When you book a stay with us, we’ll send you ‘The Guide’, our exclusive insiders’ guide to the best bits of Cornwall, from destination restaurants and galleries to the best beaches and walks. In the meanwhile, here are a few ideas to whet your appetite.
West Cornwall & beyond
A stay at No.33 places you in the historic heart of Penzance, a lively, arty town on the western shore of Mount’s Bay. The Chapel Street area has an engaging mix of pubs, acclaimed restaurants, galleries, antiques shops and boutiques – most occupying centuries-old properties. Just paces from No.33, there’s Untitled by Robert Wright, a tapas lounge and restaurant with a Michelin Bib Gourmand and contemporary Cornish art curated and available to buy from the superb Stoneman Graphics Gallery, one of Cornwall’s leading contemporary and fine art galleries; Fishboy boutique for fashion-forward threads and design T-shirts; and towards the harbour, the The Dock, an age-old harbourside pub frequented by fishermen and artists, with regular music nights.
Culture and Days Out
Home to literally hundreds of artists, ceramicists and designer-makers, West Cornwall lives and breathes art. Penzance has a number of key commercial galleries, as well as the Exchange, the Penlee House Gallery and the Newlyn Gallery. Just a few miles away on the north coast is the county’s leading artistic outpost, the Tate St Ives.
Home to the country’s largest fishing port
A short drive, walk or cycle around the coast is one of Cornwall’s prettiest coastal villages: small but perfectly formed Mousehole. You could easily while away a day nosing around its pretty, winding streets, admiring the fishing boats in the harbour, sitting on the soft sands of harbour beach with an ice-cream, and looking around its art galleries and craft shops.
Food and drink
Cornwall has a thriving food and drink scene, and is considered to be one of the most interesting foodie destinations outside London – thanks to the wealth of natural ingredients at our fingertips and the chefs inspired by them. You can buy the freshest seafood in nearby Newlyn, sample Cornwall’s ultra-creamy ice-cream (with clotted cream on top), book yourself on a gourmet foraging walk with Fat Hen, or have it all laid on at acclaimed restaurants such as Porthminster Beach Café in St Ives, the Gurnard’s Head near Zennor, or Untitled, on Chapel Street itself.
Penzance is the perfect base for exploring the many superb sandy beaches of the Land’s End Peninsula, including surfy Sennen, Gwithian, Porthcurno and the town beaches of St Ives – all of which are just 20 minutes away from No.33 Chapel Street.
There are plays, operas and musicals every summer at the Minack Theatre, built into the cliffs above Porthcurno; historic houses and gorgeous gardens at Godolphin House, Trebah, Trevarno and Trewidden; as well as the National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth, iconic St Michael’s Mount and, of course, the world-famous Eden Project.
Penzance has some great independent shops, such as East of Here at the top of Chapel Street, where you will find a great mix of Indian carpets, rugs and throws, and vintage boutique Kitts Corner. Further afield, Mousehole, St Ives, Fowey and Falmouth are packed with interesting boutiques and galleries. If you are a serious art collector, we can offer you introductions to some exclusive collections.
Thanks to its wide open spaces and outstanding natural beauty, Cornwall is perfect for active pursuits. Take your pick from walking (inland or on the famous South West Coast Path, which covers the entire coast of Cornwall), sailing, cycling, fishing, extreme sports such as coasteering or wild swimming, or, of course, surfing. We can help you organise lessons (one-to-one or in a group) or charter boat trips for you – just let us know what you would like to do and we will help make it happen.