super-sandcastle. Or, follow the coastal path south to the postcard-pretty village of Mousehole and on to Lamorna Cove. The surf’s (almost always) up at Sennen Cove, and Cape Cornwall comes with all the bracing breeze and ocean views of Land’s End, but without the theme park and traffic jams. For evening entertainment with a helluva view, catch a show at the cliffside Minack Theatre.

Local restaurants

The fishing port of Newlyn is almost within casting distance, so it’d be rude not to sample the local catch; the menu at The Shore varies depending on what came to market but is always fresh and flipping good. 2 Fore Street in Mousehole is another seafood specialist, and it makes an appetising reward at the end of the two-and-a-half mile walk. Some of the region’s finest fare is in St Ives, a 20-minute drive away on the north coast; the Porthminster Beach Café’s monkfish curry is well worth the trip, or keep it simple with the quite perfect posh fish and chips.

Local cafés

The Honey Pot is as cosy as they come; pop in for cuppa and a generous slice of home-made cake, or fill up with a hearty lunch or warming soup.

Local bars

Swap a few pieces of eight for a tankard of ale under the bowed ceilings and creaking beams at the 17th-century Admiral Benbow, opposite the hotel; inside, it’s a treasure trove of shipwreck memorabilia from around the Cornish coast. The title of the oldest pub in town goes to the Turk’s Head – it has been watching pirates and smugglers come and go for over 750 years, although it’s only relatively recently that it started serving gastro pub grub.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in Cornwall and unpacked their jam and clotted cream (in that order), a full account of their sea-salty break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Artist Residence in Penzance…

The Artist Residence Cornwall is like a box of chocolates (except you do know what you’re going to get, and you can pick your favourite). We’re not talking about the mid-January dregs of a tub of Quality Street here either: every one of the individually-designed rooms displays character and charm, and there’s no nasty Purple One in sight. The Artist rooms are the most flamboyant, with funky features and technicolour murals emblazoned on the walls. Then there are the more muted House rooms, characterised by reclaimed wood, upcycled furniture and snug, homey textures. The Gallery Loft, with original artwork by local painter Mat McIvor, has the most architectural swagger: a floating metal staircase leads up to the mezzanine level, and there are sections of exposed-brick wall beneath the vaulted ceiling. Whichever you go for, the Barn restaurant is close at hand, and beyond that is historic Penzance and wild and wonderful West Cornwall.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Artist Residence Cornwall’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The individual artistic decoration; great breakfast!; very comfortable bed; and the friendly, enthusiastic staff. The Taj Mahal Indian/Nepalese restaurant just down the road has a very interesting menu, but you should probably book ahead as it gets very busy.

Don’t expect

This is an old building so there are no lifts – upstairs rooms are accessed by fairly steep and narrow stairs.

Rating

Stayed on 29 Sep 2017

We loved

The food and high quality furnishings in the room.

Don’t expect

A room safe; a bit poor especially if you want to out out to the beach and leave stuff in your room. Not particularly easy to park, you're better going to the car parks at the top of the hill.

Rating

Stayed on 22 Aug 2017

We loved

The hotel was lovely, didn't look much from the outside but really lovely inside. We loved the outdoor bar with the pingpong table. We stayed in the Attic Loft which was nicely done but very hot, and noisy. We loved the Jubilee Pool Lido and Cafe – definitely worth a visit.

Don’t expect

Whilst not rude as such, the staff certainly weren't at the level of customer service we'd expect for a Smith hotel (especially in the Cornish Barn). We stayed Friday and Saturday night and both nights were kept awake into the early hours with party-goers, and then early morning with the hotel kitchen staff waking up.

Rating

Stayed on 7 Jul 2017

We loved

The quirky furnishings, and the very welcoming and attentive staff. We especially enjoyed the a la carte breakfast menu, using locally sourced ingredients. We had a Super Comfy Luxe room, number 15, and would recommend paying the little bit extra for more space and an expresso machine!!! We ate once at the hotel, but as we always like to try other options we would recommend the Old Lifeboat House, a five minute walk away, with plenty more fish options.

Don’t expect

On site parking. There is plenty around the side streets, but in the summer this could be a problem. Speedy service at breakfast or dinner, just enjoy the laid-back approach. A great choice of fish on the dinner menu. The only option whilst we were there was fish on the bone, which isn't to everybody's taste, including my wife's.

Rating

Stayed on 8 May 2017

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