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The Old Coastguard – Mousehole, Cornwall

The Old Coastguard – Mousehole, Cornwall

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Of Charlie and Edmund Inkin’s collection of effortlessly laid-back places to stay (see more here and here), this has the best location: overlooking the sea in the enchanting fishing village of Mousehole, noted for its artists, Christmas illuminations and legend of ‘Stargazy Pie’. A hotel since Victorian times, the 14 sea-facing bedrooms have happily submitted to Charlie’s penchant for tongue and groove panelling, pale blue or mustard yellow walls, auction room finds and striped curtains. Downstairs, in the open-plan, wood-floored bar/dining room, you’ll tuck in to head chef Matt Smith’s superb dishes. Making the most of the view through picture windows, the sun-filled sitting area, embellished by striped armchairs and handsome sofas, runs the length of the ground floor. Lazing there, looking across the palm-filled garden to the shining sea, you’ll keep delaying your departure by another hour. It’s that sort of place. Doubles from £140.


Name to Know: Junior sous chef Yvonne Trembath. Her father runs the neighbouring farm to sister inn, The Gurnard’s Head, where she started as a kitchen porter in 2007.

See: One of the things that makes Britain great is the Minack Theatre.  The plan to build a theatre into the side of the rocks 80 years ago has delivered a spectacular backdrop for plays.

Eat: Take your breakfast coffee and a pain au chocolat out to the sun terrace in the morning and feast your eyes on one of Britain’s truly brilliant hotel views.

Buy: An unframed print or original from the art browser in reception, a great way to buy some proper art at an affordable price.


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