Mousehole is the quintessential Cornish fishing village, famous for the pretty fisherman’s cottages that surround its charming harbour.
Dylan Thomas thought that Mousehole was ‘the loveliest village in Britain’, which is not hard to understand when you see the picture postcard cottages, winding streets and small fishing boats in the harbour; at low tide the harbour reveals a small sandy beach which is often used by holidaymakers.
Walk in the footsteps of fishermen and smugglers and see dozens of immaculate, proudly-kept cottages or look out over the harbour to see the tiny St Clememt’s Isle just a few hundred yards out to sea. Travel along the harbour road where there are restaurants, gift shops and galleries or visit the Mousehole Bird Hospital which rescues and rehabilitates injured birds.
Villagers say that Mousehole was once the last outpost of Kernowek, the original Cornish language, sadly nowadays the language is not as prevalent as it used to be, however look around Mousehole today and you will see hints of the language in house names and elsewhere.
You’ll be spoilt for choice for places to eat and drink just a short walk from your cottage, whether it’s an à la carte meal or good pub meal; and you may even come across Stargazy Pie, the quirky local speciality that has fish peeping out through the crust!
For accommodation please see our collection of Mousehole holiday cottages.