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The Old Coastguard

UK England South West England Cornwall Penzance

The Parade Mousehole Penzance Cornwall TR19 6PR
The last word in relaxation and good food, Cornish-style.

The folk behind this hotel cut their teeth on the excellent Gurnard's Head near Zennor and the two places have plenty in common, not least a glorious scenic location, great food and a determinedly laid-back vibe that is infectious. Situated in the picturesque seaside village of Mousehole, near Penzance, the Old Coastguard is a supremely relaxing place to stay, with fourteen comfy guest rooms, all of which have some sort of view over the sea. Downstairs too the laid-back atmosphere of the hotel is evident throughout: rows of sofas look seaward, children and dogs get a hearty welcome, and there's often live music in the restaurant alongside Sunday lunch. As with its sister hotel, the emphasis throughout is on comfort, good food and relaxation, with big comfy beds in spacious rooms equipped with Roberts Radios and posh toiletries, high quality tea and coffee, and lots of books to browse. Some rooms have balconies, and most have baths, but all are that little bit different. Whichever you choose you'll be so cosy you may not want to leave, but luckily there is plenty to tempt you downstairs, not least the hotel's lovely gardens, which stretch all the way down to the sea, a wood-panelled bar and of course what is a very high quality restaurant. As for Mousehole itself, it's an archteypal Cornish harbour village, albeit with a contemporary patina of cafés, restaurants and galleries. Beyond, you can take to the coastal path – St Michael's Mount and the Lizard Peninsula are on your doorstep; take in a performance at the nearby Minack theatre; or just go to the beach – in which case you'll be delighted to be fairly close to wonderful Sennen Cove, which is a grand place for both lounging and more high-adrenaline activities like surfing.

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