About Us

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 About Artist Residence

It all began back in 2006, when co-founder, Justin, discovered that his mother had been in an accident, and left university – aged 20 – to be by her side and help out with the family B&B on Brighton seafront. Whilst standing outside the B&B one day, Justin was asked about available rooms. Soon he had managed to fill the whole place for the weekend, – and just like that, he had caught the hotelier bug!

With a new-found interest in improving the hotel, but no budget for a revamp, Justin had to come up with a plan. Inspired by the Brighton art scene, he sent out an ad for artists to decorate rooms in return for board. Hundreds of artists responded, and soon descended on the place decorating walls, floors & ceilings with unique murals- some of which are still there today!

…and so, Artist Residence was born. Joined by girlfriend Charlie, the pair set about making the concept and hotel a successful business. 3 years later, the duo set their sights on their next project, which brings us to Artist Residence Cornwall!

Tucked away in the old quarter of Penzance in a historic Georgian House, this is a fun & friendly boutique retreat with 21 bedrooms and a cottage, perfectly located for discovering West Cornwall. Each room has been individually designed, offering a range of accommodation from affordable ‘arty’ rooms with original artist murals to ‘Comfy Luxe’ bedrooms and a cosy cottage, designed in an eclectic style with touches of luxury.

Located on the ground floor, The Cornish Barn is a rustic restaurant, bar and smokehouse serving a wholesome menu with a focus on fresh Cornish produce – all helped along by craft beers and wines from local independent vineyards. Our award winning breakfast is served daily from the lounge to get your day of exploring off to a flying start!

We have now also opened a small townhouse hotel in London as well as our original location in Brighton, and we will soon be expanding to the Oxfordshire countryside and Bristol city centre too!

Here are a few words from the press:

‘A quirky cool seaside hangout’ – Living Etc

‘Sunday Times Travel Ultimate 100 British Hotels 2016’ – The Sunday Times

‘Eclectic yet homely luxury’ – Evening Standard

‘A fun, relaxing escape’ – Yatzer

We love being in this part of the world and we hope you will love it as much as we do.

Justin, Charlotte & The Artist Residence Team