Explore the quintessential Cornish fishing village of Mousehole

 Situated just 3 miles up the coast from Penzance, Mousehole is a picture-perfect fishing village just bursting with charm – a photographer’s delight and well worth a detour whilst out and about in this part of Cornwall.

Renowned for putting on a fabulous light display at Christmas (usually from mid December to early January – visit for exact dates), this is a village that thrives on its community spirit. Indeed, Mouseholes’ most famous story, ‘The Mousehole Cat’, tells of a brave fisherman battling a storm at sea, and how he found his way home through the narrow harbour entrance (the ‘mouse hole’) with the help of his cat Mowser and the villagers, who lined the harbour walls with lanterns to guide him in. This is the origins of the Christmas lights.

With a history like that, it’s no wonder people fall in love with the place. There’s narrow streets, whitewashed cottages, lovely shops and great places to eat – head to The Hole Food Deli for a spot of lunch or coffee, or 2 Fore Street for a fantastic meal (make sure to book as it’s only a small place).

Alternatively, just grab an ice cream and sit on one of the many benches or on the soft, sandy and incredibly safe harbour beach, watching the world go by. We have a soft spot for Mousehole, as it’s where Boutique Retreats started.

Take a look at our luxury cottages in Mousehole here.

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