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The Boat Watch

Mousehole, near Penzance, Cornwall
Grade 4 Star rating


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Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Pets 0
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A stone’s throw from Mousehole’s harbour, this apartment is ideal for couples or a small family who want to enjoy a coastal holiday.

All on the first floor:
Open plan living space:
With wooden floor.
Living area:
With wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
Dining area.
Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge.
Bedroom 1: With double bed.
Bedroom 2: With double bed.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Welcome pack. Access to a freezer. Patio with garden furniture (shared with owner’s restaurant). Public car park 50 yards (£3 per day).

This holiday apartment, above the owner’s restaurant, is perfect for couples looking to cosy up in the winter, walk the stunning coastal paths in spring, or laze on the beach in summer with your very own restaurant and chef on the doorstep. Sitting in the shelter of Mounts Bay, some 2½ miles from Penzance, lies the historic fishing village of Mousehole, once described by Dylan Thomas as the loveliest in England. Pronounced ’Mowzel’, the village was recorded as early as 1266, and you get a real sense of timelessness as you wander the narrow streets, while the picturesque harbour offers a sandy beach at low tide. The Boat Watch is perfect for families and also appeals to couples looking for that great get-away-from-it-all retreat, all year round. Stroll along picturesque coastal paths, laze on the glorious beaches in the summer, pick the fresh wild flowers or visit the many beautiful gardens in the area. The property offers quality accommodation, cosy and great for storm watching in the winter months. The owners run a prestigious bistro, located under the apartment and provide guests with the opportunity to experience the convenience of excellent food during their stay. There is an option to run your own tab and even have meals delivered and served in the apartment. From a full three course meal to drinks and desserts, nothing is too much trouble. The bistro has a vibrant continental feel, located on Mousehole harbour front with stunning views across Mounts Bay. There is an al fresco feel to the secluded and sheltered rear garden, ideal for a quiet drink or leisurely lunch. The area is perfect for exploring the many delights of West Cornwall and the area is renowned for its artists and crafts. Within easy reach of Newlyn, Penzance, Lands End, the famous surfing beach at Sennen, and the picturesque town of St Ives. Visit the Tate Modern or the open air romantic Minack Theatre. The Boat Watch has its own front door and private staircase which leads to the first floor apartment. The enclosed hallway and fully double glazed windows and additional sound proofing ensure the apartment is conveniently located but quiet. The Boat Watch accommodates four guests in two comfortable double bedrooms, beautifully appointed bathroom, light and comfortable open plan living room with woodburner and kitchen area with views of the harbour. Shop, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

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  • Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Sea View
    Sea View
  • Romantic Getaways
    Romantic Getaways
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • WiFi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Pets – not allowed
    Pets – not allowed
  • Coastal within 1 mile
    Coastal within 1 mile
  • Coastal within 3 miles
    Coastal within 3 miles
  • Coastal within 5 miles
    Coastal within 5 miles
  • Open Plan
    Open Plan

Customer Comments

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 13/04/2019
    What a lovely flat! We had a very cosy time in the heart of Mousehole, and we were pleased to be provided with a fully equipped kitchen and logs for the burner. The only thing worth considering, especially if you're a family, is that the restaurant and kitchens downstairs operate until late, which makes the flat very noisy through the floorboards. The most affected room is the second bedroom, which is a pane of glass away from kitchen porters who must do their recycling and cleaning until midnight. All in all, the flat is a fresh, light and airy space that looks over the harbour. It couldn't be more central, and has a telly, dvd player, and even complimentary wine and milk! I can't fault the location or flat: but beware the evening/night time noise.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 30/03/2019
    A lovely clean and comfortable flat above an amazing restaurant with lovely staff. Downside was the clock tower next door and very central location meant it was noisy in the evenings. Fine for adults but I would not recommend for babies/ small children as they were constantly woken. Also could do with better hot water and shower. All in all a lovely trip but could have done with some more sleep!

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 23/03/2019
    A really fabulous apartment with everything on the doorstep. Convenient for St Ives, Newlyn and Penzance...if you're arty, it's the best location! View of the harbour from kitchen and lounge make it special. Beds are comfy, lounge and kitchen are just right for our group of 3. Loved the decor. Would definitely come again.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 22/02/2019
    We had a lovely stay in The Boat Watch. Highly recommend! The food delivered to the flat from the restaurant below was brilliant.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 16/11/2018
    Loved the Boat Watch, perfect spot on the harbour! Apartment very clean and well kept, with added sense of style and luxury. Very relaxing place to unwind (especially out of season) it was great to people watch, and see the village in its daily life. With the added bonus of delicious food just downstairs!

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 20/10/2018
    this was the 3rd time of staying at the Boat Watch. Such a lovely comfortable place to stay. with the bonus of the restaurant down stairs where the food is excellent.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 13/10/2018
    Another super holiday in this lovely flat and enjoyed every minute. Right opposite the bus stop, so, although I didn't have a car, I had no problem in getting around. Lots of help and great service from Joe and his team in the restaurant below, and really enjoyed the offer of having my delicious meal brought up to the flat for me to enjoy as I 'people-watched' from above. Top marks!

  • 3

    Confirmed guest, 22/09/2018
    I was disappointed staying here. It wasn’t a quiet location and could hear constant noise from the restaurant below. Difficult to sleep at nights before midnight when the banging and crashing downstairs stopped. No logs for the fire even though the book said additional logs could be purchased implying there would be logs there in the first place. Bathroom stank constantly of fish from the restaurant below. Chairs in need of a clean could see dirty marks over fabric. Terrible value for money would not recommend or stay here again. How it has such glowing reviews is beyond me. But then I guess you won’t publish the bad ones!

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; This is our first ever-negative review in 12 years therefore feel the need to respond. A basket of logs are supplied between the 1st November and 1st April but are available all year round to purchase from the log store in the restaurant garden, this is offered in addition to all linen, towels, milk, tea, coffee, wine and bottled water which is supplied as welcome package all year round. The apartment is immaculate and on inspection, the chairs were not found to be stained or marked. We are proud to offer accommodation above our restaurant, which appears in the Michelin guide, The Good Food Guide and other highly rated restaurant guides. We pride ourselves on offering accommodation where nothing is too much trouble from takeaways to ice and lemon for your G&Ts. We wish that you had made the effort to talk to us about your concerns as we are always on hand. Joe and Kerry.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 01/09/2018
    Excellent acccommodation for a small young family

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 25/08/2018
    We absolutely loved our stay, the accommodation is lovely, the views over the harbour are beautiful. The restaurant downstairs is fabulous. Our children loved it, we will definitely be back.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 18/08/2018
    All sorts of awesome. A wonderful relaxing place to stay, well appointed and with a great central location and lovely view. The room service is a big bonus as the food is delicious!

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 11/08/2018
    The apartment is above 2 Fore Street restaurant and the staff in there are the most friendly and helpful I have ever come across. Equipment was basic, e.g. only 4 of everything in cutlery, glasses etc, and no dishwasher, but understand that the kitchen area is only small. The position in Mousehole couldn't be better. I thought it was overpriced even for high season. Parking is a serious problem in August.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 23/06/2018
    Had a great time loved location. Apartment great .

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9.1 out of 10 – based on 18 reviews collected by Reevoo
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