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Artist's home - loft living in the heart of historic Penzance

People6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 1,722 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Sleeps 4 in beds plus 2 on quality futon sofa beds if required

No.3 Abbey Street is my home. It used to be my studio too, but now I have a workplace around the corner so home is where I can escape to. I have other escapes too, either out on my boat or parked up somewhere in my old campervan. So my home is available for your self-catering holiday; for your escape to the wonderland of West Cornwall...

Loft-living in Cornwall is hard to find. No.3 is a relaxed, lived-in place - it’s a real home not a show home. The interior has been designed and built in an organic way; it’s almost work of art in itself, like walking into someone’s creative and harmonious world. The place is partly open-plan with double height ceilings and a calming vibe; it's light and peaceful and a little idiosyncratic. It's a great place to unwind.

Situated right in the historic heart of Penzance, No.3 is close to the harbour and seafront, to local shops and galleries, bars, pubs, restaurants and 5 minutes walk from the the train station.

There is a reserved car park space nearby - you will be given a permit to display when you arrive.

When you come in through the main front doors you walk in through the original old Victorian wood panelled entrance lobby, then the space opens out in front of you like a tardis...

The Main Living Space - has a double height timber boarded ceiling and an amazing set of glazed room-divider doors, with a great woodburning stove (wood supplied at cost), comfy sofas, TV, HiFi, superfast Wireless internet etc and is open plan with the well appointed kitchen and dining area under the mezzanine. There's gas central heating throughout the property.

The Kitchen is well equipped and modern, and a pleasure to prepare food in, and right next to it is the dining area with a long oak table to seat 6 comfortably.

The Mezzanine is reached by stairs from the main living space; it's a bright and warm area with 2 futon sofas and a desk under the skylights for those who have to bring work with them! It's also a nice place to spread out a yoga mat for instance...

From the mezzanine there a door to the Main Bedroom on the first floor, with a kingsize double bed, an ensuite shower room and a walk in wardrobe. It's a tranquil room; sunny in the mornings with a large window looking out onto the back garden, an old granite bell tower and an enticing view of the sea.

The Studio Bedroom is on the ground floor, the other side of the main living space room-divider doors. It's double height again with tall windows and a kingsize double bed which can be split into 2 twin singles if you prefer, and there is the option of a single armchair futon bed to make a family room. This room used to be my studio and is accessed through a curtain from the Entrance Lobby area. It has level access to the ground floor bathroom through the main living space.

The Mezzanine can also be used as a sleeping area - it's a communual space and is under the skylights so bright in the mornings! There's a choice of quality single or double armchair futon beds. It's a useful space though for young children who can sleep just outside the door of the main bedroom. The double armchair futon bed can be partly curtained off so gives a bit more privacy, and it makes a good den for children!

Two Bathrooms: Both bathrooms have great showers. The ground floor bathroom is a quirky 1970's style turquoise with bath/shower & WC and the upstairs ensuite has zingy orange tiling with walk-in shower & WC.

Utility Room - there is a small utility room by the ground floor bathroom with Miele washing machine, and there are several drying racks in the property and a small washing line in the garden.

Garden - there's a sunny and pretty coutrtyard garden fo you to enjoy, with table and chairs and a small BBQ for you to use if you wish.

Pets - One well behaved dog is welcome (there is an extra cleaning charge of £25), but please get in touch with me before booking to discuss. Please bring your dog's bed, towels, bowls etc and read the House Rules please!

There are a few things to be aware of:

A note on being warm:

From the photos you can see that the building is old but you can be sure the place is clean, dry and warm. There's a good gas central heating system with radiators in all the rooms, and a super wood burner for coziness (£10 per basket for quality hard wood for the fire), but remember this is a big airy space and Cornish summers can be cool! I'd recommend you bring sweaters as well as sandals...

A note on light:

I'd like to point out that if you want a complete blackout when sleeping this isn't possible to achieve here - there are big windows with shutters and blinds but the glass partitions and skylights have no no blinds so light gets in; day light, street light, the harbour and lighthouse lights! I've deliberately worked with all this light and I like how the place feels and looks by day and by night and I hope you will too. But if you're particularly light sensitive then maybe bring eye shades for nighttime.

A note on Seagulls:

Penzance is a coastal town and like St. Ives seagulls are part of life here - they are beautiful graceful birds in flight but they're noisily territorial and they nest on the roofs from May to September. Many folk are thrilled by that sound - it means holidays and the beach, but if you’re worried about that early morning chorus in the summer months maybe rent a country cottage instead!

Please get in touch if there is anything else I can tell you about the place.

And wherever you decide to spend your holiday I'm sure you'll love West Cornwall. I think you'll like Penzance too - it's an interesting town with lots of hidden gems, good local food shops, quirky furniture and old junk shops, gardens, art galleries, good pubs and restaurants, a Victorian Promenade for those evening strolls and of course the excellent Jubilee Pool, a stunning 1930's lido which has recently been restored. From here it's easy to get to St Ives, Newlyn, Mousehole and Marazion as well as all the beautiful beaches and stunning Neolithic moorland of West Penwith.

Enjoy!

More Details

Owner
Hadrian
Member since: 2017
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
10 July, 2018

About Hadrian

I'm an artist and I moved to Penzance about 12 years ago. I'd bought a delapidated old schoolroom in the middle of Penzance three years before that, thinking it might make an out-of-London studio but I soon realised I was going to be much happier living in Cornwall than sweating it out in the big city.

Over the years I've restored the place and made a home and studio. I knew this part of Cornwall from childhood holidays in the early 70's and I still get that same thrill when I look out across the bay or walk the cliffs, lie on a beach, go swimming or take my boat across the bay. I feel very lucky to live here, and it's not just the beauty of West Penwith with its granite coastlines, hidden valleys, stunning beaches, ancient stones and huge skies but the people and their creative spirit that sustains me. So I've felt able to get on with all the things I enjoy - art, buildings, music, freinds, food, tinkering with old vehicles and boats, surfing, sailing...its a place to be yourself and live life.

Hadrian purchased this house in 1998

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Penzance in Cornwall

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1722 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • town
  • waterfront
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Downstairs bathroom and WC - quirky 1970's style!
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Ensuite shower room to the 1st floor Main Bedroom
  • Both bathrooms have great showers. The ground floor bathroom is a quirky 1970's style turquoise with bath/shower & WC and the upstairs ensuite is a contemporary orange colour with walk-in shower & WC. Please note that these are small rooms, as shown in the photographs. If you want a BIG bathroom this may not be the place for you!
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Main bedroom on 1st floor - with ensuite shower room
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Ground floor large double/twin single beds, & single futon
  • Main Bedroom on the first floor with a quality kingsize double bed with a medium/soft Hypnos natural fibre mattress, ensuite shower room and walk in wardrobe. A tranquil room with sea glimpses from the window! The Studio Bedroom on the ground floor, the other side of the big room-divider doors. It's double height with tall windows and a kingsize double bed which can be split into 2 twin singles if you prefer. One of the Hypnos twin mattresses is medium and the other firm. There's also the option of a single armchair futon bed to make a family room. This room used to be my studio and is accessed through a curtain from the entrance area. The Mezzanine as a sleeping area - it's a communual space and is under the skylights so bright in the mornings! There's a choice of single or double armchair futon beds. It's a useful space for young children who can sleep just outside the door of the main bedroom. The double armchair futon bed can be partly curtained off so gives a bit more privacy
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
A note on being warm: The place is dry and warm with gas central heating system and radiators in all the rooms, and a super wood burner for coziness (quality hard wood £10 per basket), but remember this is a big airy space and Cornish summers can be cool! I'd recommend you bring sweaters as well as sandals... A note on light: If you want a complete blackout when sleeping this isn't possible to achieve here - the big glass partitions and skylights have no blinds so light gets in. I like how the place feels and looks by day and by night and I hope you will too, but if you're particularly light sensitive then please bring eye shades for nighttime. A note on Seagulls: Seagulls are part of life here - they are beautiful graceful birds in flight but they're noisily territorial and they nest on the roofs from May to September. Many folk are thrilled by that sound - it means holidays and the beach, but if you’re worried about that early morning chorus please bring ear plugs...

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(6 traveller reviews)

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Artist's home - loft living in the heart of historic Penzance
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews
5

Spectacular Second Stay

  • 5 of 5

This is our second stay in Hadrian's wonderful home. It is outfitted with everything one might need while on holiday (especially the beautiful kitchen). The location is brilliant, walking distance to shops and restaurants (The Shore is a must for dinner) and a convenient home base for exploring other areas of Cornwall. The bonus of parking makes coming and going stress free.

The home is quite special and Hadrian has remodeled it over the years with love and artistic talent. Even though there are many modern elements, it maintains it's historic feel with beautiful eclectic details throughout. It has a homey yet minimalist feel with great light, architectural details and nicely designed garden.

It was lovely to tour the home with Hadrian and hear about the remodeling of the property. He is a warm and kind host and clearly takes pride in his property. He kindly dropped us at the train station when we departed which was a lovely gesture.

The only thing to note is that the seagulls are quite noisy in the am (Hadrian clearly mentions this in his description). We happen to love waking up to them, but if this bothers you at all shutting the bedroom window or a pair of earplugs takes care of it.

Thank you for another beautiful stay, Hadrian! When we return to Cornwall (which we hope will be soon), we will most certainly be staying at your beautiful home!

  • Review Submitted: 23-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Best rental we've stayed in yet

  • 5 of 5

Really unusual but practical space. Everything worked they way it should and we enjoyed the various pieces of art - highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Superb, well provisioned, character-rich accommodation - memorable for all the right reasons

  • 5 of 5

This was to be my elderly parents last ever stay in Cornwall, the land of my childhood. We wanted a property with character and a spacious feeling for their special visit.

Being an old school room and former school gymnasium, the history is tangible, a true spiritual connection with the past (no, no ghosts ! ). There was a special quality to the light and space that is unlike many other places I've stayed. From the upstairs seating area you get a full view of St Michael's Mount and the bay. There is no real view from the downstairs but there is a wonderful little courtyard garden and let's be honest, you are on the Abbey Slip so within seconds you can stand overlooking the inner harbour and Mount's Bay.

Position-wise this property is on opposite corners to the famous Admiral Benbow pub and is also on Chapel Street, with all it's eateries and famous pubs. That said, we never suffered any adverse noise or annoyance from those on night-time revelries.

Hadrian is an artist, and his artistic touches are everywhere, and I don't just mean his large artworks which adorn the walls; it's his sense of order and balance from layout and interior design, to his choice of furniture and kitchen utensils and appliances.

Even though we had very mixed Autumnal weather, we were never cold with efficient radiators belting out heat when needed.

So all four of us enjoyed this wonderful accommodation, but I was filled with sadness that this was the last time my parents would ever come back to Cornwall, the journey now being too far for them to cope with. Cornwall is my home, and I associate it with my parents. I'm not sure I could stay in this wonderful place again as it would bring back not just lovely memories but also melancholy about what once was, life passing and loss.

I can't imagine anyone having anything but praise for tis unusual and wonderful property. Well done Hadrian on your superb sensitivity to history, aesthetic & comfort (PS amazing pillows!!)

Best wishes and thank you, from me, Jani & my parents

  • Review Submitted: 26-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Brilliant place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Very good house. Great architectural details. Amazing kitchen! Beds really comfy!! Showers good. All spotlessly clean. Lovely courtyard garden. The owner was most helpful. Lots of welcome gifts. Thought of everything!!

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Pat and her family were lovely guests and it was a delight to have them to stay. Communications were easy and friendly and they left the place super clean and tidy. Pat even spent some time weeding my garden! I can recommend them to any host. Many thanks!
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5

Stunning property

  • 5 of 5

Filled with light, beautifully designed and furnished. A fabulous place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to have Liz and family staying in my place - easy to communicate with, appreciative and respectful, and left the property very clean and tidy on departure. I can recommend them to any future host!
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5

Helt forrygende og meget hyggelig

  • 5 of 5

Meget fin modtagelse af værten. En helt fantastisk lejlighed, hvor der er lagt meget arbejde i opførelsen. Rigtig fin indretning og gode pladsforhold samt dejlige værelser. Baggården er meget hyggelig med gode læ forhold og solmuligheder. I det hele taget nogle helt fantastiske dage.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
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Location

Car: not necessary

Directions to No. 3 Abbey Street Penzance TR18 4AR

Arriving by Car

There are two ways to get to the house arriving into Penzance from the A30.

The Town Centre Route

Drive into Penzance and enter the one way system around past the railway station. Follow signs for the Town Centre, bearing off left up Market Jew Street with all its shops and raised granite pavements. At the very top, turn left onto Chapel Street and drive down past the Turks Head pub on the left and then when you get to The Admiral Benbow pub (also on the left) you’re at the junction with Abbey Street, on the left immediately after the pub.

Abbey Street is a single track road and parking in the street outside the house can be difficult so the best thing is to go straight to the reserved car park space, a couple of minutes walk away. Do this by turning right off Chapel Street onto Voundervour Lane opposite the Admiral Benbow, bear right at the Regent Buildings and find the reserved car park space number 3 along on the right in the small Voundervour Lane Car Park.

Park your car and then walk back to No.3 Abbey Street to find the front door key in the key safe. Let yourself in you will find the parking permit hanging on the back of the door. Take this back to your car straight away and make sure it is clearly displayed - the council patrol these spaces and will issue you a parking fine if you don’t display the permit!

The Scenic Route

Please note:

Abbey Slip is a steep narrow hill and it might be the last straw if you’ve been driving all day!

Drive into Penzance and enter the one way system around past the railway station, bearing left towards Newlyn & Mousehole. Drive past the town’s main car park and when you reach the harbour on the left turn right onto Jennings Street just after the Old Lifeboat Station Bistro. Now turn immediately left and drive up Abbey Slip, past the Abbey Basin, keeping straight on up to the top of the steep hill - look ahead and give way to any traffic coming down the slip already! You’re now on Abbey Street and No.3 is on the left - look out for the big doors and the number 3…

Abbey Street is a single track road and parking in the street outside the house can be difficult so the best thing is to go straight to the reserved car park space, a couple of minutes walk away. Do this by driving to the top of Abbey Street, crossing Chapel Street onto Voundervour Lane, bear right at the Regent Buildings and the reserved car park space number 3 is along on the right in the small Voundervour Lane Car Park.

Park your car and then walk back to No.3 Abbey Street to find the front door key in the key safe. Let yourself in you will find the parking permit hanging on the back of the door. Take this back to your car straight away and make sure it is clearly displayed - the council patrol these spaces and will issue you a parking fine if you don’t display the permit!

Unloading the Car

Now you’ve arrived and got your bearings, found the parking space and opened up the house you could drive back to No.3 to unload if you’ve got a lot of stuff - but doing this straight off can be a bit stressful…

Arriving by Train

If you’ve got a lot of stuff it might be worth getting a taxi from the station but it is only about 8 minutes walk from the station to No. 3.

On foot, leave the station and walk along Wharf Road past the main town car park on the left. You then come to the harbour on the left and you turn right onto Jennings Street just after the Old Lifeboat Station Bistro. Now turn immediately left and walk up Abbey Slip. You’re now on Abbey Street and No.3 is up on the left just before the junction with Chapel Street.

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Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £120
Additional Guest Fee £5 per person per night
Pet Fee £5
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

Notes on rental rates appear here....

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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