Romantic coastal holiday cottages
in Cornwall's dramatic far west

Abbey Stables


Romantic art inspired hideaway in Penzance's old harbour area. Central yet peaceful.

Stay at Abbey Stables and experience the vibrant colours and intense coastal light of Cornwall's dramatic far west. The art and landscape will create lasting memories. A world away from the humdrum, a truly special place.Tucked away in this eclectic seaside town, with its Georgian buildings and pedestrian lanes, a stone's throw from the seafront and 5 minutes from 25 pubs, restaurants and cafes.


Abbey Stables is a cosy hideaway for two, within a charming, historic building, which dates back to the seventeenth century. It is adorned with iconic local art and enjoys a sunny outlook over its own cobbled, courtyard garden:

  • Enter through the stylish, country style kitchen, with oak worktops, breakfast bar, ceramic hob, oven, microwave, fridge-freezer and washing machine. Well equipped with all you need for those who want to use the lovely, local fresh produce.
  • The travertine floored and tongue & grooved panelled shower-room, features a fabulous hydro-shower with monsoon showerhead and massage jets (and radio!), basin, toilet and heated towel rail with fluffy towels.
  • Up 3 steps into the spacious, beamed living/dining area, with painted floor boards and furnished in warm tones of red and cream, feature fireplace and granite walls,with large window overlooking the courtyard garden. The dining table is set beside a stable door which opens onto the garden. The room is well lit, with a comfortable sofa for reading, relaxing, viewing TV/DVDs and a sound system for TV & music (bluetooth & CDs).
  • Pass into the cosy, beamed bedroom with stained glass panelled door, king-sized bed with upholstered headboard and crisp Egyptian cotton linen,fitted wardrobe and an Arts and Crafts chest of drawers.
  • Outside in the delightful, sunny courtyard garden, there are table and chairs for alfresco dining.

Additional Information:

  • Cottage sleeps 2.
  • Parking space for VW Golf sized car or smaller (width limited)
  • Saturday changeover. Short breaks by arrangement.
  • Full gas central heating
  • Gas & power included.
  • Towels and bed linen are provided. Please bring your own beach towels.
  • HD TV and quality sound system for TV and music (bluetooth & CDs)
  • Wi-fi.
  • Strictly no smoking.
  • No pets.
"we spent an awesome week here & we do not want to leave. It was exactly what we needed & we could not imagine to stay somewhere else for our first west coast trip to England. Thank you for everything"
Bina & Jerry,Germany 2016
We had a lovely stay in this delightful place. It is thoughtfully designed and well appointed - you,ve made it so welcoming and comfortable! We especially enjoyed the art and reading about the history of the Stables in your book for visitors. Thank you!
Marj & Bob, USA, June 2019
"Wow, what a place! Would love to stay forever. The high standard of the apartment & quality of furnishings are amazing. Felt totally relaxed, so thank you for such a brilliant holiday."
Tommy & Jane Scotland 2016
This was our third stay at Abbey Stables. We returned because the cottage is so comfortable and homely and so well located for the surrounding area. We have been incredibly lucky with the autumn sunshine and have been out every day. As usual we have had dinner at Shore and Mermaid Alley. Thank you Rod & Nick for another perfect week in Cornwall - I am sure we will be back for a fourth stay.
Cassie & Tom, London, Sept. 2019
This was the perfect place to weather Storm Dennis. Sadly while we never made it to most of the places we'd planned, we had such a lovely cosy time all the same, that we're already planning a return trip.
Rhian & Ben, Bath, Feb 2020
"A real find!.So quiet, love the way it's hidden away in a courtyard, quirky & charming. It's been restored with style & taste & there was everything we needed for our stay"
Chris & Antoine France 2016
"It was a perfect base for exploring & we felt so cosy & at home here after our coastal walks. Penzance & Abbey Stables are beautiful & we'd love to return( or just stay forever). Thank you"
Stephen & Eilice,2016
"Penzance is a perfect base for exploring Cornwall.We enjoyed great trips to St Ives,St Michael's Mnt,Mousehole,Minack Theatre & Land's End.Coming home to Abbey Stables made our holiday complete."
Maike & Anja, Germany 2013
"What a lovely well-equipped cottage!. We know penzance well but had never discovered this tucked away little spot- delightful. Nick & Rod have done a superb job. We will return!"
John & Lorna, 2013
"Abbey Stables is utterly delightful, bright, fresh, homely, comfortable, peaceful.Loved staying tucked away in a cobbled courtyard, enclosed by history. Delicious, friendly welcome."
Naomi & Dave
"We will be back!! Thank you for a lovely place to stay, so clean and beautifully decorated. The little touches like the cake on arrival made such a big difference. Keep it up, perfect in every way."
Pam, Robiin & Meira
"What a wonderful holiday! We loved coming back to this lovely property. Ideally located, you've thought of everything and we appreciate the high quality and standards. Thank you for a perfect week."
Kate & Brian
We have had such a lovely stay, one of the most relaxing holidays we have had in a long time. This is a great place to stay and we have been thoroughly spoilt with food & beautiful views/walks. Thank you again.
Jack & Vicky, Herts, April 2019


Penzance is a vibrant and historic sea-side town. Facing south on the beautiful Mounts Bay, it is famed for its mild climate and the profusion of flowers and sub-tropical gardens (Morrab, Penlee and Trengwainton, all nearby). Walk along the broad promenade west to the fishing village of Newlyn for the catch of the day, or go east towards Marazion and walk across the cobbled causeway to explore the castle and terraced gardens of St Michael’s Mount ( or catch a small boat if the tide is in.)

Take a dip in the Art Deco Jubilee Pool, an art Deco sea-water pool, soon to be enhanced with a geothermal section, or swim from the rocks and beach as the locals do, some daily whatever the season! Fine Georgian and Regency architecture abounds, while atmospheric Chapel Street has a eclectic mix of independent shops, galleries, cafes and pubs which celebrate their maritime and smuggling past.

The clarity of light has long drawn artists to the area and there is still an active artistic community in the town, with several galleries and museums to visit.

The coastal path provides a view over Mounts Bay, taking you to Penzance, Mousehole and Lamorna to the west and to Perranuthnoe, Prussia Cove and Porthleven to the east.

See Explore Cornwall for more local information.

Booking and Prices

Duration and Terms of Rental

Rentals commence at 3.30pm on the first day of the booking and end at 10.00am on the day after the last night booked, unless otherwise agreed.

Deposits and Final Payments

A deposit of 25% of the rent is payable on booking and the balance is payable 8 weeks prior to commencement. If booking is made less than 8 weeks prior to commencement full payment is required. The rent for the property shall be agreed at the time of booking.


A booking can only be cancelled prior to the start of the rental and must be sent in writing. If another booking can be arranged for that period a full refund, less an admistration fee and any re-letting costs, will be given. Otherwise any payments made will be forfeit.

Method of Payment

Payments can be made by cheque or electronic bank transfer. Cheques can only be accepted two weeks prior to booking. Any charges incurred by dishonoured cheques or bank transfers must be reimbursed by the guest.

The Owners’ Obligations

To provide the specified accommodation in a clean and tidy condition that conforms to the description given in the website. In the event of any discrepancy the guest should notify the owner of such as soon as possible in order that it can be rectified. (See Non-availability condition below. )

The Guests’ Obligations

To pay for any loss or damage caused by the guest or a member of their party. To take good care of the property and leave it in a clean and tidy condition at the end of the holiday rental. To permit the Owners reasonable access should it become necessary. Not to part with any of the owners property or share it with anyone other than the named persons on the booking form. Not to sell or transfer the booking to another party nor to exceed the total number of people stipulated unless by prior consent. Not to cause an annoyance or become a nuisance to occupants of adjoining properties.


If, for any reason beyond the Owners’ control, the property should not be available, or is no longer suitable for occupation on the dates booked, a full refund will be given.

Breach of Contract

If there is any breach of these conditions, by the guest or any member of the party, the Owners reserve the right to re-enter the property, end the holiday and ask the guest and their party to leave. Any guest that does not comply with any condition will be liable for any cost of whatever nature incurred.