“The Abbey is a rare gem, a hotel that refuses to enter the modern world, choosing instead to linger in its serenely elegant past. The feel is of a smart country house, and the drawing room – roaring fire, huge gilt mirror, walls of books, rugs on stripped floors – is hard to beat”.
“This extravagant 17th century townhouse is far and away the best hotel in Penzance. The elegant sky-blue mansion still retains much of its gentlemanly atmosphere and period features, including an oak-panelled dining room, a secluded walled garden and a warren of creaky wood-floored corridors”.
“One of our long-time favourite hotels, this delightful sky-blue house makes a perfect base for exploring south Cornwall or setting off for the Isles of Scilly. It’s a marvellous antidote to bland contemporary style with its eclectic, ravishingly pretty mix of paintings, antiques and objects d’art, all in a characterful 1660 house”.
There aren’t many hotels to which I am so attached that I want to keep them secret, but The Abbey has always been one. A fine location, lashings of character, personally run with generosity of spirit – all that I look for in a place to stay, plus that indefinable extra quality that makes it remain in the mind long after the visit.