With its charming small harbour and narrow streets that wind inbetween the yellow-tinted cottages made of locally sourced Lamorna granite, it’s easy to see why people that come on holiday here fall in love with this town in West Cornwall so easily. Mousehole looks just like the picture on the front of a postcard and was even described by famous poet Dylan Thomas as ‘the loveliest village in England’.
In the past, Mousehole was a very busy port with a huge number of fishing boats using the port to dock and bring in their catch. Today, you will still see a handful of colourful boats bobbing in and out of the harbour, some of which offer picturesque trips out to sea. Head back to shore to taste some of the local fresh fish in one of the restaurants nestled in the village, making sure to try the local delicacy of stargazey pie, made with baked pilchards.
With the large breaks that protect the port from the waves of the Atlantic Ocean, the setting is truly a beautiful one. However, if you come to Mousehole at high tide during the winter months you can expect to see a dramatic sight of waves crashing against the harbour walls, an exhilarating experience for all.
The small beach found within the harbour is a popular spot where people relax and enjoy the ambience of the village. It’s great for families as children will love making sandcastles and paddling on the shore. You can wander down to the beach through the small streets that house galleries, pubs and restaurants or alternatively, if you’re basing your break here you could easily head to the popular tourist destinations of Penzance or Land’s End as they are within easy reach of this beautiful village.
The Christmas lights in Mousehole are simply stunning with twinkling lights on almost all of the buildings on the sea-front. The residents of Mousehole are fervent supporters of Christmas and celebrate their own local hero Tom Bawcock in December, who saved the village from famine when he braved the stormy seas to catch fish. You can also find the house of the last native speaker of Cornish in Mousehole, which is marked by a plaque.
The small beach found within the harbour is a popular spot where people relax and enjoy the ambience of the village.
Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the village is an idyllic setting for a relaxing break in West Cornwall. With its charm, heritage and coastal location, a holiday in Mousehole will offer all you could want from a rural retreat in this magnificent county.