Lovely seaside holiday home in Mousehole, South-West Cornwall - described by Dylan Thomas as "really the loveliest village in England". Spacious and light, with lounge and balcony overlooking harbour and Mount's Bay. Sleeps up to 6, with annexe available to sleep 2 more (double futon + extra shower/loo)

Our House

CAROLINE COTTAGE is a deceptively spacious granite cottage, backing onto Keigwin Place some 100 metres from the picturesque beach and harbour. Cottage overview

The bedrooms and bathroom are at street level and the living areas upstairs. From the open-plan lounge (c. 18') and balcony there are wonderful views over the rooftops and St Clement’s Isle, and across Mount’s Bay to St Michael’s Mount. The spacious kitchen/dining room (c. 20') has a traditional Cornish range and a well-equipped wood-fitted kitchen. The table seats 8. Our studio annexe, “The Dungeon”, opens onto Keigwin Place (double futon plus shower/loo).

We provide lots of books, games, dvds and puzzles for all ages. Wi-Fi is available throughout the cottage.

2001 was our first letting year - we continue to run bookings ourselves, and welcome any questions - we want you to be happy! Our aim is that you find the cottage both attractive and a welcoming home-from-home. Our booking form includes more information about the cottage and village. We can offer flexible terms for short stays and small groups outside main weeks. Please contact us with details if you would like to bring a pet.

How to book

Since starting in 2001 we have always responded personally to enquiries - we don't use any OTAs or agencies.

To book Caroline Cottage, please:

  • Phone us on 01865 727423 or 07900 677588 or 07768 625594
  • Contact us here
  • Send us an enquiry for a specific date from the Prices and availability calendar

Booking is confirmed on receipt of a completed booking form and payment of a 33% deposit. You can pay by direct bank transfers or cheques.

  • Short-stay/small-group discounts available outside main weeks - please enquire.
  • Christmas and New Year dates are flexible, please contact us. For the famous Mousehole Lights see www.mouseholelights.org.uk

Mousehole

MOUSEHOLE (“Mousle”), described by Dylan Thomas as really the loveliest village in England, is set around a tidal harbour and a small sandy beach, once home to the traditional pilchard-fishing fleet. The harbour offers safe swimming when the tide is in, and beachcombing at low tide. At the nearby rockpools there is a natural sea-bathing pool for children. Full of winding paths and picturesque cottages, Mousehole is now largely a conservation area.

Mousehole has a small village shop, Deli, pub, plenty of cafes, two excellent restaurants, galleries, and a bird hospital. Despite being a small village, it holds various festivals. Summer has the annual Carnival, the biennial Sea Salts and Sailes festival and the blessing of the Penlee Lifeboat in Mousehole harbour. In December and January the spectacular harbour lights make the village a magical place. December 23 is Tom Bawcock's' Eve, celebrating the local legend of fisherman Tom Bawcock who saved the village from starvation - this story is told in Antonia Barber's beautifully illustrated book "The Mousehole Cat". In winter the harbour is protected by a wooden barrier; occasional storms can send waves crashing over the harbour walls - a wonderful sight from our cosy lounge!

Mousehole is a joy to explore - tiny paths, hidden clusters of cottages, constantly changing views. Keigwin Place has a plaque to Dolly Pentreath, reputedly the last Cornish-speaker. A mile east along the coast, the former Penlee lifeboat station is now a memorial garden to the crew of the Solomon Browne lifeboat - all of the 8 crew were Mousehole men who lost their lives in a heroic rescue attempt in 1981.

Currently (2020) boat trips on the Comorant run from Mousehole harbour. See www.cormorantcruising.co.uk for more information.

Places to visit

The PENWITH PENINSULA: some of its loveliest spots are in easy reach of Mousehole – hidden coves like Penberth ; the Minack Theatre at Porthcurno ; Land’s End and the wild north-west coast ; St Ives and the Cornwall Tate Gallery; Marazion with its artists’ galleries and the causeway to St Michael’s Mount. Seals can sometimes be seen, including from the Mousehole rock-pools.

Walks from Mousehole include to the neighbouring village of Paul – beautiful church, good pub. Take the South-West coast-path for a bracing walk to Lamorna Cove and The Wink Inn. Regular minibuses run to the nearby fishing port of Newlyn (buy local fish and crab, visit the Newlyn Gallery) and to Penzance (plenty of shops and eateries). Penzance has a bus station and a railway station, and the Scillonian Ferry to the Isles of Scilly (day trips available). The heliport is due to return to Penzance in 2020. So there are penty of options for exploring without using the car - and a car-free holiday is perfectly feasible!

Comments from guests

We had a fantastic time in Cornwall despite the cold weather. We thought Caroline Cottage was wonderful and it was such a treat to stay there. Very comfortable and equipped with everything we needed. It has a lovely feel to it and it was great having all the books and DVDs to hand. The views from the balcony were stunning and we watched The Scillonian make her first Spring voyage over to Scilly ...

… the views from Caroline Cottage have inspired me to do some painting for the first time in 6 years… Mousehole is such an interesting little place, with so much history… I will treasure the memory of the view from the balcony for a long time…

The cottage and the town felt like home, and the people here made us feel very welcome…

What a wonderful treat it has been to be a guest in your beautiful cottage. To find it in such fantastic condition, so welcoming…The views, the seagulls and the harbour provide a perfect backdrop for wine on the balcony…

We won’t waste space listing all the things we enjoyed because we enjoyed absolutely everything, especially Caroline Cottage and the Ship Inn.

This is the most comfortable and well-equipped cottage I have ever seen and our stay has been a joy…

Cottage as good as it looks on the website. Home from home

… a restful oasis…

We parked the car on arrival and didn’t move it until we went home…

… another wonderful holiday in Mousehole – extra special due to Caroline Cottage… home comforts and fantastic views across the bay to St Michael’s Mount, Goonhilly and Lizard

Thank you for all the thought you have put into this place

Thank you for allowing me all the creature comforts I always miss on holiday whilst also providing gorgeous views of the sea and picturesque village!

… how can you improve a perfect place…

House wonderful as ever

Lovely cottage… gorgeous village… The cottage is unexpectedly massive and really comfortable… I have designed my dream house on the layout of this place…

We thought that it might be tough dragging 4 teenagers away from their friends and computer for a week, but they had a great time…. See, they can survive without MSN!

My first visit to Mousehole. Beautiful! Lovely homely cottage, you seem to have thought of everything…

ManOnABeach Interview

Visit manonabeach.com. If you haven’t seen the website before, it’s definitely worth a look. See if you can find the entry for your favourite beach in Cornwall, apart from Mousehole. What would you have said about it if you’d been interviewed?

Downloads

Disclaimer we cannot guarantee the availability of broadband and Wi-Fi as the external wiring is out of our control. Also, if previous visitors have caused any damage, we will not be able to rectify this immediately.