With sea views, designer rooms and immaculate taste, Myrtle House is the perfect home-from-home when exploring Penzance and South West Cornwall.
Walking into Myrtle House is like walking home, and not just because I grew up a 30 second walk down the road. For me, it was as if I had always lived here; my favourite authors lining the bookshelves, my favourite artists bursting with colour on the walls, even my favourite off-kilter radio station already tuned in when I turned the digital radio on in the kitchen.
The earl grey teabags fill a jar much larger than the one of ordinary breakfast tea, travel guides pop up in every room, vintage destination posters of places where I’ve left my heart all over the world line the stairs and hallways and landings of this grand building. Here is a place I was returning to, not walking into for the very first time.
The magic of Myrtle House begins as soon as you open the gate and enter the garden through an archway of green. To the left of the stepping stones that lead up through the sub-tropical garden is Myrtle, the resident cow who guards the house, and ahead is the four-storey Georgian haven which is home for the next few days.
The interior of Myrtle House is decorated to perfection. The kitchen is designed with chefs in mind; for socialising and cooking and drinking wine all at the same time. Everything you could ever need, and more, is provided with that little extra oomph. The giant range cooker which dominates the room has enough space to feed the largest of family gatherings and the kitchen dining table sits bathed in sunlight from breakfast to sundown.
There is so much to this well-loved home, but it’s not the elegant lounge which oozes class that makes it special. Nor the subway tiled en-suites which make you feel as though you’re bathing in a five-star hotel. It’s not the giant luxurious and cloud-like beds, the views out across Newlyn to Mousehole, or even the sense that people have really experienced life between the walls that makes this house wonderful.
It’s the care that has gone into every corner, every nook and cranny. The added touches, the cows which crop up on windowsills and in surprising places that put fun into the style, the joy in design.
The house has four bedrooms, all with en-suites, floor to ceiling windows looking out over Morrab Gardens and to the sea, and glorious beds which are almost impossible to get out of in the mornings. Each bedroom has its own theme and its own quirks.
The French Room is classic, the Blue Room is well, blue, the master bedroom is filled with a four-poster bed and a bathroom fit for any interior designer magazine – make a bee-line here if arriving before friends and family for a giant bath, giant bed and giant views.
Upstairs in the loft is a sweet attic room with beds that can be made up to be a double or twin, and is perfect for kids. Up here are the best views, and there’s a chair set out in an annexe window where you can while away the days watching the weather change over the bay.
On arrival the kitchen counter was practically overflowing with goodies – cheese, bubbles from Polgoon vineyard, biscuits, chocolate, scones, jam, cream – all from Penzance and the surrounding areas, of course.
So it was here that I was to settle in for three nights of eating, sleeping and adventuring with my parents and friends. Even though Penzance was where I grew up, it was more a holiday than anywhere I’ve been in a long time.
Parking is limited on the road outside, but guests are allocated one parking permit for a private car park down the road. Further on-road parking is available all around the area, but, from someone who has learnt this lesson many a time, be careful of leaving your car on the promenade in winter as storms often mean the road is closed and cars aren’t accessible. There are four bedrooms with space for eight guests. All bedrooms have en-suits.
Everything you could possibly need is provided at Myrtle House, but be sure to do a shop before settling in so that you don’t have to venture out to the shops too much.
Rates change throughout the year, with a weekly cost of £1053.00 (£789.75 for a long weekend or midweek) in the lowest season, to £2388.00 (£1791.00) in the highest. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
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