The village and fishing port of Mousehole lies on the South Cornwall coast, on the shore of Mount’s Bay. Widely considered one of the county’s prettiest villages, its ancient harbour is overlooked by fishermen’s cottages made of finely grained Lamorna granite. A holiday cottage in Mousehole is an excellent choice for visitors who want to watch the comings and goings of boats in the harbour, enjoy the region’s best seafood and watch the sun set on the ocean. Excellent places to eat and drink can be found in the village’s narrow lanes and along the seafront. The Rock Pool serves delicious cream teas and ploughman’s with far-reaching views along the coast. 2 Fore Street is a laid-back bistro where you can enjoy fresh, locally caught seafood. And the Ship Inn is a good bet for a pint of ale or an evening meal before strolling home to your Mousehole cottage. 

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Painters have been inspired by the spectacular light on this wild stretch of coast for centuries, and Mousehole is home to a number of independent galleries where the work of local artists is showcased. Self-catering holidays in Mousehole would be incomplete without delving into the village’s turbulent history. It was burned to the ground by the Spanish in 1595, apart from one house, which still stands today. Also worth a visit is the memorial to Dolly Pentreath – believed to be the last person to speak only Cornish – in the churchyard at Paul. 

The Southwest Coast Path passes through Mousehole, crossing towering clifftops and secluded beaches such as Lamorna Cove. A couple of miles north of holiday cottages in Mousehole, Penzance is a historic port overlooking the sweep of Mount’s Bay. England’s most westerly point, Land’s End, is a short distance to the west, and from here, a narrow, winding road follows the coast east, providing far-reaching views across the Atlantic before arriving in the seaside town of St Ives.