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The Egyptian House

Chapel St., Penzance, England
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Ranked #17 of 21 attractions in Penzance
Type: Architectural Buildings, Specialty Museums
Owner description: A rare survivor of that splendid era, The Egyptian House is probably one of Cornwall’s most flamboyantly designed buildings with is ornate lotus... more » Owner description: A rare survivor of that splendid era, The Egyptian House is probably one of Cornwall’s most flamboyantly designed buildings with is ornate lotus columns and stylised cornices. In amongst the traditional Egyptian symbolism and sphinx-like adornments, you can find the royal coat of arms of George III and William IV.John Lavin lived in the upstairs part of the house, while housing his mineral collection on the ground floor. His extensive collection was eventually sold by his son and it is understood that it has since been donated to the Oxford University Museum.The building had fallen into disrepair by the 1960s, but was purchased by The Landmark Trust in 1968 and restored to its original glory by 1973. The upstairs apartments are available as holiday lets from the trust.Downstairs is home to Pure Nuff Stuff, Penzance's own natural cosmetics company. The shop is open every day during Summer - you can watch the products being made on one side of the building and browse the shop on the other side. « less
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Penzance, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

Very attractive and intresting building, though i know very little about it. I have seen it many times as i walk past but i almost forget its there sometimes.

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Emerald, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

we walked along chapel street after the shops were shut at the end of a busy day. The facade of the shop was quite remarkable and we enjoyed the view from outside. Don't know anything about the interior. It was lovely to look at from the outside

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013 via mobile

Stayed in the 3rd floor apartment with 12yr old grand daughters. Lovely accommodation with breathtaking views of St.Michaels Mount from the bay window in the lounge. Apartment was a good size and reasonably priced. Location was excellent for all we wanted to do. It was clean and tidy. Whilst we chose to eat out there is a nicely appointed kitchen.... More

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

not sure about this building, but if you haven't seen deco disasters before, this can be quite an eye opener

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

the façade of this beautiful but bizarre building was commissioned in 1835 when all things Egyptian were the rage.It is a real eccentricity but one of the delights of travelling around the Cornish countryside.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

On a brief business trip to Penzance I stumbled across the Egyptian building in Penzance. I had heard about it but nothing could prepare me for how totally breathtaking and unusual this building is. I hope to stay there one day in the flat over the shop. Well placed for pubs & restaurants & shops - you can see it... More

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Penzance, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

I probably take this place for granted, because I walk past it so often. It is an odd building, and worth walking along to look at - that is all you're doing though - you don't go in it. Well, you can go in the excellent (if pricey) shop 'Pure Nuff Stuff' that sells hand made soaps etc.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

what a beautiful building. Looks amazing, have not been in but is stunning from the outside and needs to be seen

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

Interesting building to look at, but does not look authentic to me in my opinion. Tiny tiny little shop inside where they make soap-would fit two people in the shop & it's full!..Flats to let up stairs, & that's about it. If i passed the building in the street i would have thought 'Oh that's different' but not the way... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

If you can walk past you should as it's pretty striking. We didn't go inside the shop (although Nuff Stuff products are fab) but enjoyed the exterior as a little surprise when walking down Chapel Street.

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