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This pretty property certainly lives up to its name. Meaning 'best' in Cornish, Gwella is a beautiful stone cottage for four nestled in iconic Mousehole with epic 180-degree panoramic views across the village, harbour and Mount's Bay from the sea terrace garden. Surprisingly spacious and bright, this two-bedroomed bolthole is seconds from the harbour, beach, pub, restaurants, cafes and deli that lie within the lovely seaside village. Gwella benefits from its own private parking space - a rare thing for Mousehole. This charming retreat is perfect for couples and families alike.


Step through the original stable door and you'll find yourself in the main living area, light and bright with double aspect windows, crisp whitewashed walls and wooden floors and gorgeous exposed Cornish granite feature wall. The lightness of the space is beautifully offset by the warm, rich colours of the luxurious velvet Loaf sofa and chaise, the cosy wood burning stove, colourful local artwork and the lustre of the dark wooden beams. For entertainment, there's a Sonos speaker and Smart TV, whilst traditionalists (and those seeking a techie break) can enjoy the selection of books and board games. At the back of the cottage there is a super cute reading snug with French day bed piled high with cushions perfect for snoozing. The dreamy view is over the roof tops towards St Michael's Mount.


The gorgeous country kitchen is oh-so-pretty with clean white walls, and striking dark blue cupboards. We just love the owners' collection of vintage copper pans and original Cornishware pottery. Of course, you'll find all the modern high-end appliances need to rustle up holiday feasts too! At the other end of the double room living space you'll find the dining area complete with country-kitchen style dining table and cocktail trolley to tempt the mixologist in you.


There are two stylishly nautical bedrooms, both with glorious sea views and decorated in restful shades of blues, greys and white, with white wooden floors. There is a king bedroom with a charming window seat to gaze out of, whilst the second bedroom can be made into twins or a super king for flexible sleeping arrangements. Both beds are swathed in crisp white linens, sumptuous bedding and cosy throws and cushions, ensuring a blissful nights' sleep whilst listening to the sound of the sea.


The gorgeously grey shower room has a large walk in shower (perfect for that invigorating after beach scrub) and a heated rail to keep towels warm and fluffy.

Outside space

Gwella boasts an amazing sea terrace just steps from the house. With an incredible vista back over the village and harbour then right across Mount's Bay, you'll be hard-pushed to find a better spot. Perfectly positioned to enjoy the sun rise and sun set (and everything in between), there's a teak table and chairs for outside meals, whilst the pretty bench is made for moments gazing out to sea across to St Michaels' Mount. If you're lucky, you might spot the resident pod of dolphins or seals on St. Clements Island. Steep stone steps next to the garden lead down onto the rocky foreshore where you can walk back to the harbour at low tide.


There is Superfast Broadband throughout the cottage, so you can keep in touch with the outside world.


Gwella is one of our pet-free properties,


Gwella accepts babes-in-arms, please call the office if you would like to bring along a young baby.


Gwella has its own private car parking space just 10 seconds from the house - a real luxury in Mousehole!

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In the Area

Step out of your door and wander into the heart of pretty Mousehole, where you'll find some excellent places to eat and drink. Head to the Hole Food deli for coffee, cake and lunches and pick up some local goodies to take home with you. Alternatively, enjoy the view from Rock Pool Café over tea and cake (and keep an eye out for dolphins). The Old Coastguard and 2 Fore Street are perfect for sumptuous suppers whilst the nearby Tolcarne Inn in Newlyn is worth a visit. For things to do, join the South West Coastal Path from Mousehole and walk to nearby Lamorna Cove - approximately five miles of glorious sea views and a good yomp to blow away the cobwebs! Alternatively, pop in the car and head further west to Porthcurno and the Minack Theatre, or further around to Cape Cornwall and Sennen Cove. Alternatively, St Ives is only 20 minutes' drive away on the North coast, whilst of course there's St Michael's Mount and Marazion to explore on the South. A hidden gem and a must-visit is Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens - a botanical beauty filled with art as well as incredible sea views and an excellent restaurant close to Penzance. Further afield a visit to the Lizard is a must as an AONB, whilst the harbour village of Portheleven has an excellent selection of eateries.

This laid-back, luxurious beauty is a sumptuous seaside getaway in a quintessentially Cornish harbour with the most incredible sea views.

At a glance

From £778 for a long weekend or mid week break.

Sleeps 4 | 2 Bedrooms | Regret no pets

Key features

Al Fresco eating

Family friendly

Ideal Honeymoon spot

Perfect for Mousehole Christmas Lights

Pet-free property

Private Front Garden with Sea Views

Sandy beach nearby

Stone's throw from the sea


Sea views

Walking distance to a pub

Walking distance to the beach

Wood Burner


Super King Bed

check in / check out days

Short breaks:

  • Mid Week Breaks (Mon to Fri) cost 75% of the weekly rate.
  • Long Weekends (Fri to Mon) cost 75% of the weekly rate.
  • Short breaks are not available at Christmas and New Year.


  • A 13 deposit & £38 booking fee secures your dates.
  • Payment of balance is due 8 weeks before your holiday starts.
  • There is a charge of £35 per pet per week or short break
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We know how gorgeous our retreats are, but don’t just take our word for it – here’s what previous guests say about Gwella:

Gwella is a beautiful cottage. It was an ideal size for our family of four and we all slept soundly. The beds were so very comfortable and we adored the reading nook and bay window seats. It was wonderful to hear the sea as we drifted off to sleep and to listen to the gulls in the morning. We made good use of the outdoor terrace as it was lovely to pop down to with a cuppa or a glass of something at different times of the day to soak up the beautiful view and changing skies. Gwella is a great location from which to explore the local area and it was not until our stay there that we truly appreciated how useful it is to have a parking space. Gwella is perfectly situated within Mousehole as we loved strolling to and from the cottage many times a day having visiting the gorgeous shops, beach, delis, pubs and restaurants. Thank you for an amazing stay.

We love the fairy-light adorned Gwella, and especially love how much it feels like home. Waking up to the sound of the sea or walking home, head tilted up at the expanse of stars, Mousehole is the best of Cornwall. Thank you to Laura who made our stay extra brilliant.

Good location with the added benefit of a garden and parking space - rare in Mousehole! Thoroughly enjoyed exploring the area and walking the coastal path. Would definitely recommend eating in the Tolcarne Inn in Newlyn.

Lovely cosy, very comfortable cottage. So peaceful. We loved the garden and having a cuppa there after a day of walking. Brilliant to have the parking space too, and plenty big enough for our people carrier. You can hear the waves crashing in the bay as you fall asleep. Just the perfect place to relax. We loved our four night break here.

Gorgeous cosy cottage in a perfect location close to the village and the sea. Parking space was much appreciated.

Gwella was a beautiful cottage & we felt very at home there. The location was perfect, the parking space was a bonus and the courtyard overlooking the sea was a lovely treat for a sunny day. We loved our stay here.

Beautiful hideaway, quiet and tranquil. All you can hear is the sea. The garden terrace absolutely makes it, private little oasis in mousehole.

'Gwella was a beautiful cottage and we felt very at home there. The location was perfect, the parking space was a bonus and the courtyard overlooking the sea was a lovely treat for a sunny day. We loved our stay here' - September 2020

'My husband and I just returned from one week's stay at Gwella. It was perfectly prepared for arrival and we immediately felt at home there. The cottage was lovely and the location superb! The parking space was a godsend for Mousehole. The star feature of Gwella was the terrace with panoramic view of the harbour. Apart from our walks on the SW Coastal Path and outings, we spent most of our time on the terrace, enjoying the sun and sea, with husband glued to his binoculars birdwatching' - September 2020

'Lovely location and really enjoyed our stay' - September 2020

'Beautiful hideaway, quiet and tranquil. All you can hear is the sea. The garden terrace absolutely makes it, private little oasis in mousehole' - August 2020

'Lovely stylish cottage in a wonderful location! Boutique Retreats contact very helpful and friendly! Particularly loved the sea terrace, such a magical spot right on the water! The location is just a few minutes' walk into the centre of Mousehole which was ideal. Highly recommend Gwella!' - June 2019

'Gwella is fantastic, fabulous location and parking space a huge bonus. The decor and presentation was outstanding, lovely attention to detail, my daughter didn’t want to go out! It’s so comfortable and stylish an absolute pleasure to stay in. The little sea view garden is a pleasant surprise and we braved it for a coffee but obviously October is not a month to sit out, if/when we return it would be lovely to sit in the sun! I’ve already recommended it to everyone I’ve seen! ' - October 2018

'Everything was perfect, the house and the rooms were beautifully presented and with so much space, which we haven't had before when we visited Mousehole. Loved the personal touches. It was a great place to stay. Thank you!' October 2018

'The cottage is so tastefully put together. The sun terrace was an absolute delight for breakfast and the perfect place for a well earned glass of of wine at the end of the day...I will miss the stunning view.' October 2018

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