Artist Residence have gained a popular name for themselves in the world of Instagram. I don’t go a day without scrolling past their most famously Instagrammed room from the London venue, you’ve probably seen the one!
When they invited me down to their Cornwall hotel for a short winter getaway, my knee-jerk reaction was it wouldn’t even be feasible from Bristol without a car. Penzance is SO far away and I don’t drive. True, Penzance is far away but in fact, within easier reach than I thought. One direct train will take you there from Bristol. Six podcast episodes, five sizeable train snacks and four hours later, the sea view was mine. Just another eight-minute walk to the doors of Artist Residence. Easy peasy.
My favourite places to stay aren’t the fancy, ritzy types. I like the hotels that combine the feeling of ‘home from home’ with a little something extra special in style. And a good bed. Artist Residence tick those boxes for me and they do it so well. Their attention to detail in all of their rooms will make you wish for an ‘Artist Residence’ makeover in your home. A girl can dream, right?
The food here is more than enough to keep you satisfied too. Offering breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, all of which are very much in tune with the seasons and local produce. Fresh fish and seafood are not to be passed up, when in Cornwall you make the most of it!
It didn’t take long to find my bearings in Penzance. A quaint little town with all the Cornish charm you’d expect. Take a wander up Chapel Street, weaving in and out of the old bookshops and antique stores as you go. Keep on walking up to Bakery Tom’s and if you’re anything like me, you’ll come away with a bag full of treats.
The seafront quite literally a stones throw from the hotel door. If you’re lucky enough to have the weather on your side, the famous St Michaels Mount can be seen from here as well. A twenty-minute stroll along the front will take you to Newlyn harbour. Maybe thirty or forty minutes, depending how many times you stop to breathe in the sea air and watch the waves crashing in. Time stops for me in Cornwall, so I can’t be sure!
To see and do in the local area
- Jubilee Pool – https://www.jubileepool.co.uk/
- Morrab Gardens – http://www.morrabgardens.org/
- Penlee House Museum & Art Gallery – https://www.penleehouse.org.uk/
- No56 – https://no-56.com/
- The Cornish Barn – https://thecornishbarn.co.uk/
- The Old Coastguard Hotel – http://www.oldcoastguardhotel.co.uk/
- The Shore Restaurant – http://theshorerestaurant.uk/
If you’re here for a longer stay, St Ives and Mousehole are easy enough to get to and well worth a trip while you’re over this way. I’ve always wanted to visit Minack Theatre by the beautiful coast of Porthcurno too. One for next time!
As much as there’s plenty you can busy yourself with, keeping cosy by the fire in the lounge of Artist Residence and a round of hot chocolates would still be worth the journey. That famous room in London might well be the most ‘grammed but here in Penzance, it’s a trip to soothe the soul. I’ve made a mental note to plan another Winter getaway in the New Year, something to soften the blow of post-Christmas blues. Who knows, I might be lucky enough to find myself by the Cornish sea again soon!
Artist Residence kindly covered the costs involved in my stay but as always, all words and opinions are of course my own.
20 Chapel Street