It’s not surprising that Justin and Charlie (Charlotte) Salisbury turned to Cornwall with its vibrant art scene for their second venture. In the charming old quarter of Penzance, they have converted a handsome, 17th-century house into a delightfully eclectic hotel, decorated with works of art from top to toe. In the airy bedrooms, walls are adorned with funky murals painted by British artists, original canvases and limited-edition prints. From sleigh beds to packing crate tables, the carefully chosen furniture has panache, and now six new house bedrooms have been unveiled, plus the fabulous Lookout, a luxe retreat complete with roof terrace, and a self-catering cottage sleeping up to six. In the Cornish Barn restaurant, overlooking historic Chapel Street, there are reclaimed wooden walls and bar, metal tables and more art. The look is a cross between kooky and industrial. Drinks and snacks are on tap all day, but don’t miss the outstanding cooked breakfast or sharing dishes served in the evening. Doubles from £85.
Name to Know: Jimmy – a born and bred Cornishman. Ask him where to get the tastiest cream tea or the best spot for a dip in the sea.
See: Wait until the tide’s out and cross the granite causeway in Marazion to St Micheal’s Mount.
Eat: At the Cornish Barn downstairs in the hotel. It’s the place to be in Penzance for laid back atmosphere and delicious food. The smokehouse beer can chicken is great.
Buy: Book a workshop at The Newlyn School of Art.
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