This week we are here to share number 14 – 21 secrets of The Penventon Park Hotel. From filming the 7 Deadly Sins at the hotel to our weekly changing menu, there are many exciting stories behind the hotel. If you missed the first 14 secrets then you can check out the previous post on our blog which covers Poldark history, our gin roulette wheel and our incredible copper bar.
Secret 14 – Historical Past
Since 1867 Sir Arthur and Lady Edith Carkeek took over the residence of The Penventon House. The Penventon became frequented with wealthy and influential local, titled families, who enjoyed attending garden events at the grounds, consisting of tea treats, the playing of instruments by a local band and marquee events. Sir Arthur and Lady Edith were the last residents to occupy The Penventon as a private home. Lady Edith was a vivacious lady who entertained extensively and gave soirees in the music room. Our function suite is named after Lady Edith and is situated on the lower ground floor. The versatile suite can be split into two rooms or used as one medium size suite for weddings, birthday celebrations, conferences or private dining.
Secret 15 – Venetian Room
The Penventon Park Hotel may be located in Cornwall but we still indulge in different cultures around the world. Find our Venetian Room next door to our brasserie. Mrs Pascoe who has owned the hotel for 49 years was born and raised in Venice – her family background has led her to bring a number of incredible Venetian antiques to the hotel. You will feel like you have stepped back in time, to another corner of the world when you look around the Venetian Room at the antiques, masks and artwork. The Venetian Room can be used for private dining and functions.
Secret 16 – Vintage Menus
How amazing are these Penventon adverts that were published in the Cornish Life in 1974! “So why not get your friends together and give them a really special night out. The food Is superb and reasonably priced . We have live music throughout the week – from Jazz to Country Western , and as the hotel is fully licensed, all you have to do is name your drink!” You can see that steak has always been on the menus along with our other classic dishes.
Secret 17 – At the Heart of Charity
Did someone say food? Come and join us at The Penventon Park Hotel restaurant for delicious food, a laid back atmosphere and beautiful opulent interiors. Choose from either our Local Heroes Menu that changes weekly (we donate 50p from each meal to a local charity) or from our seasonal menu. Whether you’re looking for a decadent romantic meal for 2 or to entertain guests over a business lunch, our restaurant is the ideal venue to enjoy classic dishes with a modern twist.
Secret 18 – Lincrusta
You’ll notice our bespoke handmade artisan Lincrusta details throughout the hotel. Lincrusta was invented by Frederick Walton, who had pioneered the development of linoleum floor coverings in the 1860s. Acclaimed as the first washable wallcovering, Lincrusta was an instant success, replacing painstaking artisan plasterwork and appealing to Victorian England’s tastes because of its sanitary properties as well as its beauty, practicality and durability. Lincrusta is still highly desired and admired across the world and we are honoured to have bespoke designs in our hotel. Here are some images of the process!
Secret 19 – 7 Deadly Sins
Deborah Jane (@deborajayneart) former photography student at Falmouth University, fell in love with the magic of The Penventon Park Hotel. Her creative mind sparked and overnight the idea of a short film called the 7 Deadly Sins
was born. The creative film tells the story of 7 sins embodied into females – their personifications coming to life and presenting how each sin reacts in certain situations. The initial inspiration came from the Copper Bar because of its “film set feel.” Other scenes were filmed in the ballroom and bedrooms, and the makeup looks were created from makeup artists from Truro College.
Debora described the day of the production to be one of the best days of her life. She said that being able to make the hotel come alive through her work was a dream come true. Debora won the Elevation Indie Film Awards in 2017 and now the still photographs that go alongside the film hang on the wall of The Penventon Park Hotel corridor.
Check out 7 Deadly Sins here – http://www.debrajayne.com/seven-deadly-sins.html
Secret 20 – Trumpets Disco
Who loves a Saturday night? Did you know that back in the day, the best night for a party at the PV was on a Sunday!? Our spiral staircase now leads to our private wine cellar which is home to over 100 different types of wines, but previously downstairs used to be home to the Trumpets Disco that was famous for its wild Sunday nights in the 70s and 80s.
Secret 21 – Botanical Inspiration
The décor in some of our superior rooms have been inspired by botanicals to pay homage to Penberthy Mager, one of the hotel’s previous owners. Penberthy was the first person to bring back Orchards to the UK! The rooms are decorated with beautiful Sanderson wallpaper and the Penventon classics such as the Roberts Radio and Old School Phone.