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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.
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:
dining table and four chairs, two sofas, TV,/DVD, door to Juliet balcony, sea views, electric oven and hob, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine.
rainfall shower, WC, basin, heated towel rail.
double bed, chair, sea views.
gas central heating. WiFi, short breaks available.
Excellent apartment and location, beautiful sea and harbour views. Plenty of amenities locally. Very happy with our stay.
Mrs Gwilliam September 2020
Mrs Ruddle August 2020
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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.
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, Kruzenshtern. There 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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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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)
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.
TBC 31st December 2020
Find out more about New Year's Eve in St Ives here>
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.
The West Cornwall Spring Show has been running for over 90 years and is a showcase for horticultural excellence within the area of Penwith.
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!
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.
Growing in size and popularity, the St Ives Food Festival features top chefs, quality Cornish goods, sandcastle competitions for children and food demonstrations.
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!
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
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Each year, the people of Penzance celebrate the Winter solstace with a festival of Cornish tradition, torch processions, and dancing.
21st December 2021
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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Excellent apartment and location, beautiful sea and harbour views. Plenty of amenities locally. Very happy with our stay.
Mrs Gwilliam 8 days ago
Mrs Ruddle 4 weeks ago
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.
Mrs Keylock 1 month ago
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.
Ms Ruskin 1 month ago
THE CROWS NEST IS A LOVELY PROPERTY AND GREAT FOR PEOPLE WITHOUT A CAR AS BUS AND TRAIN STATIONS A 5 MINUTE WALK AWAY, VERY GOOD VALUE WOULD STAY AGAIN. PAUL
Mr Carruthers Jul 2020
Wonderful Stay, couldn’t of asked for more! Fantastic location, lovely and cosy property. Will definitely be returning!
Miss Munns Jan 2020
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.
Mr Kerry Nov 2019
Very comfortable apartment, so convenient for anyone without a car Lovely views
Mr Stuart Sep 2019
Excellent property with spectacular views. I would definitely stay here again. Thanks, Allison Roberts from Canada.
Ms Roberts Sep 2019
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
Mr Taylor Aug 2019
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.
Miss Clark Aug 2019
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