The Chocolate House, Penzance, Holiday Cottage

Under new ownership from March 2017

The Chocolate House, Penzance, West Cornwall, England

Welcome to The Chocolate House, a high quality holiday cottage situated in the heart of the conservation area in Penzance, West Cornwall. The cottage is in historic Chapel Street and close to the harbour, promenade and beach.

Key features

  • Over the last six years we have 100% positive feedback and all 5 star reviews on TripAdvisor
  • Sleeps up to 4
  • 2 double bedrooms with ensuite cloakrooms
  • 1 single bed in upstairs sitting room
  • 18th Century quaint cottage with lots of character
  • Bedding, bed linen and towels provided
  • Inclusive of all electricity and heating
  • Bathroom with full bath and large shower
  • Underfloor heating downstairs and gas central heating above
  • Very well-equipped kitchen with fridge/freezer, microwave, gas hob and electric oven
  • Washing machine and dishwasher
  • Free Wi-Fi Internet access provided for guests
  • Satellite high definition TV
  • CD player and iPod docking station
  • Roof terrace with sea and harbour glimpses and patio furniture
  • Private reserved off-street parking within 20 meters
  • Exposed beams, granite walls, window seats and shutters
  • Many bistros, boutiques and ancient pubs within 100 meters
  • An excellent base for touring West Cornwall
  • Land’s End, St Ives, St Michael’s Mount, Lamorna Cove and Mousehole are all within 10 miles
  • Saturday changeovers
  • Short breaks of 3 or more nights from October to March

Front of cottage

About The Chocolate House

The rococo-style ornate fascia has made the cottage a landmark building in the town. It is much photographed by visitors to the area and makes a romantic retreat for a holiday break, in the far south west of England.

Many of the buildings in Chapel Street date from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and the cottage itself is an eighteenth century grade 2 listed building. The delightful Chocolate House is listed by the Department for Environment as a building of both special architectural and historic interest. In 2013, Chapel Street in Penzance was voted the second best street in England by the Academy of Urbanism.

The cottage was built as a fisherman’s cottage in the early 1700s, and would originally have been thatched. It was occupied by fishermen, mariners and their families until the mid-nineteenth century. It was then used for a variety of purposes including a confectioner’s shop and a post office. It eventually became a shop selling hand-made chocolates with a café and tearoom, and at that time was called The Chocolate House.

The Penzance climate, being on the Cornish Riviera, is mild and this makes it a good all-year holiday destination. Situated on the eastern edge of the Gulf Stream, the winter temperatures are amongst the warmest in England and similar to those of Nice and Naples. The town enjoys around 1500 hours of sunshine every year, and the quality of light is unsurpassed. This has attracted artists to the area since the nineteenth century.