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journal: Penzance, Cornwall

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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And of course what's a trip to the seaside without fish and chips... really good fish and chips too. 

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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.