Please note: my stay at Chapel House was complimentary for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Last weekend, I turned 32, and I was so excited to be in Cornwall to celebrate my birthday. I took my Mum with me, and we had such a fun time revisiting many of our favourite Penzance haunts. I’ve now been to Penzance quite a few times, but it never grows old, and it’s become one of my favourite holiday destinations in the UK.
As always when I step off the train at Penzance train station, the incredible Cornish light, as well as the scent of sea air, is what instantly hits me. That special quality of light in Cornwall isn’t just a myth; there is undeniably something special in the way the sunshine bounces off the sea, and even on a grey day the muted greys, greens and blues of the landscape look like a watercolour painting captured by a true artist.
Chapel House B&B is one of the best places to experience the true glory of Cornish light. The rooms of this award-winning B&B always seem bathed in soft, gentle light, which streams through the spacious windows and makes it impossible not to want to snap a photo. I’d stayed at Chapel House about a year and a half ago (you can read my blog post from that visit here), and I was delighted to return last weekend to experience the newly built superior suite rooms.
Chapel House is located in the heart of Penzance on Chapel Street, a historic and picturesque stretch of Penzance that hosts a wide range of antique and secondhand book shops, as well as independent stores such as No.56 and End Paper. It’s my favourite street in Penzance, and Chapel House is nestled just at the bottom of the road with enviable views out to sea and the impressive St Michael’s Mount.
The newly built suites are situated just outside the main house, making them wonderfully private, and I was so impressed by our gorgeous accommodation, which had a large double bed downstairs, complete with a wardrobe and seating area. The bathroom was also located downstairs, with a gigantic, polished concrete shower space just behind the bed.
Upstairs, we were delighted by the comfy leather sofa, kitchen space with a breakfast bar looking out to Penzance harbour, and a fabulous log-burning stove that was laid ready for us to light. We put a match to the wood and enjoyed a roaring fire when we returned after a meal out later that evening. I also lit the candles thoughtfully arranged, and it felt the perfect ‘hygge’ moment, watching the firelight’s glimmer reflected in the big windows and chatting on the sofa with a cup of herbal tea.
I was thrilled that our suite had some truly magnificent views, with two balconies built on both sides. On a sunny day, it would be lovely to have a cup of tea in the morning outside on the largest balcony and simply admire the view, but even on a rainy day, it was very pleasant to sit inside and watch the white caps of the tossing waves from our cosy sofa.
I always admire the interior design at Chapel House, and its owner, Susan, is incredibly gifted at blending the beauty of the natural world with modern design and comfort. I loved the use of exposed wood throughout our suite, and the way the huge windows and French doors made it easy to appreciate the spectacular Cornish landscape.
Although the suites are spacious and self-contained, it’s definitely worth spending a little time lingering over a book or newspaper in the main house too, as its two drawing rooms are so tranquil and elegant.
Being in Cornwall, of course I had to bring my favourite Daphne du Maurier novel with me! There are lots of books scattered about Chapel House, though, that guests are welcome to browse and read. I had a lot of fun admiring a collection of vintage Dickens novels and finding some quiet reading corners within the house.
After a restful night’s sleep, Mum and I made our way to the kitchen in the main house to enjoy a delicious Cornish breakfast: sausage, bacon, eggs, toast, black and white pudding, tomatoes and fried mushrooms. We were also given pots of tea and coffee and could help ourselves from a table piled high with fresh croissants, toast, fruit salad, yoghurt, granola, and freshly squeezed juices. Honestly, Chapel House does one of the best breakfasts I’ve ever tasted!
The kitchen dining room at Chapel House
As we munched our way through the feast, we had fun chatting with a couple and their parents who were also staying at the B&B. I loved hearing that the parents had first met at the Minack Theatre (not far from Penzance) a number of decades ago, and that, though they and their family were now based in London, Cornwall was still a very special place for them. I certainly hope I’ll still be enjoying holidays in Penzance in 40 years’ time!
Chapel House B&B, Cornwall – www.chapelhousepz.co.uk
Room rates for the Superior Suites at Chapel House are from £150 per night. These suites will be available to book from November 1st, 2018. In spring 2019, a hot tub, sauna and treatment room will also be opening for guests at Chapel House to enjoy. To book a room or suite, please visit www.chapelhousepz.co.uk, or call 07810020617 or 01736362024.
Browse more of my travel posts about Penzance here.