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The Abbey

(Ref. 918888)

Penzance, Cornwall Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 12 Guests

  • 7 Bedrooms

  • 6 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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25 Customer Reviews

  • "The Abbey is such a lovely place."

    We absolutely loved our stay there. We loved sitting in the drawing room of an evening with the fire going, it was my favourite room. I have a child with Coeliac disease so have to bake a lot, the kitchen is very well equipped which made cooking there a joy. We felt like we could really make it home for the week and didn’t want to leave. The owner was also amazing and went above and beyond when I called with an issue (which was very quickly solved), it was lovely to meet him. It really is an amazing place and I would definitely stay there again.

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Dec 2023

  • "None of the power points in the Lounge room seemed to work."

    Reviewed by Stephen4.1Jul 2023

  • "The photos on the Sykes website do not do this property justice!"

    It’s a fantastic place and the 3 children in our group were enchanted (so we’re the adults!). The kitchen is incredibly well equipped (2 toasters, 2 kettles, 2 fridges). The garden is a delight.

    Reviewed by Allison5.0May 2023

  • "The Abbey was an excellent match for our planned family gathering, including its proximity to the home of other family members."

    13 of us were easily accommodated in great comfort and we were all very impressed by the scale of the property, the decor, the amenities, and everyone had room to spread out and join up as and when we wanted. Jonathan was extremely helpful in assisting us on check-in, as was Charlotte when we were leaving. Parking was limited, as we knew beforehand but was manageable by using the nearby harbour car park. One of the 2nd floor bedrooms may benefit from a Wifi booster although occupants of other rooms did not experience an issue with internet access. Overall, we could not have asked for a better place to stay and we will certainly recommend it to others.

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Apr 2023

  • "What a beautiful house, very tastefully and stylishly furnished, and with plenty of space for us 5 couples, all had good rooms."

    The kitchen is very well provided and the dining and living rooms comfy and spacious. We enjoyed the art collection too. The location is great, with views over the harbour, and easy access to shops and pubs etc. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Lynn5.0Mar 2022

  • "This property wowed our group."

    The kitchen was extremely well stocked and allowed us to cook some quite complex meals. Everything was comfortable and spacious. We would like to book the same holiday for exactly the same time next year - will be in touch soon

    Reviewed by Alastair5.0Dec 2021

  • "The Abby is an amazing building that was a pleasure to stay in, and less than 1mjn walk to the sea!"

    The big kitchen works well for cooking for the 12 of us that were staying too.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Sep 2021

  • "Fantastic house for a large group, we were 7 couples celebrating a birthday and found the Abbey had everything we needed, was very spacious."

    We loved all the little touches from the welcome scones to the fluffy white towels. The house and garden is beautiful and such a great location for visiting St Ives, minack theatre, Mousehole etc using the train and buses Great local pubs in walking distance just loved everything about The Abbey

    Reviewed by Kim5.0Sep 2021

  • "My entire family (plus puppy !"

    ) - 14 of us - enjoyed the most wonderful week in a truly beautiful house - we all loved Penzance especially the area close to The Abbey! We ate out several evenings as well as dining on takeaways around the magnificent dining table - upon which many games of cards etc were also enjoy d! The kitchen is magnificently equipped and the bedrooms luxurious and so comfortable!

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jul 2021

  • "We had a lovely stay."

    We received good arrival information and info on operating the kitchen applicances etc. We would book again, any issues were resolved quickly. Thank you!

    Reviewed by Rhian3.8Sep 2020

  • "We had originally booked the Abbey to celebrate our 70th birthdays with our 2 sons and their families."

    Unfortunately the restrictions of the pandemic dictated that only 2 households could stay together, so my 2 sons shared the week with us, one coming on Saturday till Wednesday, and the other from Tuesday till Saturday. We went to a local hotel for the Tuesday night so that the 2 sons and their children could have a full 24 hours together. It was a compromise, bur was successful, and we were able to appreciate the luxury of The Abbey to the full. In the end, all the rooms were used one way or another. Michael and his wife were there and welcomed us in, and showed us how to use the various bits and pieces, and Thaddeus had organised the cot and highchair etc as requested. I cannot imagine a finer place to stay for a week. It was lovely.

    Reviewed by Donald5.0Jul 2020

  • "A really beautiful home with all comforts."

    We had the most wonderful time in such an exquisitely decorated house and stunning walled garden. I’ve stayed all over the world and this house tops the lot. We will be back.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Aug 2019

  • "My brother has forwarded this to me - the booking is under his name."

    Our two families stayed at the abbey together. I will be sending a separate email including some photographs, I would appreciate if you contact me at and provide me with a contact to send that to directly. Thank you, Nikki Campbell.

    Reviewed by John1.9Jun 2019

  • "The house and gardens are wonderful, a time warp."

    Great welcome. But what about the kitchen - the heart of any house! Industrial and cold it is not a place you want to spend much time in though we were keen to cook nice food. It is a remnant from the days when the house was a hotel, and no effort made to transform it into something more friendly and usable. The cooker requires 2 people to start it up, the dishwasher not working and tiny. That was disappointing. Also disappointing the lack of care to sort out the continuously beeping alarm in the TV room which was locked and unusable. To find anyone to assist with anything proved difficult, the owner remained aloof and simply directed us to a box of keys and eventually we managed to sort the alarm ourselves, on day four. A little sad to feel this marvel of a house waiting to be taken care of and cherished.

    Reviewed by Antje3.8May 2019

  • "A really great house for a large party of 8 kids and 6 adults."

    Beautiful garden and house and a great location. Kitchen is a bit tricky to use with commercial oven and dishwasher but still doable and makes it easy to cater for a large group. Make sure you take instruction on how to use the dishwasher! We had a great break in this beautiful area and lots of lovely family memories were made.

    Reviewed by Annabelle4.7Apr 2019

  • "The dishwasher didn’t work properly, hence everything in the kitchen was dirty and needed washing before use."

    Reviewed by Julia4.1Dec 2018

  • "Overall, The Abbey was very good for the number in our group."

    The kitchen was a bit chaotic at times with people here, there and everywhere. There seemed to be no rhyme nor reason to where crockery and utensils were kept. The dishwasher wasn’t great. It would have been better to install one or two ordinary kitchen dishwashers. The gas cooker was so complicated to start up that we resisted a cooked meal till day 3. The house was reminiscent of times gone by and would have been so decadent with a butler, cook and housemaid. We were using all the bedrooms which would have been earmarked for staff! We all had a good time and thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the house.

    Reviewed by P4.4Sep 2018

  • "We were three generations of family, nine of us in total on holiday to celebrate my husbands 70th Birthday."

    The house has a lovely atmosphere and we all felt at home very quickly. Plenty of space for everyone. Lots of good memories were made here. Many a good meal was made in the kitchen & enjoyed in the dining room. I can truly say that all nine of us didn’t want our week to end!

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Aug 2018

  • "This was an elegant house and a former hotel."

    It was spacious and well equipped. It had an industrial kitchen (slightly tricky to use).The bedrooms were all generous in size.Some beds were very comfortable others less so. Lots of bathrooms. We were a party of 14,10 adults and 4 children, so the space was useful and we never felt crowded.We would have welcomed the opportunity to recycle paper,glass and cans.The garden was beautiful but a BBQ would have been welcomed. Penzance is more of an industrial port rather than a seaside resort. The Lido was excellent. Penzance had much to offer if you explored. We could hear mice behind the wood panelling. The cleaner arrived at 8am although we had to check out by 10am. This made us feel under pressure, we has 5 cars with us and 2 were stained in the carpark nearby. Parking was really for 2 large cars or 3 small. We did park 3 cars but this blacked in 2.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Jul 2018

  • "Great location, wonderful views and only a short drive to lots of attractions."

    Perfect for large parties.

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Jun 2018

  • "Amazing house the right mix of impressive and homely."

    Loved the personally of this house: tons of books, niche and cool magazines the mix of art and artefacts. Catering indusrty level kitchen was perfect for serving meals to the 14 house guests and other visitors. Loved it - will book again!

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Mar 2018

  • "A lovely and fascinating building."

    Great for a family weekend. Dining Room and Drawing Room have a lovely atmosphere with great log fires. The copious quantity of high end new magazines and interesting library a bonus. Top floor has a very steep staircase so some care required. Kitchen is a legacy commercial from days as a hotel but still very pleasant. Only negative was we agreed a slightly later departure with the housekeeper as we have elderly parents and a disabled sister in law. The message did not get through to the clrangers who arrived bang on 10 am and seemed a bit disgruntled. However we had a superb weekend in a lovely house. It ticked every box you could hope for.

    Reviewed by James4.0Nov 2017

  • "We had an wonderful time at the Abby."

    Could nor have wished for a a better place all the family loved it many many thanks june Langford and familyxx

    Reviewed by June5.0Jun 2017

  • "Great facilities fitted our requirements perfectly Lovely welcome by host and ..."

    Great facilities fitted our requirements perfectly Lovely welcome by host and some nice touches ie flowers and items of food in fridge

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Oct 2016

  • "The Abbey was the most amazing house we ever stayed in."

    Wish we never had to leave. It felt so much like home. God bless Thaddeus and his team. Wonderful host and amazing property and proximity to all points of interest.

    Reviewed by Oksana5.0Jul 2016

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  • Over three floors
  • Seven bedrooms with HD TV/Freeview: 1 x super king-size double with en-suite bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC, 1 x super king-size double with en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC, 1 x super king-size double (zip/link, can be twin on request) with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x second floor super king-size double leading to another 1 x second floor double with en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC, 1 x second floor king-size double, 1 x second floor twin (zip/link, can be super king-size double on request) with en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • Second floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Commercial kitchen
  • Dining room (seats 12 over 2 x 6 seater tables) with sofas (seats 6) and open fire
  • Mezzanine drawing room (seats 12) with open fire.
  • Gas central heating with open fires
  • Commercial gas oven and 6-ring hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, HD 3D TV with soundbar, Blu-ray, DVD, 4 x HD TV with Freeview, XBox One with games, Bluetooth speakers, WiFi, selection of books, DVDs and games
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for open fires inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot, highchair and booster seat available
  • Off road parking for 3 cars
  • Enclosed lawned gardens with patio, courtyard and furniture
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 mins walk
  • Note: Second floor accessed via a narrow flight of stairs
  • Note: Two self-catering apartments (refs: 918889 and 918890) adjoin The Abbey
  • Note: Check-in 4pm.

The property

Set in the historic harbour town of Penzance overlooking the world famous Mount's Bay towards St Michael's Mount is The Abbey, one of Cornwall's most important listed buildings dating from 1660.

With its secluded walled garden, courtyard and period features, this Grade II listed semi-detached holiday home allows you to discover true comfort and provides a relaxing and casual, yet elegant atmosphere for up to 14 guests.

Your Penzance holiday property is set over three floors and has the feel of a smart country house, exuding quality and style throughout.

On the mezzanine is an historic drawing room with a roaring open fire, large gilt mirror and walls of books, along with huge arched windows that rise to the ceiling and open out onto the garden.

The oak-panelled dining room with 12 seater dining table, and the enormous kitchen with commercial oven, allow the chefs amongst you to cater for the maximum number of guests in comfort.

The seven bedrooms are split between the first and second floors, with the three on the first floor boasting en-suite facilities, and all add to the character and unique feel that can be seen throughout this mansion.

Surrounded by rare sub-tropical flora and fauna, The Abbey boasts a private walled garden with its cobbled pathways and luscious lawn to provide the perfect setting to lose yourself in a novel, take an afternoon cream tea, a refreshing glass of something cool or even a game of croquet.

Penzance is a coastal town steeped in history while providing all the facilities of modern life.

Numerous gastronomic choices at its many restaurants, bars and cafes are all a short distance away while an active entertainment, recreational and sporting scene assure there is always something to do for young and old alike.

The list of outstanding attractions in this beautiful area of Cornwall ranging from ancient monuments and historic sites to dramatic beaches, cliffs and fishing villages is endless and are all within easy reach.

The Abbey is a truly outstanding and extravagant 17th century Cornish mansion which can be enjoyed at any time of the year.

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About the location


St Ives 8 miles. Helicopter to Isles of Scilly - 30 minutes

Penzance hosts Golowan, the Midsummer Carnival, and The Literary Festival. There are also The Exchange, Newlyn and Penlee Art Galleries. One of Cornwall’s most popular holiday areas is the spectacular sweep of Mount’s Bay, from the cliffside fishing village of Mousehole through Penzance and around to beautiful Marazion, the coastline hides a wealth of sandy beaches, rocky coves as well as winding village streets and other places to visit and explore. Connected by a causeway to the shore at Marazion is the National Trust’s stunningly beautiful St Michael’s Mount with its hilltop castle and Mediterranean gardens. Walk across at low water and take one of the ferry boats back when the tide is up. Penzance with its winding streets, shops, clubs, restaurants and harbour is a must as it is the jumping-off point for day trips to the Isles of Scilly as well as being the harbor. The South West Coast Path passing through Penzance winds its way along the clifftops towards Land’s End. On the way, stop off for a coffee and a rest at beautiful Lamorna Cove, explore the open air Minack Theatre and marvel at the cliffs as you approach Gwennap Head. A stunning walk for those seeking solitude, exercise and some of the UK’s best coastal scenery. Penzance is the perfect holiday base. Ideally placed for exploring this land of Celtic myth and legend and with enough to do and see in the immediate area to keep all the family occupied.

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Note: Check-in 4pm

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