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Address: Chapel Street, Penzance TR18 4AE, 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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Amazing and a suprise

We arrived and there was a festival happening in the village – something to do with coal and it was such an interesting visit

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Penzance, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting facade. Not sure what else to say about it. If they notice it at all, most people glance up and then walk on. Nothing welcoming or inviting entry and closer inspection.

Thank RebekahYork
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We arrived and there was a festival happening in the village – something to do with coal and it was such an interesting visit

Thank Teapot W
Istanbul, Turkey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

Interesting exterior housing a shop specialising in products for super sensitive or difficult skin conditions. Natural ingredients avoiding synthetic additives and common allergens. Helpful staff. Not an attraction in itself, but a very notable exterior.

Thank Tricia H
Andover, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

This is a Landmark Trust Property. A feature of these properties is that they have furniture, books, and pictures related to the property. This one contained prints of two other similar houses (one of which still survives), an Egyptian looking bust, a standard lamp in the form of a palm tree, books about the house, and about other Landmark Trust... More 

Thank BrianAnalogue
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

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 63 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 

Thank Anne B
Bucks County, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
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.

Thank dvandjay
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 

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