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Set in one of the most coveted spots in Mousehole, this is a stunning Grade II listed cottage that’s been sensitively restored by its owner into a wonderfully authentic Cornish escape with uninterrupted views across the sea towards St Michael’s Mount. Within its whitewashed walls you’ll find a bijou escape that’s simply but luxuriously decorated, with all those little touches of luxuries you would expect from a Boutique Retreat. It even has its own private parking – a true rarity in Mousehole! Start your day watching the sun rise over breakfast from your own private sea terrace, in the evening curl up together in front of the wood burning stove then at night watch the lights of the fishermen’s boats from your pillow as you’re lulled to sleep by the sound of the waves - bliss. Secretly tucked away down a traffic-free path and bordering the sea, it’s an easy meander to all that historic Mousehole offers - art galleries, cafes and restaurants and boat trips to see the seals off St Clement Island. Or simply sit and watch children dangling lines over the quayside trying to catch crabs, or marvel at their local sport; jumping off the high sea wall.


Whether you’re staying in the sunny heights of summer or the dramatic depths of winter, Rocksalt is a perfect escape. Step through the door and you’ll find an open-plan space with flagstone floor - cooling during summer months or blissfully heated for chillier days - plus a roaring wood burning stove to make things super cosy. A plumptious sofa lies opposite, whilst additional alcove seating is a perfect spot for gazing out to sea. During warmer months, leave the stable door open to let the healthy ocean breezes drift in, whilst a Sonos sound system can be found for your favourite tunes.

On the first floor to the back of the cottage you’ll find a snug with a custom-made sofa, desk, Sonos speaker and a Smart TV for when a film night beckons. Behind the mirrored cupboard you’ll find yoga mats and simple exercise equipment, whilst the owner has thoughtfully left a selection of art supplies should you be inspired by the magnificent views. As this is a charming, traditional cottage please bear in mind that the stairs are original and are extremely steep in places.


The glazed stable back door floods the last rays of the sun into the totally charming compact, bespoke kitchen which has all you could need on the appliance front; dishwasher, induction hob, retro Gorenje fridge/freezer, Dualit appliances and even a slide and hide Neff oven (just like the GBBO!) not forgetting a picnic basket and blankets. A wine rack is conveniently positioned next to the dining table and there is a floor to ceiling pull out larder for your food. This designer kitchen has slate worktops for prep work, whilst the owner has added some of her collection of iconic vintage blue and white Cornishware and Rocksalt named mugs. Of course, a Nespresso machine finishes off this bijou but highly practical space.

Situated in front of the kitchen is the perfectly placed dining area with recycled Elm table on an iron base originally from the Newquay Arms, plus an antique machinist lamp over that creates a unique ambiance for cosy suppers. In the daytime you can sit and dream at the table gazing out to sea as you linger over your morning cuppa.


There are two fabulous bedrooms to choose from. At the top of the house lies the master bedroom, an exquisite space with vaulted ceiling and a dormer window offering breath-taking sea views. The low-lying double bed, set under the eaves, is oh-so-romantic and feels like you are sleeping on a boat. This room also boasts its own Tubby Tub soaking bath, a blissful spot to wash away the worries of everyday life whilst sea-gazing. Clustered nearby is a gorgeous, vintage Lloyd Loom chair and footstool - the perfect spot for reading and watching the great sea beyond. Other luxurious touches include a Sonos speaker, your own Nespresso coffee machine and a silent fridge so you can rustle up a chilled Mimosa or two in the mornings.

On the first floor there’s a second bedroom which can be set up either as twin beds or a super king bed. Also boasting wonderful sea views, this lovely room is stunning in its simplicity; elm wood floors, whitewashed walls and cool white linens are finished off beautifully with a huge mirror, walk in wardrobe, super soft baby alpaca throws, vintage photos and bulkhead lights - bliss!


On the first floor, you’ll find the wonderful shower room with large walk-in rainfall shower, underfloor heating and heated towel rail to keep things toasty warm. In the top floor bedroom there’s the super-romantic slipper bath and heated towel rail, whilst there’s a sink in the snug and a downstairs loo behind the kitchen.

Outside Space

To the front of Rocksalt lies your east-facing sea terrace garden. With the waves lapping just below, this is as close to the sea as you can get! On sunny mornings, watch the sun rise over coffee and enjoy breakfast sat at the fabulously French table and chairs, whilst in the evenings witness the twilight descend with a glass or two of something special – watch the stars come to life over the sea, St Clement’s Isle and St Michael’s Mount beyond. If you’re lucky, you might even see the bay’s resident pod of dolphins!


Extremely rare for Mousehole, Rocksalt comes with its own private parking space, just a short walk from the cottage. It is in a private car park and is suitable for a large car.

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Rocksalt has super-fast fibre WiFi so if you need to stay in touch with the outside world you can.

Babies and children

Babies and children are welcome at Rocksalt, but please bear in mind that the stairs of the cottage are original and are extremely steep in places. Please bring your own baby equipment.


This is one of our pet-free properties.


Rocksalt is a unique fisherman's cottage with a wonderful character. It has been carefully refurbished retaining the original features where ever possible. This means that the historic stairs are steep and uneven in places. Although hand rails have been added, they may not be suitable for those with limited mobility or very young children.

In the Area

Wow - what a spot to stay in! There are simply tons of things to see and do right on your doorstep. Being in the wild west of Cornwall, head around towards Land's End and you'll find the Minack Theatre - an outdoor theatre with the sea as it's backdrop. Make sure to see if a performance if you can. Head to Sennen for a spot of surfing and a bite to eat or follow the coastal road - one of the most picturesque stretches in Cornwall - around to St Ives, the artist hot-spot and iconic fishing town. Alternatively, head east and visit the famous fishing village of Newlyn and pick up some fresh fish to cook back at Rocksalt. Carry on and there's the famous town of Penzance - make sure to check out Jubilee Pool in the summer; a gorgeous Art Deco lido which uses seawater. Further along is iconic St Michael's Mount, a perfect day out where you can walk over to the Mount when the tide is low or catch the boat across when it's high.

Fall asleep to the sounds of the lapping waves in this oh-so-romantic waterside cottage, filled to the brim with vintage charm and luxurious touches, plus private parking - a rarity in Mousehole. Yes please, we say!

At a glance

From £776 for a long weekend or mid week break.

Sleeps 4 | 2 Bedrooms | Regret no pets

Key features

Al Fresco eating

Art Escapes

Courtyard Garden

Ideal Honeymoon spot

Perfect for Mousehole Christmas Lights

Pet-free property

Picturesque village setting

Private Front Garden with Sea Views

Stone's throw from the sea

Waterside terrace


Sea views

Walking distance to a pub

Walking distance to the beach

Wood Burner

Perfect For Couples


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 Rocksalt:

Rocksalt has everything you need for a romantic holiday. Don't plan too many excursions as you'll find it difficult to go outside.

Beautiful cottage in an idyllic location . Wonderful.

The perfect retreat for anyone wanting to hear the sound of the sea as you fall asleep. Everything is compact but perfectly formed, with touches of luxury thrown in.

The photos are exactly what you get ... perfection

The best view in Cornwall right from your window. Beds so comfy we didn’t want to leave them.

Laura was super helpful!

perfect place, everything we needed was there, very nice quality of furniture and all stuff you need. we would come back surely, when we are in that area!

Most incredible position on the coast, great to fall asleep to the sound of the sea and fantastic views from the bedrooms and the garden in daylight Fantastic to have parking Really great to have a bath as well as a shower Kitchen was fab- had everything Loved the welcome pack Very thoughtful host real attention to detail

Lovely location and very comfortable bed. What more can one ask?

Beautiful Fisherman’s cottage located in a tranquil position which is perfect for spending time listening to the sound of the waves. You can look for Seals from the cute little garden or turn to watch the bustle of Mousehole harbour. Below the cottage there are amazing rock pools to explore.

Stunning! Can we book every week-end? Actually, can we buy it!?!?

Perfect location. Parking space is really useful.

Rocksalt was amazing, views truly wonderful.

Great location with everything we needed will book again

An absolutely fabulous cottage in a stunning location. It offered everything you could ask for if you’re looking for an escape from city life. We’ve already re-booked.

One of Cornwall’s best kept secrets! An idyllic cottage stylishly refurbished in a perfect location. We stayed at Rock Salt in April and enjoyed eating breakfast on the terrace and loved watching the sun set in the evenings in front of the cosy log burner. Another highlight was relaxing in the slipper bath, listening to the waves lapping on the shore. Thank you Boutique Retreats.

Beautiful, immaculate, comfortable, so well designed with lots of thoughtful touches. Highly recommend.

Rocksalt is superb! The location is amazing and the cottage is utterly adorable. The sea view is excellent. The kitchen is small but incredibly well planned with everything you need. The beds are comfortable. The cottage is a bit like the Tardis - it is much bigger than you imagine. We had the most lovely welcome surprise including scones and clotted cream which was really thoughtful and delicious. Mousehole is full of great places to eat likewise Newlyn and Penzance.

'Rocksalt is perfect in every way - amazing location, stunning views, beautifully furnished, cosy, and the added bonus of parking. The best place I have ever stayed.' - July 2021

'Fantastic property in a superb location with lots of facilities. Would highly recommend!' - October 2020

'Rocksalt was fantastic. Beautifully clean. Beautifully decorated. Fabulous location' - March 2020

'Rocksalt is superb! The location is amazing and the cottage is utterly adorable. The sea view is excellent. The kitchen is small but incredibly well planned with everything you need. The beds are comfortable. The cottage is a bit like the Tardis - it is much bigger than you imagine. We had the most lovely welcome surprise including scones and clotted cream which was really thoughtful and delicious. Mousehole is full of great places to eat likewise Newlyn and Penzance' - March 2020

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