Owned by an ex-banker with an aesthetic as sharp as her mind, Chapel House is an airy Georgian marvel, idyllically positioned over Penzance’s harbour and steeped in maritime history. Susan Stuart washed the once imposing home of an admiral in airy white, bringing this grand canvas into the modern world. Waterfall-showers and Nordic chairs sit alongside opulent marble fireplaces and mahogany chests, the six-bedroom house is as elegant as it is relaxed. Guests who bag the top floor room can bathe under the stars – a glass roof opening above their heads. Bruce Rennie’s infamous The Shore seafood restaurant is just a stone’s throw away, as is Penlee House Gallery and Museum. Chapel House’s walls themselves are awash with modern pieces from Newlyn School of Art. And despite the local antique shops, galleries and otherworldly beaches to explore, this elegant haven’s exceptional wine list and cuisine, its crispy linen and books galore beg the question: ‘Why ever leave?’ Doubles from £150.
Name to Know: Susan Stuart, an oracle whose speciality is recommending excursions that are off the beaten track.
See: Penlee House Gallery and Museum which hosts, arguably, the best collection of Cornish art in the country.
Eat: At The Shore, chef patron Bruce Rennie is rated as one of the country’s finest fish and seafood chefs. If you are feeling lazy, sample the excellent kitchen suppers served at Chapel House using only the freshest locally sourced produce.
Buy: Art and collectables, Penzance is packed with galleries and quirky independent shops.
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