Use the following sections to discover more about what we do and how we run the Camilla House in Penzance.
We have encountered many interesting & varied comments from guests during our time here and it has become apparent that some may find the following useful when making a decision on whether the Camilla House is the right type of place for a stay in West Cornwall. After reviewing what you may not like we would recommend you follow the link to what we think you may like...
We are not a Hotel
The Camilla House is a' Guest House', not a 'Hotel'. There are plenty of small accommodation providers who market themselves as and pretend to be a hotel - we do not and would not want to mislead in such a way. The difference is important as the size and facilities of the property, high levels of attentive service and personal approach found in a guest house such as the Camilla House are often different to that encountered in a larger hotel. So if you would like to stay somewhere where there is a lift (elevator), concierge, valet parking, 24hour room service, in-house laundry, helicopter landing pad, thermal spa, presidential suite and bureau de change then you may like to look somewhere else.
We have dogs
We have two friendly West Highland Whites (Westies) known as Mac and Tali, they do not normally come into the public areas of the Camilla House but you may encounter them outside.
We don't take pets
To cater for guests with allergies we don't accept pets, no matter how well behaved they may be.
We have a 'Guest Charter'
Our environment in West Cornwall is precious and is hopefully one of the reasons you are coming here. To help us work to preserve this we encourage & expect guests to follow our Guest Charter that is designed to help get the most out of your stay. Please follow the link on the right to see this.
We have limited car-parking
The Camilla House pre-dates cars by a long way and our parking arrangements are limited. We can, at a push, squeeze seven smaller cars into our car-park and we may ask you to leave your car keys with us so we can move cars around if somebody at the back wants to get out (and not disturb you in the process). Then again, why come by car at all? More and more guests are finding out how easy it is to get to Penzance by public transport and travel about Cornwall once here.
Camilla House rooms
The Camilla House is a late Georgian townhouse, built in 1836 for a Master Mariner, his family & their staff. It has been converted sympathetically to provide 5 star guest accommodation, but for some (particularly travelling with excess luggage) the rooms are not large. Please check the accommodation sections of this web site and if in doubt contact us for advice.
We aim to provide a comfortable and relaxing environment for our guests. While there are plenty of activities & excitement to be had outside the Camilla House we find that maintaining a serene & tranquil style works best.
We apparently have some extra guests who have been resident for about 150 years, they seem to only be met by certain people who are a bit more perceptive and 'attuned' than the rest of us...