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Idle Moments

£351 - £720 per week

Set within a short walk of the vibrancy of central Penzance, a stylish cottage awaits; Idle Moments has contemporary interior touches mixed with the traditional. Subtle greys and blues have been fused with beautiful splashes of colour in the comfortable furnishings. The two bedrooms are set on the first floor along with the spacious family bathroom. Relax with a book and your morning coffee in the small outside area at the rear of the cottage before heading into the town to explore the galleries, shops and many eateries. This quaint cottage is perfect for solo escapes and romantic getaways.

Idle Moments, which is perfectly named to stop, put your feet up, and enjoy a blissful break away from your usual routine. When you do decide to head out, Chapel Street is only minutes away, steeped in history, with the infamous Turks Head and Admiral Benbow pubs and numerous other individual boutique style shops. A perfect bolthole for taking your pick from any one of the stunning local beaches and enjoy a good old fashioned day at the seaside complete with picnic and flask of tea.


front door from road into small porch, door into:

Kitchen/dining room/sitting room

electric oven and hob, fridge with freezer compartment, dishwasher, dining table with three chairs, sofa, armchair, window seat, TV, DVD, woodburner. Door to rear yard and stairs to:

Bedroom 1

double bed.

Bedroom 2

single bed.

Shower room

walk-in shower, WC, basin, cupboard with washing machine.

Outside area

bistro table, two chairs.

Additional information

Electric heating. No children under 6, WiFi, short breaks available.


We enjoyed our second stay at Idle Moments very much. It was quiet, comfy and cosy and felt like home within a few hours. We enjoyed the lovely log burner and the cooking facilities were also very good. The location is excellent as it is in the centre of Penzance and close to all amenities. We noted a previous poor review, but would disagree with many of the points made. The property, in our view is good value for money and the location is excellent.
Thanks to the owner and Aspects for the hospitality we have enjoyed!

October 2020

This is a beautiful cottage, with everything one could need for a pleasant stay. The property despite being near the centre of Penzance, it is on a very quiet road, and close to many cafe's, bars and restaurants. And a short stroll to the sea front to take in the Cornish air.

A lovely welcome pack was waiting for us, they had thought everything through to keep any virus at a minimum. There is long stay parking at the harbour, which is a short walk down a steep slipway/cobbled road.

October 2020

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Penzance Holidays

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, holidays in Penzance offer something for everyone; beaches, rock pools, coastal path walking, National Trust and English Heritage sites, restaurants and galleries. The town has plenty of car parks that offer a weekly stay from £30. 

Penzance has secret treats; if you take the time to explore. For a start it’s a good town for walking. The very best way to see Penzance is by the alleys and walkways, the through-lanes from here to there. Take a day to explore the town this way and you will discover its beautiful parks, its Regency and Georgian architecture.  

Penzance: 'Montpelier' of Cornwall

The oldest part of town is the quayside at Penzance’s Inner Harbour. The Dry Dock, Quay Street, Battery Rocks. The original promenade was built in 1844.

You can walk Penzance Promenade from Battery Rocks to Wherrytown, where there is one of two Penzance skateparks. From Wherrytown, keep to the seafront across Newlyn Green and you are in Newlyn. In all a 30 minute stroll, depending how long Jnr. wants to spend skateboarding. There is also a proper-job boating pool at Wherrytown for sailing those radio-controlled (and sail-driven) boats that just don’t get anywhere in the bath at home.

The arrival of the railway in 1852 made the ‘Montpelier of England’ (John Betjeman 1964 Shell Guide) even more accessible. 

Many interesting boats visit Mounts Bay, from the surreal floating yacht-hotels to mighty ships like the four-masted windjammer, KruzenshternThere is a Sailing Club and The Mounts Bay Lugger Association which, as its name suggests, celebrates the beauty of the Cornish Lugger, a traditional fishing boat.

Penzance has two harbour-side pubs: The Dock Inn and The Dolphin. The Dolphin is reputedly the first place in Britain where tobacco was smoked and the hanging judge, Judge Jefferies, is reputed to have held court here in the 1700s after the Monmouth Rebellion.

Things to do near Penzance

Stay self catering in Penzance and you’re perfectly situated to explore the surrounding towns and villages with their own individual characters. Literally minutes from Penzance is the fishing port of Newlyn whilst a little further on you’ll find the quaint village of Mousehole with its harbourside bistro and community atmosphere. 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.

Things to do in Penzance

The Jubilee Pool
This beautiful art-deco open-air bathing pool is the UK’s largest seawater lido.  There is also an excellent cafe. 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!

Morrab Garden
A sub-tropical garden with Victorian fountains and a band-stand, which still plays host to concerts in the summer. The Morrab Library sits in the gardens and is an absolute joy.  The photographic archives and collections are wonderful. 

Penlee Park
Full of tress and squirrels, there is a specific dog-free and child-friendly play-park within the park. Penzance Tennis Club abuts the park and Penlee House Art Gallery & Museum (with excellent cafe) sits opposite the Penlee open-air theatre and is home to a large collection of Newlyn School paintings.

Shopping in Penzance
Market Jew Street is the main high street and like all high streets, it is in the process of adapting to new out of town shopping habits. However 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. There are many Georgian and early Victorian facades just above eye-level in Penzance.

Causewayhead leads up from the town centre.  A pedestrianised street, this is Penzance's third main retail street. Half way up is the Savoy cinema, said to be the oldest continually running cinema in the British Isles.

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 perfect for stocking up on treats for your holiday cottage. Check out our blog on places to eat in Marazion for ideas on where to refuel during your self catering holiday in Penzance. Or if you fancy a restaurant with spectacular views, The Bay in Penzance is the place to go. Read more on our blog: Restaurants with the best views in West Cornwall.

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Local events

Santa's Grotto at Paradise Park

Visit Santa and his elves at the magical grotto at Paradise Park on selected dates in December. Tickets include a gift from Santa and there's no need to book, tickets are on sale on the day from 10am. 

5th - 24th December 2020 (selected dates)

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St Ives Feast Day

Held on the anniversary of the consecration of the Parish Church of St Eia in 1434 AD, Feast Day offers visitors to witness - and even join in with - some centuries-old traditions. A morning precesison led by the Mayor to bless the Well of St Eia. Following this, the Mayor will 'Hurls the Silver Ball' into a crowd of children who assemble on the beach below. The one who returns the ball to the Guildhall steps by midday receives a silver coin. In the afternoon the Mayor then throw pennies from the balcony of the Guildhall for children to collect.

TBC 2021

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West Cornwall Spring Flower Show

The West Cornwall Spring Show has been running for over 90 years and is a showcase for horticultural excellence within the area of Penwith.

TBC 2021

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Porthleven Food & Music Festival

The small Cornish fishing village of Porthleven hosts its annual Food & Music Festival every April and encorporates street performers, a range of local produce, Samba dancing, theatre, beer marquees, hip-hop dancers, fireworks, Cornish singing & much, much mmore...the list is endless!

TBC 2021

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Camborne Trevithick Day

Join in the celebrations at this community led festival of free entertainment. The annual event celebrates the engineering and mining history of the Camborne area, and is dedicated to Richard Trevithick, pioneer of high pressure steam power & inventor of Road and Railway Locomotives.


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Golowan Festival - Penzance

Golowan Festival is an annual community arts event that celebrates local culture and the social and natural environment. 'Mazey Day' takes place on the Saturday of the festival and guarantees to be a very colourful affair!


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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.

7th - 10th July 2021

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St Ives Bay Helicopter Tours

For two weeks only, Adventure 001, supporters of Cornwall Air Ambulance, will be bringing their helicopter experiences to St Ives! Choose from a 6 minute flight from £35 to a 30 minute flight from £96 and take in the incredible views across St Ives bay and beyond!

Dates TBC August 2021

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St Ives Lifeboat Day

A fun packed day hosted by the RNLI lifeboat Station. See the lifeboats on display and in action on the water with demonstrations featuring one of the HM Coastguard helicpoters!


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St Ives September Festival

Now becoming a sellout event, this festival keeps attracting more and more visitors who come to enjoy a wide range of acts, including music, theatre, poetry and visual arts.


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St Ives Food & Drink Festival

Growing in size and popularity, the St Ives Food Festival features top chefs, quality Cornish goods, sandcastle competitions for children and food demonstrations.

17th - 19th September 2021

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St Ives Shanty Shout Weekend

The 2018 shout will feature more than 20 sea shanty groups for a fun weekend of shanty singing, sailor and pirate themed fancy dress and beer. This year's event will be raising money for Cornwall Air Ambulance and its New Heli Appeal and takes place in various pubs and venues in St Ives.


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Flambards Christmas Craft Fayre

Find unique Christmas presents and tasty treats at Flambards Christmas Craft Fayre. Stalls will be set up in various areas of the park, there will be Christmas music to get everyone in the festive spirit and a chance to meet Santa too. 

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Mousehole Christmas Lights

Possibly the most well-known and popular Christmas Lights in the county, Moushole combines stunning displays against the backdrop of their gorgeous Cornish fishing harbour to bring real festive magic to all who visit at this special time of year. 


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Montol Festival

Each year, the people of Penzance celebrate the Winter solstace with a festival of Cornish tradition, torch processions, and dancing.

21st December 2021

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Tom Bawcock's Eve, Mousehole

The tradition of Tom Bawcock comes from the feast or famine lifestyle of Cornwall.  The story goes that it was just before Christmas; there had been no fish for weeks, the boats couldn’t get out into the raging storm, the village was starving. One man, Tom Bawcock, dared to take his boat out of the harbour’s safety. He returned with enough fish to make fish pie for the whole village. 

Today, a festival takes place each year to celebrate Tom Bawcock's bravery. During the festival, Star Gazey pies are eaten in memory of this famous event.

23rd December 2021

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New Year's Eve in St Ives

Spend New Year's Eve in St Ives for an unforgettable evening at the largest fancy dress party in the county. Ring in the New Year with an unbeatable fireworks display by the sea. 

31st December 2021

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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.

We enjoyed our second stay at Idle Moments very much. It was quiet, comfy and cosy and felt like home within a few hours. We enjoyed the lovely log burner and the cooking facilities were also very good. The location is excellent as it is in the centre of Penzance and close to all amenities. We noted a previous poor review, but would disagree with many of the points made. The property, in our view is good value for money and the location is excellent.
Thanks to the owner and Aspects for the hospitality we have enjoyed!

This is a beautiful cottage, with everything one could need for a pleasant stay. The property despite being near the centre of Penzance, it is on a very quiet road, and close to many cafe's, bars and restaurants. And a short stroll to the sea front to take in the Cornish air.

A lovely welcome pack was waiting for us, they had thought everything through to keep any virus at a minimum. There is long stay parking at the harbour, which is a short walk down a steep slipway/cobbled road.

We had an absolutely wonderful short stay at idle moments. It’s a great location, very central and is incredibly cosy inside. Everything was very comfortable and it was a real shame to leave!

We had a very pleasant stay at Idle Moments. The property is small but well thought out and furnished. The only thing lacking is a view - but this is reflected in the price. As stated in the property details, the stairs are quite steep and the treads are small, so perhaps not suitable for some. We love Penzance and would definitely consider returning to this property.

A lot of money for what you get. If you walk to the end of the road the view over the harbour is nice. The beds and sofa's are comfortable, the idea of a log burner is nice and the oven is very efficient. However I was very disappointed with the overall cleanliness, there was food in the bin, an empty shampoo bottle in the shower, the dishwasher was full and the kitchen floor was dirty, yet it was meant to have been deep cleaned due to covid?! I did wonder if it had been cleaned at all? The garden could be much better, it's pokey and the furniture is very basic and uncomfortable, kitchen utensils are cheap and broken, for the extortionate price we paid, I certainly wouldn't go there again, I was expecting a much better experience.

Reply from Aspects Holidays

We would just like to reassure you that the housekeeper had definitely attended before your arrival to carry out the clean, but we are very sorry to hear if areas had been missed. We would always expect everything to be 100% both during this pandemic or in more 'usual' times, and had we been aware of any issues we would have contacted the housekeeper and requested that they return to address any areas of concern immediately. At this stage it is difficult for us to investigate, with further cleans having taken place, but we have passed on the feedback to the housekeeper, so thank you for bringing this to our attention. Whilst certain areas here in Cornwall can be more expensive compared to others or renting in other parts of the country, we always try to ensure that properties are priced competitively and try to offer a range of properties to meet the differing tastes, styles and needs of individuals. This property had met all required standards on the last inspection and taking on board all past feedback and comparable properties, we felt that it had been priced accordingly, taking into account many factors including the fantastic location just a stroll from the shops, galleries and cafes of Penzance, and minutes from the harbour and promenade. Similar to other traditional properties of a similar age in this area, the outside space is certainly compact and simple, so we have tried to show this as clearly as possible within the photos and hope that this was what you were expecting. Thank you for letting us know about the kitchen utensils; having received your feedback, the owners have already replaced the spatula and will be getting other items replaced as well. We would hate for anyone to be disappointed with their chosen property, so if you are ever returning, please do not hesitate to get in contact with our very knowledgeable team who will be able to help advise you on the best properties to meet all of your needs. Tanya, Customer Services

Money well spent. The weather was atrocious but the house was warm and comfortable.

Cute cottage ideally located near harbour and bus station, restaurants and Shops. Very quiet, already booked for next year!

Loved our stay at Idle Moments, central to everything. The cottage had everything we needed for our week, furnishings were of good quality and plenty of equipment in the kitchen. We ate in several restaurants in the town, all serving really nice food. Would highly recommend the Bakehouse and the Turks head for food. Thank you Aspects for a great holiday.

We had two very nice weeks at Penzance and the surrounding areas.

Our second stay here and hope to return. Excellent facilities and decor. A joy to be there. Steep road to shops and port, but set in the heart of old Penzance. Wonderful!

Very nice cottage. Comfortable and a great location. Finished to a high standard. Be aware there is no parking close by but you can unload outside then find parking.

Good location, plenty of eating places around, but fully equipped for all our needs. Excellent decor,.

A cosy, well-equipped cottage. Brilliant location in the old (and best) part of Penzance near the harbour.

We enjoyed our stay in Idle Moments very much! It is a lovely cottage which has been carefully renovated. The cottage is positioned close to the centre of Penzance and adjacent to Chapel Street, which is a lovely street with interesting and historic buildings. The cottage is also incredibly quiet, so a perfect place to stay for a relaxing holiday. Many thanks to the owner and Aspects - we would certainly like to stay there again. Mr & Mrs Ashton