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The owner was drawn to Penzance, at the end of Cornwall, because of the town's proximity to St. Michael's Mount, an ancient craggy island that looks a lot like a lopsided volcano.
Formerly the site of a Benedictine priory and rumored to have once been home to a giant, the island got its name when a fisherman claimed to have seen the Archangel Michael there many years ago.
Most of the 18 rooms look out on the water. They have a distinctly Asian feel, with silk bedspreads and throw pillows covered in embroidered fabrics. (Room 6 is the quietest, away from both the front desk and the terrace.)
Even the restaurantwhere many dishes are flavored with curry and lemongrasshas views of the Mount from one end.
But the best seats are on the terrace: You can see the island rising steeply out of the water, a medieval castle on its tippy-top. (Owned by the National Trust, the castle is open to the public.) At low tide, when people stroll across a granite causeway to visit, it appears as if they're walking on water.
Beyond Mounts Bay and Penzancethe city made famous by Gilbert and Sullivanis Land's End.
Rate includes breakfast.