Chapel House

Penzance, Cornwall

A Guide regular gives ‘five stars’ this year to this B&B in a serene Georgian town house overlooking Penzance harbour. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

A Guide regular gives ‘five stars’ this year to this B&B in a serene Georgian town house overlooking Penzance harbour. With previous incarnations as, variously, the home of the admiral who commanded the Temeraire (made famous by JMW Turner), a WW2 evacuee shelter, and the Penzance Arts Club, the house today celebrates its fine historic architecture with the best of modern comforts. The large drawing room offers a mix of sociable spaces and peaceful corners for curling up with a book; the sunny terrace is the perfect spot for a coffee or a sundowner. Individually styled bedrooms, all with a sea view, come in ocean-inspired shades of grey, green and blue, and are simply furnished with well-chosen antique, contemporary or mid-century pieces. Three rooms are open to the rafters; one has an in-room bathtub. Our regular found his room ‘first class’. An ‘excellent’ breakfast is served in the open-plan kitchen/dining room, where a chat with owner Susan Stuart was welcomed by a guest travelling alone. At weekends, a communal kitchen supper, simply cooked from local produce, is offered. (Michael Eldridge)

Hotel details


Chapel Street
TR18 4AQ


01736 362024




closed 24–29 Dec, kitchen closed for dinner Sun–Wed.


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

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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