Its Georgian Gothic façade painted a pretty blue, The Abbey stands in a narrow lane in old Penzance, with views across the harbour to St Michael’s Mount (sunrise is marvellous).
inside, and you find a timeless, comforting, mildly bohemian haven created by its owner, the legendary model Jean Shrimpton, and now run by her son Thad. It feels like the best sort of home: complimentary newspapers at breakfast; fresh scones for tea; drinks by the fire in the first-floor drawing room with its squashy sofas surrounding a roaring fire. Outside is a pretty walled garden, but it’s the bedrooms that really entrance: each charming, with the feel of a guest room in a much-loved country house, the sort where you long for an invitation. In the panelled dining room, with a pretty mismatch of antique tables and chairs, a perfect, leisurely breakfast is served; and for dinner you can pop next door to the Abbey’s superb restaurant, The Slipway.
IN THE KNOW Dating from 1600, the house is one of the oldest in Cornwall and has been home to three generations of the Cox family over the past 36 years.
Doubles from £130