I spent the beginning of the month in beautiful Cornwall, exploring Penzance, Mawgan Porth, Carbis Bay and St Ives. I had the most wonderful time and love Cornwall even more than ever. You may remember I spent three days in Penzance last Spring, and so I was delighted to be able to take a longer autumnal trip and see a little more.
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing more about where I stayed and the cultural and foodie highlights from the trip, as well as my shopping haul! It was my birthday whilst I was in Penzance, so I made that an excuse to visit my favourite shops again.
For this trip, I stayed in a varied number of places, from self-catering homes to luxurious beachside hotels, and I’m very pleased to have such a wide range, which would suit many different types of holidays, to show you. First up, is Myrtle House Penzance: the perfect choice for a gathering of friends or family, or for those seeking plenty of space (see the end of the post for an exclusive discount offered to Miranda’s Notebook readers when booking a stay).
I’d been invited to Myrtle House to stay and review for the blog, and as this beautiful Georgian house in the heart of Penzance is self-catering and sleeps up to 8, I decided it would be fun to invite some of my family along to join in the fun. Mum travelled down with me from London, and my Dad (along with my Grandma, who was paying a visit from Canada), flew over from Geneva, Switzerland.
On arriving at the house for a long weekend stay, we we were greeted by a hamper stuffed with Cornish treats, a tall vase filled with locally grown dahlias and Cornish cream, butter, milk and cheese stashed in the fridge. All the essentials, in fact!
We were all so impressed by the huge, well-stocked kitchen. I, of course, was delighted by the fantastic collection of teapots and pretty mugs and teacups. I always think the kitchen is the heart of a home, and we found we naturally collected a good deal around the large table, making plans for the day ahead over breakfast, or reliving adventures with a glass of wine in the evenings.
Also on the ground floor, along the corridor next to the kitchen, is a proper dining room, with a rather magnificent dining table and sideboard. We didn’t eat in this room, as we had suppers out and enjoyed breakfast in the kitchen, but I appreciated the table as another good workspace, and I enjoyed writing some cards and editing photos whilst looking out onto the front garden.
Stashed inside the sideboard, I discovered a marvellous collection of dainty china teacups and teapots, as well as linen napkins and tablecloths – perfect for an impromptu tea party!
We enjoyed the large sitting room as a cosy and inviting space to curl up with a book or sit and chat. The room features an attractive, useable fireplace – perfect for blustery autumnal evenings. I was drawn to the long window seat and coffee table heaped with good books and glossy magazines.
My dad especially loved the broad desk, and he ended up taking over this floor, the first floor, which, as well as the sitting room, has the French bedroom (I was charmed that all the bedrooms have their own name!).
All the bedrooms at Myrtle House are beautiful and every thought is given to comfort, with en suite shower rooms for each bedroom and chairs in the windows to sit and admire the view of Morrab Gardens, which are directly opposite the house. I thought the French room lived up to its name, with its dainty prettiness and slightly old-fashioned ornaments (those Staffordshire dogs!).
Two more bedrooms are on the second floor of the house, which I shared with my Grandma. She took a fancy to the Blue Room, which is painted in lovely tones of blue that reminded me of the sea only a short walk from the house.
A particularly charming touch was the fully stocked tea and coffee supplies in the bedrooms.
I fell for the Master Room, which, as well as boasting very generous proportions, has a large bathroom with an extremely inviting bathtub, in addition to a walk-in shower. Anticipating the chance at a particularly good soak, I’d brought a bottle of Penhaligon’s Lily of the Valley Bath Oil with me from London. Bliss!
Finally, at the top of the house on the the third floor is the loft, which can be set up with either a double or twin beds, or simply left as another living area. This space is, I think, especially great for children, as the ceilings are quite low and slanted, and there’s a little landing / play area just outside the bedroom that would be enchanting for youngsters.
There’s a little shower room tucked away in a corner too that wouldn’t fit a tall person, but is great for kids! However, we chose to have this area made up with a double bed for my Mum to use, and it’s a good option for another double bedroom (although you’d have to share a shower with one of the downstairs rooms!).
I always find that self-catering homes generally have a lot more character and individual charm compared with hotels. We all enjoyed the excellent choice of books scattered throughout the house: a shelf of classic cookbooks in the kitchen; stuffed bookshelves on each little staircase landing; piles of beautiful coffee table books in the sitting room and stacks of magazines arranged in bedrooms.
The owners of Myrtle House also clearly have a bit of a penchant for cows, as there’s a bovine theme to the ornamentation scattered throughout the house, from cow-creamers to the life-size cow ornament (Myrtle herself) welcoming you in the front garden!
If you have kids, a great project for them would be finding and drawing all the cows in the house – it would keep them quiet for quite a while!
I so enjoyed our family gathering at Myrtle House Penzance, and I can’t recommend it enough. The Property Manager, Claire, was such a delight too and so helpful about recommending some off-the-beaten-track destinations to explore in the area. I’ll share more about where we visited in my next post.
Myrtle House is a self-catering holiday home that sleeps up to 8 people. To claim 10% off website prices for stays up to end of May 2018, simply mention ‘Miranda’s Notebook’ when booking.
Note: my stay at Myrtle House Penzance was complimentary for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own.