Mousehole, Cornwall


Mousehole, Cornwall


The Old Watch House - Mousehole | Holiday Staycation


The Old Watch House - Mousehole | Holiday Staycation



Location! Location!  We have never had a guest stay who doesn’t comment WOW!  As you enter the driveway through secure double gates and begin walking up the gravel pathway through the gardens it feels like being transported to your own private island. The garden wall is the sea wall, which represents a huge portion of Mousehole’s waterfront.

The Old Watch House was exactly that, it was and still is the most renowned historical house of the village. Built in the early 1800’s it was where the Watchman lived, looking out for smugglers monitoring ships comings and goings into Mousehole Harbour. There is a gate in the garden wall with steps immediately down to the Beach, which originally was the slipway for the Watchman’s boat.

The prize winning gardens are exceptional, with hundreds of varieties of flowers. The elevated gardens and terraces provide jaw dropping views out to sea and across the harbour and village. St Clements Isle is just off shore adjacent to the house. This small island was once the home of an ancient hermit but has been commandeered by a seal colony, whose escapades can be easily observed.

Whilst the house is a period property it has undergone extensive refurbishment and restoration, retaining its original charm. A mixture of antique beds and furniture mixed with contemporary pieces, combined with unusual and original accessories.

The house offers accommodation for up to 8 people, with 4 Bedrooms and 3 Bathrooms (2 en-suites). All Bedrooms, Lounge, Dining Room, and Kitchen / Snug offer outstanding sea views, the decor and furnishings reflecting the stunning exterior.


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Looking for a shorter break or the changeover day not right for you?
Call +44 (0)7411 332201 or 01278 795027 – outside of peak times we can sometimes offer some flexibility.

The Old Watch House - Mousehole | Holiday Staycation

Ground Floor

Dining Room
On entering the property and walking through the porch, the large dining room is furnished with a huge bleached wood dining table and chairs to gather around for meals, whether with friends or family, it’s a room to eat drink and be merry. The chunky slate flagstones and exposed Cornish Stone Inglenook enhance the coastal decor, along with a room-wide bespoke bookcase offering a variety of books to sit, read and relax. Refurbished American battleship lanterns reflecting the house’s nautical history light this social hub.

Ancient elm flooring and an open fire makes this a welcoming room. Deep sofas and viewing chairs in each huge bay window presents the opportunity to sit and watch the sea and harbour activity. More than enough room to seat all guests, watch the TV, or play board games. In the winter a fabulous room to “storm watch”

Kitchen & Snug
Hand painted kitchen, granite worktops and slate flagstones combined with a range cooker, wine cooler, fridge freezer, microwave and dishwasher, a room equipped for all your culinary needs.
Half of the room offers a snug area with the original floor boards, 2 sofas and large patio doors leading to a sunny patio area with cast iron table, chairs and BBQ. Perfect for enjoying an alfresco breakfast or an evening BBQ while the sun sets over the water, or slipping through the gate and stepping down to the beach to sit and watch the tide.

Utility Room
A separate room with sink unit, washing machine and tumble dryer. An iron and ironing board are also provided for the convenience of guests.

Downstairs W.C.
A Coastal Style panelled room separate from the utility room.

Bedroom One with en-suite
Furnished with a King Size restored antique bed and wardrobe, coastal style furniture and luxury bespoke blackout curtains ensures a restful night’s sleep. A chair in the bay window, looking out to the gardens, sea and village beoyond, makes this a tranquil room leading to a luxurious en-suite, tiled in natural stone with a lava stone sink.

The Old Watch House - Mousehole | Holiday Staycation

First Floor

Bedroom 2 with En-Suite
A restored antique king size bed, mother of pearl and bleached wood furniture and painted distressed floors provides a light and airy retreat. The bespoke curtains are fully blackout lined, and a bench positioned in the huge bay window allows exceptional sea views. The en-suite bathroom is tiled in tumbled marble, with the sink hewed from a large slab of marble. A huge walk in shower provides wet room style showering. Above the sink is a mirror fitted with a Bluetooth speaker for you to connect to and sing along whilst showering!

Bedroom  3
A comfy Twin room, with restored antique beds, that have the option to convert to super king, with zip and link mattresses.  A painted distressed floor and bleached wood furniture complete the beach house atmosphere.  Bespoke curtains with blackout lining and another huge bay window next to the sea offering post card views.

Bedroom  4
A cosy room with direct sea views , with distressed painted floors and twin antique beds.

Family Bathroom
A large copper, tin lined bateau bath takes centre stage, a real soaker tub! A separate glass shower  enclosure is an alternative for showering aficionado’s. A real pampering room.

The driveway accommodates 3 to 4 cars and a garage provides storage for beach equipment or bikes. The large gardens are exceptional, with an abundance of flowers and shrubs, offering privacy and safety for children and pets.

A natural slate patio wraps around the immediate exterior of the property, furnished with sofas, dining table and chairs to enjoy alfresco dining cooked on the charcoal BBQ, whilst enjoying panoramic sea and habour views.

An outside shower for rinsing sandy children or muddy dogs.


Sleeps: 8
Changeover Day: Friday for peak periods, flexibility at other times and for short breaks & special occasions.
Arrival & Departure: Arrival from 4:30 pm, departure by 10:00am
Bed Linen: High quality linen Supplied and changed weekly
Towels: Each guest has a hand towel & bath sheet.
Pet Friendly: Yes (1 or 2 small) £50 fee per week for the first dog. Then £15 fee, per week for the 2nd dog. Read property dog rules.
Refundable Security Deposit: £500


Sky HD with Sky Sports
Bose Wireless Sound System
Charcoal BBQ
Tassimo Coffee Machine
Open Fire (Basic supply of wood and coal provided)
Parking for 3 to 4 cars on site
Fridge / Freezer, Dishwasher, Wine Cooler, Microwave.
Wi Fi
Xbox 360 games console
Induction Hob Please Note: Guest’s with pacemakers should avoid using induction hob as this can interfere with their device

Mousehole (pronounced “Mowsel”)

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. Dylan Thomas (1930) described Mousehole as ‘The loveliest village in England’ a title that remains true to the present day. The Ship Inn was a favourite watering hole of his and there is still a corner of the bar called ‘Dylans Corner’.

Many of author Rosamunde Pilcher’s screened adaption’s of her novels were filmed in Mousehole, which is understandable given its stunning collection of yellow-lichened houses, built from the locally mined, finely grained, Lamorna granite, huddled together around the Ancient Harbour.

A small and very safe sandy beach is located in a sheltered part of the Harbour. There is also a pebbly beach with a seawater swimming pool, with the Rock Pool Cafe situated just above, serving bistro food and afternoon tea and cakes. Streets dotted with small independent gift shops and art galleries, superb pubs and restaurants – The Ship Inn, 2 Fore Street, The Old Coastguard and Hole Foods, it really is a picture perfect place.

The South West Coast Path runs through the village, which gives access to fabulous walks or hikes if you are feeling energetic.

Even out of season Mousehole is a bustling village, the tiny shops, galleries and restaurants remain open. In December the village comes alive with the Mousehole lights, an important event in the village filled with events, brass bands and carol services.

In the interests of hygiene and comfort we request that all guests kindly adhere to the following guidelines if bringing any dog to the property:

  • Please do not allow the dogs in the bedroom or on any furniture. We would ask that the dogs sleep in the utility room.
  • Please do not use the house towels provided to dry your dog
  • Please do not allow your dog to foul on the garden. If this should occur please pick up after your dog immediately.
  • If your dog has an accident on a carpeted area, you must contact the housekeepers immediately We will always need to get the carpet professionally cleaned and pass this charge on to you.
  • Please do not allow your dog to come into the property covered in sand or water.
  • Dogs may not be left unattended in the property or in a car on the drive.

Are your chosen dates not available?

How about looking at our other property: Salubrious House in St.Ives

go to salubrious house website


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  1. Rated 5 out of 5.

    If Mousehole is the ‘loveliest village in England’ then the Old Watch House is the ‘loveliest house in the loveliest village’. It was a privilege to stay in… Read more

  2. Rated 5 out of 5.

    The house is beautifully decorated, homely and situated in the most perfect location. Just a short walk to the pubs, restaurants and shops.
    The private access to the beach is an … Read more

  3. Rated 5 out of 5.

    Had a fabulous week here. Wonderful house and gardens and that view that lifts your soul! The local eateries go the extra mile with their menus – Four Teas cafe did the best … Read more