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Acquaint yourself with charming Mousehole

Perched on the western edge of Mount’s Bay, three miles west of Penzance, this classic Cornish fishing village captures the heart of all who visit. Picturesque fishermen’s cottages huddle around the harbour, which appeared in the record books as an important fishing port from as early as 1266. Part of the south quay originates from 1390, possibly the oldest pier in Cornwall. Today a small number of fishing boats maintain the heritage and tradition of a working harbour.

You can literally get lost for hours in the maze of narrow, winding streets, stumbling upon artists workshops, galleries, little cafés, and interiors shops selling gifts inspired by the sea. Eventually you will find your way back to the harbour and the stunning sea vistas. St Michael’s Mount glistens mysteriously in the distance, the crystal clear waters are framed by exotic banana and fig trees made possible by the mild climate, and you can often spot seals on St Clement’s Isle, a small rocky islet 400 yards offshore from the harbour entrance.


The Old Coastguard

Listed in The Good Food Guide, the red Michelin Guide and named County Dining Pub of the Year by The 2013 Good Pub Guide, this is a traditional brasserie menu that takes good ingredients and gives them a very simple but classic treatment. All tables have views to St. Clement’s Isle. The Sun Deck has sofas with just a pane of glass between you and the palm tree lined gardens. Or, best of all and more frequently than you might think, eat on the terrace looking down at the sparkling sea.

2 Fore St 

With beautiful views stretching across Mousehole Harbour and Mount’s Bay, 2 Fore Street is the perfect place to enjoy a spot of lunch, romantic dinners or coffee with friends. Inspired by French bistros, this bijou bar is open from breakfast through to supper – enjoy locally caught crab dishes, moules mariniere and seafood curry. On warmer days, take a seat in the beautiful garden and browse the menu over a chilled glass of white.

Rock Pool Café

Talented ceramicist Brenda Bates, of Welbeck Tiles, has opened a beautiful new seaside café, The ‘Rock Pool’ perched on a cliff above a natural rock pool and filled with her impressive collection of vintage swan teapots as well as her chic tiles. Perfect for homemade cakes and coffee, toasted sandwiches and afternoon tea, with panoramic views of Mount’s Bay.


Mousehole Beach is a small and very safe beach located in a sheltered part of the harbour which is popular with families, particularly those with small children.
Eight miles and a 25 minute drive away is the spectacular Porthcurno Beach, with soft white sand and turquoise blue sea washed, the beach is an area of stunning natural beauty and popular with families.


It’s ten miles and a 25 minute drive to Sennen Cove, a great surf spot all year round with its crystal clear water and the swell coming straight in from the Atlantic. 


Walking is a brilliant way to experience the beauty of the area, however, the walks in this stretch of coastline can be challenging. The most popular is from Lamorna Cove to Mousehole passing through several nature reserves. There are various footpaths in the area in addition to the coastal path running from Mousehole through Lamorna to Porthcurno, which is well worth exploring for the stunning views of the rugged coastline.


Nearby Porth Enys House boasts one of the most spectacular views over Mount’s Bay, sleeping up to ten guests, and is just a stroll down the hill to Mousehole’s town centre.


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