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Address: Chapel St., Penzance, England

A rare survivor of that splendid era, The Egyptian House is probably one of...

A rare survivor of that splendid era, The Egyptian House is probably one of Cornwall’s most flamboyantly designed buildings with is ornate lotus columns and stylised cornices. In amongst the traditional Egyptian symbolism and sphinx-like adornments, you can find the royal coat of arms of George III and William IV.John Lavin lived in the upstairs part of the house, while housing his mineral collection on the ground floor. His extensive collection was eventually sold by his son and it is understood that it has since been donated to the Oxford University Museum.The building had fallen into disrepair by the 1960s, but was purchased by The Landmark Trust in 1968 and restored to its original glory by 1973. The upstairs apartments are available as holiday lets from the trust.Downstairs is home to Pure Nuff Stuff, Penzance's own natural cosmetics company. The shop is open every day during Summer - you can watch the products being made on one side of the building and browse the shop on the other side.

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Interesting enough, but not really an attraction. Just something you pass by and look at for a few moments!

I felt a tiny bit mislead by Tripadvisor and others listing that as an attraction, or a thing 'to do.' It's pretty cool, that's fur sure, but it's really just something you sort... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 August 2016
Crawley, United Kingdom
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Remarkable facade in the Egyptian style applied to two adjacent cottages concealing their origin; detailed history available in the flat. Stayed in the top flat for four days. A good climb up the tight spiral staircase. Good views of St Michaels Mount and towards Newlyn. Flat well appointed, very clean and in good order. Parking a little difficult but free... More 

1 Thank Roderick T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

How pleasantly surprised we were to find that our weekend apartment was not only unique and interesting but also extremely clean and comfortable. Would definitely recommend!

1 Thank Wendy Y
Hamburg, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

Came by this unique and very impressive building on our first stroll through Penzance (coming from the ferry and walking up Chapel Street). Somebody must have been a very big fan of Egyptian style ;-) It's lovely and quite astonishing to see the building suddenly coming in view as you get nearer. Up close just marvel at the architecture and... More 

1 Thank A. S
New York
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

We booked a stay here for four nights through Landmark Trust. When we called and asked that we could be on a lower floor they offered us the first floor. We assumed this was ground level and we were not told that in fact the apartment was up a treacherous steep spiral staircase. The beds were comfortable and the kitchen... More 

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Bucks County, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

As others have noted, this is not something to do, but something to see. The facade is "fairy tale" Egyptian and lights up and otherwise uninspired street.

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Crawley, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

I felt a tiny bit mislead by Tripadvisor and others listing that as an attraction, or a thing 'to do.' It's pretty cool, that's fur sure, but it's really just something you sort of pass by and say 'hmm... that's pretty cool.' That's it really. That said, it is interesting to look at. If you're in the area, it's worth... More 

2 Thank jlkpregan
Penzance, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

This amazing and beautiful building in Penzance looks quite unusual in its setting. It is well maintaine and a true jewel for the city.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

Although we did not go in, passed it walking down Chapel Street. A most unusual outside in the resort

1 Thank Philip H
Sampford Spiney, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

Very enjoyable facade we just happened upon it whilst shopping in penzance which has a very good shops a little quirky which was very much to our liking

1 Thank cliffordbest01
Sandy, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016

It certainly makes you look twice as you think ‘Is this building for real or am I imagining it?’ but I thought this strange looking building looked out of place in Penzance so I looked up its history. The building dates back to 1835 and it is thought that the architect was a John Foulston from Plymouth who is credited... More 

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