* Huge loft style space

* sleeps 4, plus 2

*Dog friendly

*Private parking

* Sea glimpses

* 7 night discounts and flexible changeover days

*Superfast wifi

"The accommodation was superb, everything was clean and the size is a lot bigger than we initially thought it would be. Would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a place to stay in Penzance."



This wonderful converted school house has bags of space and style and is tucked away off Chapel Street right in the historic heart of Penzance.

Loft-living in Cornwall is hard to find. Even harder with the space, light and peace offered by The Artists Retreat. The interior has been designed and built in an organic way; it’s almost a work of art in itself, like walking into someone’s creative and harmonious world.

When you come in through the main front doors you walk in through the original old Victorian wood panelled entrance lobby, then the space opens out in front of you like a Tardis. it’s a real home not a show home. This is a space to socialise and relax and is partly open-plan with double height ceilings and a calming, quirky vibe;

With the real plus of a private parking space 2 minutes’ walk away this could just be your perfect escape to the wonderland of West Cornwall...


Situated right in the historic heart of Penzance, The Artists Retreat is close to the harbour and seafront, to local shops and galleries, bars, pubs, restaurants and 5 minutes’ walk from the train station.

Travelling around, the impossibly quaint village of Mousehole and working harbour of Newlyn are less than 10 minutes’ drive away. Marazion with the famous St Michaels Mount, St Ives, and Sennen are all well worth visiting and also an easy drive away.


The large main Living Space - has a double height timber boarded ceiling and an amazing set of glazed room-divider doors, with a great woodburning stove, comfy sofas, 40" Smart TV with Freeview and Apple TV, a DVD player, Myst HiFi amp & Spendor SP1 speakers for music streaming. It is open plan with the well-appointed kitchen and dining area under the mezzanine.

The Mezzanine is reached by stairs from the main living space; it's a bright and warm area with 2 futon sofas and a desk under the skylights for those who have to bring work with them! It's also a nice place to spread out a yoga mat or contemplate the days activities ahead.


What a great Kitchen! It’s well equipped and modern, and a fabulous space to prepare food in, and right next to it is the social dining area with a long oak table to seat 6 comfortably. There is a range cooker (gas hob / electric oven), dishwasher, fridge-freezer, microwave, Magi-mix, hand whizzer, citrus fruit juicer, toaster, kettle and washing machine.


The Main Bedroom on the first floor is accessed from the mezzanine. It has a kingsize double bed with a medium/soft Hypnos natural fibre mattress, an ensuite shower room and a walk-in wardrobe. It's a tranquil room; sunny in the mornings with a large window looking out onto the back garden, an old granite bell tower and an enticing glimpse of the sea.

The Studio Bedroom is on the ground floor, the other side of the main living space room-divider doors. It's double height again with tall windows and a kingsize double bed which can be split into 2 twin singles if you prefer. One of the Hypnos twin mattresses is medium and the other firm. There is the option of a single armchair futon bed to make a family room. This room used to be the owner’s studio and is accessed through a curtain from the Entrance Lobby area. It has level access to the ground floor bathroom through the main living space.

The Mezzanine can also be used as a sleeping area - it's a communal space and is under the skylights so bright in the mornings! There's a choice of quality single or double armchair futon beds. It's a useful space though for young children who can sleep just outside the door of the main bedroom. The double armchair futon bed can be partly curtained off so gives a bit more privacy, and it makes a good den for children!


Both bathrooms have great showers. The ground floor bathroom is a quirky 1970's style turquoise with bath/shower & WC and the upstairs ensuite has zingy orange tiling with walk-in shower & WC. Please note - both bathrooms are small, as shown in the photos, so if you want a large luxurious bathroom this may not be the place for you!


there's a sunny and pretty courtyard garden for you to enjoy, with table and chairs and a small BBQ for you to use if you wish.


there is a small utility room by the ground floor bathroom with Miele washing machine, and there are several drying racks in the property and a small washing line in the garden. 


Heating: Gas fired central heating and hot water.

Parking: There is a reserved car park space 2 minutes’ walk away - you will be given a permit to display when you arrive. Abbey Street is a single lane road with 2-way traffic. It's best not to stop your car outside the property because another car will come along and that's not very relaxing! You can park temporarily a few metres away on Chapel Street though.

Wi-fi: Superfast Wifi broadband.

Accessibility: The Artists retreat has ground floor living space with a ground floor bedroom and bathroom. Stairs up to the mezzanine and main bedroom and bathroom may not be suitable for those with limited mobility. If in doubt do ask before booking. Please note children of any age must be supervised by an adult if using the outside areas.

Pets: The far west is a dog's paradise. There is a great beach close by at Long Rock, past Penzance towards Marazion, and it’s is dog friendly all year round. One well behaved dog is welcome at £25 per stay. Please make sure they stay off the furniture and that you rub down muddy feet before they come in.

Short breaks: Short breaks are available outside peak times, with flexible changeover days for a minimum of 3 nights. Don’t worry if you need to book dates that don’t quite fit, just call or email and we will always do our best to make it work.

A note on being warm: From the photos you can see that the building is old but you can be sure the place is clean, dry and warm. There's a good gas central heating system with radiators in all the rooms, and a super wood burner for coziness, but remember this is a big airy space and Cornish summers can be cool! We’d recommend you bring sweaters as well as sandals...

A note on light: If you want a complete blackout when sleeping this isn't possible to achieve here - there are big windows with shutters and blinds but the glass partitions and skylights have no blinds so light gets in; day light, street light, the harbour and lighthouse lights! The owner has deliberately worked with all this light to give the place atmosphere by day and by night but if you're particularly light sensitive then maybe bring eye shades for night-time.

A note on Seagulls: Penzance is a coastal town and like St. Ives seagulls are part of life here - they are beautiful graceful birds in flight but they're noisily territorial and they nest on the roofs from May to September. Many folks are thrilled by that sound - it means holidays and the beach, but if you’re worried about that early morning chorus in the summer months maybe a country cottage is a better choice!