The Old Coastguard

This ‘youthful, buzzy’ spot, say returning guests this year, is liked for its ‘good rooms, helpful, friendly staff, excellent food – and no flashy bits’. More

Contact details

The Parade
Mousehole
Penzance
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, restaurant and bar suitable 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

per room B&B single from £110, double £150–£250, D,B&B single £137.50, double £205–£305.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

This ‘youthful, buzzy’ spot, say returning guests this year, is liked for its ‘good rooms, friendly staff, excellent food – and no flashy bits’. At their hotel (since Victorian times), brothers Charles and Edmund Inkin let laid-back comfort and carefree style float in on sea breezes. The convivial bar is a popular gathering spot for games night. Fancy something more active? There are plenty of pursuits (none trivial): mindful yoga weekends, playful puppet workshops, ‘wild’ foraging walks. ‘The receptionist enthusiastically recommended good running routes.’ Jolly bedrooms have Cornish art, lime-painted walls, a woollen blanket to wrap up in when the salty air turns chilly. ‘Our good-sized room had a wonderful sea view, blocked only slightly by the extension underneath.’ The lighting could have been brighter, however. In the restaurant, Cornish produce, fresh from sea and land, are the main feature:ray, swede, spinach, crisp potato, café de Paris butter, curry oil. Breakfast has scrambled eggs, home-made muesli, apple juice from Polgoon, ‘beautiful sea views’. The Inkins’ nearby Gurnard’s Head, Zennor, and Felin Fach Griffin, Felin Fach (see entries), are similarly laid-back. Sadly, due to a fire, the Old Coastguard will be closed for the rest of the summer, but plans to reopen in the Autumn.(ME, and others)

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The Old Coastguard
The Parade
Mousehole
Penzance
Cornwall
TR19 6PR

Guest comments

'From the moment that you enter, time seems to slow down, and you relax. The cooking is inventive and consistently delicious. The talented local artist of the month exhibition adds real joy to the hotel’s walls, as does the pottery that you can buy along with cookbooks in the reception Our bedroom, at the backl, was warmly decorated, with a glimpse of the sea over roofs, and thoughtful touches like a carafe of water, books, and a proper tea tray with cafetiere. And no TV! So lovely to have a room without that black rectangle intruding. The staff were unfailingly helpful.Despite its deserved popularity over a bank holiday weekend, we never felt that the place and the service were overcrowded, or rushed. It is a true gem. ' - TS - June, 2019
'Style, comfort and character in spades. My room was delightful; a wonderfully comfortable bed. Fish dishes in the evening were outstanding. The staff really look after you, and are determined that will have a relaxing time. ' - Mike Craddock - May, 2019
'W had a thoroughly lovely and relaxing couple of days.. The room (number 8) was a tight fit and no wardrobe but good sized bed, bathroom and two comfy chairs inside plus a couple on the balcony. Housekeeping was excellentl and the room comfy, although we could have done with a sheet rather than duvets in the heat (this was 15-17 June). Lighting was a little difficult. We thought it very good that we could go to the sister hotel for dinner on one of the nights as part of this deal ' - Sue and John Jenkinson - July, 2018
'My all-time favourite. I have stayed many times. Lovely welcome. Fantastic team. The sea views take you away from the busy world. Best of all - no TV. ' - Michael Eldridge - June, 2018

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Last updated: October 8, 2018. Information from the 2019 Good Hotel Guide