Artist Residence Cornwall

Penzance, Cornwall, United Kingdom Book from Book from £75 per night

Fun and funky art hotel with good-value rooms and a 3-bedroom cottage, plus a sociable eatery
The London and Brighton branches may be cooking up a storm, but head towards Land's End and you'll find this funky Grade II-listed townhouse has plenty to shout about, too. Here in Penzance, local artists were given guest rooms as blank canvases and the freedom to fill them with flair - each is utterly unique. A clutch of more understated but equally appealing rooms plus a 3-bedroom cottage in neighbouring buildings have since joined to create a quirky warren of chic. Choose your favourite and stay in your own private masterpiece with all the comforts of top-notch bedding, Roberts radios and eco-chic toiletries.

The fun doesn’t stop there. The ground floor boasts The Cornish Barn, an informal rustic-meets-industrial restaurant serving up tasty Cornish fare. Grab a booth, order a beer, and relax over an evening feast. There's also a relaxed lounge-bar with cocktails, candles and a crackling wood-burner. Head out the back for the enclosed Festival Garden with trestle tables, a buzzy bar in season, table tennis and ping pong. Or walk out of the chunky red front door and you’re moments from Penzance’s cafés, pubs and galleries.


  • Well-designed, imaginative rooms; we particularly liked the Comfy Luxe, Super Comfy Luxe and Lookout options with their roll-top tubs
  • A buzzing restaurant, delicious breakfasts packed with local produce, a fire-warmed lounge-bar, and a sunny courtyard bar space for summer drinks
  • The affable young team can keep you up to speed on anything from the Cornish art scene to the nearest sandy beach
  • A great base for exploring this gorgeous corner of Cornwall, and minutes from the Scilly Isles ferry
  • Fantastic value for money


  • Some might find the art a little too off-the-wall, but the 'House' and 'Comfy' rooms are more contemporary classic in design
  • Soundproofing could be better between rooms, and those at the front might experience some street noise
  • Some carpets and fittings look a little tired, though they're gradually being spruced up
  • No car park, though you can park for free on the streets nearby

Best time to go

The hotel is open all year round, and historic Penzance is fascinating in any season. Beaches and the surf beckon in summer; blustery coastal walks and gallery-hopping without the crowds are the main attractions in winter. An annual highlight is the town’s Golowan Festival at the end of June, with performances, exhibitions and parades.

Our top tips

A lovely - and unusual - way to explore this area is to combine your stay with a foraging course. The Fat Hen Cookery School, run by ecologist Caroline Davey, offers wild food weekends near St Buryan.

If you’re into the gastronomic good life, stock up on meat to take home with you at the Higher Trenowin farm shop, north of Penzance on the road to St Ives.

Great for...

Cheap & Chic
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 21 rooms + 1 cottage
  • Restaurant and bar
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Table football


The original playful rooms were decorated by local artists and are utterly unique. Select one which suits your taste – perhaps a Snug room with their jazzy artworks, or Medium Arty Double with its colourful seaside-themed walls. They're compact with showers only, but you'll feel like you're staying in a private gallery.

If you want a bit more luxury then opt for one of the newer Comfy Luxe and Super Comfy Luxe rooms, in adjacent buildings, which have decadent tubs, bathrobes, Nespresso machines and walk-in rainfall showers. They’re more understated in terms of décor, but you’ll still find eclectic touches such as lights made from old fishing baskets and crates for bedside tables. There’s also a Family Room in the loft, with a mezzanine level holding extra beds. Top of the house - and top of the range - is The Lookout, which consists of a bedroom, a separate living room with a log-burner and kitchenette, a freestanding copper tub, and a terrace looking out over the rooftops to sea.

For those seeking independence, there's a 3-bedroom cottage next door to the hotel. It's ideal for longer stays and families, with a spacious fire-warmed living and kitchen area, 2 double bedrooms, a snug bunk-bed room, and a bathroom with a copper tub and separate shower.

Features include:

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Cots Available
  • DVD player (on request)
  • Extra beds
  • Fan (on request)
  • Hairdryer
  • Satellite TV
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi


The Cornish Barn is the heart of the hotel, serving up shareable dishes using local produce. The menu has a particular focus on cured meats and fish, much of them smoked on site - we tucked into delicious pulled pork with oak-smoked cheddar and pickled apple, grilled prawns with lemon and garlic, and enormous smoked steaks that were cooked to perfection. Vegetarian options are also available, and there are occasional Mediterranean influences - perhaps octopus with chorizo, or honey-roasted beets with feta.

Breakfast is just as tasty, with a few unusual options alongside the normal Full Cornish and smoked salmon. We started with cute jars of yoghurt and compote, before moving onto scrambled eggs with spinach, Cornish blue cheese and sourdough toast.

The shabby chic lounge-bar is open throughout the day for coffee and cocktails, and in good weather guests head to the Festival Garden to the rear which has a sociable bar and trestle tables.

Penzance has plenty of local cafés for light lunches - just ask for recommendations. If you don’t mind a short drive to Mousehole, chic little harbourside bistro 2 Fore Street does fantastic seafood.

The Attic Loft and The Lookout both have basic kitchenettes with a combination microwave/oven; cottage guests get a kitchen area with all you need for simple meals.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Children's meals
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby


  • Explore Penzance’s faded architectural splendour and immerse yourself in its prospering art scene
  • Take a dip in the Jubilee Pool (open June-September), the town's stunning Art Deco outdoor lido - or watch the action from its café
  • Venture across the granite causeway at low tide to the fairytale island castle of St Michael’s Mount
  • Pop southwest along Mount’s Bay to the picturesque harbour of Mousehole
  • Laze on the lovely beach at Porthcurno (a 20-minute drive), then catch a performance at the open-air Minack Theatre, hewn from the cliffs above the sand
  • Treat yourself to a bracing hike (and mind-clearing views) along the South West Coastal Path, or cycle to Marazion along the Cornish Way Cycle Path (the team can advise on bike hire)
  • Explore the wider area - you’re within easy reach of Land’s End, St Ives and Sennen Cove

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Art classes
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Shopping / markets
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Theatre
  • Wine tasting


Children are welcome and will enjoy the eye-catching and playful décor, the Festival Garden to the rear, and the many attractions of Penzance and environs. That said, there’s not much space to run around, and no dedicated facilities.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

The 3-bedroom cottage next door to the hotel is well set-up for families, with a spacious living area and kitchen, a master double, another double/twin and a bunk room.

The Family Room is also a great option - it has a mezzanine level with a small double bed and a single, though the stairs are steep with open treads. The Lookout, the Bigger Double and one of the Comfy Doubles have sofabeds. Be aware that many bathrooms have showers only

Children's meals:

The Barn has crowd-pleasing fare on offer

Kids Activities on site:

  • Table tennis and ping pong in the Festival Garden
  • Board games in the lounge-bar

Kids Activities nearby:

  • St Michael's Mount
  • Land's End
  • Mousehole
  • Beaches including Sennen Cove
  • The cinema in Newlyn for rainy days
  • Jubilee Pool (June-September)
  • Tin mines
  • St Ives
  • Birding at Hayle

Families Should Know:

Not ideal for toddlers as there are several steps and different levels, and not much space for them to run about


  • Airport: 1hr10m (Newquay)
  • Hospital: 10 minutes
  • Shops: 1 minute
Kid Friendly:


Artist Residence Cornwall is in the centre of Penzance, southwest England. It's a short walk from the ferry to the Scilly Isles.

By Car:
Penzance is just off the A30, the main road through Cornwall. It's 5 hours from London and 3.5 hours from Bristol. There's no car park on site, but you can park on the streets nearby for free, or there's a paid car park a 3-minute walk from the hotel.

By Air:
The nearest airport is Newquay (64km), but you'll find more flights to Exeter (188km). Transfers aren't available and taxis are expensive, so we'd recommend hiring a car.

By Train:
There are regular trains to Penzance from London, Bristol and elsewhere in the UK. The station is a 5-minute stroll or a short taxi ride from Artist Residence Cornwall.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through

More on getting to the UK and getting around


  • Newquay 64.0 km NQY
  • Exeter 188.0 km EXT


  • Beach 1.0 km
  • Shops 0.1 km
  • Restaurant 0.1 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 3 independent reviews from i-escape guests


We headed to Cornwall to check out the second Artist Residence, having stayed in Brighton last year. We were greeted with a similar vibe, great location and super relaxing place to base ourselves as we toured around the area on our bikes. We'll be back here again soon for sure!


We really liked the place and would stay again. Their restaurant was excellent with a good atmosphere and very good food and service BUT why do they have loud intrusive canned music? We eventually asked them to turn it off which they did!


My family and I spent four days at this funky establishment over the Easter school break and would return like a shot. The rooms are fabulous – so imaginatively decorated – and all the ‘extras’ from the luxurious toiletries to the snacks are drool-worthy. Very stylish in a relaxed, lived-in kind of way, this hotel also packs some serious substance. Breakfast is a total treat, not to mention free because of our i-escape booking, and I must admit to becoming somewhat obsessed with the poached eggs and avocado number (served on sourdough and seasoned with slices of fresh red chilli) whereas my husband couldn’t say no to the granola. We also discovered the hotel restaurant serves up similarly inspired inventions so it came as no surprise that it was buzzing with people most nights as was the atmospheric cocktail bar. Speaking of cocktails, my five year old fell in love with the cucumber and/or strawberry infused water and consequently drank more H2O in a single breakfast sitting than he normally does in an entire day. He also loved the table football in the garden bar area and the genuinely laid-back attitude of the staff. It no doubt helped that they all seemed to be friendly twentysomethings. The one fault with the whole place was that the blinds didn’t fully cover the window in Room One. This was eventually sorted out when my parents were offered the memorable treat of staying in the penthouse suite - The Lookout - and finally slept beautifully. So sort out those blinds and I’d say this place is pretty darn near perfect.


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