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Situated right beside the sea on Mount's Bay with glorious views, The Old Coastguard in the charming village of Mousehole is a must for those who love Cornwall's gorgeous coastline. Boasting an informal and relaxed vibe with deep sofas, open log fires, historical photographs of the coastline and local art for sale, this is the perfect spot for a little sea-gazing and seaside relaxation.

Whether you're here for a snack and a pint of locally brewed cider, a decadent supper with a carafe of wine or searching for a base from which to explore this gorgeous region, The Old Coastguard is the perfect space to relax and unwind. On sunny days, the large decked terrace is the place to be - while the large manicured lawn complete with sub-tropical palm trees leads guests down to the sea.

Rooms from

Doubles: £155
Sea view: £200

Good to know

  • Amex not accepted, Visa / Mastercard / Maestro all accepted
  • Disabled access
  • Private and alfresco dining

Water and waves
With gorgeous sea views and the ocean on your doorstep, this is the perfect spot for those searching for some seaside R&R.

No car needed
You're just 10 minutes in a taxi from Penzance train station, so guests can leave the car at home.

Family favourite
Kids can indulge in the Tiny Tots or Bigger Bites menu and are very welcome over night. Under five's stay for free!


Rooms at The Old Coastguard are relaxed, informal and charming with beautiful antique chest of drawers and vintage furniture creating a genuine feeling of warmth and luxuriousness. Expect local art adorning the walls, top-notch beds and rooms decorated in bright, bold seaside colours.

Welsh blankets, scatter cushions and attractively painted lamps complete the coastal decor, whilst the bathrooms are modern with powerful rain showers, white baths, chrome fittings and earthy tiled walls. Most rooms have gorgeous sea views and eight come with balconies.

Restaurant & bar

The kitchen serves up hearty plates with bold seasonal flavours and plenty of locally sourced ingredients - meat and game comes from St Ives, duck from the Cornish Duck Co. Bread is freshly baked on the premises every day. Given its coastal location, it's not surprise that fish plays a pivotal role on The Old Coastguard's menu, ranging from locally caught crab, Fowey oysters and brown shrimp.

Cornwall is synonymous with cider, so expect to sample a fine range at the bar: compare the merits of locally brewed Skreach with Ty Gwyn from Monmouthshire or indulge in a shot of Somerset cider brandy. Ale buffs can enjoy draught brews from St Austell, Skinners Brewery and the Harbour Brewing Company in Trekillick - try the session IPA. Spirits include an excellent rum selection, plus Armagnacs, Tarquin's gin and even Cornish pastis.

Things to do

There's plenty going on at The Old Coastguard. Why not join local artist Gillian Cooper in one of her residential drawing workshops, giving you the tools to capture the stunning landscape and wildlife. If visiting in July, don't miss the biannual Sea Salts & Ale - a music and beer festival held in the village of Mousehole.

A day out in St Ives is a must when in this part of the world - just thirty minutes away by car. Part of the national group of galleries, Tate St Ives exhibits work by modern British artists, showcasing a programme of exhibitions that changes three times a year. The Tate also manages the gorgeous Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden. There's plenty of arts and crafts cafes, quirky shops and boutiques in St Ives, so it's well worth spending an afternoon exploring this charming seaside spot.

Getting here


Nearest train station: Penzance
Taxi from station: 11min
Drive: 29min from St Ives, 30min from Porthcurno


The Parade, Penzance, Mousehole, Cornwall TR19 6PR

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