Staycation: Chapel House, Penzance
Anna Glover and mum Janet spend a weekend in this classy Cornish hotel.
It’s a long drive from London to Penzance, but as we open our car doors on arrival at this gorgeous Georgian house tucked down a little cobbled lane, we are immediately hit with a stillness and calm that’s instantly refreshing.
Susan Stuart, the house’s lucky owner and the person responsible for its beautiful renovation, greets us at the door, our bags are whisked away and she shepherds us through the welcoming hallway to meet the other guests over a glass of wine before dinner.
The open kitchen/dining room means Susan is cooking your supper, from scratch, right in front of you. The shared table creates a dinner-party feel, which perfectly matches the friendly, laid-back atmosphere. Susan’s mission is to help everyone relax, eat well and enjoy the surrounding area. We start with incredibly juicy, plump scallops that taste of the sea – only a few steps away – and for mains there is a choice of hake with samphire and a butter sauce, or a beautifully cooked steak with rosemary potatoes. For dessert, I go for the excellent cheeseboard, which features delicious varieties from local suppliers.
The rooms are bright and airy, with huge windows, comfy contemporary seating, a big bath and your own wood-burning stove. The attention to detail is stunning and an Instagrammer’s dream, plus all Susan’s clever touches have inspired me to make over a few rooms back home. Unfortunately, I won’t have the views of the harbour and Mount’s Bay, all the way to Lizard Point.
The house has a fascinating history including as a home to famous sea admirals and mining dynasties, and as a shelter for Second World War evacuees. But in Susan’s hands, it’s now a beautiful destination that we can all appreciate.
From £150 per night including breakfast, based on two people sharing a double room. A three-course evening meal is £27.50 per person. (chapelhousepz.co.uk)