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Address: Chapel St., Penzance, England
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A rare survivor of that splendid era, The Egyptian House is probably one of...

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.

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Condition. Amazing how a little TLC has brought this place baxk,that and the use of the ground floor by some business use. An interesting part of old Penzance.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Hayle, United Kingdom
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Hayle, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Condition. Amazing how a little TLC has brought this place baxk,that and the use of the ground floor by some business use. An interesting part of old Penzance.

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Newport, United Kingdom
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305 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 482 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

What a fantastic find thanks to TripAdvisor Great looking building and a really pleasant surprise to find. Feast your eyes!

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London
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

Beautifully restored building worth visiting Penzance to see on its own. It is a pity Chapel Street is so narrow that you can't stand back to admire it from a better distance. Truly magnificent.

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kingsbridge
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

A real surprise to come across this edifice buried within a working fishing town, do go and take a look. Sandy G

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Taunton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Fascinating building, fascinating local business making toiletries from pure products, helpful staff

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Chapel St is a fascinating street with the Egyption House an amazing building. A photographers delight in the centre of this otherwise traditional Cornish town

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Booked all 3 flats in this magnificent building as their was 11 of us, this is the 10th landmark i have stayed in , well worth a stay if u get the chance, stairway a bit steep & twisting so not for the

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Myself, my Husband and my Mother in Law stayed in one of the apartments in this Landmark Trust building for a week in mid July. A great location for exploring Penzance and the local area, and lots of lovely amenities nearby - we ate delicious meals at the Admiral Benbow and the Turk's Head, both on Chapel Street, and there... More 

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Girona, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Intriguing, beautifully maintained Egyptian-style facade. Inside, great organic handmade cosmetic shop, Pure Nuf Stuff. Don't miss it.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

It is so unique; it does not match the whole street or even little town of Penzance, but so cool! they originally built it as a museum and shop but now people can actually stay there;l it was really surprising but awesome!

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