Inn Pair: Cornwall

The Gurnard's Head & The Old Coastguard

Two hidden gems in Cornwall, set right on the Cornish coastline overlooking the sea. Stay at one or stay at both. This pair provides perfect bases for exploring the surrounding area. Driving time between the inns is 25 minutes.

Pairing notes: Coastal, Great food, Walking, Cosy, Dogs, Active outdoors, Heritage


Meet the inns

1. The Gurnard's Head, Zennor, Cornwall

Striking clifftop inn with dramatic views, local, seasonal food, comfortably rustic rooms, a relaxed vibe and great walks.

Visible for miles with its yellow-ochre walls, The Gurnard's Head near Zennor is a real beacon on the Cornish coast. 'Eat, Drink, Sleep' is the inn's mantra and it certainly lives up to its promise.

Log fires, stone floors, brass lanterns and lots of local artwork create a relaxed and convivial vibe in the bar, while the kitchen champions seasonal Cornish produce. The food is backed by a fine stock of locally brewed ales, unusual spirits and well-chosen wines.


2. The Old Coastguard, Mousehole, Cornwall

Gutsy seasonal food, a stunning garden and simple rooms with wonderful views at this beautifully refurbished inn beside the sea.

Situated right beside the sea on Mount's Bay with glorious views, the newly refurbished 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. Cosy rooms and great food too.


Best things to do whilst you're there

1. The Gurnard's Head, Zennor

Cornwall is famous for surfing, of course, and if you're ever going to give it a go, beautiful Sennen Beach might be the ideal place. Or maybe St Ives, which offers a wide choice of surf schools and shops where you can get yourself all the right kit. Or, why not give kite surfing a go - Mobius Kitesurfing School have outposts at beaches in Hayle and Marazion, and also run guided mountain biking trails and hire out bikes too.

Don't miss a day out in St Ives - just ten minutes away by car. Part of the national group of galleries, Tate St Ives exhibits work by modern British artists. There's no permanent collection, instead a regularly changing programme of exhibitions that changes three times a year.

The Tate also manages another property in St Ives, 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.


2. The Old Coastguard, Mousehole

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 & Sail - a music and beer festival held in the village of Mousehole.

We also highly recommend seeking out the Rock Pool Cafe, a cool little cafe perched on the rocks above the sea pool in Mousehole (pictured above).

Enjoy great coffee and cake, lunchtime sandwiches and afternoon tea and scones on the rustic terrace, soaking up the fabulous sea views. It's only a 1-minute walk from The Old Coastguard - the perfect seaside escape.


Ready to book?