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The Egyptian House

Chapel Street, Penzance TR18 4AE, England
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A Folly to be sure!

My hotel in Penzance was the Union in Chapel Street, and opposite my hotel was The Egyptian House... read more

Reviewed 12 May 2018
geoffrey d
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northampton
Quick and easy

We chanced upon this well known Penzance attraction whilst dodging the rain squalls on a wet and... read more

Reviewed 14 December 2017
Daniel S
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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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Reviewed May 12, 2018

My hotel in Penzance was the Union in Chapel Street, and opposite my hotel was The Egyptian House, which is a folly, once trying to become a local museum. At night it is lit with green and amber lights and is an oddity in such...More

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Reviewed December 14, 2017

We chanced upon this well known Penzance attraction whilst dodging the rain squalls on a wet and blustery December day. This wasn't a planned visit, more by accident. We stopped for about half a minute to take in the obviously out-of place architecture for that...More

Thank Daniel S
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Reviewed December 12, 2017

Lovely ornate facade, beautifully detaild, well worth finding whilst browsing the streets of Penzance.

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Reviewed November 22, 2017

The Egyptian House is owned by the Landmark Trust. The façade is amazing. The only way to see the inside of the building is to rent one of the three self-catering flats. Very good value out of season and in a great location in the...More

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Reviewed October 1, 2017

We followed the tour of Penzance from the excellent local map. Chapel Street is one of the best places we visited with many interesting buildings The Egyptian House was one of the best in the street and is at the Northern end by the central...More

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Reviewed August 17, 2017

For some reason TripAdvisor has this place down as an 'attraction.' While the public are more than welcome to admire the outside, this property is actually a holiday home owned by the Landmark Trust and available to rent. The public cannot just wander in off...More

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Reviewed July 30, 2017

Whilst staying on Chapel St in Penzance we chanced upon this amazing piece of architecture, it's even prettier in real life.

Thank fran p
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Reviewed June 12, 2017

Firts time I saw this it took me by surprise. An historic piece of quirky architecturs. Pop in they keep a sheet of its history.

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Reviewed May 5, 2017 via mobile

You can quite easily miss this if you're not paying attention! Very interesting building to look at. So much detail. Wouldn't go out of your way to come and see this, but if you're in the area, definitely worth popping past.

Thank Adam W
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Reviewed March 14, 2017

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.

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