"We loved our stay in Penzance. This apartment on Chapel Street was perfectly placed to explore all that the area had to offer..."

Sasha - August 2021



*Beautifully refurbished apartment 

*Historic location

* Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms, both with en suites

*Dog friendly

*Free Wi-Fi

“We have stayed several times and absolutely love the apartment. There are always lovely personal touches which make us feel so welcomed. Very well thought out facilities. Thank you for another wonderful stay, we can’t wait to come back again soon!”

Vicky – December 2021 



What a beautiful property Hypatia Apartment is! Set in the heart of Penzance’s most prestigious street it has been designed with effortless style and character. It offers stunning, large open plan living areas which flow out to the patio garden. This is a space to socialise and relax in, and it exudes quality. Add the individual touches and artwork to the two luxurious bedroom suites and it all feels more like entering a boutique hotel.

The self-contained apartment is half of the floor of the building owned by The Hypatia Trust. The Trust’s offices are next door and all the income from renting this lovely apartment goes to help support the charity. Their work supports and promotes women’s achievements through research and documentation, exhibition, publication, and by providing training and educational activities. Do have a look at their website to find out more.

You come in through a private front door and down into its calm spacious interiors. If space and luxury in the heart of historic Penzance is what you are after, then Hypatia Apartment will certainly fit the bill.


Located in the famous Chapel Street, right in the heart of the oldest part of Penzance, The Hypatia Apartment is a short stroll to the harbour and seafront. The best local shops, galleries, bars, pubs and restaurants are right on your doorstep. The oldest pub in Penzance, The Turks Head, dating from 1233, is 100 metres down the street. Have a drink or a meal here and you’ll be stepping back in history, enjoying the same public house as pirates and smugglers did 750 years ago.

Penzance is the gateway to the Land’s End peninsula and in the far west of Cornwall nothing is far away. The fishing harbour of Newlyn is 20 minutes walk along the seafront promenade, and the quaint village of Mousehole is only a 10 minutes’ drive away. Marazion, with the famous St. Michael’s Mount, is easy to walk or drive to. St. Ives is easily reached using the scenic rail line from Penzance station. Sennen Cove, The Minack Theatre in Porthcurno, and The Cornish Mining World Heritage Site on the north coast, are all an easy drive away. Many film locations of Winston Graham’s Poldark books are in the area and part of the German TV Rosamunde Pilcher series was filmed right outside the door in Chapel Street. 


Hypatia Apartment is situated in The Regent, which dates back more than 400 years and it is one of the oldest buildings in Penzance. It would have been one of the beautiful houses on Lady Street (now Chapel Street), first admired and then destroyed and burned in the Spanish sacking of Penzance in 1595. Subsequently it was rebuilt as a fine residence, to which a new frontage in the Palladian-style was added in the second half of the 18th century on the Chapel Street side of the building. The original frontage of the building had been in Custom House Lane, off Chapel Street, to the right of The Regent, you can still see where the original entrance was which is now a Palladian-style window. Custom House Lane was originally designated as the New Street Slip, running parallel to the Abbey Slip at the next left turning from the apartment by The Admiral Benbow pub.

The earliest known owners (1707) were the families of Buller of Devon and Shillingham of Cornwall. It was the Batten family home (merchants in timber and coal) for the majority of the 19th century until it was sold in 1861 to Mr John Coulson, another Penzance merchant and property owner living on the same street. Latterly it became Perrow’s Temperance Hotel and a staging post, before having a large number of commercial and residential uses in the 20th century.


The large main living area really has the wow factor. It’s a big space with stunning flagstone floors and French doors out to the patio. A huge squidgy sofa, armchair and captain’s chair are perfect for lounging. A large Smart TV with built-in ceiling speakers will keep you entertained. It is open plan with the well-appointed kitchen and dining area.

cooking & eating

What a gorgeous kitchen! It’s well equipped and modern, and a fabulous space to cook up a feast. There’s a large island breakfast island bar and the social dining area has a table which can comfortably seat 6. There is a double electric built-in oven and induction hob, microwave cooker, toaster, dishwasher, and fridge-freezer.


There are two bedrooms accessed off the living space and both have an en suite. One has a double bed, open hanging and bedside drawers. The other has a king size bed which can be divided into 2 singles if you prefer, open hanging and a bedside chest of drawers. Both bedrooms have been skilfully designed to create tranquil spaces. Both have wall-mounted TV’s - perfect for lazy mornings in bed.


One bathroom has an en suite shower room with a walk-in shower enclosure and rain shower. The other en suite bathroom has a bath with a fitted rain shower over it. Both have basins and WC’s and are luxuriously fitted with grey tiling. The other side of the living space through the utility room has a separate WC. 


Accessed via French doors from the living space there's a pretty paved courtyard garden for you to enjoy. The outside table and chairs make for a delightful sunny spot for breakfast al fresco.


There is a separate utility room with a washing machine and a separate tumble dryer.


PARKING: You can pull up outside the front door to unload and there are several car parks close by. Where available there are Free spaces along Chapel Street with time limits during the day and free parking overnight. You can also park for free all day and night on the Promenade, between the Jubilee Pool and Alexandra road.

WI-FI: There is free unlimited Wi-Fi at Hypatia Apartment.

HEATING: Gas fired central heating and hot water.

PETS: Far West Cornwall is doggie heaven! There’s plenty of beaches and coast paths for exploring. Two well-behaved dogs are welcome at £35 each per week/short break. Please make sure they stay out of bedrooms and off the furniture and that you rub down muddy/sandy feet before they come in. (Unfortunately, Eric, our dog model in the pictures doesn’t come with the apartment!)

LINEN & TOWELS: You'll have bedding & towels but please bring your own beach towels.

ACCESSIBILITY: From Chapel Street the front door opens to wide stairs with handrails down to the living spaces, which are across the lower ground floor, with all rooms on one level. It may not be suitable for those with limited mobility or very young children. If in any doubt, do ask before booking. Please note children of any age must be supervised by an adult if using the outside areas. If in doubt or if you have any questions do get in touch before booking.

This property is not wheelchair friendly and may not be suitable for those with limited mobility. If this applies please contact our booking office to discuss the properties potential suitability prior to confirming. 

CHANGEOVER & SHORT BREAKS: Changeover is usually Friday. Short breaks are available for a minimum of three or four nights arriving on a Friday or Monday out of season. Please let us know if you are booking as a couple or single person. Do check with us if your dates don't quite fit as we will always try to help.

What guests are saying...

"Fantastic flat and location. We loved our stay. Beautiful decorated, well equipped and comfortable. Great place to relax and enjoy Penzance and surroundings. Very easy communications, we highly recommended this property"

Christine - October 2021

"We really enjoyed our stay at Hypatia Apartment! The location was very convenient to all Penzance has to offer and the apartment is wonderfully appointed. We really appreciated the thought that went into its appointment. For two couples and a small dog, it was the perfect size."

Meghan - September 2021

"Thank you ‘The Cornish Way’ for enhancing our stay in Penzance by enabling us to spend time at The Hypatia Apartment. I must congratulate you all for being so helpful and friendly during all our interactions. We loved staying there because it had everything we needed for a comfortable weeks holiday. The location was great, right in the centre of Penzance but on a quiet street. The amenities were 1st. Class – from the kitchen with its wide range equipment and generous crockery and glass ware, to the wide-screen TVs in each room. From the well appointed bathrooms and comfortable beds to the outside area which gave light, interest and another place to sit. The apartments design meant we were able to enjoy family time, cooking together and playing games while having the privacy of having our own rooms to retreat if need be. The separate utility room was a blessing when we needed to dry some clothes. I particularly enjoyed being surrounded by a range of art work on every wall.

Would stay there again in a heartbeat !"

Lisa. F - August 2021 

"The apartment was fabulous and we had a great week there. Well designed, well equipped, contemporary decoration, one of the best holiday let’s we’ve stayed in."

James. B - July 2021

“Absolutely stunning apartment! Beautifully decorated and very spacious and well-provisioned. Lovely and cool in the hot weather, and bigger than it looks from the photos. The location in Penzance is perfect, with Blacks restaurant opposite and the Turks Head / Admiral Benbow pubs on your doorstep. We would recommend both, the former being a friendly cosy atmosphere, and the latter a weird and wonderful experience with a great range of beers - both dog friendly! Gorgeous beaches on the doorstep and 10 mins away, great for paddle boarding. Honestly couldn't have been better, thank you!”

James. K - June 2021