Venton Vean

Penzance, Cornwall
Bed & Breakfast


This stylish B&B is foodie heaven. Its eclectic, multicultural menu - and décor to match - make for a special getaway to the Cornish coast

Bedroom

6 rooms

Sleeps

Rooms sleep 2 – 4

The
Experience

Everything at Venton Vean is tip-top. Immensely helpful owners Philippa and David moved from London with their family and have transformed a dilapidated Victorian house into a supremely cool and elegant B&B. Moody colours, mid-century design classics and interesting reclamation finds make for a stunning and eclectic interior. Food is a passion – expect freshly ground coffee in your room and some of the most tantalising breakfasts around: Mexican, Spanish, even a good old full English will have you dashing down in the morning. Arty Penzance is a joy as is the craggy-coved beauty all around.

Essentials

  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair

Nearby

  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
3pm-7pm
Check out
By 10.30am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights.
Closed
Christmas.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Meals
Packed lunch from £5. Cream tea £4.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £72
Surcharges
Singles £71-£87.
1 Family room for 4
From £110
4 Doubles
From £72

Reviews

Perfect stay. A fabulous B&B but with the exceptional personal service and facilities of a hotel costing at least double the price. Stunning house, gorgeous bedroom and imaginative choice of yummy breakfasts – which are freshly cooked to order. You can really feel how passionate the owners, Philippa and David, are about what they do. From the warm friendly welcome and inspirational decor to the unexcepted treat of homemade biscuits. And nothing was too much trouble. We left (though it was hard to say goodbye) feeling so well taken care of and can't wait to go back.

Janice, Hitchin, hertfordshire

A very warm greeting to a fresh, attractively modernised house in a lovely part of Penzance. We loved our glamorous room, which had everything we needed, and hugely enjoyed the excellent breakfasts. Buzzy, contemporary art around the house completed our enjoyment. We look forward to returning, as well as renewing our acquaintance with Phillipa, a humorous, jolly hostess who couldn't have done more to make us comfortable and welcome.

Jilly, Bungay/suffolk

I love this place so much. In the last five years 2012-17 I must have stayed here dozens of times. I could rave about the rooms, the breakfasts, the owners and the ambience. But to keep it brief, I'll just say two things. Venton Vean is the best sleep you'll ever have and Venton Vean smells like your favourite person. Sounds crazy but it's true. All I can say is see for yourself.

Josh, South brent

My stay at Venton Vean was lovely, and I highly recommend it for your West Cornwall holiday. The location is perfect for exploring Penzance, as the town centre and harbor are just a short walk away. All of West Cornwall is easily accessible as well. Venton Vean is a wonderfully restored Victorian on a lovely street, with high ceilings, lovely large rooms, and modern but elegant furnishings. The owner, Philppa, is very helpful with ideas and suggestions for activities and restaurants in the area. The breakfasts are delicious-ask for her homemade fig jam! And don't miss their beautiful gardens!

Elizabeth, Atlantic city

Loving attention to detail at each turn coupled with warm, creative, knowledgeable, & supremely helpful hosts. Beautiful signwriting on the gate & a charming garden set the discerning tone. Interesting, artistic decoration & furnishings in generously proportioned, uncluttered rooms created an air of fresh, welcoming calm & comfort. Breakfast was a delight of fine fruits, breads, smoked fish & outstanding homemade preserves. The hosts’ thoughtful, well-written local guide tempts me to return to up & coming Penzance & explore surrounding parishes. Thanks too for free Netflix!

Jeremy, Leighton buzzard

I absolutely agree with everything you say. Breakfasts were delicious, especially the perfect smoked haddock with poached egg. The haddock came from Newlyn Fish Company, and Philippa made us a map to find it, and we were able to take marvellously fresh Cornish fish home.

Anthony, Oxford

An excellent B&B. Welcome was wonderful and decor lovely. Breakfast was excellent and the service even extended to buying in English mustard and de caffeinated coffee for the second day after our request on day one. Would definitely return.

Mary

Excellent place to stay with good access to the town centre. Owners couldn't do more for us. Would definitely recommend.

Mark

We stayed at Venton Vean between Christmas & New Year. It was an absolutely lovely place, great décor with a nice park across the road, easy access to town and sea front. Breakfast was excellent. I had smoked salmon, poached eggs and they very kindly provided gluten free bread. The service was excellent also. It was the little touches like putting champagne glasses in the room when seeing that we had a bottle of fizz with us, and gluten free cake for me on arrival :) Philippa even insisted on getting up early on New Years Day to cook us breakfast before we left for an early start.

Angi

We really loved our stay. Everything from the room to the delicious breakfasts were more than we expected, including going the extra steps to cater for my wheat-free diet. Philippa and David were generous and kind hosts and gave great recommendations of places to eat nearby. We would definitely like to come back and stay again and to explore more of the Cornish coastline.

Emma

Venton Vean is a stylish, yet cosy place to stay. David and Philippa make you feel so welcome and have thought of everything. Delicious breakfasts, freshly ground coffee when you want it, and beautiful rooms. Our 6 month old baby was also made very welcome. The family space on the top floor meant he had his own room, and they organised a babysitter for us on one evening. The main highlight for us was David's cooking. We had two evening meals, organised in advance. He bought fresh local produce and in particular the fresh fish was the best meal we had all holiday - delicious!

Kathy

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Location

The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Philippa McKnight

  • Go to the Sawday’s blog to read Alastair’s post about the wonderful Venetian feast he enjoyed here!
  • Visit the great art galleries in the Penzance area (the Penlee, Exchange and Newlyn Galleries in Penzance and the Tate and Barbara Hepworth Galleries in St Ives) or buy your own art from one of the numerous local commercial galleries.
  • Climb up to St Michael's Mount (3 miles away) and visit mysterious Godolphin House (6 miles away).
  • Take a picnic to one of the beautiful sub-tropical gardens just outside Penzance - Tremenheere, Trewidden or Trengwainton.
  • Eat fish landed in Newlyn (1 mile away) at some of the great local restaurants and fish & chip shops in Penzance, Newlyn and Mousehole.
  • Explore the spectacular coastline, beaches and coves on the Land's End Peninsular. Go and see a play or production at the amazing Minack Theatre built into the cliffs at Porthcurno.