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Address: Chapel St., Penzance, England
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Description: A rare survivor of that splendid era, The Egyptian House is probably one...
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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A lovely stay in this quirky landmark!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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Taunton, United Kingdom
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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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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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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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Redditch, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

Visited chapel street in Penzance and this lovely building just stands out.Worth a look has retail shop inside

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

a little out of place, this one looks really odd as if it's a couple of thousand miles from where it should be. Certainly different

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

We booked the 2nd floor flat for four nights from the landmark trust last week. It was a good base. Everything is within easy walking distance from your doorstep. There is a steep spiral staircase which may not be suitable for some people. I will book it again if I visit Cornwall.

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Frome, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Quite extraordinary to find down an ordinary street - so exotic and totally unexpected. Well worth a photograph

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