This post is part of a travel series on Miranda’s Notebook detailing my holiday in Penzance, Cornwall. Throughout the week, I’ll be sharing all about where we stayed and what we did, as well as restaurant recommendations and a general guide to the area, so do keep checking back for updates!
We were lucky enough to stay in a couple fabulous hotels whilst in Penzance, both of which had a very different character. Where you choose to stay can make or break a holiday; I’ll never forget a visit to Vienna when the hotel’s air conditioning broke, so the room was stifling and I barely slept. By the end of the trip I was so sleep deprived I was wandering around the city like a zombie. Comfort is key to enjoyment!
Our first night was scheduled to be spent at Chy-An-Mor, a charming B&B overlooking the sea. After our brunch at The Front Room and some time spent exploring more of Penzance, we walked along the coastal path for about 10 minutes, admiring the view, before arriving at Chy-An-Mor.
The view from the path.
As soon as we arrived at Chy-An-Mor, we were warmly greeted by the owners, Richard and Louise, and shown to our room, which was conveniently located on the ground floor and had a lovely window seat overlooking the front garden and the coast.
Chy-An-Mor is a four storey Regency home with 9 rooms available to book. We couldn’t be more delighted with our room, which was spacious and immaculate, as well as having a soothing, calm atmosphere and beautiful decor. Richard told me that his wife, Louise, worked for many years for Laura Ashley and has a long-held passion for interior design. Her terrific eye for detail and love for Laura Ashley florals are reflected throughout the B&B.
As you know, I always like to get a tour of a hotel whenever possible, and Richard was kind enough to show me around. Here’s a glimpse of some of the other rooms, as well as the communal lounge.
For a B&B especially, all the rooms are remarkably spacious, although it’s useful to know that there is a range offered, from single bedrooms to twin rooms and large double bedrooms with bigger bathrooms as well. Aren’t they all charming? I loved the thoughtful details, like the bedside clocks that matched the colour of each room and the beautiful vintage teacups that were provided, alongside a good selection of tea, coffee, shortbread biscuits and Cornish Clotted Cream Fudge (delicious!).
You can see the pride and love Louise and Richard have for their home by how much they put of themselves into the decoration: Richard told me he wallpapered all the walls himself, and Louise made the beautiful curtains in our bedroom, as well as some of the pretty bunting I admired.
After my tour, Louise asked us if we’d like to have tea and cake in the garden. Of course, we said yes please!
By this time, the skies had clouded over, but Louise had thoughtfully provided cosy blankets, and as tea was laid in a little walled courtyard, we were well protected from the sea breeze and could enjoy the fresh air without getting cold.
I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed that tea! It was simple, but delicious and so tastefully presented. The beautiful silver tea set and china cups added more than a touch of elegance to our tea, and the coconut and cherry muffins were wonderful. Louise told me she loves to bake and whips up a freshly made batch of cakes for her guests every afternoon. It became clearer and clearer to me why the majority of Chy-An-Mor guests are return customers who have been staying at the B&B year after year!
Louise and Richard were so friendly and gave us lots of great tips on the local area. I told Louise how much I admired her teacup collection, and she recommended a shop in Penzance specialising in vintage china. I’ll be sharing the shop in my upcoming guide to Penzance, so stay tuned!
Freshly Cooked Breakfast
After a terrific night’s sleep (the bed was very, very comfy – in fact, I was inspired to get new pillows on my return to London, as my neck injury bothered me so much less at night whilst I was in Cornwall!), Mum and I trotted downstairs for breakfast in the dining room. We’d chosen our breakfast the day before, so it was ready for us very soon after we appeared.
I had avocado on toast with perfectly poached eggs, and Mum went for pancakes. Both were exceedingly good – Richard makes an excellent breakfast! Louise had baked even more delights: fruit Danishes and raspberry and white chocolate muffins. I tried one of the muffins, and it was just as delicious as I’d come to expect. A few of the guests asked if they could possibly take one for their journeys that day, and I didn’t blame them!
I really can’t recommend Chy-An-Mor enough. This is the perfect B&B to choose if you fancy a few days exploring Cornwall. The rooms are beautiful and comfy, Richard and Louise are so kind and helpful, and the location is excellent. There’s a spacious carpark if you’re driving, and the B&B is close to the sea as well as the lovely independent shops on Chapel Street. The rooms are also an excellent price, starting from £85 for a non-sea view and from £91 for a sea view.
I’ll be sharing more of my Cornish adventures very soon, so be sure to check back!
Do you like the look of Chy-An-Mor? Which room do you think is especially pretty?
Note: our stay at Chy-An-Mor was complimentary, but all opinions expressed are my own.