We came for a long anniversary weekend & booked directly through the Hotel. It is housed in an 17th century building, with some early 19th century updating so it has a more Georgian/Victorian feel. The eight rooms are up a large and imposing staircase, but first you come past the gorgeous drawing room, where we were served a welcome coffee by a friendly checkin lady. In the evenings, you can sit and read books from the library around an open fire. Every room is decorated with unique antique and vintage pieces collected over a lifetime by the proprietress Jean Shrimpton. We loved the eclectic feel of the place; it is warm and has the feel of a boutique hotel rather than a B&B.
Breakfast is served from 8-10 a.m. in a lovely room with an open fire. We sampled scrambled eggs with salmon, smoked haddock poached in milk, kippers, & a full English breakfast. We're foodies and could tell that the cook used high quality ingredients -- absolutely delicious. Everything is made to order, so you need to make some time, but it is worth it.
We stayed in room 7, at the top of the building. The room is beautifully decorated with a gorgeous bed. It has the advantage of being tucked away and feeling very private, but the disadvantage that you have to cross the (private) corridor to go the shower room/bath room.
The Abbey has no restaurant, & no room service etc..., but as it is located right in the centre of town, and there is also an adjoining restaurant, that isn't much of a problem.
Finally, a tip: if you drive to the hotel, the parking is to the back of the hotel on a very narrow street, and you may miss it the first time you drive past (as we did)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Abbey Hotel is a rare gem, a hotel that refuses to enter the modern world, choosing instead to linger in its serenely elegant past. The feel is of a smart country house, and the drawing room – roaring fire, huge gilt mirror, walls of books, rugs on stripped floors – is hard to beat. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Abbey Hotel Penzance
- The Abbey Penzance, Cornwall