*Beautifully refurbished apartment

* sleeps 4

*Historic location

*Dog friendly

* Just for two discounts

* Flexible changeover days

*Free wifi



What a beautiful property Hypatia Apartment is. Set in the heart of Penzance’s most prestigious street, and having been completely refurbished, it is available for the first time in 2019. 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.

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 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 at http://hypatia-trust.org.uk/ to find out more.


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.


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 en suite bathrooms. One has a kingsize bed, open hanging and bedside drawers. The other has a kingsize 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.


Heating: Gas fired central heating and hot water.

Parking: One parking permit, if needed, will be provided for you by the trust, this will allow you to park in various local car parks just minutes away from the apartment (see parking map for details). Please provide us with your car registration prior to your stay so we can arrange these details for you. There is no private parking but you can pull up outside the front door to unload.

Alternative parking options: 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 WiFi at Hypatia Apartment.

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.

Pets: The far west is a dog's paradise. (Unfortunately, Eric, our dog model in the pictures doesn’t come with the apartment!) There is a great beach close by at Long Rock, past Penzance railway station towards Marazion, which is dog-friendly all year round. One or two well behaved dogs are welcome at £25 each 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.