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The Crows Nest

£402 - £744 per week

Less than a minute's walk to the maritime heritage of Penzance on the harbour, The Crow's Nest is perfectly placed to enjoy a relaxing break away. With buckets of charm and sleeping two this lovely, bright and airy apartment is an ideal bolthole for watching the comings and goings of the town as it is located within the old Penzance Wharfhouse dating back to the 19th century. Enjoy slow mornings in bed over coffee and croissants before heading out of The Crow's Nest, in either direction, to explore beaches, Cornish villages and many other local attractions

At the top of the stairs you'll find the bedroom, with a Velux to peer out of at the sea views. Downstairs, you have a large sofa to cosy up on and a modern kitchen in the open plan living area providing a lovely informal space, ideal if you don't fancy venturing out, for easy dinners and long conversations. If you can pull yourself away from the view of Mounts Bay and St Michaels Mount, Penzance is full of lovely restaurants, bistros and local pubs. Much love has gone into this retreat, making it an ideal place from which to explore both coasts of the glorious far West of Cornwall, perfect for solo escapes and romantic getaways.

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Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1



via main door into a communal hall with two flights of stairs to apartment. Door into small hall with stairs to mezzanine level, doors to:

Sitting/dining/kitchen area

dining table and four chairs, two sofas, TV,/DVD, door to Juliet balcony, sea views, electric oven and hob, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine.

Shower room

rainfall shower, WC, basin, heated towel rail.


double bed, chair, sea views.

Additional information

gas central heating, the property is up two flights of stairs, WiFi, short breaks available.


Our second visit to Crows Nest. A lovely comfortable apartment with lots of room for two people. Great for public transport with the train and bus stations on the doorstep and the coastal path for great walks.

April 2024

We had a terrific stay at The Crows Nest! The flat itself has a lot of charm and character, the kitchen was well equiped, and we slept very comfortably. The flat was very warm and cozy, even in the middle of a winter storm. The location is perfect -- we could walk around the corner to local shops, pubs, and restaurants, and the train and bus station are just feet away, making it easy for us to get around the area without a car. It was the perfect base from which to explore Penzance and other parts of West Cornwall!

December 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.

Our second visit to Crows Nest. A lovely comfortable apartment with lots of room for two people. Great for public transport with the train and bus stations on the doorstep and the coastal path for great walks.

We had a terrific stay at The Crows Nest! The flat itself has a lot of charm and character, the kitchen was well equiped, and we slept very comfortably. The flat was very warm and cozy, even in the middle of a winter storm. The location is perfect -- we could walk around the corner to local shops, pubs, and restaurants, and the train and bus station are just feet away, making it easy for us to get around the area without a car. It was the perfect base from which to explore Penzance and other parts of West Cornwall!

The Crows Nest is extremely well located for both the station and the bus station. For a winter holiday it was warm, comfortable and beautifully clean. Due to its location adjacent to the main road some traffic noise will be experienced if windows are open but over Christmas this wasn’t an issue. Hellys Bistro, a few steps away, is a friendly neighbourhood cafe and well worth a visit.

Reply from Aspects Holidays

Thank you for your review. It's lovely to hear that the property worked so well for you, and that you made the most of the local transport for exploring the wider area! Being in such a location does mean that you may hear the hustle and bustle of the town, but we hope you agree that it's definitely worth it for those views and transport links. We look forward to welcoming you back again in the near future. Phoebe, Customer Services

Lovely flat, handy for transport and walks. Fabulous views.

Lovely place. Clean and well equipped. Great views but being next to the main road and above cafe leave the window shut as it gets very noisy and cigaret smoke drifts up.

Really handy for transport.

Reply from Aspects Holidays

With its great location, a stone's throw from Penzance harbour, national transport links, and a short stroll to many restaurants, cafes, and shops; you may experience some noise associated with such a location. And whilst we have not previously had reports of unpleasant smells drifting in from outside, it can always be a risk of such a fantastic central and convenient location. We hope you agree, it is a small compromise, and we hope you had a lovely stay. Lucy, Customer Services

Just book this apartment, it's fantasic, and if you don't, we will !

We had a lovely stay at The Crow's Nest.. small issue with parking but this was quickly rectified by aspect holidays and they were extremely apologetic. The apartment was as it was described and had all you needed for a lovely break, close to the town centre and lots of lovely places to eat and shops etc.

Not our first visit to the Crows Nest and it is a dream of a property for couples. So comfortable inside and so many wonderful locations to visit nearby. The property is up 2 flights of stairs but I’m nearly 75 and on the waiting list for 2 knee replacements and I managed just fine.

Very disappointed. In a really convenient location, so I could have overlooked the minor imperfections, but not the fact that the bed linen and towels were dirty.

Reply from Aspects Holidays

We are very sorry that you experienced some cleanliness concerns during your stay, this is certainly not what we want guests to arrive to when on holiday. Thank you for bringing this to our attention straight away, and we are pleased we managed to get these areas rectified for you so your holiday could get back on track. Katy, Customer Services.


Reply from Aspects Holidays

Thank you for your feedback following your stay at The Crows Nest. We are sorry to read that you had found the key safe difficult to use in the dark, your feedback has been automatically passed across to the owner so they can take this into consideration for any improvements, such as floodlights, moving forward. We hope we can welcome you back to Cornwall again soon! Katy, Customer Services.

Great location, especially if your arriving by train. Train and bus station very close by which is great for travelling further a field, without a car. The south west coastal path, also very close by giving you many choices in either direction from property. Ideal for a couple or single person. Clean, comfortable, pleasant and well equiped. I would certainly recommend and would book this property again.

We have stayed at the crows nest a number of times and will definitely return. It is a lovely little bolt hole, very neat and tidy making it a very relaxing place to stay. Within walking distance of both the train and bus station literally a minutes walk. Also ideal for exploring Penzance. Nice easy walk to Newlyn Mousehole and Marazion with St Ives Sennon Cove and Lands End a lovely bus ride away. The buses run very frequently and the coastal service is fantastic. Can’t fault Aspects Holidays who have always been extremely helpful. We love this part of the world and will be back. Thank you Lorraine Edwards from Derbyshire A long journey from home but well worth it.

Our stay here was perfect for a week in Cornwall without a car. The flat had everything we needed. It was clean and well equipped. We really enjoyed our time here. The bus station was almost right outside the front door. The view of the harbour and St Michaels Mount was just beautiful. Thank you very much for the little birthday surprise. We will definitely come back and recommend it to our friends.

Crow’s Nest is in a great location for seeing all of West Cornwall. The view across to St Michael’s Mount is amazing especially with the changing light. The decor colours and soft furnishings blend with the view across the harbour ,which makes you feel that you are away in Cornwall when inside as well as outside! Spacious, relaxing, very comfortable and very clean. We were fortunate with good Spring weather and we loved our holiday. Would definitely return to Crow’s Nest if we were coming back to West Cornwall. Highly recommended.

This lovely place is wonderful, that’s how I would describe The Crow’s Nest! We went there for my Birthday and to celebrate our 44th Wedding Anniversary It all felt like a home from home place, it’s in a beautiful central place and you don’t even need to use your car. The view was amazing. The Train station and Bus station are a few minutes away. You won’t be disappointed. We would definitely book this again.

This is my second visit, so I must like The Crows Nest.. I travel down by train and the closeness to the station is a big plus. The bus station is also about 100 yards away, and is very good for accessing the Coastal path. Or just enjoying the views form the open top bus. Helly’s deli next door do a very good Sunday lunch, and Frasers fish n chip shop is excellent. Iceland is almost next door too. All in all it’s a well equipped, cosy apartment close to all amenities…with everything you need for a good holiday. S.Unwin

This is an absolutely suitable apartment for one person, everything there that you would need for your stay. Location to train and bus station just 2 min walk away.

A lovely place to stay. Beautifully furnished and well equipped. Convenient parking space. Lovely views of St Michaels Mount. A little traffic noise at peak times but not too bad. Two flights of quite steep stairs to get to your entrance door.

Amazing location and views - perfect for what we wanted. Very well equipped and loved the welcome goodies.

The Crow’s Nest is a beautiful apartment in an excellent location complete with parking. The views from the Juliet balcony over the sea to St Michaels mount are lovely. The apartment is tastefully furnished with high quality fixtures and fittings. The apartment has everything you need with a well equipped kitchen. The location is perfect for visiting North and South coasts. It has great coastal walks to the neighbouring coastal villages. We would highly recommend. Perfect for a couple. The only thing that we would mention is that there are 2 sets of steep stairs to access the apartment and a further set of steep stairs to the mezzanine bedroom so it may be a consideration when booking. We will definitely return.

The Crows Nest in Penzance is a great spot to stay. It's within walking distance of the Train Station, Long Distance carpark,and the ferry port to The Scilly Isles. It's easy to reach Marazion and Mousehole by foot or by bus from here. The view is magnificent! We would highly recommend staying here.

The Crows Nest is a lovely, well appointed flat in a very central location, giving easy access to public transport , the coast path and all that Penzance and the surrounding area has to offer. The flat was very clean and beautifully appointed, with the amazing view out across Mounts Bay to St Michael's Mount, I could not have asked for more!

The Crows Nest in Penzance was a lovely and very relaxing place to stay. Very clean, tidy and nicely decorated. Very close to public transport to get out and explore this beautiful part of the world. Also some great local walks to both Mousehole and Marazion. We would recommend to friends and are returning in July. The Prosecco and biscuits s lovely touch. Thanks Also Thank You Aspects once again you are the only letting agency we will deal with in Cornwall. Lorraine from Derbyshire

Excellent apartment, positioned well for walking along the coast both ways. Near local shops and short car trip to 3 major supermarkets! As it was a wet weekend we spent one morning in Penlee House [gallery] and lunched in their superb cafe and then visited The Tate in St Ives with its wonderful extension and view over the beach. Having a car space with the apartment was really helpful. Our first time with Aspects - the service was very good. Thank you.

Saw the Crows Nest & knew it was the place for me. Two minutes from the train & bus stations, excellent for getting around. I was very happy with my choice. Just like home from home, everything you need for a holiday, although mine was just a short break. Spotlessly clean & lots of things provided. I can’t recommend this apartment & company enough. Expect another booking next year. Well done Aspects & many thanks.

Fantastic location with added bonus of WiFi and allocated car park - exceptional value for money

Great views of the harbour including those of St Michaels Mount

Welcome hamper was a lovely touch to start our long weekend break - will be back

I had a wonderful week walking the Coastal path, with perfect weather. The Crows Nest was really well situated to use public transport as the bus station is very nearby (as is the train station, if arriving by train) The view from the windows is out towards St Michaels Mount, watching the sunrise and the moon too, was lovely. The apartment is well equipped, very clean and comfortable…..the bed must have been comfortable as I slept like a log..

Excellent property and location. Spotlessly clean. Couple of minor issues dealt with immediately. Excellent company to deal with. Only moved the car 3 times in 2 weeks. Public transport is on your doorstep. We had a lovely holiday.

A lovely apartment situated very conveniently for the shops, seafront and Scillonian ferry. All facilities were good, and comfortable. Accommodation was light and airy. Those who struggle with stairs may not find this apartment is right for them.

good flat

Very comfortable, beautiful view, central to all amenities able to stroll into town. Would definitely book it again. All information about parking how to get the key etc from aspects was spot on

Wonderful place with everything you need.So convenient for buses, trains and with lovely coastal walks on your doorstep. Plenty of local restaurants nearby We didn’t use the car all week !

The position was lovely and the sun shone all the time

Excellent location, very clean and comfortable. Would highly recommend the apartment and Penzance for a fabulous visit to Cornwall. Couldn’t have been simpler to book with very clear arrival and departure instructions

Lovely apartment , very central . Aspects offer a good service with no issues.

Excellent apartment and location, beautiful sea and harbour views. Plenty of amenities locally. Very happy with our stay.


Very noisy especially at night , stairs quite steep , very hot in the bedroom at night , accommodation is very well equipped in the kitchen , lovely to have coffee, tea and milk , bottle of wine and biscuits left for us.

Reply from Aspects Holidays

With The Crows Nest being in such a fantastic location, you really do get the best of both worlds; lovely sea and harbour views, yet a short stroll to the restaurants, bistros and local pubs in the town, and a handy location for being able to explore the sights slightly further afield by car, train or bus. To get the benefit of all of this, the property sits on the main road running along the harbour through to Newlyn, Mousehole and beyond, so there will be some traffic noise, though it isn't usually too noticeable within the property and hasn't been commented upon before. Potentially, with all windows and the Juliet balcony open, on warmer days/weeks, you may hear more, but we will certainly keep an eye on any further feedback and look at whether the location or risk of noise needs to be highlighted on the website description. Similarly with the stairs; whilst there are a number of stairs to access the property, it has not previously been highlighted that they are particularly steep, but we will also monitor for further feedback on how guests find these as well. We hope that it didn't cause any issue for you, and if this is something that is an important consideration if returning to the area, please do not hesitate to get in contact so that we can help advise you before booking. We hope to see you back again soon. Tanya, Customer Services

From the moment we walked into the apartment we were wowed!! The funishings are lovely. The views are amazing. Perfect location and and the parking space right outside was fab! We were told on booking that the apartment didn't have WiFi but a when we got into the apartment there was WiFi which was a pleasant surprise. On arrival we found of bottle of wine chilling in the fridge, tea, coffee n the side and milk in the fridge. There was also a covid box with a pack of antibacterial wipes, hand gel, masks, extra bin bags, dish washer tablets, cleaning clothes etc which we thought was a nice touch to keep everyone safe. This apartment is on the 2nd floor so it has lots of stairs to climb but it is well worth it although it may not be for people who are less mobile. We will definitely be returning.


Wonderful Stay, couldn’t of asked for more! Fantastic location, lovely and cosy property. Will definitely be returning!

We liked the view over the harbour, the location and the proximity to the coastal path. We decided to use buses to get around the area rather than drive - it was a success and the apartment is close to the bus station and very handy for shops. Aspects staff were very helpful.

Very comfortable apartment, so convenient for anyone without a car Lovely views

Excellent property with spectacular views. I would definitely stay here again. Thanks, Allison Roberts from Canada.

Excellent property, clean and very well equipped with great views across Mounts bay to St Michaels Mount, the crows nest is in a great location for visiting south west cornwall with or without a car

Good little cottage, great location in Penzance and was some nice touches upon arrival such as a bottle of Prosecco and biscuits. Parking space is very tight and the alleyway doesn’t give much room for manoeuvring so just be aware of that, I have a very small car and still struggled to get parked. All in all I think I would stay again if I was back in Cornwall.

Reply from Aspects Holidays

We are sorry if you found the parking a bit of a struggle. The space is similar to a standard supermarket car park size space, and whilst the alleyway that leads to the space is not particularly narrow, you may find it better to reverse into the space when you get to the end. If a delivery van/lorry happens to be pulled up in the alley, it may take a bit of manoeuvring, particularly if you are in a large car, though generally it hasn't been a problem. We will however, keep an eye on any further feedback, in case this becomes a regular issue, or others find it tricky to park up. Thanks for letting us know. Tanya, Customer Services