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The Crows Nest

£344 - £652 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.


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, please note the apartment is above a road that can be busy, WiFi, short breaks available.


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

September 2021

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..

September 2021

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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. Sitting in the corner of a sheltered and attractive bay, the 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; sub-tropical plants grow well in Morrab Gardens and in the gardens on St. Michael’s Mount.

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.

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.  

Did you know...

Penzance has one of the mildest climates in the UK!

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.

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Places to visit 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.

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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 through the streets. It's a truly womderful celebration. 

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Golowan Festival - Penzance

Golowan Festival is an annual arts event that celebrates local culture and community. This year's events have been toned down, however, elements of the festival will still go ahead to celebrate midsummer. 

 June 2022

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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.

6th - 9th July 2022

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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.

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.

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