Chapel House

Penzance, Cornwall

‘Forget overcrowded St Ives – there’s a real treat of a stay in Penzance. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘Forget overcrowded St Ives – there’s a real treat of a stay in Penzance.’ Quirky character fills the ‘beautifully restored’ brick-and-granite former 18th-century admiral’s house, but ‘this inviting boutique hotel is all about the hostess, Susan Stuart’. ‘Every requirement is looked after with professional charm.’ Guests appreciated the ‘exceptional’ attention to detail, from the welcoming tea and cake, to an introduction to the local GP who runs nearby Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, to the ‘open house’ approach. ‘Even when we went out to dinner, we were welcomed into the kitchen for a complimentary glass of wine.’ Throughout, there’s a happy blend of contemporary and antique furniture, fresh flowers, and coastal hues. In the ‘spacious’ bedrooms, a huge handmade bed, an in-room bath, an iPad, panoramic harbour views. Above the open-plan landing is a retractable glass roof. Locally sourced, unfussy communal meals (‘marvellous, impossibly good value’) are a highlight, perhaps pan-fried brill with Cornish early potatoes and samphire. ‘On our final morning, we enjoyed tea and cake with fresh raspberries and a glass of chilled Prosecco to wish us well on our journey.’ (DS, and others)

Hotel details


Chapel Street
TR18 4AQ


01736 362024




closed 24–29 Dec, kitchen closed for dinner Sun–Wed, but open for early-evening drinks all week.


drawing room, open-plan kitchen/dining area, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), function facilities, terrace, garden, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music



all ages welcomed.


allowed in bedrooms and public areas and in kitchen/dining area with consent of other guests.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.


per room B&B single £125–£165, double £160–£220. Set dinner £27.50. 1-night bookings refused 
at bank holiday weekends (rooms 
2, 4 and 6).

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Comments about Chapel House

We (two families) stayed here for one night before heading to Tresco. Susan, who runs the place, has created a real treat. The six rooms are all spacious and special. Each one with a quirk. The food is marvellous and impossibly good value. Location a short walk from both the station and the quay is ideal too. All in all a wonderful hidden gem. - David Soanes - July 2017
This is the sort of B&B that epitomises the Good Hotel Guide, in a beautifully restored Grade II listed house. Susan Stuart goes far beyond any service you would get in a five-star hotel. From the great welcome and offer of tea and freshly made cake, Susan looks after your every need with professional charm. Breakfast is not to be rushed, as everything is cooked to order, and lots of conversation ensues at the communal tables. If you are going out to dinner you are welcomed in the kitchen for a complimentary glass of wine. We ate in one night which is communal with a short menu simply but well cooked and great value. Our room on the top floor had lovely harbour views even from the shower, and a big signature bath in the room itself. - David Britton - June 2017

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Last updated: October, 2019. Information from the 2020 Good Hotel Guide