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The Egyptian House

Chapel Street, Penzance TR18 4AE, England
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Firts time I saw this it took me by surprise. An historic piece of quirky architecturs. Pop in... read more

Reviewed 12 June 2017
London, United Kingdom
An odd find in Penzance

You can quite easily miss this if you're not paying attention! Very interesting building to look... read more

Reviewed 5 May 2017
Adam W
Hampton, United Kingdom
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A rare survivor of that splendid era, The Egyptian House is probably one of Cornwall’s most flamboyantly designed buildings with is ornate lotus columns and stylised cornices. In amongst the traditional Egyptian symbolism and sphinx-like adornments, you can find the royal coat of arms of George III and William IV.John Lavin lived in the upstairs part of the house, while housing his mineral collection on the ground floor. His extensive collection was eventually sold by his son and it is understood that it has since been donated to the Oxford University Museum.The building had fallen into disrepair by the 1960s, but was purchased by The Landmark Trust in 1968 and restored to its original glory by 1973. The upstairs apartments are available as holiday lets from the trust.Downstairs is home to Pure Nuff Stuff, Penzance's own natural cosmetics company. The shop is open every day during Summer - you can watch the products being made on one side of the building and browse the shop on the other side.
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Chapel Street, Penzance TR18 4AE, England
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Reviewed 12 June 2017

Firts time I saw this it took me by surprise. An historic piece of quirky architecturs. Pop in they keep a sheet of its history.

Thank Jawenold
Reviewed 5 May 2017 via mobile

You can quite easily miss this if you're not paying attention! Very interesting building to look at. So much detail. Wouldn't go out of your way to come and see this, but if you're in the area, definitely worth popping past.

Thank Adam W
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Interesting facade. Not sure what else to say about it. If they notice it at all, most people glance up and then walk on. Nothing welcoming or inviting entry and closer inspection.

Thank RebekahYork
Reviewed 22 February 2017

We arrived and there was a festival happening in the village – something to do with coal and it was such an interesting visit

Thank Teapot W
Reviewed 14 January 2017

Interesting exterior housing a shop specialising in products for super sensitive or difficult skin conditions. Natural ingredients avoiding synthetic additives and common allergens. Helpful staff. Not an attraction in itself, but a very notable exterior.

Thank Tricia H
Reviewed 7 December 2016

This is a Landmark Trust Property. A feature of these properties is that they have furniture, books, and pictures related to the property. This one contained prints of two other similar houses (one of which still survives), an Egyptian looking bust, a standard lamp in...More

Thank BrianAnalogue
Reviewed 25 November 2016

Remarkable facade in the Egyptian style applied to two adjacent cottages concealing their origin; detailed history available in the flat. Stayed in the top flat for four days. A good climb up the tight spiral staircase. Good views of St Michaels Mount and towards Newlyn....More

1  Thank Roderick T
Reviewed 1 November 2016

How pleasantly surprised we were to find that our weekend apartment was not only unique and interesting but also extremely clean and comfortable. Would definitely recommend!

1  Thank Wendy Y
Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

Came by this unique and very impressive building on our first stroll through Penzance (coming from the ferry and walking up Chapel Street). Somebody must have been a very big fan of Egyptian style ;-) It's lovely and quite astonishing to see the building suddenly...More

1  Thank A. S
Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

We booked a stay here for four nights through Landmark Trust. When we called and asked that we could be on a lower floor they offered us the first floor. We assumed this was ground level and we were not told that in fact the...More

Thank Anne B
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