Use the following sections to discover more about the Camilla House in Penzance.
September brings a more relaxed time to Cornwall, although there are still plenty of people around it seems less frantic and crowded than the height of summer. So would you like to escape and enjoy a comfortable & relaxing visit to Cornwall? Are you looking for an affordable holiday to take within the UK? Then consider the great value offered by the Camilla House Guest House in Penzance which gives so much more than traditional Bed and Breakfast. Use our web site to find out about special offers for both short breaks and longer stays along with ideas for what to see and do through September 2012.
Cornwall has plenty to offer during September with all the main gardens fully open, or you can spend more time out exploring and enjoying a variety of outdoor activities. The public transport options remain flexible so it is possible to get around without worrying about the cost of fuel or car parking charges (especially on a service like the '300'). So why not treat yourself to an inexpensive break without sacrificing on quality and enjoy a stay at the Camilla House which provides friendly and warm accommodation in Penzance.
When staying at the Camilla House not only do you get award winning accommodation and food but you will enjoy friendly service from Susan and Simon who are more than happy to provide a full range of customised tour itineraries made for your specific requirements so as to get the most during your short break in Cornwall, or simply provide access to a comprehensive collection of maps, guide books and timetables if you prefer to do your own thing.
There are many things to do in September during a visit to Cornwall, we have put some starter suggestions below but also check our Facebook page to see more ideas as and when they appear. National Trust properties are busy with a full schedule of activities during September so it is well worth checking their main web site to see what is on - booking is recommended if you want to be sure of getting a place on some of the organised events.
September 14th - 16th 2012 will see the UK's first Festival of Sport Cornwall, a new annual three day festival open to all, held in Mount's Bay in West Cornwall. Competitors of all abilities will be welcome to the South West to participate in a combination of triathlon, cycling, off road Enduro, open water swimming and beach runs as well as live music (from the Pirate FM music stage), beach sports and much more festival fun including St Austell Brewery beer tents and bars and Jamie Oliver catering.. Full details can be found be going to the web site here
St Ives September festival - the highlight in Cornwall's cultural calender - there are 15 days and nights of music, arts and literature from the 8th of September - easily accessed by public transport from Penzance, so what more could you want? See their web site here
Beaches - well why not? The weather is warmer and sitting on a beach which is not as busy as it will be in July and August is a great way to relax and unwind. The main beaches in West Cornwall can be easily accessed by public transport or by walking - Marazion, Porthcurno, Sennen, Hayle Towans, Praa Sands and the beaches at St.Ives are all within easy distance of the Camilla House.
For those who love the outdoors Cornwall has so much to offer at any time of the year. If you are looking for some active pursuits in September then consider some of these:
South West Coast Path - Britain's longest National Trail runs along the promenade in front of the Camilla House. Spectacular walking to see Land's End, the Lizard Peninsula and the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape.
Public transport links to the start & end of various West Cornwall sections of the path are good and Susan & Simon can arrange drop-off and pick-up for those bits where the buses don't go. Packed lunches and maps are available at the Camilla House. Visit the following site for more information - South West Coast Path.
On Your Bike - The Camilla House has some bicycles available for loan to guests who wish to take advantage of the Cornish Way Cycle Route. There are easy routes from the Camilla House to St.Michael's Mount and Mousehole or why not have a leisurely day exploring the back lanes between Penzance and Land's End? Bikes are available in exchange for a charitable donation to the RNLI (supported by the Camilla House - see why at the RNLI).
There are real 'must see' places in Cornwall, many within easy traveling of the Camilla House - here are some suggestions for things to do in September:
St.Michael's Mount - a great Island Adventure - now operating under normal opening hours (i.e. Sunday to Friday but NOT Saturday), an easy walk of about an hour from Camilla House (or bus if you prefer). See also the entry concerning the Festival of Sports - full details of this and more at St.Michael's Mount
Minack Theatre - this magical cliff-top theatre and the Rowena Cade visitor centre are open daily throughout September (09.00 to 17.00 subject to performances) and provide an inspiring insight into the history of the Minack - as well as stunning view across Porthcurno Bay - See the web site at Minack Theatre for details.
National Maritime Museum Cornwall - No visit to Cornwall (surrounded by sea on three sides) would be complete without a look at some of the rich maritime connections, where better to start than at the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth - easily reached from Penzance. A great opportunity to see the new 'Search and Rescue' exhibition during September. See the web site at National Maritime Museum Cornwall.
Eden Project - a leading conservation tourist attraction and gardens which provides an excellent option for a stop off visit either on the way to, or returning home from the Camilla House in Penzance. see full details at the web site for the Eden Project.
Whether it is traditional or modern, expensive or great value, whatever your taste in art September be there is plenty of choice to see while staying at the Camilla House. Some galleries that prove popular are:
Penlee House, currently exhibiting Dame Laura Knight 'In The Open Air' which looks at the paintings she executed in the landscape, including her iconic views of women on the Cornish coast through to the wide and beautiful panoramas of English farmland spread out below the Malvern Hills from her golden years as a painter. On until 8th September - find out more at the web site for Penlee House.
Newlyn Art Gallery and the Exchange Penzance, are showing work by Shezad Dawood 'Piercing Brightness' - on until 29th September - full details can be seen at Newlyn and Exchange Galleries.
Tate St.Ives, showing modern and contemporary art - current exhibition is on the work of Alex Katz until 23rd September (one of the most important and respected living American artists) - see their site at Tate St.Ives.
After a busy, or relaxing, day discovering what Penzance and Cornwall have to offer it is time to turn to thoughts of food. When staying at the Camilla House there are plenty of options for eating out in pubs and restaurants, we take plenty of time to listen to feedback from guests and the following are some suggestions to try -
Alverne - This restaurant and lounge provides modern British dishes and Tapas in a friendly and stylish setting - a real favourite of ours Alverne Restaurant and Lounge
Harris's Restaurant - Well established and critically acclaimed, this small restaurant provides a touch of class for eating out on good food in Penzance Harris's Restaurant
Untitled - Robert Wright's 'Untitled' restaurant just a stone's throw from Camilla House near Chapel Street Untitled
The Turk's Head Pub - original and charming - if you like to eat great food for a good price in one of the oldest pubs in Cornwall then visit the web site for the Turk's Head
The Yacht Inn - our local friendly pub offering great value food and served with a smile - check what they have to offer at the Yacht Inn
The Bakehouse Restaurant - modern and contemporary offering wonderful Cornish produce with professional service, see more at the Bakehouse
The Boatshed - harbour side restaurant that provides a relaxed and friendly place to eat plenty of local seafood - see more at the Boatshed
The Navy Inn - local pub doing food - discover more on the web for the Navy Inn
The Smuggler's - in nearby Newlyn, a real favourite with guests - great food and service in a delightful restaurant overlooking Newly Harbour - see what is on offer at the Smuggler's
The Taj Mahal - with so much positive feedback from guests (plus our own visits) this is proving a great option for excellent food and friendly service - Taj Mahal Penzance