Mousehole in West Cornwall

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Mousehole harbour

Mousehole
West Cornwall

There are very few places that can be found in the United Kingdom that have retained their original character and charm in the way that the tiny fishing village of Mousehole has.

Mousehole (pronounced "Mowzel") is one of Cornwall's most picturesque hamlets; a stunning collection of yellow-lichened houses, built from the local finely grained Lamorna granite, huddled together around the inner edge of the harbour - protected from the force of the sea coming across Mounts Bay by two sturdy breakwaters.

Mousehole is a very attractive tourist destination. A small and very safe beach is located in a sheltered part of the harbour which is popular with families, particularly those with small children- an ideal location for family days out, with safe bathing, quite literally at your feet.

St Clement's Isle - a small rocky islet once the home to an ancient hermit lies just offshore of the harbour wall. A few hundred yards along the coast from the village lies a huge cave which - so some people say - gives rise to the name of the village (Mouse Hole!).

Car parking in the village is extremely limited with very narrow roads. Visitors to Mousehole are advised to park on the outskirts of the village and to walk in.

Dylan Thomas (1930) described Mousehole as ' the loveliest village in England', a title that remains true to the present day.

Mousehole developed around its harbour (and of course the fishing fleet that sustained it) appearing in the record books as an important fishing port from as early as 1266, in fact, part of the south quay originates from 1390 - possibly the oldest pier in Cornwall. The fishing industry has declined drastically over the last 100 years, but a few fishing boats maintain the long heritage and tradition of a working harbour, whilst the majority of vessels now lying at anchor are pleasure craft.

Dolly PentreathDolly Pentreath, or Dorothy Pentreath (baptised 1692, died December 1777) was reputedly the last fluent native speaker of the Cornish language.

Many accounts claim that she was the last person who spoke only Cornish, whilst others (probably based on the works of Daines Barrington), maintain that she could not speak a word of English until the age of twenty. Whether or not this is correct, Cornish was her first language.

As you walk towards the harbour from the car park, you will pass the house where she lived - marked by a plaque. A memorial to her is to be found in the churchyard in nearby Paul - a small village just above Mousehole.

During the winter months, sturdy wooden beams are used to close the harbour entrance, keeping the force of the sea at bay and protecting the village.

In the past, villagers have suffered from the effects of winter storms - one of these events is commemorated annually shortly before Christmas on "Tom Bawcock's Eve" where a monstrous fish pie is baked and consumed by the patrons of the Inn on the quayside. This event, which becomes a major village party, attracts visitors from both the surrounding district and from all over the world.

 

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Boats in  Mousehole 
MOUSEHOLE HOLIDAY RENTAL

The Mill House  Parking Available The Mill House
Tel: 07966 387 077.   Self-catering Holiday Rental in Mousehole sleeps 5.


An Treveth Apartment  An Treveth Apartment
Tel: 01736 368434.   Self-catering Holiday Apartment Rental in Penzance sleeps 2. Sat Changeover, Prices from 350 to 390


Rosemerryn Holiday Cottage  Pets Allowed Parking Available Rosemerryn Holiday Cottage
Tel: 01736 810530.   Self-catering Holiday Cottage Rental in Lamorna sleeps 6. Prices from 320 to 585 Pets Welcome


Boskenna Home Farm  Parking Available Boskenna Home Farm
Tel: 01736 810705. Visit England 5 Star Gold Award + Breakfast Award Self-catering Holiday Rental En-Suite B&B Stays in Penzance sleeps 8. Prices from 40


Bosavern House  Parking Available Bosavern House
Tel: 01736-788301. Quality in Tourism / Visit England 4 stars Silver Award logo En-Suite B&B Stays in St.Just in Penwith, Lands end with Sea Views- sleeps Over 10 people - suitable for Large Groups, Prices from 38 to 48


St Aubyn Estates  Parking Available St Aubyn Estates
Tel: 01736 888 515. Quality in Tourism / Visit England 4-5 Stars Self-catering Holiday Rental in Marazion with Sea Views- sleeps 8. - suitable for Large Groups, Prices from 365 to 1795


Rosemerryn House  Parking Available Rosemerryn House
Tel: 01736 810530.   Self-catering Holiday Rental B&B Stays in Lamorna sleeps Over 10 people - suitable for Large Groups, Prices from 35


Fern Cottage  Parking Available Fern Cottage
Tel: 01923 223 013. Quality in Tourism/Visit Briatin 4 star Self-catering Holiday Cottage Rental in Penzance sleeps 6. Prices from 350 to 1030


Trevean Cottage  Parking Available Trevean Cottage
Tel: 01736 731699. Visit England / Quality in Tourism 3 star Self-catering Holiday Cottage Rental in Mousehole with Sea Views- sleeps 2. Prices from 320 to 450
REMAINING WEEKS -Oct 18 to 25 280
15th Nov @ 250 | 22nd @ 250 | 29th Nov @ 250 | 6th Dec @ 250



Wharf Cottages - Mousehole  Wharf Cottages - Mousehole
Tel: 01736 731264.   Self-catering Holiday Cottage Rental in Mousehole with Sea Views- sleeps 6. - suitable for Large Groups, Prices from 180 to 540


Tredinney Farm - Holiday Cottages & B&B stays  Pets Allowed Parking Available Tredinney Farm - Holiday Cottages & B&B stays
Tel: 01736 810 352. CTB member,, Cartwheel 4 Star Self-catering Holiday Cottage Rental En-Suite B&B Stays in St. Buryan with Sea Views- sleeps 6. - suitable for Large Groups, Prices from 35 to 620 Pets Welcome


Christmas Cottage  Christmas Cottage
Tel: 0117 9620399. Quality in Tourism / Visit England 4 Star Self-catering Holiday Cottage Rental in Newlyn with Sea Views- sleeps 4. Prices from 300 to 700


Mousehole Holiday Cottages  Pets Allowed Parking Available Mousehole Holiday Cottages
Tel: 01275-852375.   Self-catering Holiday Cottage Rental in Mousehole with Sea Views- sleeps 5. - suitable for Large Groups, Prices from 140 to 1250 Pets Welcome


The Old Post Office  Parking Available The Old Post Office
Tel: 01736 364120.   Self-catering Holiday Rental in Mousehole with Sea Views- sleeps 4. Sat Changeover, Prices from 175 to 475


Tregiffian Farm Bed and Breakfast  Parking Available Tregiffian Farm Bed and Breakfast
Tel: 01736 810243.   En-Suite B&B Stays in St Buryan with Sea Views- sleeps 4. Prices from 30 to 32.5


Quay Cottage  Parking Available Quay Cottage
Tel: 0161 643 4348.   Self-catering Holiday Cottage Rental in Mousehole with Sea Views- sleeps 4. Prices from 270 to 580


Borah Farm Cottages  Pets Allowed Parking Available Borah Farm Cottages
Tel: 01736 810226. CTB member,  Self-catering Holiday Cottage Rental in Penzance Fri + Sat Changeover, Prices from 380 to 1500 Pets Welcome


Hen Joppa  Parking Available Hen Joppa
Tel: 01926 7259982.   Self-catering Holiday Rental in Penzance with Sea Views- sleeps 6. Prices from 390 to 1360


Kernyk Cottage  Kernyk Cottage
Tel: 01736 732532.   Self-catering Holiday Cottage Rental in Mousehole sleeps 2. Sat Changeover, Prices from 250 to 450


Little Dorrit  Little Dorrit
Tel: 01872 571617.   Self-catering Holiday Rental in Mousehole with Sea Views- sleeps 4. Prices from 360 to 795


Pengullyn  Pets Allowed Parking Available Pengullyn
Tel: 01932 857679.   Self-catering Holiday Rental in Nr. Penzance with Sea Views- sleeps 6. Pets Welcome


Downs Barn Farm  Parking Available Downs Barn Farm
Tel: 01736 810295. Visit Britain 5 star Gold Award - Bed & Breakfast Award Self-catering Holiday Rental En-Suite B&B Stays in St Buryan with Sea Views- sleeps 4. Prices from 45 to 750


Flower Shed  Parking Available Flower Shed
Tel: 01736 731239.   En-Suite B&B Stays in Mousehole with Sea Views- sleeps 2. Prices from 80


Sandpiper - Mousehole  Pets Allowed Parking Available Sandpiper - Mousehole
Tel: 0118 978 5433.   Self-catering Holiday Rental in Mousehole with Sea Views- sleeps 4. Prices from 350 to 930 Pets Welcome


The Old Coastguard  Pets Allowed The Old Coastguard
Tel: 01736 731 222.   B&B Stays in Mousehole Prices from 110 to 235 Pets Welcome


Meadowside Cottage  Parking Available Meadowside Cottage
Tel: 01736 811168.   En-Suite B&B Stays in Penzance sleeps 8. Prices from 30


YMCA Backpackers Hostel  Parking Available YMCA Backpackers Hostel
Tel: 01736 334820.   Self-catering Holiday Rental B&B Stays Camping and Touring in Penzance sleeps Over 10 people - suitable for Large Groups, Prices from 18


Artist Residence  Artist Residence
Tel: 01736 365 664.   En-Suite B&B Stays in Penzance Prices from 65 to 150


Bramble Cottage - Mousehole  Parking Available Bramble Cottage - Mousehole
Tel: 01588 680316.   Self-catering Holiday Cottage Rental in Mousehole with Sea Views- sleeps 4. Sat Changeover, Prices from 240 to 620
NEXT AVAILABLE WEEKS ARE Sept 20th - 26th ONLY 390 | Sept 26th - OCT 4th ONLY 390


Trevaylor Vean  Parking Available Trevaylor Vean
Tel: 01736 365087.   En-Suite B&B Stays in Penzance sleeps 2. Prices from 50 to 60


 

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