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Stanhope Forbes

£451 - £1101 per week

Stanhope Forbes offers stylish accommodation for four, and enjoys panoramic views across the bay towards St Michael's Mount. This gorgeous apartment is modern with cosy touches and really is a home from home. A delightful bathroom with lighting to create a warm sanctuary to unwind, and a large living area with a balcony offers the perfect place to relax and enjoy your morning coffee, watching the comings and goings of Penzance wharfside.

Located in the old Wharfside House, the atmospheric interior of the wharf house retains many of its original features, including beams, some of which reputedly originate from the wood of old sailing ships, and exposed granite walls. In its heyday, this 19th Century building would have had immediate water frontage but is now ideally situated for the town’s many local amenities and the stunning scenery of the far west Cornwall.

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Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1


Bedroom 2



communal stairs and entrance hall to front door, hallway with doors off to all rooms.

Sitting/dining/kitchen area

sofa, chair, TV, breakfast bar, four bar stools, coffee machine, fridge/freezer, washing machine, induction hob, electric oven, dishwasher, French doors leading out onto the Juliet balcony, sea views.

Family bathroom

bath with shower over, WC, basin.

Bedroom 1

king size bed with Hypnos mattress, sea views.

Bedroom 2

twin beds, sea views.

Additional information

gas central heating, children must be supervised on the balcony, late booking discounts available. No children under 10, WiFi, short breaks available.


The apartment is in a perfect location near town, railway and buses. It is spacious, airy and well cared for. Everything you need is provided: washing machine, dish washer etc. There are so many great places to visit and walks to be done. We love St Just and Mousehole and walked from Lands End to Sennen. To escape the crowds we explored the sites of ancient stones. This my second visit to Stanhope Forbes and we are thinking of booking again next year.

May 2024

Wonderful apartment ideally placed & spotlessly clean with everything you could wish for for a perfect holiday. This is the second time I have used Aspects & will definitely be staying with them again.

October 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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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.


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.

The apartment is in a perfect location near town, railway and buses. It is spacious, airy and well cared for. Everything you need is provided: washing machine, dish washer etc. There are so many great places to visit and walks to be done. We love St Just and Mousehole and walked from Lands End to Sennen. To escape the crowds we explored the sites of ancient stones. This my second visit to Stanhope Forbes and we are thinking of booking again next year.

Wonderful apartment ideally placed & spotlessly clean with everything you could wish for for a perfect holiday. This is the second time I have used Aspects & will definitely be staying with them again.

We were absolutely overwhelmed with how stunning the apartment was. It was very comfortable and had lots of lovely modern features. The views from the apartment were fantastic, and it is very conveniently placed for the centre of town. We were all a massive fan of the luxurious shower and bath. We all felt very relaxed and at home.

An excellent property, great location for the railway and bus stations, also close to the town. We enjoyed some lovely meals at the Longboat Inn, which was just around the corner, definitely worth a visit. The kitchen and lounge area was very spacious and comfortable, with lovely bedrooms and bathroom. We would definitely recommend this property to anyone, and would love to revisit again. Thanks for a wonderful holiday.

Stanhope Forbes is a great place to stay. Great location and very modern with excellent provisions for a comfy easy stay. Heating and shower easy to use and adjust and whole apartment extremely clean. Some views of sea, boats, St Michaels Mount etc. It is right opposite the main car park and on the main road but it’s not noisy and we slept very well in the comfy bed.

Lovely apartment, beautifully appointed, very comfy beds and furnishings. We had a lovely stay. Thank you

Stanhope Forbes appt was an excellent holiday home from home, everything you needed from the start. A great location, good weather and so near so many amenities such as the bus station, supermarket's, pubs and restaurants. The beach was a short walk away. The Aspects team in the Penzance office were such lovely ladies, very kind and helpful. As were Sarah and Jaqui from the Hayle office in sorting us out with a couple of extra days. We will definitely be back to Stanhope.

An excellent,and comfortable apartment with great access to shops, buses and trains as well as the harbour and seafront.

Stanhope Forbes was a positive surprise. With a beautiful and well-equipped kitchen and a cozy living room we could also enjoy the time with heavy rain. The beds are good. Very close to the bus station and ideal starting point for all our tours. Would definitely book it again.

Aspect holidays are the complete outfit! We have used aspects for the last 5 years and only have great things to say about the service and the accommodation. It’s a five star service that always delivers!

Nice clean property that ticked all the boxes it needed to for us to enjoy our stay. Convenient location for exploring as buses and train station just across the road. Comes with access to a private car park that is quite tight but manageable. Property is up two flights of stairs then along a corridor before going down a flight of stairs so it is a bit of a trek when carrying bags. Question I always ask is would I stay there again / use agent again and in this case its a 100% yes for both.

We had a fabulous week. The views are even better in real life! The apartment is beautifully presented, and so comfortable. It was equipped with everything you could possibly need. Fabulous location, ideal for cafes, shops, pubs and public transport.

The apartment is well situated for the train and bus station. The bus service is amazing and takes you all over the peninsular. I was impressed that there were up to date bus timetables and maps too! It was a very comfortable and well equipped apartment with every appliance you could need. The windows look across to the sea and St Michael’s Mount in the distance. We visited the Minack, St Ives, several gardens, ancient stones sites, Zennor, Lamorna and Mousehole. There is a fabulous café on the road to Lamorna. There is so much to do and see in the area we could easily have stayed another week. We will be back for sure. Thank you.

Fantastic apartment. Good directions/instructions for your arrival and departure. A designated parking space which is more important than you would imagine. Comfortable beds with beautiful white linen.
Situation is so handy with rail station and bus station nearby. Easy to walk to anywhere in Penzance, and so easy to catch buses to other destinations. Highly recommended.

Fantastic apartment in a great central location. We had everything we needed for our stay, the apartment was well equipped and very comfortable. Lots of things to do in the local area, would definitely visit again. We usually go to Newquay with Aspects Holidays but fancied a change. Would recommend Aspects Holidays to anyone as they have always been fantastic.

Would recommend this holiday apartment as a lovely place to stay. You can plan your daily excursions around the local transportation services and enjoy the lovely surroundings Cornwall has to offer.

Lovely clean and well equipped apartment. Parking space great as we used buses and trains a lot as they were practically next door. Lovely deli ( take away Sunday roast ) and ice cream shop next door. Could see St Michaels mount from the lounge window.Would stay again.

Great location overlooking the harbour. Very clean, bright big flat with lots of storage. Parking space a bonus. Very near to shops. Ferry, train and bus 1 minute away. Will stay again. Recommended to friends already.

A very convenient location for bus,train and ferry to Scillies and amenities of Penzance.We particularly liked Hellys Deli almost next door especially for breakfast and takeaway sandwiches.

We have used Aspects holidays over the years and they are very friendly and helpful. The accommodations have been outstanding and as a family had such a wonderful time in Cornwall. We very much look forward to staying in an Aspects Accommodation in the near future. Thanks again

A 5 star service and accommodation that our family really enjoyed! The accommodation was beautiful, cosy and all we needed was avialable to us. We will be seeing you again yearly and we will scream your praises. Well deserved pat on the back to all connected. Thank you.

We had a wonderful stay at Stanhope Forbes. The apartment has everything you need to make you holiday worry-free. Quiet, yet close to facilities. Within a few minutes there are chicken and ice-cream take-aways, for those snack munchies. We used it as our hub for visiting all parts of West Cornwall, for which it is perfectly located. We only had minor questions - but the local Aspect office was immediately responsive. Highly recommended.

Great apartment, fab view of st Micheal’s mount.Location great, opposite bus station and 2min walk to train station.No problem with noise very relaxing and quiet.Main high street short walk to shops pubs restaurants.All together was a great weekend

We had a great family holiday with a 15 year old and 10 year old. Plenty to see and do , we parked the car and only used it once to go to the Eden project. The rest of the time we caught the bus as a very good service from Penzance to everywhere around. The apartment was a great base and a beautiful view of St Michael's Mount. Will definitely use Aspect holidays again.

Stanhope Forbes is a beautifully furnished well equipped apartment in a really good location, it was great having a designated parking space and having lots of eating places shops etc on our doorstep. The Prosecco,biscuits and tea and coffee were a very welcome surprise and the Prosecco was very quickly enjoyed sitting out on the balcony in the sunshine

Had a great stay at Stanhope Forbes in Penzance. Lovely apartment that was neat and tidy upon arrival. Great service from the Aspect team. Can heartily recommend this unit and Aspect Holidays in general for anyone seeking a self catering rental within their booking area.

This is a beautiful apartment, very comfortable and in a fantastic location. I would definitely recommend and we will probably book again next year.

Our third time at Stanhope, walking in was like coming back home, excellent property, Great location. and awesome service once again from the girls in the Penzance office.

We will be back later in the year at least once.

Excellent for travelling around Cornwall by train or bus.

The apartment was lovely good location for trains and buses very comfortable would come again.

Lovely modern apartment with everything you need staff very helpful

Our second visit to Stanhope - excellent property clean, modern and a perfect location for exploring south west cornwall

It really had the wow factor. We were very happy when we walk in. Fantastic place to stay. Would definitely stay there again.

Modern and comfortably furnished apartment, cosy, bright and very clean rooms. The accommodation is located centrally but near the coast line of St. Michael's Bay. An excellent place to reach the inner city, train station, bus stations and ferries - everything within easy walking distance, we left our car at the parking space all the time. Caused by the traffic on Wharf Road it's a bit loud at daytimes unfortunately, but it's quiet at night. Great as a starting point for hikes on the coast path. We really enjoyed our time staying there.

Reply from Aspects Holidays

We are delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your time at Stanhope Forbes. The road can be a little busy at certain times, but like you rightly say, it is a beautiful place to stay and its location is also an excellent benefit, giving you a convenient base to explore West Cornwall by car or foot, and easy access to public transport. It certainly sounds like you had a fantastic time exploring all that the area has to offer! Thanks again for your comments, and hope to see you back here soon. Tanya, Customer Services

Super chic apartment, ideal location for visiting different places in Cornwall.

Excellent property in a perfect location, perfect nights sleep can be had in this very comfy bed