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Parade House Penzance

£557 - £1669 per week

A charming Grade ll listed Georgian family house on one of Penzance's most prestigious terraces. Parade House takes full advantage of the lovely views from the expansive first floor sitting room and bedrooms, some of which offer sea glimpses.

Original period features including high ceilings, wooden floorboards, architraves and original fireplaces combine with a mix of modern and period furniture to create a delightful effect in this outstanding property. Located in a quiet and pretty street close to the centre of Penzance, Parade House is a warm and inviting holiday home in a much sought after location. The amenities of the town are a few steps away, with shopping in pedestrian Causeway Head and Chapel Street a must, visiting the variety of eateries and coffee houses make this a very sociable place to holiday.


path through front garden up to front door. Hallway through to utility area, with doors off to kitchen/dining room and stairs up to first and second floors.

Kitchen/dining room

large open plan area, gas hob, electric oven and grill, larder fridge, dishwasher, dining table with seating for eight, TV. Door from hall to:

Shower room/utility area

shower, basin, WC, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer. stairs from ground floor to first floor:

Family bathroom

bath with shower over, basin, WC, stairs leading to:

Bedroom 1

king size double bed.

Sitting room

sofas and armchairs, TV/DVD, music system, stairs to second floor:


WC, basin.

Bedroom 2

double bed.

Bedroom 3

3ft bunk beds, sea views.

Bedroom 4

king size double bed, sea views.

Games room

accessed from the rear patio, chairs, extensive selection of books and games, multi-functional games tables including table tennis, TV.

Outside area

small enclosed front garden, garden furniture.

Additional information

gas central heating, private parking for one small/medium car due to limited space, additional parking in side streets/public car parks close by, WiFi, one dog welcome, short breaks available.


Beautiful period property well maintained clean and fresh with almost everything you need for an enjoyable stay. Deceptively large with enough space for the six of us to have family games/film nights together and also have your own space. The games room was great with table tennis, mini pool/football table. Ideally situated with shops only a couple minutes walk and lovely beaches just a short drive away. We all had a great stay at Parade House and would recommend staying here as a base to explore Penzance and the surrounding areas!

July 2020

Parade House is quite the best holiday house we've stayed in. It felt very much like a much loved family home and was a joy. The bookshelves were full of books one would choose to read rather than just ones left over by other people and that said a lot. The situation was perfect, with two beautiful parks nearby for morning dog walks, and close to bus stops too so that getting around without a car was very easy. Shops nearby too - all in all, convenient and extremely comfortable. It was a wrench to leave!

October 2019

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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

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.

4th February 2020

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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 1st - 2nd March 2020

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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!

26th - 28th April 2020

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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.

27th April 2020

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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.

10th - 12th May 2020

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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!

21st - 30th June 2020

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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.

3rd - 6th July 2020

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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 2020

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Hayle Fest

Enjoy a weekend of live music, local food and drink, food demonstrations, crafts and local goods stalls and much more! Don't miss out!

25th - 27th July 2020

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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!

8th August 2020

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Newlyn Fish Festival

Newlyn Fish Festival is the biggest and best of its kind in the UK. Taste some of the finest seafood on offer and enjoy cookery demonstrations, live music and arts and crafts. Local fishmongers take part in the The Cornish fishmonger of the year competition and the popular 'Fishy Trail' is perfect to keep the kids entertained.

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 26th August 2020

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.

14th - 28th September 2020

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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.

November 2020

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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. 

December 2020

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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. 

15th December 2020 - 4th January 2021

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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. 

TBC December 2020 (selected dates)

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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 2020

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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 2020

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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 2020

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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.

Beautiful period property well maintained clean and fresh with almost everything you need for an enjoyable stay. Deceptively large with enough space for the six of us to have family games/film nights together and also have your own space. The games room was great with table tennis, mini pool/football table. Ideally situated with shops only a couple minutes walk and lovely beaches just a short drive away. We all had a great stay at Parade House and would recommend staying here as a base to explore Penzance and the surrounding areas!

3 weeks ago

Parade House is quite the best holiday house we've stayed in. It felt very much like a much loved family home and was a joy. The bookshelves were full of books one would choose to read rather than just ones left over by other people and that said a lot. The situation was perfect, with two beautiful parks nearby for morning dog walks, and close to bus stops too so that getting around without a car was very easy. Shops nearby too - all in all, convenient and extremely comfortable. It was a wrench to leave!

Oct 2019

Beautiful House, fabulous location with so much to see and do a week was not enough!

Sep 2019

The house was in a good location and very clean, we had a lovely few days and managed to fit lots of activities in including the zip wire at the Eden project and Sennen cove which is a must. Very quiet of an evening property does have a games room but no WiFi in there.

Aug 2019

We had a fabulous week in Cornwall. Parade House made a great base for exploring West Cornwall by day and the location of the house was great for walking to local restaurants in the evening (The Bakehouse and Cornish Barns are both excellent). We had plenty of space and the kitchen was very well-equipped. On arrival, the house was spotlessly clean and we appreciated the welcome pack. We only had contact with Aspects on one occasion (regarding a spare key) and they were very helpful and dealt with this issue straight away. Our teenagers loved surfing and paddle-boarding at St Ives and Sennen Cove. We visited an outdoor cinema and the Minack Theatre and would highly recommend both. Just about everywhere was very dog friendly.

Jul 2019

Beautiful large spacious house in a great central location.

Jun 2019

Parade House is a very elegant, roomy and comfortable house and we had a wonderful time in thr area. The family also enjoyed the games room. Would like to return.

Apr 2019

We had a wonderful week at Parade House, lots of space for 8 of us. The location is wonderful, close to town centre and nearby Penlee House, play area and gardens; the promenade and coast easy to access. The games room and rocking horse were big hits with our grandchildren. The plentiful and varied supply of books was another bonus. The front garden sitting area was used to enjoy the afternoon sun, private and quiet. We would certainly recommend Parade House to family and friends, it had everything we had hoped for and more.

Apr 2019

We loved our stay at Parade House. It's a beautiful house with a wonderful amount of space. It was somewhere we loved to come back to after rambling around Penzance and also a cosy place to be when hiding from stormy weather. With two small children in tow, I was especially appreciative of the fantastic utilities - the washing machine and tumble dryer are state-of-the-art! Absolutely would recommend to families. The house sleeps 8 and is wonderfully clean and tidy. There's a great games room for a rainy day - everything has been thought of.

Mar 2019

Lovely house.

Sep 2018

Great property and location. Have been twice now with family. Plenty of room in the bedrooms & enough bathrooms/toilets to accommodate everyone. No complaints at all. Would recommend.

Apr 2018

The perfect location for a chill out break with every amenity right on your doorstep.

Nov 2017

Ideal holiday home for families due to layout on 3 floors and ideally situated in the centre of Penzance. Short walking distance to seafront and lovely gardens, super play park near tennis club for younger children. Parking only for one car but after a couple of days we found we could park in tennis club car park for 24 hours at £1.90 which suited us. Really enjoyed our stay.

Apr 2017

Had a thoroughly great time in this lovely house. It had everything we needed and more. Would definitely return

Oct 2016

Wonderful property, beautifully presented and in an excellent quiet location.

Sep 2016

We had a lovely family weekend in Penzance made all the more special by this fantastic house. We could walk everywhere, especially enjoyed the beer festival at the Star Inn, we were able to stroll/roll home with ease after some slight over indulgence. Perfect weekend, perfect house. So lovely to be able to walk a few paces round the corner and look down the road at the sparkling sea, everything was within easy reach. We had some lovely meals out, no driving involved (for a change), ideal location but no compromise on the quality and comfort of this fantastic house.

Apr 2016

This is an impressive house, suitable for a large family group. We felt very at home and could accomodate all the various wishes of our party. It is comfortable with enough space to get away from each other or play a board game together on the large dining room table.The kitchen is well equipped and the book shelves full of interesting books. We all slept well in the beds. We are aged 22 to 59 and are a family of 8 Germans. It was a great holiday.

Jan 2016

Parade house was in a quite location although very close to town centre. Close to railway/bus station for outings

Sep 2015

Beautiful house in a fantastic central town location. A lovely spacious home, the kitchen and dining area provide a very comfortable gathering space and the house is large enough that everyone can have their own space and escape if need be. There is a games room that the kids can lose themselves in. Overall we had a fantastic stay, this is our second time in this house and we will be back

Jun 2015

The property has a great location, with easy access into the town and to the seafront. The games room is a great addition, and much enjoyed by our children.

Apr 2015