Artist Residence Penzance

UK England South West England Cornwall Penzance

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A quirky boutique hotel with 22 contemporary rooms and a 3 bedroom cottage, individually designed by British artists.

Smack bang in the middle of Penzance, it would have been all to easy to buy up this Georgian mansion and run a traditional hotel with bragging rights about its top location. Not so for the Artist Residence Penzance, where time and effort has gone into a unique boutique design that stands out from the crowds. The elegant town house exterior conceals twenty rooms, stylishly decorated, featuring original murals by British artists, whilst others are decorated with limited edition prints, plus there's a 3-bedroom cottage, complete with log burner and copper roll-top bath.

It's a vibrant mix of new and old, from a sea-themed double to chic twin rooms, and a comfy de-luxe suite along with wacky street art murals. There's also a three-bedroom cottage which is the perfect seaside retreat for a family. The key word throughout is comfort. The rooms have en-suite bathrooms with eco-friendly toiletries, flatscreen TVs and free Wi-Fi, while the cottage has an open-plan living room and kitchenette with log burner, and a luxurious bathroom with copper roll-top bath and walk-in rainfall shower.  Eight rooms welcome dogs, as do all the public spaces. It isn’t infrequent to see some of the staff’s dogs chilling out by the fire too. The Cottage is their dog-friendly offering for larger families – self-contained with 3 bedrooms, kitchenette, copper roll-top bath, and a log burner that is just shouting out for a dog-tired hound to curl up in front of, after a long day exploring town. Old railway sleepers and leather armchairs maintain the charm of Cornwall in a different era, whilst following the hotel’s unique style in the details.

Breakfast is served in the ground-floor restaurant, The Cornish Barn, using fresh local produce, and the restaurant is also open for lunch and dinner, providing a selection of small plates and meat and fish dishes from the smoker. There is a large beer garden complete with table football, ping pong, fully stocked bar and BBQ for summer days, and an indoor bar-lounge with log burner and a focus on local ales and cocktails crafted using Cornish spirits. It all adds up to a stunning hotel with unique design, delicious food and a thoroughly laid back atmosphere – topped off by that central location that, yes, they should still brag about!

It is a refreshingly vibrant place for a break away for a couple or small family, especially as it’s only a five-minute walk to the Isles of Scilly ferry. And the good news is they have other equally enticing locations in Brighton, London and Oxfordshire.


20 bedrooms including 1 Suite, and a 3 bedroom cottage. 9 dog-friendly rooms.


Double rooms start at £75 a night. Dogs are charged £15 per dog, per night - includes dog bed, bowl and Lily's Kitchen treats.

Opening Times

Open all year.


Contact Website  01736 365 664  Artist Residence Penzance, 20 Chapel Street, Penzance, Cornwall, TR18 4AW

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Getting There

Artist Residence is located right in the heart of Penzance. There is no parking but there is plenty of free on-street parking nearby, as well as on the seafront, a 5-minute walk away. Coming by train, the station is a 5–10-minute (uphill) walk away but taxis are plentiful and cost around £5.

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