journal: Penzance, Cornwall
JUST FIVE HOURS FROM LONDON...
A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to assist on a shoot with Harvey Nichols, we travelled five hours on the train down to Penzance (the furthest point of Cornwall). I had never been before but had heard great things. I felt like I was needing a seaside break and getting off the train at the harbour felt perfect. Crisp fresh air.
We walked 10 minutes along the harbour and up a steep hill and checked in to the beautiful Artist Residence. I have been following them on Instagram for some time now. Trust me it's even better in the flesh. I have never stayed at such a beautiful cosy boutique hotel before, the decor has such a vintage english cottage feel to it. We luckily stayed in 'The Look Out", a spacey loft space with one master bedroom, a living space (with a bed for me), a bathroom and open kitchen area. I can't forget the balcony looking out over the houses with a glimpse of the sea in the far distance.
As if the dreamy hotel interiors wasn't enough, the in house restaurant called The Cornish Barn was also a dream. The first evening I enjoyed the home smoked BBQ belly pork ribs washed down with an always well needed gin and tonic.
We were lucky enough to get breakfast included each morning, the restaurant has a lot of character with very warm tones. I went for the avocado chilli eggs on sourdough, which of course is always a winner.
Taking a look around the rest of the hotel... the variety of furniture styles with bare brick walls which create the perfect country house (hotel) aesthetic. A lot of cosy nooks to enjoy a feast with friends, work on projects or to just wind down with a hot drink and a book. It was perfect.
Penzance is a lovely little typical Cornish town including a harbour, an outdoor lido, local pubs and a little town centre. I managed to buy some scones with jam and clotted cream from The Cornish Hen, then wandered around and found a bottle shop called Mounts Bay Wine Co where I picked up some Cornish lager. I also stumbled in to No 56 the quite Instagram famous homeware store, the set up of the store was perfect, I couldn't not lust over everything they sold. It was a big shame that I had no money to spend though.
And of course what's a trip to the seaside without fish and chips... really good fish and chips too.
Another really exciting thing about our visit to Penzance was that we got to visit the Jubilee Pool, the amazing art deco lido right on the promenade. I can't believe it's fresh seawater! The cafe was cute too, we got hot drinks, sat on the deck chairs and watched the almost sunset.