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A Stay at The Artist Residence: Penzance

Tucked away in a side street, just a short walk from the sea front, the Artist Residence was undoubtedly my first choice when booking a weekend away in Penzance. From its eclectic d├ęcor to the charismatic staff that greet you at the door, there’s no denying that this renovated house is full of Cornish-charm.

Each room at the Artist Residence is one of a kind, styled by local artists each demonstrating their creative abilities, with the help of the expert team behind the Artist Residences in Brighton, London and Oxfordshire. Following some in-depth browsing of the website, I decided that the comfy luxe was the perfect choice... only slightly out of our budget, we decided to treat ourselves! As luxurious as the name suggests the room came complete with rustic floorboards, the rug of my dreams, a roll top bath in the bedroom and a handpicked selection of Cornish treats (YAY) not to mention the ensuite shower room and quirky soft furnishings effortlessly scattered around the room. Regardless of size, each room comes with free wifi, a Roberts radio, tea and coffee making facilities and a selection of natural bath products, to be used at your disposal- "though any sneaking into suitcases regrettably will be charged"..What more could you ask for?

As somebody that ranks food as one of the most important parts of a mini-break, it's safe to say that The Cornish Barn didn't disappoint. The restaurant is attached to the Artist Residence making it the obvious dining choice, so after reading rave reviews I made a reservation prior to our arrival... and boy am I glad that I did, as there wasn't a free table in sight morning, noon or night! The interiors of the Barn matched the rest of the hotel perfectly, decorated in an industrial style with a touch of classic boutique, making it the perfect place to relax after a day of costal walks and exploring the local antique shops (I spent an age looking at old records in Steckfensters!) Both our breakfast and evening meals were consumed in haste, leaving our plates clean and our bellies full, eating every last morsel of our home-smoked food; Jack opted for pork ribs where as I went straight for the steak complete with all the trimmings- with an extra helping of mac 'n cheese of course. Prior to checking out we tucked in to one last breakfast, with myself chowing down on a 'mini english' and Jack an eggs benedict... they were delicious.

Given the chance I would have loved to trial some cocktails, but due to feeling a little under the weather I didn't want to rock the boat! However if cocktails are your thing, you can take a look at their sample menu here.

If you are unfamiliar with the weather in the south of the UK (which sadly I am not) I would recommend packing your rain coat, as drizzle is almost guaranteed- though this didn't stop us from exploring! We were lucky enough to be staying on Chapel Street, which  is lined from top to toe with quirky antique shops and foodie gems (and is apparently a bit of a hot spot!) however we decided to venture a little further in search of an afternoon snack... The lovely lady at Artist Residence pointed us in the direction of The Cornish Hen and it was the perfect place to hide away from the rain; there were shelves filled with homemade goods and the biggest tea selection that I have ever seen, not to mention the friendly staff that were more than happy to pose for photos- not included! We settled for flaky pastries and scones with cream, though given the opportunity I would have also liked to sample their cake selection... who knew that chocolate and guinness went so well together?

Overall we had a lovely weekend, and I can't recommend the Artist Residence hotel highly enough- although I can't vouch for the other room types (as we only stayed for one night) the comfy luxe was an absolute dream! 

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