The living room is spacious and filled with light. Decorated in muted tones, with sumptuous handmade linen sofa and chairs, a gorgeous logburner and Loewe TV. Crammed full of beautiful things.
The beds in both of the bedrooms are covered with superior siberian goosedown and ultra soft linens, so close to the water one can hear the tides lapping the shore, but it’s the view that grabs one’s attention, as far across the bay as the eye can see.
The kitchen is ultra stylish and fully equipped, with industrial coffee machine and easy to use range cooker. There’s a separate entrance to the verandah, a perfect suntrap for secret sunbathing and relaxing.
The wood panelled bathroom boasts an enviably deep bath to melt away the cares of the day. There is a powerful walk in shower, and utility room equipped with washing machine and tumble dryer.
A cobbled courtyard garden, tucked away from the madding crowd, is filled to bursting with roses and blooms, perfect for alfresco eating in the mild Cornish climate. The calm beauty of this impressive home provides a refined and luxurious seaside retreat for two couples.
Available to let by special arrangement only.
We’re on England’s edge, where the land meets the sea, which is part of the appeal; but you might be surprised at how quickly you can get here.
Pootle at your own pace by car. From the M5 at Exeter take the A30, (mostly dual carriageway) and follow right through to Penzance. Expect about 5 hours journey time from London. For more scenic routes either join the A39 Atlantic Highway in north Devon from the M5’s junction 22, or drive the coastal A38 road through Plymouth and East Cornwall.
Be aware roads may get congested during holidays so aim to travel outside of peak rush hours, and watch out for the speed cameras on the A30, near Marazanvose and Roseworthy.
From Penzance follow the coast and the signs to Newlyn and Mousehole (about 2 miles). Go straight through Newlyn and out the other side still following the coast. In about a mile you’ll see the sign for Mousehole. Go past The Old Coastguards Hotel on your left, follow the road a short distance until you see ‘Janners’ chip shop ahead of you. Turn left here and down the short hill until you see the harbour ahead of you. Turn right and follow the road past ‘The Cornishman Newsagents’ and ‘The Ship’ pub. The road winds up, then left past ‘The Cornish Range’ restaurant, and Marshall’s estate agent. Take the next turn left and head back down to the harbour and sea. You’re now in the South Quay car park, stop, and park! If you’re arriving in season you’ll meet the lovely Paul, Mousehole’s local weather oracle, who can sell you daily or weekly parking tickets and point you in our direction, a small stone’s throw away. Arriving evenings or out of season? Facing the sea turn left and walk directly along the harbour front, about 30 paces, and when you get to the third house along you’ll see a little alleyway on your left leading into a courtyard – you’re here! Up the granite steps, key safe on the right. Enjoy.
Plan your journey in detail and plot mileage and timings with the AA route planner,
Check bbc.co.uk/travelnews/cornwall for possible delays and roadworks before you set off.
You can saunter by romantic sleeper train. Catch the Night Riviera from London Paddington and wake in Penzance bright-eyed and bushy-tailed in time for an early breakfast. There are regular and high speed trains from Paddington, Bristol, Bath, the Cotswolds, Birmingham, The Midlands, South Wales and Edinburgh with First Great Western, Virgin and Cross Country Trains.
Newquay Airport is less than an hour away and runs regular and seasonal domestic and international flights. Fly from London Gatwick, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Dublin, Cork and Belfast.
Try Hertz (01637 860869) and Europcar (01637860337) amongst others- cars can be rented from Newquay airport.
Europcar in Penzance is right outside the railway and bus station 01736 360356
Mousehole is about a ten minute drive away from Penzance. There are usually a number of taxis outside Penzance station, or try
- Penzance taxi company 01736 366366
- Nippy cabs 01736 366666
- A2Btaxis 01736 369000
- Anytime Taxis 01736 888888
Daily (£3) or weekly (£15) tickets for the South Quay car park can be purchased from April to October from Paul the attendant, a stone’s throw from Hope Loft. An honesty box is in use for the rest of the year. Failing that, there is the North Quay car park, just on the left once you have entered the village, a short walk away from the property, where tickets can be bought from Roy. There is another car park just outside the village (£2 per day), or try the laybys on the coast road a short walk away for free! Be warned though, it gets busy on high days and holidays, and parking can be troublesome then.