Wednesday, 2 October 2013


We've just made it to number 3 in the Sunday Times Magazine's top 100 British Hotels. Thank you very much to all our guests and supporters over the last year who have helped to make this happen!

Thursday, 4 July 2013


We recently received a great review for our sister hotel in Brighton from Uniq Hotels

Uniq Hotels Article on AR Brighton

To check out the article click here.

Monday, 1 July 2013

The Cornish Pasty!

So the Cornish Pasty. For those of you that don't know what it is, it is a traditional baked pastry filled with meat and veg.

The Cornish Pasty was first made for Cornish miners, traditionally half savoury and half sweet. They would hold them on the crust, as they would have grubby fingers. Eat everything around it and just throw the crust away. This wasn't because they were wasting food, I mean now days we eat the crust as it is part of the whole pasty. Miners would hold it from the crust to avoid poisonous chemicals that are covered on their hands from mining. 

In August 2010, the largest Cornish Pasty was made by a team of bakers from Bodmin. A lorry was needed to transport it as it was soooooo big!  

It weighed 1900lbs, contained approximately 360lbs of beef, 180lbs of swede, 100lbs of potatoes and 75lbs of onions. It took 11 hours for it to cook, and would cost £7,000 to buy whole.

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The giant pasty was then shared amongst everybody who was there.

MMMM wish we at Artist Residence were able to eat some too!

Two great places to get a cornish pasty near us are 

Lavender's Deli
6A Alverton St, 
Town Centre Penzance 
TR18 2QW 
01736 362800


Ian Lantern Butchers, which is just at the top of our street 
1 Chapel Street 
TR18 4AJ 
01736 363 061 

Oh yea Artist Residence got Breakfast Award...oh and what is that 4 stars huh!

So at Artist Residence Penzance we are super happy with ourselves, and have decided to give ourselves a round of applause.


As well as that we also gave each other a pat on our backs.


Artist Residence Cornwall Breakfast award.
Yea so as you can see above we got the cup with the Golden Egg, now guys this means you have to come and try out our breakfast!

4 Stars

We just can't stop counting the stars, 1 star, 2 stars, 3 stars oh oh 4 stars YAY! 
Can't wait to get 5 stars, if only we can aim to get 1 trillion stars. 

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Golowan Festival

Golowan Festival is the Cornish word for Midsummer celebrations in Cornwall, it is a three day festival  starting tomorrow, that takes part in the Penwith area in particular Penzance and Newlyn.   

The celebrations consisted of lighting bonfires and fireworks and the performance of traditional rituals. However, in the 1890s due to the increased insurance premiums in the town and perceived fire risks. 
In 1991 the members of the Kneehigh Theater, Alverton School, Penwith Penisular and Penzance Town Council. Thanks to Penzance Town Council Golowan grew to revive the old traditions of the feast of St John, with the Golowan Band, Serpent Dances, the Quay Fair, Mock Mayor Election, greenery, banners and giant imagery on parade. Hand-made banners and flags adorn the town throughout the festival.

For more information click here.
For the program click here.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Django Reinhardt thanks a billion!

Today at AR Penzance we are enjoying listening to Django Reinhardt to lighten up our spirits as the weather isn't very happy!

Django Reinhardt (23 January 1910 - 16 May 1953) is a true musical genius, he was a pioneering jazz guitarist and composer. His third and forth finger on his left hand was paralysed after an injury in the fire. He only used his middle finger on his left hand for his solos, now that is truly impressive!

This is AR's favorite song! We just want to get up and have a little boogie.


Reinhardt is the first important European jazz musician who made major contributions towards this movement. 

Another amazing and famous song of his is 'Minor Swing', which you might remember being in 'The Matrix' and 'Chocolat'.

Thanks Reinhardt!

Monday, 17 June 2013

Alfred Munnings

Alfred Munnings Reading Aloud Outside on the Grass by Harold Knight  
Previously we blogged about the new film out in cinema's, Summer in Februry based on the novel about  the love triangle of artist Alfred Munnings.

Sir Alfred James Munnings (8th October 1878 - 17th July 1959) can be described as one of the finest British painters. He went to Cornwall in 1911 as he was attracted by the famous Newlyn Art School, now known as Newlyn School of Arts

A Shoot in a Swede Field
Zenmore hill Cornwall
Munnings travelled around the countryside capturing naturalistic paintings, he captured the charm of the rural life during a time when it was in the process of vanishing. During then life was mainly out doors, which is a healthier lifestyle then it is now. Through his paintings, the viewer almost experiences life as it was during the loneliness of rural Cornwall. 

To check out more of Alfred Munnings paintings click here.

Friday, 14 June 2013

Summer in February

Artist Residence are really excited that Summer in February is out in Cinema's today. 

Based on the acclaimed novel by Jonathan Smith, Summer in February is set in the early 20th Century Cornwall. Starring Dominic Cooper (The History Boys & The Duchess), Emily Browning (Sucker Punch) and Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey). 

It centers around the real love triangle of artist Alfred Munnings, Gilbert Evans and Florence Carter-Wood (the girl that they both fell in love with). 

Easy Living 100 Hip Hotels under £100

So Artist Residence Cornwall got into the 100 Hip Hotels under £100 in Easy Living.

To book with us now click here!

Artist Residence are changing to Ecotricity

From September, Artist Residence will be changing to Ecotricity because we are want to be green. 

So who are Ecotricity?
Ecotricity is the world's first green electricity company, they became not only UKs first eco friendly electricity company but the worlds. They kick-started the now global Green Electricity movement. Their mission was and remains to change the way electricity is made and used in Britain. 

'Conventional electricity is responsible for 30% of Britain's carbon emissions - it's our single biggest source as a nation - and therefore the biggest single thing we can change.'

We Believe in Green Britain!!!

For more information visit Ecotricity.


Thursday, 13 June 2013

The Admiral Benbow Pub

Jo Peel's room at Artist Residence Cornwall is an illustration of Chapel Street, the best part of the room is the world famous Admiral Benbow pub.

Underneath the Admiral Benbow pub is a labyrinth of tunnels that were used 200 years ago to smuggle in illegal goods. When renovating the Abbey Warehouse into offices builders found out that the tunnels lead all the way to the Admiral Benbow pub 300 yards away. 

The Admiral Benbow pub was a popular location with smugglers such as the Benbow Brandy Man in the 19th Century. To read more information click here.

The Admiral Benbow Pub on Chapel Street, is definitely a favourite for us to go as it is across the road! This could be a problem for Artist Residence and our bellies as the portions are gigantic and could be featured in an episode of 'Man v. Food'!!! 
This old Penzance pub serves rustic pub food, It smells absolutely delicious as you walk in.

The staff are fantastic, they will make you feel right at home. The only problem is trying to leave as you will be having too much fun. The whole building feels like you are in a boat. In a way it is an all in one: a museum, great food, great service and cheap drinks! (Especially if you are from London). 

Admiral Benbow
46 Chapel Street
TR18 4AF 
Tel: 01736 363 448

Alfred Wallis

Alfred Wallis (18th August 1855 - 29th August 1942) was a Cornish Fisherman and Artist. He was born and raised in Penzance, where he also married his wife Susan Ward at St Mary's Church. Following the death of both his infant children and his wife, Wallis decided to paint. 

Without having any art education, Wallis's paintings falls under the category of naive art, Alfred Wallis was one of the first members of the St. Ives art scene. 

Houses at St. Ives, Cornwall ?c.1928-1942 at the Tate Britain 

The Blue Ship c.1934 at The Tate Britain
His childlike paintings had gained huge popularity in the art world with many people practicing this technique whether they were educated in the art world or not. At Artist Residence, we have decided that the painting below with the huge fish chasing the boat is our favourite. 


The Association of British Naive Art will be hosting a two week exhibition that will bring together the biggest collection of naive art. This will be held at the The Mariners Gallery in August. I know, it is still seems so far away! We just want you to prepare your stay in advance so that you won't miss out on this amazing opportunity.

To look at more Alfred Wallis work online, check out the Alfred Wallis website and the BBC.

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Murdoch Day

William Murdoch (21 August 1754 - 15 November 1839)
William Murdoch (21 August 1754 - 15 November 1839) is famous for inventing the oscillating cylinder steam engine. Although he was from Scotland, he was sent to Redruth in Cornwall in 1779 to improve the efficiency of steam engines in Cornwall for pumping water out of tin mines. Thanks to him, he also invented the first gas lighting, and building UK's first working model of a steam engine, which he demonstrated in and around Redruth.

As he was such a genius, why not give him a day to appreciate his greatness? This is an event not to be missed!!!

Do you like street markets, entertainment, music, delicious Cornish food and much more fun?

At Artist Residence we always love fun, so do head on down to Redruth on the 15th of June. The event starts at 10am and is completely FREE, gosh this is a little overwhelming now!


For more info on Murdoch Day: Visit Cornwall

Wednesday, 15 May 2013


Check out Jo Peels incredible new animation 'PIPE DREAMS'. We have two rooms designed by her at our Brighton and Cornwall hotels and after seeing this animation wish we had more! Keep up the good work JO PEEL can't wait to see what you have up your sleeve next!

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

How I really like the Artist Residence and why

By Peter Crisp, Ghostwriter In The Sky

My favourite hotel in the West of Cornwall, quite possibly the West of Anywhere, is the Artist Residence on Chapel Street in Penzance. It’s the friendliest, most fun place to stay, the breakfasts are to get up for and here’s another reason I like it so much…

Each room is a work of art, designed by a different artist. My room is the Ben Gray room aka the ‘sky room’. It is quirky, cozy and commands beautiful views over the bay.

Another reason I like to stay in the Artist Residence is because it’s just down the road from the best recording studio in the West: the VIP Lounge. Run by musical wunderkind and artful producer, Dare Mason, it’s a wonderful place to record your songs. On this occasion, I am working as my alter-ego: Mr Bo Jingles. Two hastily written sketches for clients in Australia are slowly but surely transformed into first class productions.

A perfect day indeed. So perfect, I decide to stay for two more. All I can tell you, if you like a town that’s full of character and characters, surrounded by ocean views, brimming with food and drink choices, offering a plethora of funny little shops selling all manner of things, then head for Penzance.

While you’re there, do yourself a favour and check into the Artist Residence. Tell them the Ghostwriter In the Sky sent you.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Golowan - A festival not to be missed...

Golowan Festival has been up and running for 23 years, delighting locals and tourists with its fun, eventful and utterly magical celebrations.  The festival, held between 22nd - 30th June is essentially a celebration of Mid summer and lets face it, after the weather we've had lately, we deserve to celebrate don't we?!

Golowan died out in the 1890s as with all the bonfires, flaming tar barrels and burning torches, insurance premiums bcame simply too high.  Amazingly, in 1991 the tradition was brought back to life and each year festival go-ers enjoy an election of a mock mayor, mesmerising fireworks and eclectic displays of music and art.

Mazey day, the epicentre of Golowan is launched each year on 29th June by the mayor of Penzance.  The streets are literally packed out with people, performers, food and fun and there is absolutely something for everyone.

Come and join this amazing party, learn about Cornish culture, get involved with history and just generally have a crackin' old time!

If your not already staying with us at The Artist Residence and wish to, book fast as we're filling up already...

Pop in to our gallery for all manner of delights from coffee and cake to a cheeky beer or wine, as we're right in the heart of the action on the beautiful historic Chapel Street.

Hope to see you there!


BBC's Olive Magazine last month featured as one of the top 4 hotels for breakfast in the UK. You can check out the article below. Thanks again Guys!!!!

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Walking in and around PZ!

Lamorna Cove

Anyone who enjoys walking will LOVE the beautiful, interesting and enthralling costal path from Lamorna Cove to Mousehole!

I recently sported my walking boots and waterproof and took to the trail on a wet and windy Saturday afternoon and I was not disappointed, despite the weather. 

 My journey started from Penzance on a cute little bus headed for Lands end.  I hopped off at Lamorna turn and started the short and pleasant walk down to the cove.  The road was decorated with adorable little cottages, waterfalls, and trees so big you struggle to see the tops!

I was taken almost by surprise as the cove came into to view, let me tell you, it stopped me dead in my tracks...


Lamorna Cove is nothing short of picturesque, framed beautifully by rocky cliff tops, the sea rushes and dances along the beach playfully inviting you in, even in the freezing cold of March!

From this haven started my ascent up the coastal path and along to Mousehole.  Don't be fooled however, this walk is not for the faint hearted but more the adventure seeker.  Winds gust and blow as you walk, only adding to the excitement, and there are plenty of streams and rocks to scramble over 
...I have never been so muddy in my life it was amazing!

If you enjoy a bit of a challenge and don't mind a spot of mud, then this a an absolute MUST when your visiting Penzance or anywhere near.

Just please take my advice, wear wellies!

Wednesday, 20 March 2013


Gallery Galore!

Penzance is a truly wonderful place for art lovers, art admirers, even just people who like looking a pretty things!

The town caters for every variant of art appreciation, from commercial paintings and sculptures, to delicately beautiful coastal canvases, to down right spectacularly abstract exhibitions.

Being relatively new to the area myself, I thought I'd start with Penzance's biggest and arguably most well known gallery (also a mere two minute walk from AR Penzance) - The Exchange.

The Exchange is settled on Princes Street and dominates the area brilliantly with its towering, glow by night glass architecture.  The gallery itself is predominantly used for exhibitions, and the focus that I viewed today was nothing short of fascinating!

On show was a group exhibition by ten international artists, called "The Future's Not What It Used To Be"

The Artists use painting, sculptures, print and photograph to delve into the ever changing perspectives of past present and Future.

I was kindly allowed to wander through the Gallery by Blair Todd, the Exchange director.  I even got the chance to take a few cheeky snapshots!

The artists who worked on this collective are Patricia Picinini, Vernon Ah Kee, Tony Albert, Matt Bryans, Tony Albert and Jeremy Millar.

Each artist in their own unique way strives to emphasise the multiple perspectives of past, present and future from all over the world...

The exhibit is running until 13th April 2013, so if it sounds like your cup of tea, get a riggle on!

Contributor Jillian Wallace
A Scot living in Penzance

Friday, 15 March 2013


When most people think of a meeting room, they probably envisage a white stuffy room, with a large table and a projector at one end!  Well think again, Recently the folk over at the Assembly Rooms wanted their space to more than your average meeting room and commissioned London based prop designer and art director Jessica Dance to just do that. Jessica created a series called Knit heads in which she created these beautifully tactile knitted animal heads. Each head is carefully crafted and engineered out of lambswool and is oozing with so much character and charm. I really want to get my hands on some of these for our meeting room!

Friday, 8 March 2013


Next Friday marks the start of the 89th annual West Cornwall Spring Show and will bring together the very best in West Cornwall's Hoticulture enthuasists and professionals. The show is open to all and brings together growers and gardens of all types from historic gardens all the way through to domestic growers. The show is a great chance to see what plants are growing well this year especially after all the rain of last and also to get new ideas for the coming season.

The show is being held this year in St John's Hall, Penzance and opens on:

 Friday 11.00am - 6.00pm
Opening Ceremony 12.00am Friday

Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm
Presentation of prizes 3.00pm