Cornish Time, Myrtle House Penzance
Lorna loves to hear from customers and to see her products in their homes, so when Claire, who runs Myrtle House Penzance, tagged her Instagram post with #lornasyson just before our family holiday to Cornwall, we were excited to have the perfect opportunity to see the Robin cushion and lampshade in a high end holiday home. Claire kindly offered us the use of the gorgeous walled garden to photograph our new deckchairs!
Photo of bay window in the living room by Mike Newman Photography
Once home to a prominent Penzance merchant, this fine Georgian house stands on the edge of the town’s sub-tropical Morrab Gardens, in a conservation area, and is a stylish option for short breaks or longer visits. Its current owner, Gill, has restored it with obvious love, carefully selecting an eclectic mix of contemporary and period pieces to create a beautiful, yet welcoming, interior, where we can imagine relaxing with friends or family, a stone’s throw from the impressive seafront.
Photo of Myrtle House Penzance from Morrab Gardens taken by Mike Newman Photography
Photo of Morrab Gardens Penzance from Myrtle House and Cow Jug by Mike Newman Photography
We spotted some other fab British designers, including Cream Cornwall, Timorous Beasties and Sanderson, as well as a birdcage chair in the bay window of the master bedroom. Gill found this 1840s piece in nearby Chapel Street, a great place to rummage around antique shops, and as with all her finds, she selected it for both its form and function. We can certainly see that it makes the perfect place to enjoy a morning coffee looking out to the Bay.
Photo of master bedroom with birdcage chair by Mike Newman Photography
The Robin cushion and lampshade were a fun addition to the ultimate loft suite, up in the attic, with its own en-suite shower room, it’s a favourite among kids and adults. The multi-purpose space is great as an extra sitting room, study or bedroom with views all the way over to the Lizard (The most southerly point on British mainland) Gill found the cushion and lampshade at a Christmas event Lorna did with Handmade in Britain at Somerset House, London.
Photo of the attic bedroom by Mike Newman Photography
The house is spacious and light, with a kitchen to die for, a formal dining room, four en suite double bedrooms, three with double or king size beds and the loft room which can have its sofas made into a twin or doubled, but the icing on the cake for us was the walled garden, full of lush plants and flowers, and presided over by Myrtle the cow. (You’ll see lots of other lovely cows in the house). Claire served coffee on the sunny terrace, while we got busy snapping some shots of the new deckchair collection – what better place to put your feet up than amongst the vibrant succulents and banana plants that thrive in this balmy coastal resort?
Photo of the Kitchen by Mike Newman Photography
Photo of the outside seating area by Mike Newman Photography
We know that the family arriving on that perfect Cornish Friday were going to have a whale of a time, especially with the Jubilee Pool at the end of the road and a generous basket of Cornish goodies to enjoy. We spied a few of our local favourites, including a bottle of fizz from Polgoon vineyard (we’d popped in for a wine tasting session only the day before!), and fresh bread and jam from the excellent Baker Tom’s in town. The food scene is really buzzing in Penzance, and there are plenty of restaurants on the doorstep, not least The Shore, whose chef and owner, Bruce Rennie, previously worked under Rick Stein.
Thank you to Claire for making us so welcome, we really recommend staying here, but don’t just take our word for it, head over the website to see more of the house and read their fantastic reviews.
They’re fully booked for summer but if you fancy a break in September/October, Claire is offering 10% off when you mention ‘LORNA SYSON DECKCHAIR’. We’re already planning our next trip! Book your next trip to Penzance!
Written by Anna Syson, for lornasyson.co.uk