The views are simply stunning. It’s no exaggeration to say that they’re the best in Mousehole. While away the hours on the generous window seats, gazing at the harbour and out across the Atlantic as the fishing boats pootle by the fairy-tale castle of St Michael’s Mount in the distance, or simply watch the coming and going of the tide on the beach below. This is truly as close as you get without getting wet!
In summer, throw open the windows to let the salty summer breezes in along with the sounds of the harbour, abuzz with beach and boat life. For out-of-season solitude, cosy up on the high pile rug or recline in the marshmallow sofa as the fire from the log burner crackles and melts away the wild-weather winter evenings outside. Mousehole is the perfect village for all seasons.
Sink into the sumptuous kingsize bed with superior goose down duvet, super-comfy pocket sprung mattress and crisp Egyptian linens. Drift off to an unrivalled nights sleep with the sounds of the waves beneath your window. Handmade fully-lined French linen curtains ensure lazy lie-ins, despite the enchanting Cornish morning light.
Immerse yourself in vintage-chic and browse through books and treasures handpicked from around the world.
Of course there’s WIFI, a flat screen TV, DVD player, iPod dock and radio/alarm, along with a small selection of classic games.
The hand built galley kitchen is fully equiped with all the trimmings, from Smeg dishwasher and Dualit toaster right down to ice bucket and champagne flutes, and all the pots, pans, crockery and glassware you might need.
The cosy ensuite bathroom offers a powerful shower, heated flooring and sumptuously soft cotton towels.
Enjoy the small cobbled courtyard tucked away from the harbourside, brimming with evergreen ferns, climbing roses and clematis, in summer.
The Hope Mousehole was featured in the June 2012 issue of Livingetc magazine.
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.