Originally an old net loft, this Grade II listed cottage is a charming retreat, tucked away yet just 30 steps from the harbour - a perfect haven to return to after a day in the sunshine and with sand on your feet. From the thoughtfully selected antiques to the cool, muted decor (think a Cornish palette of sea greys and cloud whites), the owner has gone to great lengths to create a home away from home that is both cosy and tranquil. Located in pretty Mousehole, the most quintessential of fishing villages, you have everything you need right on your doorstep with a safe, sandy beach, great places to eat and drink, unique galleries and shops and of course the South West Coastal Path which ribbons its way through the village.
Make your way up the geranium-bedecked steps and through the stable door, and you'll find yourself in the pretty loft living area. Comfy grey and blue sofas, finished with pretty yellow and nautical cushions, face the Cornish stone clad fireplace complete with a cosy fire and porthole mirror above. The owner has left a personal touch - her old school trunk makes for a quirky coffee table - perfect for resting a drink or two on in the evening once the little ones have gone to bed. There's a SMART TV with Freeview and DVD player, a good selection of films for a movie night in and a Bluetooth speaker for playing your tunes while you play a spot of cards round the table. There are also plenty of books and games should you want something a little more sedate.
The dining area has a lovely driftwood inspired table with a selection of chairs and a bench. Yellow industrial-style lamps lend light to the area, making this a perfect spot for dinners that last long into the night with delicious morsels bought straight from the fishermen or nearby deli. There's some great artwork here with a particularly nautical feel - we love the vintage style prints. The kitchen can be found to the right of the living area and is surprisingly spacious for a traditional cottage. Earthy brown and grey tiles and Farrow and Ball Worsted coloured cabinets line this u-shaped kitchen and it comes complete with all the gadgets any domestic god or goddess might need, including induction hob and oven, fridge with icebox, microwave and dishwasher. A Belfast sink and the Robert's radio complete the vintage feel, whilst the fishing pots and nets and Cornish ware make sure you don't forget your seaside location! The sunny window seat is the perfect place to sit and rest a while or read your book whilst sipping something refreshing! A handy utility space can be found under the stairs with a washing machine, tumble dryer and ironing equipment, as well as a picnic cool bag with plastic ware for sunny days on the beach.
There are three stylish bedrooms - the master bedroom is a cool, calming space with a luxurious super king bed with feature headboard made from reclaimed Victorian floorboards. Move downstairs and you'll find two further bedrooms - a twin with nautical blue and white bedding, feature lamps and a strikingly-painted far wall in deep blue. An antique French child's work bench has been ingeniously used as a bedside table, and there's a hidden surprise here too - the bespoke tongue and groove panel with traditional monkey knot rope handle can be dropped down to reveal an extra single bed, suspended on thick ropes - perfect for an extra little (or big!) one. The third bedroom is super-sweet with a custom made 3ft wide cabin-style bed, fish-print soft furnishings and a pretty antique bedside stool.
The bathroom is fabulously spacious - a luxurious corner bath in light grey is the feature of the room and has a large flower-head shower - perfect for washing the beach away after a day in the sun, or for a long soak following a day exploring. There's a heated towel rail to keep things toasty warm and lovely tiled flooring throughout. An original Creel (fishing basket) makes a clever loo roll store!
At the back of Creel Cottage you'll find a small courtyard garden which catches the sun all day, and with original granite steps leading to a pretty stable door, whitewashed walls and potted geraniums you'll be forgiven for thinking you're in the Mediterranean! Beach goers and walkers alike will find the wetsuit hook and welly/boot rack handy to keep everything in order! To the front of the retreat there's a tucked-away terrace with a cute rattan table and chairs with Ralph Lauren nautical cushions - perfect for relaxing breakfasts, long lazy lunches or for a sundowner or two in the late afternoon sunshine. This lovely outdoor space comes complete with fishing nets, floats and an old anchor all reclaimed from nearby Newlyn harbour.
Please be aware that there is no allocated parking space outside Creel Cottage although you are usually able to stop outside to unload bags. The harbour side car parks are a moments' walk away or there is a larger car park at the entrance to the village and there is free parking on the approach to the village too.
Creel Cottage has WiFi so if you need to keep in touch with the outside world you can.
Special 'Just for Two' rate
A special 'Just for Two' rate applies outside of peak weeks and school holidays. At Creel Cottage the discount is 10%. Please call the office on 01872 553 491 to book
This is one of our pet-free properties.
Lying between Penzance and Land's End, Mousehole is one of the most iconic fishing villages in Cornwall. Huddling the coastline and protected by Raginnis Hill, it's also one of the oldest with parts of the harbour wall dating back to the twelfth century. Today the village maintains its olde-worlde charm, with narrow cobbled streets, slate roofs, whitewashed cottages and brightly coloured paint work. It's perfect for foodies with a good selection of restaurants, cafés and delis, and is of course just a hop, skip and a jump to the world-famous fishing village of Newlyn! The horseshoe beach is nicely protected by harbour walls which almost meet - literally the 'mouse hole' - creating a perfect spot for soaking up the Cornish sun - it's a real sun trap! There's plenty going on throughout the year here, but perhaps the most famous are the harbour lights at Christmas when hundreds of people come to see the spectacular display.
"We had a fab few days at Creel Cottage, it has been decorated beautifully! Hope to be back again soon" - June 2016
"Cute cottage, wonderful weather - we didn't want to leave!" - July 2016
"We have had a fantastic week in Mousehole. Creel Cottage is beautiful and everything has been thought of so carefully - even a thermos and picnic stuff! We will certainly be back, we love it here!" - July 2016
"Creel Cottage is a place to put a smile on your face as soon as you arrive - like coming home after an age away...part of it will always be mine (in my head anyway). Thank you for letting us stay in Creel - our happy place!" - August 2016
"This is our fourth stay in Mousehole but our first in your lovely place, we will definitely be back! Thank you for all the thoughtful touches - the Prosecco and chocs were particularly appreciated. Thank you again and we look forward to returning to Creeel soon." - October 2016
"We had the most wonderful week at Creel Cottage. Thank you so much for sharing such a beautiful place to escape to. Your attention to detail is really lovely and all those added extras make for an extra special time away. Can't wait to come back one day" - October 2016
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