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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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This amazing building is well worth stepping off of the high street to to view...a spectacular peice of architecture that stands out from the local vernacular.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2016
MrsJilly
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Although we did not go in, passed it walking down Chapel Street. A most unusual outside in the resort

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Sampford Spiney, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very enjoyable facade we just happened upon it whilst shopping in penzance which has a very good shops a little quirky which was very much to our liking

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Sandy, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It certainly makes you look twice as you think ‘Is this building for real or am I imagining it?’ but I thought this strange looking building looked out of place in Penzance so I looked up its history. The building dates back to 1835 and it is thought that the architect was a John Foulston from Plymouth who is credited... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

It's an interesting looking building. I was expecting it to be a museum or something, but it's a facade for a retail building.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

This amazing building is well worth stepping off of the high street to to view...a spectacular peice of architecture that stands out from the local vernacular.

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Thank MrsJilly
Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

We stayed on the first floor apartment of The Egyptian House for the long May bank holiday weekend. The location could have not been more perfect. Chapel Street is very charming, traffic at night is almost non existent and the level of noise even when the pubs close abates very quickly. We never had any difficulty finding parking overnight either.... More 

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Thank Jacob_UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

We go to Penzance quite a lot and always look at this House, it is bold and colourful, almost over the top Egyptian, has to be seen to be believed as its just there in the middle of the street with all the history around it. Have a look, makes a great picture.

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Thank Helen G
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2016

We didn't go inside, but it is really striking to look at. If you are Penzance, it is worth taking a detour just to see it in person.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2016

If you do not book a Landmark trust apartment to stay in, at least you can walk by this building and admire its architecture. It is appealing. Ground floor is home to Pure Nuff Stuff natural cosmetics company who's owner gave us a lovely tour and great recommendations for our first visit to Penzance.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2016

Booked the top floor apartment (there are three) as a four day break £188 via the land mark trust who own the property. Cosy with lots of character this particular apartment can sleep four and is fantastically situated within a 4 minute walk of Penzance high street . We found it very clean with a really good size shower,no television,... More 

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