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Mousehole

Mousehole is a picturesque fishing village on the south coast of Cornwall between Penzance and Land’s End.

 

Poldark Cottage is quite literally, a stones throw from the beach and harbour. Mousehole village offers everything you need for a perfect Cornish holiday with great restaurants, galleries, pubs and shops within a maze of cobbled streets. As well as offering stunning coastal walks, Mousehole is the ideal base to explore the numerous beaches and coves of West Cornwall.

 

For a tiny place, Mousehole has a long and interesting history! In 1595 the whole village was burnt to the ground by invading Spaniards – with the exception of one house, which still stands today. It has also always been a very important fishing port; indeed Mousehole’s quay is thought to be the oldest in Cornwall, dating back to 1390. Whilst the fishing industry has declined significantly over the last hundred years, you will still see a few little fishing boats coming and going during your stay.

 

Mousehole was also the home of Dolly Pentreath, the last person to speak solely Cornish, and today, a memorial to Dolly stands in the churchyard at Paul, just outside Mousehole.

A small and very safe beach is located in a sheltered part of the harbour, which is an ideal location for family days out, with safe bathing, quite literally at your feet. 

 

Dylan Thomas described Mousehole as ' the loveliest village in England', a title that remains true to the present day. 

The village's harbour side was once the location of The Lobster Pot guesthouse, in which Dylan Thomas and Caitlin Macnamara spent their honeymoon after marrying at Penzance register office

 

Many people have heard the tragic tale of the Solomon Brown, the Penlee lifeboat that was sent out from Mousehole to rescue the crew of the Union Star just before Christmas in 1981. Sadly, the storm was too fierce and all those on board both the Union Star and the Solomon Brown perished. To remember the bravery and lives of the Solomon Brown crew, Mousehole’s Christmas lights are dimmed for one hour at 8pm each December the 19th.