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The Master's Retreat

£374 - £843 per week

With stunning views out to sea towards the iconic St Michael's Mount, this immaculately presented two bedroom apartment is centrally located above the harbour in this historic seaside town. Entered through its own front door via a communal roof garden, The Master's Retreat has a spacious open plan sitting room and kitchen with French doors leading out to a good sized private terrace; a perfect spot for enjoying the amazing views.

With a double and twin bedroom there is plenty of space for couples or families alike and with the convenience of private parking this is a great holiday home for exploring West Cornwall with Mousehole, Marazion and St Ives all close by. Penzance itself is steeped in history and offers many shops, galleries, pubs and restaurants which can be found wandering through its historic streets.


via communal courtyard up to front door, hallway with doors off to all rooms.

Sitting/dining/kitchen area

L-shaped sofa, two seater sofa, TV/DVD, dining table and four chairs, gas effect fire, open plan kitchen with electric oven and hob, fridge with ice box, dishwasher, washing machine, French doors out to private terrace.

Bedroom 1

double bed, window out to communal roof terrace.

Bedroom 2

twin beds, window out to communal roof terrace.


bath with shower over, WC, basin.

Outside areas

private terrace with table and four chairs, additionally the apartment is accessed from a large secure communal roof garden.

Additional information

gas central heating, steep incline and steps up to the communal roof garden may mean it is not suitable for those with limited mobility, WiFi, short breaks available.


The masters retreat is the ideal place to stay in Penzance, perfect location,very comfortable,and the best view ever , if your thinking about it book it before it goes you won’t regret it.

April 2021

Stayed for a week during October half term. A lovely, well-equipped property in a central location with lovely sea views and large balcony. An excellent base for exploring the area.

October 2020

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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

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!


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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.

7th - 10th July 2021

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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 2021

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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!


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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.


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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.

17th - 19th September 2021

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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.


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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. 

TBC 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. 

5th - 24th December 2020 (selected dates)

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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. 


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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 2021

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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 2021

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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 2021

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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.

TBC 2021

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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 2021

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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!

TBC 2021

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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.


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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.

The masters retreat is the ideal place to stay in Penzance, perfect location,very comfortable,and the best view ever , if your thinking about it book it before it goes you won’t regret it.

Stayed for a week during October half term. A lovely, well-equipped property in a central location with lovely sea views and large balcony. An excellent base for exploring the area.

A very well-equipped comfortable apartment in a fantastic location with views across the harbour.

What a well equipped apartment, many thoughtful touches, like some bin bags, a small bottle of washing up, the cream tea on arrival was great. The beds were comfortable and linens top class. A very enjoyable stay with a lovely view right on the harbour

This was our 2nd year at the Master's retreat and we had a lovely week there. The location is perfect, right by the harbour and also close to the high street.The kitchen is very well equipped with lots of space for storing food. The property is within a residential complex and all the neighbours were very welcoming. We would definitely recommend this property!

Great location and very enjoyable stay. The accommodation was everything we had hope for. Nice touch to have cream tea on arrival. The views and balcony were superb.

Excellent meals at mackerel sky , or any of the restaurants in chapel streel & sennen beach fantastic

We both had a wonderful week at the masters retreat the views from the apartment are spectacular, it was very clean comfortable and well equipped there was even a couple of pairs of binoculars so we could get a close up view of the harbour and st Michael’s mount! We would definitely recommend this lovely place and we will most definitely be making a return visit

Well furnished and nice welcoming touch with fresh scones jam and cream. Nicely situated within easy reach of all amenities and car parking is good. The views over the harbour and St Michaels mount were great.

It's a perfect holiday retreat we were very impressed with quality of the furnishings, and spacious apartment, and sundries provided. and lovely welcome pack of tea, coffee scones ,jam and cream such a nice welcoming touch and such a convenience for everything. it all gave an impression of a caring, cut above service. The views were stunning, and I was glued to the comings and goings of the harbour and St Michaels mount.

The allocated parking space. was marvellous ,we did n't give our car a second thought. both for security and parking on return., although we did n't need to use the car much the bus station and train station are fives minutes walk., the peace and tranquillity in spite of being in the middle of town, and the overall look and impression on entering the complex it was lovely and special, our best holiday yet.

We had an excellent week staying at the Master's retreat. Amazing location and balcony with the sunrise over St. Michael's Mount was stunning. Very comfortable rooms and more spacious than we were expecting. Lots of lovely restaurants within walking distance (would recommend the Boat Shed) and we all really enjoyed the boat trip we did with Mermaid boat trips. Would definitely recommend.

Wonderful location with fantastic views over the harbour and st Michaels in the distance. Although there are steps to the court yard they are not too challenging.the property is light and decor of a good standard and is all on one level. The kitchen is well equipped .The terrace is a very nice addition with plenty of seating and there are two pairs of binoculars to view some striking scenes. The double bed is extremely comfortable with adequate storage in the room there are two singles in the second room. All in all masters retreat is a very comfortable and fantastically located accommodation train and bus links just a few minutes walk.and walks to the mount,newlyn and Mousehole comfortable distances

Very adequate accommodation for two people in a very central location with wonderful views of Mount’s Bay. Very near to bus station and railway so no need to use a car too much and shops and all other amenities nearby.

We had a lovely holiday at Master's Retreat. The accommodation was exactly as it was described, well equip, beautiful views over the harbour. It is centrally located for local amenities and having parking was great.

The Masters Retreat is in a perfect location for a stay in Penzance. Its nicely furnished and is warm and cosy inside. It has everything you need for a great stay.

Stayed there for the 2nd time in 3 years, very well equipped and maintained, fantastic location with shops, train and bus station within 2 minutes, great views, nothing much to complain about ;-)

After a second stay we certainly will be staying again! Superb location, couldn't fault the service provided by the team at Apects.

Master's Retreat is a comfortable flat with a beautiful view of Mount's Bay, St Michael's Mount and the harbour. The location is excellent, right in the centre of Penzance with easy access to shops and restaurants and transport links. It is also vey quiet, and has a dedicated parking space - all of which makes for an excellent relaxed holiday - and if the weather is warm there's a large balcony from which to enjoy the view.

Overall a nice property in a very secure location with a great view, although you have to sit on top of the bench to enjoy it if you don't want to stand. I was happy to do this to enjoy it in the evening. Would have liked to have seen some basic everyday cleaning products for guests to use as I believe people would be happy not to have to go out and buy these.

Great accommodation and location - ideally placed for both the town and coastal walks.

Lovely decor and furnishings, very comfortable and relaxing. Great location and balcony views of harbour and sea.

Views and location, what more could you want! A delightful company to deal with, have used many others and this has by far been the best service we’ve received. Will be coming back again!

Masters Retreat is ideally located for exploring and has fabulous views from the balcony. The apartment is mainly well equipped and has the added bonus of a parking space. We would definitely return and would look at other properties managed by Aspects Holidays.

The Masters Retreat is basic but you get what you pay for. The view from the balcony over the harbour and Mount's Bay compensates but the used discarded condoms on the entrance steps don't give a good first impression.

Reply from Aspects Holidays

We are so sorry to hear of this less than pleasant sight on arrival! Quite honestly, we have not heard of anything like this before, so hope that this was a one off, but we are so sorry that you had to arrive to that. Tanya, Customer Services

Lovely warm clean flat in a great location with lovely view. Would stay there again.

Great place to stay home from home

Masters Retreat was in an excellent position overlooking the harbour and St Michael's Mount. The views were outstanding. It was also in an ideal central position both for all amenities and being able to walk to Marazion and Mousehole.

Great location Fantastic view

1) Very central location close to amenities and transport. 2) Lovely views 3) quiet location - though located on main steet, the street noises did not seem to reach the apartment, possibly due to it's high elevation above street level 3) Would definitely stay in this apartment again - was delightfully clean and situated in a well kept, gated development ( most appeared to be owner occupied) and patrolled by security.

Felt like home from home, with the added bonus of a spectacular view of St Michaels Mount. After long walks in the bracing sea air it was great to come back to a warm and extremely comfortable flat.

We use Aspects a lot and Maria in the PZ office was very pleasant and helpful this time around.

Wonderful, light and airy apartment. Lovely views and a great location very close to the bus and train stations. Using the comprehensive public transport is an easy way to travel around this beautiful part of the country.

As well as having attractive decor and being very well equipped, all instructions for appliances were together in a folder - really helpful and organised. It was a very nice touch to have scones and tea waiting in the table on arrival. Appreciated the information folder with useful details about the location and recommendations for where to eat out. Wonderful views of the bay and St Michaels Mount and a really convenient location for all the facilities of Penzance including easy access to the bus and railway station.

Fantastic views, fabulous position and comfortable furniture.