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Address: Chapel St., Penzance, England
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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an amazing creation

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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Frome, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

I had read about this building and was planning to take a special walk to see it. However, when I stumbled upon it while gazing at other buidings on this street, I was taken aback as it is so colourful and ornately decorated. It has an interesting history and is a showstopper in Penzance which one must stop to stare... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

This is a fantastic egyptian decorated building stuck in the middle of a road, stunning egyptian decor, stand back and take the photos this is really an unusual piece.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

When you come in front of this building, you just can't believe your eyes ! the Egyptian House is a mad egyptologist's dream, a sort of house you just see nowhere.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Walked past and had to stop and look, wasn't sure if you could go in but it did make us stop and look!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We stayed in the first floor flat of those amazing building. The exterior is amazing and inside is classic in style and comfortable. It is our first landmark stay and it took a while to get used to passerbyes staring up. The shop on the ground floor is full of lovely toiletries and the owner is very knowledgeable about the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Very unique landmark: it's worth passing by and having a look. There are shops in the building so I just enjoyed the facade but it stands out from the other buildings who have a more traditional architecture.

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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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