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Newly restored fishermans cottage in historic Penzance Old Town

Bedrooms 1
Space 430 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine


About the property

Newly restored Old Town cottage nr harbour, beaches, galleries, & coastal path

Whirlygig cottage is a quirky newly restored cottage in a quiet part of historic Penzance. A 2 minute walk from the harbourside rail and bus station makes this the perfect base for exploring SW Cornwall without a car. With its contemporary/retro styling the 1 bedroom cottage offers natural slate floors with underfloor heating, modern fully equiped kitchen, Sky TV/DVD. Modern bathroom and kingsize bed.

Lynn Chamberlain
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
18 June, 2018

About Lynn Chamberlain

An artist and scientist by profession with 30 years experience as furniture makers and antique restorers. As serial renovators this french based couple wanted a cosy Cornish bolthole to remind them of whats best of England.

Lynn Chamberlain purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Lynn Chamberlain chose Penzance

Perfect location near the harbourside rail and bus stations makes it perect for exporing Cornwall by its surprisingly wonderful and inexpensive public transport system. Its faster and cheaper than by car usually and much less stressful than local roads. We wanted somthing with comfortable and with character but small enough to be warm and cosy.

What makes this cottage unique

The location. Its 2 mins from the sea, the stations yet very quiet. Coming from rural France we love being able to walk out of the front door and into the independant shops, galleries, cafes, restaurants and cinema minutes away. We love the fact that Penzance is a real town, not just a tourist spot but just as charming as any but with better amenities.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Penzance in Cornwall

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 430 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • town
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
  • With huge skylight and full height window the bathroom has a heated towel rail, L-shaped bath/shower and illuminated mirror with shaver point.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • One kingsize bedroom with ample storage; wardrobe and chest of drawers. Simple fold-up bed and cot available. New oak bed and comfortable mattress. Leading into light and bright bathroom.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
From the harbour 2 mins away are great fishing and wildlife trips by boat. Basking shark, dolphins, porpoise, fin whale, seals etc are all regularly seen with loggerhead turtles, giant sunfish and Rissos dolphin being summer/autumn visitors.


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Newly restored fishermans cottage in historic Penzance Old Town
average rating of 4.7083335 based on 24 reviews

Whirligig Cottage

  • 5 of 5

This tiny cottage, handily placed for the railway and bus stations, has been stylishly converted for use by a couple as a holiday retreat, well equipped and dressed with care by its owners. we are envious of the 'Ercol' furniture and the accent colour used throughout.

All in all a brilliant stay in a pleasant place with excellent transport links over west Cornwall.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Mike for your review. So pleased that you liked the decor.... I had great fun hunting pieces down to give the cottage a retro feel and it's nice to know it was worth the effort. Best wishes. Lynn and Scott
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Perfect in Penzance

  • 4 of 5

While the place is small, it is quite comfortable. Exceptional location for basing yourself. Better towels would be preferred as what was provided were threadbare and thin. The stairs are tricky for us older types. It is not a king size bed as advertised. Barely a queen. Not sure where you'd sleep a third person as the couch is not the most comfortable.

For two people who are using the place as a base and you are outside most of the time, it is perfect.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The cottage is small and essentially it is a couples cottage. For flexibility we offer a small fold up foam mattress for young children. This fits along the main bed or downstairs in the living room. We always make sure that potential visitors are aware of this before we take a booking. The mattress is a UK king size mattress. ( 150 x 200 mm) Sizing is different in the USA. I wasn’t aware about the towels but we will change them immediately . It is paramount that our guests enjoy their stay with us and I am very sorry you had so many issues. Lynn and Scott.
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Sweet cottage, everything you need, great location

  • 5 of 5

Loved it , very comfortable, cozy, a lovely stay

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice cottage. Close to public transport.

  • 4 of 5

Compact cottage. Modern inside and well stocked with utensils. Only thing mussed was a garden.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful little cosy cottage

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful week. Cottage centrally located, easy access to bus station and town. Will definitely book again as accommodation was spotlessly clean, warm, cosy and quirky. Would highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 31-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your great review and very happy to hear you had a you had a great holiday. Lynn and Scott
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An absolutely 'brilliant' cottage in excellent location.

  • 5 of 5

It was our first visit to Penzance and we had a great time. The cottage was excellent with everything we needed for a weeks break. It was 'spotlessly' clean and furnished to a high standard. As we had decided to travel by train from South Wales its location was perfect, being only 2 minutes from the railway station with Europcar Car Hire based at the station car park, which made it very convenient to hire a car for the week. If you like a quiet drink then we recommend the Lamp & Whistle just around the corner which sells a wide range of local ales.

Would love to stay at the cottage again and will definitely recommend to friends and family.

  • Review Submitted: 25-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your lovely review. Glad you had a lovely holiday and enjoyed Penzance as much as we do. Lynn and Scott
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Nearest Train
500 Metres
Car: not necessary

Penzance with its mix of Georgian and Regency houses and cosy fishermans cottages is the perfect base from which to explore West Cornwall. The bay and St Michaels Mount make the sea look mediterranean , a feeling enhanced by the tropical planting. This just renovated 19thC fishermans cottage is les than half a kilometre from the rail and coach station making it ideal for those wanting to leave the car at home. It is actually far easier, quicker and cheaper to hop on the train or bus to St Ives, Falmouth, Truru etc than it is to drive and park. The independant cinema, Acorn theatre and hundreds of interesting independant shops are a stones throw away.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Penzance, Cornwall

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
2 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
29 Sep 2018 - 26 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
27 Oct 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
christmas new year
22 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Visitors are welcome to book with us direct which is more economical. Payment is made by direct bank transfer.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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