*Beautifully refurbished apartment 

*Historic location

*Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms, both with en suites

*'Just for two' discounts

*Short breaks out of season

*Dog friendly



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 an open plan living, kitchen and dining area which flows out to the patio garden via French doors. This is a space to socialise and relax in and it exudes quality.  With two en suite bathrooms it's a perfect place to share with friends and family. There are individual touches throughout and specially selected artwork. Retreat here to the peace and calm of this beautifully presented space after a day exploring.

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 on Chapel Street and down into its calm spacious interiors. If space and luxury touches in the heart of historic Penzance is what you are after, then Hypatia Apartment will certainly fit the bill.

Hypatia Apartment is perfectly located to explore Penzance. It is a town full of hidden charms from the gardens, walks, ancient sites and foodie delights to the sea water lido with geothermally heated pool. The promenade extends to connect with Marazion, Newlyn and Mousehole which are all within walking distance.


Located in the famous Chapel Street, right in the heart of the oldest part of Penzance, 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 open plan 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 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. 

Bedroom 1 - Has a double bed, open hanging and bedside drawers. 

Bedroom 2 - The king size bed can be divided into two singles if you prefer, open hanging and a bedside chest of drawers. 

Both bedrooms have been skillfully designed to create tranquil spaces. Both have wall-mounted TV’s - perfect for lazy mornings in bed.


Bedroom 1 has an en suite shower room with a walk-in shower enclosure and rain shower. Bedroom 2 en suite 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 alfresco.


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 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 nights out of season. 'Just for Two' discounts available out of season. Do check with us if your dates don't quite fit as we will always try to help.

PROPERTY IMAGES AND DESCRIPTIONS: From time to time minor upgrades and improvements and changes to furnishings at The property may mean it varies slightly from the images and descriptions on the Website.


“We’ve lost count of how many times we’ve stayed now, we love it every time. Such lovely thoughtful extras left for us which make us feel spoilt. Everything is so beautifully maintained and well thought out. We hope to be back soon!”

Vicky, Will, Harrison, Elliot – October 2023

"What fabulous accommodation. It is located in the lovely Chapel Street in the heart of Penzance. A short walk from the seafront and it is ideally located to explore West Cornwall. Whether that is south towards The Lizard or north towards Lands End and St Ives. The communication and instructions from The Cornish Way were excellent and recommendations contained in the welcome folder were great. A fabulous place to spend a week in Cornwall."

Neil - August 2023

“We had a lovely stay. The apartment was just as the photos depicted and clean throughout. Fully stocked kitchen and even helpful extras like cello tape and scissors which I wouldn't think to bring on holiday but came in very handy! Three generations enjoyed the accommodation including myself, my daughter and my mother. Perfect central location and very private with a quiet outdoor area. Thank you for a memorable holiday. Would definitely recommend and stay here again.”

Marcia – July 2023 

“Another stay at The Hypatia Building - we stopped here last year and couldn't wait to come back. Great location in the middle of town, and easy to go anywhere. Loads to do, fantastic pubs and restaurants and shops on the doorstep. Despite being centrally located it's also very private. Really well equipped and very comfortable. Recommended. Thanks for having us again - we plan to come back!”

Andy – June 2023 

“This is a superb apartment, located right in the town centre. It has been very thoughtfully renovated and looks brand new. Someone has put a lot of thought into providing absolutely everything you would need for a stay here…. even down to rain ponchos!! It is beautifully furnished with lots of interesting nick-nacks and pictures. Showers are great. All fixtures and fittings are top quality. There are some great pubs & restaurants within a couple of minutes’ walk. We would definitely stay here again and would happily recommend this apartment.”

Sara – May 2023