Built in 1734 our apartment was once the busy kitchens and staff quarters of a grand merchant's house. It is now a calm, light filled space situated on the wonderfully historic and iconic Chapel Street. Set in the cultural centre of Penzance and only a minutes walk from the harbour everything you could need is at hand.
Benefitting from all new amenities and contemporary styling The Staff Quarters is the perfect location for exploring beautiful local beaches, cliff paths, cafes and restaurants.
Our apartment is in the heart of Chapel Street. Perfect for experiencing the cafes, restaurants, bars - and of course the world famous Admiral Benbow pub - all within easy walking distance... and after that, come home to this welcoming newly refurbished space. Think modern yet homely with a lovely woodburner for lighting after a beach walk on a winter's day. We also have some smuggler's tunnels in the floor of the apartment supposedly linking the house to The Admiral Benbow pub, another to the Chapel and one leading down to the harbour. And going up through the wall is a hidden tea chute which goes to the attic...for the storing of smuggled tea!
But these days instead you will find your welcome a little more standard - vases of fresh flowers in the main room and bedroom, a cream tea on your first day and a fridge stocked with enough milk, bread, butter and fruit juice to get you through until the local shops open.
A comfortable double bed, a luxurious double shower, a fully equipped kitchen and separate utility with washing machine and drier, are just some of the facilities that guests have said they appreciated.
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The apartment has its own gated entrance with code lock and is accessed from the top of Abbey Street. This is a shared gate with one other neighbour but it is quiet and rarely used by either the owner or the neighbour. The apartment has its own locked external entrance and an internal locked door dividing it from the stairs leading to the main house.
There is no access into the main house apart from the use of the utility room which is shared with the owner and guests of the main property.
The apartment is completely private and an adjoining door (kept locked at all times) gives separation from the main house.
The apartment has windows at street level and enjoys a bright, sunny aspect.
Outside you will find a newly planted garden, small but sunny with glimpses of the harbour. Like a lot of Penzance town gardens it isn't right outside the apartment but accessed through a covered walkway. The garden consists of a small lawn, a 'woodland' bed with camelias primroses and helibores, and a soft fruit bed...and of course the original brick 'privvy'.
Interaction with guests
We really like to welcome all our guests and if you let us know what time you are likely to arrive we will ensure that we are here to meet you. If, however, this isn't possible then we will give you the gate code and leave the key in a coded key box by the front door entrance into the apartment.
We have lived in and around Penzance and The Lizard for years now and can easily help you plan an itinery if that is what you would like. Just ask.
Other things to note
We can't offer you private parking but there is free on street parking within a couple of minutes walk. You can usually unload outside the house and we can then guide you as to where to park.
The apartment enjoys a lot of natural light and has views at pavement level of Chapel Street and Abbey Street.
Mobile phone signal in this part of Cornwall is extremely patchy for all mobile phone providers. Internet can also be slow - we are used too this - but it can come as a surprise to those used to superfast technology.
The woodburner is for your use but please follow the instructions for its use very carefully. We provide one bag of kiln dried logs, kindling, firelighters and matches to get you started. We can provide you with further bags at the cost of £6 per bag - we make no profit and save you the hassle of sourcing them. Please do not burn anything other than kiln dried logs...our chimney liners are very expensive and difficult to replace!
We expect our guests to treat the house as if it belonged to a friend of a friend, and to leave it as they find it. Please let us know if things get damaged etc.
- Please be considerate to our neighbours and anyone staying in the main house.
- No smoking in or outside the premises
- Please do not bring extra guests
I am a wife and mother of four young adults. I am currently 'resting' - after a career teaching children with severe learning difficulties - and instead I have spent the past two years restoring our beautiful Georgian house which I somewhat irresponsibly bought at auction...what an immensely challenging but rewarding job it has been!
We as a family are very lucky to live in a National Trust house out on the cliffs in Mullion with two geese, two goslings, six chickens, a miniature horse and our faithful Collie dog Summer. We can see Penzance on a clear day from here, and one day we plan to move into our lovely house there. For now though we love our cliff top existence and want you to enjoy the fruits of our labours in Penzance.
I love cooking, looking after people and being creative. Any visitors to The Snug in The Merchant's House, 45 Chapel Street can be sure to be welcomed with a home-made cream tea or cake and a ready lit woodburner if the weather is inclement.
My travelling of late has been the daily journey between Mullion and Penzance to work on the house. But what a journey - as I drive away from our farmstead down the two mile single track lane I come upon a view that never ceases to surprise me - an opal sea nestled between the cliffs that hug the sea from here to Penzance, and in the distance a hazy outline of St Michael's Mount. The colour of the sea is different every day and depending on the light I can sometimes see the waves breaking on the cliffs a fifteen mile drive away from me! Although I have done this journey everyday for nearly two years I cannot imagine it coming to an end. When my children ask me how my day was I laugh and tell them life is all about the journey not the destination...how true that is... but I do love the destination - even after all this time - and we really hope you will too.