The Old Coastguard

The ‘wonderful sea views’ from this ‘fantastic’ hotel are but part of its charm: it is equally praised for its ‘pleasant, helpful staff’, ‘most delicious food’ and ‘great atmosphere’. More

Contact details

The Old Coastguard
The Parade
Mousehole
Cornwall
TR19 6PR
England
01736 731222

Hotel information

Bedrooms

14

Open

all year except 24/25 Dec.

Facilities

bar, sun lounge, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, sea-facing garden with path to beach, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

Radio 4 at breakfast, selected music at other mealtimes.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

welcomed (treats, towels, dog bowls), not allowed in dining room.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2017] per room B&B £140–£225, D,B&B £192.50–£277.50. Set dinner £19.50–£24.50, à la carte £24.50.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

The ‘wonderful sea views’ from this ‘fantastic’ hotel are but part of its charm: it is equally praised for its ‘pleasant, helpful staff’, ‘most delicious food’ and ‘great atmosphere’. It is owned by brothers Charles and Edmund Inkin, whose Gurnard’s Head, Zennor, and Felin Fach Griffin, Felin Fach (see entries), have the same carefree feel. (‘It’s a pleasure to recommend them all.’) A ‘youthful, buzzy’ spot, the hotel has plenty of activities to suggest: yoga weekends, foraging walks, a sailing trip with a seafood lunch. Still, there’s always room to simply gather in the bar, as did Guide readers, over evening games of bridge. Simple, cheering bedrooms are decorated with Cornish art. Each one is different: a room with a balcony taking in the panorama was deemed ‘excellent’; a smaller one ‘with no view to speak of’ was less liked. At lunch and supper, dine on creative, seafood-heavy dishes, perhaps hake, pinto beans, monk’s beard, nduja mayonnaise, while gazing over to St Clement’s Isle. A good base for local exploration: ‘We walked to Newlyn one morning to see the fishing boats; another day we took the bus to the Penlee gallery in Penzance.’ (EO, BW, Michael Eldridge)

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Map

The Old Coastguard
The Parade
Mousehole
Cornwall
TR19 6PR

Guest comments

'We had a fantastic time at this elegant but relaxed small hotel with wonderful food. We enjoyed the 'Winter Taster which included dinner, bed and breakfast. We loved gazing out to sea as we sipped our morning coffee. Two of our friends stayed at the same time, and we played bridge in the bar every evening after dinner. The young staff couldn't have been more helpful and pleasant. ' - Ellin Osmond - February, 2016
'We had an excellent room on our first night. Room 15 had views, good seating and an enormous bathroom. Room 6 had no view to speak of and a very small bathroom. We had the most delicious crab starter I have ever tasted in their restaurant. It had a very buzzy, young atmosphere. The staff were extremely helpful. Excellent continental breakfast> ' - Barbara Watkinson - June, 2015
'A warm welcome on arrival. Great room with fantastic sea view. All staff friendly with excellent service. Great atmosphere in bar, lounge and dining areas. ' - Michael Eldridge - January, 2015
'We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. All staff were welcoming, and the atmosphere was very relaxed. Breakfast hit all the buttons. Fresh orange juice, linen napkins, butter pats so none of the usual debris. Our room had the rather wacky feature of a bath by the window. Lying in the bath while watching the sun rise over the sea was a special treat for a February wedding anniversary. ' - Kay Birchley - February, 2013

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