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Caradoc
Penzance

£435 - £1060 per week
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At daybreak, tear yourself away from the comfort of the king size bed, pull back the curtains and catch a glimpse of the morning sunrise over the ocean. Head down to the breakfast room, prepare a cup of piping hot coffee with buttery toast and plan the day of adventures ahead. Named after a medieval Cornish king, Caradoc is every bit as special as the name suggests. Flaunting a rich colour scheme, the interiors are a masterclass in design, showcasing a mix of antique furniture, with modern arrangements, but maintaining a sympathetic style, in keeping with this charming Victorian home. Should the weather not play ball and you decide to stay at home for a while, one can spend hours discovering the intriguing artwork and artifacts from bygone days or choose one of the many books to pass the time. Sleeping four, Caradoc has both a downstairs shower room and an upstairs bathroom with a rolltop bath, to soak away the day and rest your weary feet, after a day exploring the coastal paths, which are just minutes away. Pour yourself a glass of chilled wine and enjoy the glimpse of the sea from the rear terrace as the evening sun sets, after another warm summer's day.

Caradoc is ideally situated within Penzance town centre, just a few minutes' walk leads you into the town, where you will find a wide choice of fine eateries, galleries and gift shops. Take a stroll into Chapel Street to peruse the shops or pop into Tinkture, 45 Queen Street for a glass of local gin or some garishly ritzy cocktails. Penzance train and bus station is a short stroll away from Caradoc, allowing you to leave the car at home. Enjoy dining at Blacks of Chapel Street, The Bakehouse or Artist Residence in Penzance or head a little further afield into the neighbouring fishing port of Newlyn to enjoy delicious fish tapas at Mackerel Sky or fine dining at the Tolcarne Inn. Try paddleboarding at Abbey Basin Quay or go for a dip in the geothermally heated Jubilee Pool on the prom. With so many stretches of golden sand beaches a short drive away to choose from, Perranuthnoe, Praa Sands, Sennen Cove and neighbouring Marazion, you won't know which one to visit first. Take a boat ride or walk across the causeway to visit the wonder that is St Michael's Mount or visit one of the many tropical gardens; there is so much to explore in this beautiful corner of South West Cornwall, making Caradoc the perfect choice for the most special holiday memories.

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Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1

King

Bedroom 2

Double

Entrance

via front door with stairs leading to first floor, doors to:

Sitting/dining room

sofa, three chairs, Smart TV, Blu-ray DVD player, decorative fireplace, optional dining table, door to outside area.

Breakfast room

dining table and four chairs, decorative fireplace, door to:

Kitchen

electric oven and hob, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, door to:

Utility room

washing machine, door to outside area and door to:

Shower room

shower, WC and basin. Stairs from hallway leading to first floor and doors to:

Bathroom

clawfoot bath, separate shower, WC and basin.

Bedroom 1

king size bed, chair, sea glimpses.

Bedroom 2

double bed, church view.

Outside area

bench, five steps to bistro table and two chairs, church view and sea glimpses.

Additional information

gas central heating, fireplaces are for decorative purposes only, babes in arms welcome, due to the slightly elevated position and several internal stairs between the bedrooms and bathroom, may not be suitable for those with restricted mobility, parking on street or in the local car park, WiFi.

 
 

Caradoc is a beautifully-restored traditional Cornish house, and now an up-to-date holiday home. So spacious, and with a lovely outside area to take the sun and a cuppa.

The street and area is quiet and conducive to a wonderful holiday and rest, yet the town centre is only 5 to 10 minutes away.

Highly recommended

September 2023

The house is beautifully decorated, clean and has all you need for a vacation. Penzance is a great place to be, charming shops, good food and you get organic local produce. Exploring Cornwall from there by bus and on foot is free of hassles and a great way to spend your time.

July 2023

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Holidays in Penzance

On a sunny day, St. Michael’s Mount, Mount's Bay and Penzance seafront might be mistaken for the Mediterranean making holidays in Penzance a jet-set-style holiday you can enjoy without climbing on a plane.

 

Sitting in the corner of a sheltered and attractive bay, the UK’s most westerly town has been a popular resort since the Napoleonic wars when the wealthier English people were cut off from the continent and searched closer to home for fresh air and the newly discovered benefits of sea-bathing. The temperature in Penzance is always a little warmer than elsewhere meaning sub-tropical plants grow well in Morrab Gardens and in the gardens on St. Michael’s Mount. It also means balmy days on one of the nearby beaches are always calling.

Penzance is great for short breaks out of season and there are many boating trips from the harbour that will take you to explore the West Coast from the sea. Due to its excellent road and rail links, Penzance holidays offer something for everyone with lots to see and do. It’s also within a stone’s throw of some of the prettiest places to visit in Cornwall, which are always worth exploring during your stay.

Penzance has secret treats too if you take the time to explore. For a start, the very best way to see Penzance is by the alleys and walkways, the through-lanes from here to there. Take a day to discover the town this way and you will uncover its beautiful parks as well as its Regency and Georgian architecture. 

Penzance also benefits from a wonderful community and comes alive throughout the year with different events and traditions that add waves of colour and music to the seaside town.

Did you know...

Penzance has one of the mildest climates in the UK!

Beaches in and near Penzance

With Mount’s Bay providing a beautiful alcove of beaches and the surrounding Penwith coast showing off exactly what west Cornwall has to offer, beach days in Penzance are always on the agenda.

Longrock Beach – Nestled halfway between Marazion and Penzance, this long stretch of sand is great for families. The water remains quite shallow, making it ideal for those who aren’t confident swimmers as well as windsurfers.

Marazion Beach – There are few views from the beach as impressive as Marazion where your beach day benefits from the impressive St Michael’s Mount standing guard over the bay. Stroll across the causeway at low tide, explore the rockpools or tuck into a fish and chips on the rocks.

Perranuthnoe Beach – With a beach café that serves delicious homemade cakes and ice creams, and a ramp for easy access, Peranuthnoe is popular with locals and visitors alike. The expanse of sand, which is second to none for sandcastles, means there’s plenty of room for everyone.

Places to visit near Penzance

Stay in a self catering cottage in Penzance and you’re perfectly situated to explore the surrounding towns and villages, each with their own individual characters and charm. Literally minutes from Penzance is the fishing port of Newlyn while a little further on you’ll find the quaint village of Mousehole with its harbourside bistro, community atmosphere and famous Christmas lights. Take a stroll along the coast to Marazion beach or venture in the opposite direction to the beautiful Lamorna Cove. For more ideas, check out our blog post on days out around Penzance.

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Events

Montol Festival

Each year, the people of Penzance celebrate the Winter Solstice with a festival of Cornish tradition, torch processions, and dancing through the streets. It's a truly wonderful celebration. 

21st December 2024

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Penzance Literary Festival

Popular with visitors and locals alike, this exciting festival celebrates everything literary, including spoken, written, recited and sung word. Take part in the reading and writing discussions and activities and enjoy the many performances.

2nd - 6th July 2024

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Golowan Festival - Penzance

Golowan Festival is an annual arts event that celebrates local culture and community. This year the theme will be 'Back to the Future!

21st - 30th June 2024

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Things to do in Penzance

Jubilee Pool

This beautiful art-deco open-air bathing pool is the UK’s largest seawater lido. There is also an excellent café and a delightfully warm geothermal pool. The pool opens from the end of May until September. Even in winter, some hardy year-round swimmers use battery rocks (just north of Jubilee Pool) for their daily dip!

Parks and gardens

Morrab Garden is a sub-tropical garden in the heart of Penzance with Victorian fountains and a bandstand, which still plays host to concerts in the summer. The Morrab Library sits in the gardens and is an absolute joy with its wonderful photographic archives and collections. Full of trees and squirrels, Penlee Park has a specific dog-free and child-friendly play area making it ideal for families.

Art galleries

Penlee House Art Gallery & Museum (with an excellent café) sits opposite the Penlee open-air theatre and is home to a large collection of Newlyn School paintings as well as more contemporary works. Along the various streets and alleys lie many other superb galleries featuring a mix of local and national artists. Further afield, you have the renowned Newlyn Exchange and the wondrous Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, which is home to many incredible sculptures throughout its grounds. Or, if you want to create your own art, why not embark on one of Penwith’s popular painting holidays to really make the most of Cornish scenery.

Shopping in Penzance

Not all town centres have the beautiful granite terrace and arcade steps, the iron railings; or retain the architecture of previous generations above the modern shop frontages that Penzance enjoys. There are many Georgian and early Victorian facades just above eye-level in Penzance giving a really unique backdrop to your shopping. By way of shops, you’ll find everything from boutiques to big names as well as delis and food shops that are jam-packed with tempting, locally sourced treats.

Walks

Penzance, with its recently resurfaced prom and surrounding coastline, is perfectly placed to enjoy some stunning Cornish walks. The further to the west you go, the more rugged and captivating the coastline – although be warned, in Penwith, the more beautiful the view, the steeper the trek to reach it! Our favourite stretch has to be between Mousehole all the way along to the Minack Theatre, which provides days upon days of incredible coastal walks. During your treks, make sure to keep an eye out for some of Cornwall’s ancient sites, which can be found scattered around the wild landscape.

Eating out

Penzance self-catering holidays are perfect; Chapel Street leads up from the harbour to the town centre where you will find a range of restaurants and pubs as well as independent shops and houses of historic interest and importance. Lavenders Deli on Alverton Street is ideal for stocking up on treats for your holiday cottage. Check out our blog on places to eat in Penzance for ideas on where to refuel.

Dog-friendly Penzance

With the sights and smells of the nearby beaches and plenty of dog-friendly pubs (Admiral Benbow is particularly popular with dogs and people alike), Penzance is a wonderful place for a dog-friendly holiday in Cornwall. There are also some great dog-friendly beaches nearby so you can enjoy a proper romp in the sand with your furry best friend.

Events in Penzance

Golowan Festival – Happening every year towards the end of June, Penzance’s Golowan Festival (also known as Mazey Day) is a bright and cheerful celebration of midsummer and promises an array of colour, music and festivities. Watch the parade of intricate puppets that dance through the streets, cheer on the Morris dancers and browse your way through the collection of stalls that sell everything from jewellery to mouth-watering foods.

Penzance Literary Festival - One for all the bookworms out there, the Penzance Literary Festival in July celebrates words in all forms from written to spoken to sung! Come along and catch the many performances, take part in literary discussions and even try your hand at creating your own stuff with the many workshops that take place.

Christmas in Penzance – With Christmas lights turning the whole stretch of coast between St Michael’s Mount and Mousehole into a glittering display, a jovial walk (or drive) is always a great way to get in the festive spirit. In town, you’ll find shop windows awash with intricate displays that tie in with a chosen theme as businesses from all over the town take part in an annual Christmas competition to dazzle shoppers. Santa never misses Penzance when doing the rounds, as you can always find him sitting happily in his grotto during the light switch on. Fairs, processions, and costumed antics take place throughout December, so you’re always in for a spectacle or two when you visit at Christmas.

 

Getting around

Literally at the end of the line, Penzance is well-placed for holiday makers that prefer the train to a car. For those wanting to tour Mount’s Bay on foot (or on two wheels), there is a superb path that runs right the way along from Marazion to Mousehole, making excellent use of the promenade in Penzance. You can often find food vans along the prom, allowing for a quick refuel with a view during your jaunt. For those with a car, there are numerous car parks around the town as well as in the surrounding villages so you can enjoy Penwith by foot, car, bike or even boat!

What our guests say...

We know how important honest reviews are when it comes to booking your holiday. To help you choose the right property for you, we publish all reviews left by guests who have stayed here in the past, with the few exceptions stated in our Review Guidelines. Please bear in mind that some facilities referred to by past guests in reviews can be removed or changed at any time.

Caradoc is a beautifully-restored traditional Cornish house, and now an up-to-date holiday home. So spacious, and with a lovely outside area to take the sun and a cuppa.

The street and area is quiet and conducive to a wonderful holiday and rest, yet the town centre is only 5 to 10 minutes away.

Highly recommended

The house is beautifully decorated, clean and has all you need for a vacation. Penzance is a great place to be, charming shops, good food and you get organic local produce. Exploring Cornwall from there by bus and on foot is free of hassles and a great way to spend your time.

Very comfortable, clean and well equipped. Good location for all Penzance has to offer. Plus, access was very convenient for all types of travellers. Would highly recommend.

Liebe auf den ersten Blick! Wir haben uns vom ersten Augenblick in Caracoc sehr wohl und willkommen gefühlt und eine wunderbare Zeit an diesem zauberhaften Ort verbracht. Das Haus ist mit wirklich allem Notwendigen ausgestattet, es ist sehr liebevoll und äußerst geschmackvoll eingerichtet. Besonders haben wir uns auch über das Begrüßungspäckchen mit Tee und Gebäck gefreut. Auch der Standort war für uns ideal, fußläufig ist man schnell im Ort, um einzukaufen oder zu bummeln, aber auch auch um mit dem Bus die Umgebung mit seinen unzähligen Möglichkeiten zu erkunden. Auch wenn das Haus keinen eigenen Parkplatz hat, so haben wir immer einen kostenlosen Platz an der Straße oder in den Nebenstraßen bekommen.

Very satisfied overall. Agree with the other favourable detailed reviews. Another excellent place for dinner is The Fisherman's Arms in Newlyn. The Mousehole bus stops right outside the restaurant if you want to enjoy the wine with your meal!

The property looked very unique on the web site and it certainly lived up to expectations.

It is a lovely roomy Victorian terrace in a quiet residential street with many period features being kept. It was very tastefully decorated and comfortable.

The beds were very comfortable with crisp linen provided.

There was such a wide selection of books on offer. I took a book but didn't open it there were so many to 'dip into' after a day out hiking on the south West coast path.

There was the added bonus of the outdoor seating area with glimpses of the sea.

We travelled down by train and the property is very convenient to walk to from the station. We were caught up in the rail strikes and arrived a day late but very kindly the owners allowed us to move the holiday on a day as it was vacant the following week and it was organised without any problems through Aspects.

A lovely relaxing holiday was had in a most comfortable property.

Anne and Tom

A very beautiful, comfortable and extremely interesting holiday home. A mix of modern kitchen/bathroom, period furniture and artefacts, and heaven for book lovers, with the most comfy bed at the end of the day. With only minutes to Penzance train and bus station, I could travel to a different place each day, including the pick up arranged to take me to Lands End for a Fly/Sail day trip to the Isles of Scilly. If you arrive by train, it’s a good idea to take a taxi the short distance to Lescudjack Rd due the steep incline. For a first holiday on my own, I felt very much at home at Caradoc. Mrs.J.Reedman. September 2022

Great location easy walk into town, parking was not a problem parked in street, great house with loads of character and really felt like a home from home, weather was good so even managed to enjoy those sea glimpses from the terrace !

Great 2 week stay at this beautiful Victorian house, wonderfully furnished. Great location. Very comfortable beds. Lovely modern bathroom with roll top bath, great for a relaxing soak after a long coastal walks. Would highly recommend this property.

Parking is really difficult in the local streets - especially a problem due to the steep hill for those with mobility issues.

There is a designated disabled parking bay outside the property (belongs to next door??) which we didn’t feel comfortable parking in, but which didn’t appear to be in use. But this meant there was never any other spaces available close by.

Reply from Aspects Holidays

We are sorry to hear that you struggled with parking. The property is not advertised with this facility, but there is often parking available in one of the nearby streets or in the car park that is just a 2-minute drive (5-minute walk) from the property. The location on that hill, could certainly be a problem for guests with any restricted mobility, but we advise that the property is not really suitable for those with restricted mobility anyway. If this is something that is a consideration for guests, please do not hesitate to contact the team for any advice before booking. Tanya, Customer Services

So much more than a typical holiday let, the decor and furnishings are superb in this spacious Victorian terrace and clearly of the highest quality. Location excellent, everything we needed for a wonderful break.