The view across the gardens to the house.
The sitting-room.
There is so much space for guests within the grounds.
The blue bedroom.
The open fire in the first floor sitting/dining-room.
Just off the conservatory/dining-room is a doorway through to the snug.
The dining-area of the sitting/dining-room.
The well-equipped kitchen leads to the conservatory dining-room.
The summer-house and lawn - the perfect setting for a picnic or barbecue.
St Michael's Mount at nearby Marazion.
Enjoy a warm welcome.
The dining-area within the first floor sitting/dining-room (you can just see a doorway to the left which leads through to one of the twin bedrooms).
Bedroom 2.
Lovely grounds for guests to enjoy.
This is the beautiful dining-area within the conservatory.
The snug.
The view across the gardens from the house.
There are lovely views out over the grounds from the conservatory/dining-room.
The main house.
This is the main bathroom with the shower-room just across the hall.
A view of the house from across the lake.
The tent room.
The twin bedroom.
The hallway.
The master bedroom.
The sitting-room.
The drawing-room.
Porthcurno is just eight miles away.
The beautiful Cornish coast.
Wonderful walks on the coastal path.
Mousehole harbour is a short drive.
A local fishing cove.
The lake.
Penzance harbour.

Nancealverne House


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The historic building and fabulous grounds compensate for the lack of en-suite rooms.

Great place with old world charm, extensive equipment; loved the conservatory with its bunches of grapes over the table. It is much more like a family home than a holiday let. More space than anyone could reasonably need.

An incredible house and location - walking distance to Penzance (although you may never want to leave the house) and a 20-30min drive to a variety of beaches. We have a fantastic time, the front lawn is perfect for rounders/croquet, and the lounges perfect for a murder mystery evening! Highly recommended.

A privilege to stay in a house saturated by history Close to amenities and the beach with the bonus of one’s own oasis of peace and quiet

First trip to Nancealverne House (June 2022) Very well situated just off A30. Lots of lovely grounds to wander around including a market garden to see and circular walks. The House has a lovely aspect, you can watch foxes on the field at night just past the lawn. Garden to the side with summerhouse/ bbq is the one to use. The House is the upper floor plus the staircase down to a stately room- we just closed off the stairgate and lived on the one level, using the side entrance, up a flight of steps (only door you can lock). It's a spacious place with good areas for eating, tv watching, reading etc. Beds were exceptionally comfortable (all with mattress toppers) and house was very clean with every utensil and even a coffee machine! Nice older furniture and not too many trinkets to break so you weren't on edge all the time with little ones! We had also booked Apple Loft and asked for the connecting garden gate to be opened so was easy access. Would recommend and definitely return.

Our family, three generations, had a really enjoyable stay at Nancleaverne house. The house was spacious and well proportioned giving all of us plenty of room to socialise or have individual space. The fantastic weather we had whilst there allowed us to make full use of the gardens. The house was generally well equipped and a wonderful time was had by all.

Beautiful stately home , feel like royalty staying there and the history is so interesting , the grounds are beautiful , great value for money

The house is a great location for a family holiday with loads of space for people to do their own thing.

Nancealverne House is a most interesting, historic family home and a wonderful place to stay. Set in beautiful grounds you can explore, the house is grand with elegant, airy rooms. We loved the many family portraits lining the walls which bring the fascinating history of the place to life and enjoyed trying to work out who’s who. We all felt very comfortable during our stay. The house was clean and very well equipped with everything we needed. Everyone loved the spacious rooms where we could get together as a family after such a long time, as well as having their own space when needed.Eating together in the conservatory was an enjoyable experience whatever the weather. Being able to buy fresh vegetables from the onsite market garden was great.We loved the peace and quiet. We had a wonderful holiday in this beautiful old house. Nancalverne is close to many lovely places to visit but the best thing is coming back here at the end of the day to it’s warm and welcoming atmosphere. We’re looking forward to staying here again.

A lovely stay in a gorgeous house, packed with character. For a unique stay in a lovely setting this could not be beaten.

A lovely stay in a fascinating house, it was like staying in a National Trust property!

Loved our stay at Nancealverne. We rented Apple loft cottage as well for extended family gathering. Beautiful house and setting. We enjoyed barbecues in the garden and whole family meals in the room with the rocking horse and vine. Such A beautiful quirky interesting Historic Place to stay. We bought fresh veg and plants from the Enterprising women gardeners and enjoyed the peaceful escapism but also the ease of walking into Penzance and Newlyn. Perfect really.

Nancealverne house was oozing with charm, it has everything you need and is set in the most beautiful grounds , it has so much history and you felt like royalty staying there. Just beautiful.

Very interesting property in a convenient location.

Stayed for a week in September. The house was as we expected and the history quite remarkable. Views across the ha-ha to the meadows, with fine breed cows, gave a feeling that Constable may have passed this way. Swallows & Amazons on the lake and evenings in the Snug with a glass or two. Heaven!!

This is a wonderful property (spacious, well equipped, interesting pictures and antique furnishing) in amazing grounds in a lovely part of Cornwall. Good location and easy to access from the A30. Close to supermarkets, fast food outlets etc, to Penzance itself (a possible walk but we used cars), and to lots of beautiful places like Marazion, Mousehole, Porthcurno, Sennen and Lands End. It was perfect for our party of four adults, an eight year old and a dog. We would recommend it and would definitely stay there again.

A very interesting house with lots of history within lovely grounds and good central location.

Nancealverne House is a beautiful place to spend time in. We can’t wait to come back!

It is rather like staying in a National Trust property surrounded by ancestors!

It was a wonderful opportunity to stay in this historic house surrounded by family history and portraits within easy walking distance of Penzance and its restaurants, pubs, galleries and walks but stay in comfort and warmth with two dogs.


This is an amazing place for a holiday. Nancealverne House is very grand but so comfortable and relaxing, we can’t wait to return!

Wonderful property for family and friends to enjoy . A privilege to share in its history

Grand and historic, Nancealverne is a wonderful place to stay for a relaxing and comfortable holiday. After days out, it’s always a treat to return here.

great house for catching up with family, plenty to do in the area

Grand property if you like loads of space and history.

Cornwall, Penzance, Nancealverne is our perfect holiday!

The property is a wonderful journey to days gone by but with very well-equipped, modern facilities. The atmosphere cannot be described, it must be experienced first-hand! The splendid Christmas tree in the formal sitting room was an especially festive touch. Although the weather was grey and damp for the most part, the house was warm and cosy. We would love to visit again in the summer so we could make use of the lovely grounds.

What a beautiful, comfortable historic house in such a picturesque setting. We never want to leave.

What an amazing place for a family holiday. Absolutely magical,steeped in history and utterly beautiful.

If you like something a little unusual then this is the place for you. It's full of family portraits and comfortable furniture and although you get the impression of bring in a country house with its own parkland and lake it is a very short walk into Penzance.

Staying in Nancealverne was a fantastic, unique and memorable experience. Wonderfully spacious and the ideal location for a murder mystery party (the butler didn't do it!). The boat was a great addition and added a different dimension, (it deserves a bit of TLC though, poor old thing). Dood the Labradoodle just loved the garden. Two of our party travelled by train and taxi and thought the house so well located that you could enjoy a holiday in Cornwall without a car at all, which is unusual. All in all as wonderful a holiday as we had hoped. Lovely weather did help! Thanks to you all for making it possible. Thanks also to Gwen the housekeeper for letting us know that Dood had left his dog comb and towel, and for sending them on!

this is a fantastic house. lots of space and privacy. it is well equipped and really is a gem of a find. this house really made our holiday perfect

Nancealverne House was once again the perfect holiday house for us. Very comfortable, clean and full of history. We enjoyed everyday especially watching the serie poldark. They should really film at nancealverne house!!! Thank you family Armstrong for making this house on of the best in Cornwall!!

Nancealverne is so impressive - enchanting would not be too strong a word! I doubt there is any other holiday home like it!

Just add people and food for a great holiday! There were 7 if us, 3 children and 4 adults. We all had a fab time. The kids loved the grounds, pretending to be lord & ladies of the manor.

House description and photos excellent. Description of grounds understated - much bigger that expected with wonderful wood ( we hope it won't be tidied up too much) and lawns for just guests to enjoy. Wonderful!! A lovely, very spacious, historic old house, full of character with an accompanying woodland, pond and lawn areas that were a delight to walk around. Boundary trees ensured the adjacent A30 remained completely unobtrusive and it was excellent to have the easy parking and privacy afforded by the grounds. The large conservatory with rocking horse and grapevine immediately adjoins a good kitchen area and was a delight to use as our dining room. Having two sitting rooms and a drawing room was wonderful! All aspects of the accommodation were very acceptable and comfortable. The ancestral and house links with Nelson were fascinating as were the portraits throughout the house and the photos in the tent sitting room.

Nancealverne is a unique holiday property full of history and charm. We felt like we were on the set of 'Downton Abbey'! Beautiful house and grounds. Very relaxing. Perfect location for exploring Cornwall.

Our visit to Nancealverne House over new year was absolutely fantastic. The house and its grounds are really special so while we were in complete comfort, it still felt like a special occasion in a beautiful old buikding with lots of character.

Both the owner and the team at Classic were an absolute pleasure to deal with, so helpful and quick to respond. I would happily book a stay through them in future as that level of customer service is not always guaranteed.

We would love to stay again as a group and I would fully recommed it to any group of adult friends or families.

Thank you!

Truly excellent property which was comfortable and accommodating for a large family gathering including grandparents and babies.

We as a german family had a wonderful stay at Nancealverne House. The historic atmosphere and the beautiful gardens have let us felt like being in the movie pride and prejudice. Also the lovely beaches, hiking trails and the tasty food of Cornwall made our stay a superb holiday.

We can recommend Nancealverne House for any family, who wants to enjoy a great holiday in Cornwall in a Rosamunde Pilcher like atmosphere.

Nancealverne House exceeds all expectations of what a holiday cottage (even a 'classic cottage'!) will be like. It is a truly wonderful place, with the breath of history in its air.

We have wonderful days in Nancealverne House - a place of lived history - spent. We were impressed by the stories of the ancestors, the beautiful nature, good food and the friendliness of the Cornish people. We felt immediately at home in this house and it was the ideal place to explore West Cornwall.

I booked Nancealverne house because I wanted somewhere which would be suitable for 3 generations. The details mentioned the house was baby friendly. Our party included a toddler & a crawling baby. I was impressed with all the equipment suppled, everything had been well thought out. Most of the living space is on one floor... the upper floor, which is entered through the conservatory to the left of the building. It seemed a little odd but worked very well. Some of the family portraits frightened my 2 year old granddaughter. It was fun to be lord & lady of the manor for a week!

Fantastic house with all the amenities that you would need. We would certainly use this property again. Had a wonderful stay.

Beautiful house, and beautiful location. The gardens are really lovely, with lawns, woods and walkways.

Despite it's size, the house has a very homely feel, and the furniture and paintings have obviously been there for generations.

Our party comprised seven adults and a teenager, and there was ample space for everyone.

Very central location, close to many beautiful beaches and harbours, and only a fifteen minute walk to the centre of Penzance.

We would definitely like to return!

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