THE QUEACH, MOUSEHOLE
FROM £570.00 FOR A WEEKEND SHORT BREAK
*Beautifully refurbished cottage
*Stunning sea views
* Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms
"Just wanted to say thank you for all your care. We’ve had a really lovely stay. The Queach is gorgeous and we felt very lucky to enjoy its beauty and the fabulous surroundings. A very special few days. Attention to detail second to none. The Cornish Way were so attentive and every query was answered promptly and efficiently. We will be sure to recommend The Queach and The Cornish Way to our friends and family. Thank you, we will be back."
Rachel - November 2021
"The Queach, Mousehole"
The Welsh poet Dylan Thomas could well have written his famous line “Mousehole is the loveliest village in England” while gazing out from the Queach at its fabulous views of the village and harbour below. He stayed here in the 1930s and wrote a letter from the cottage arranging lunch with TS Eliot in London on his return. A copy is proudly displayed by the desk.
The Queach is a delightful two-bedroom granite cottage situated at an enviable vantage point in one of Cornwall’s most picturesque villages. From its elegant interiors and wonderful outdoor spaces to those panoramic views over the harbour and across Mounts Bay to the Lizard, everything about it is special. Painstakingly refurbished, it feels like a boutique hotel with its relaxed style, beautiful artwork and décor, and thoughtful little touches.
Both windows in the spacious living room have built-in seats where you can sit and watch the world go by – boats, surfers, gulls and, if you’re lucky, a seal basking on St Clement’s Isle. The intimate sitting area, centred around a reclaimed timber mantelpiece and wood burning stove, is perfect for cosy evenings all year round. In fact, when the weather sets in, there’s no place better to snuggle up with a glass of wine and a good book by the fire, with the sound of crashing waves outside.
The kitchen is a foodie’s delight with polished concrete worktops, a large range, double butler sink and impressive cookery book collection. The dining area has hand-built bench seating and vintage grain sack cushions and is a great entertaining space.
Upstairs, the master bedroom has the wow factor, boasting exposed beams, Moroccan ceiling lanterns, an antique Provencal chest of drawers and a show-stopping copper bath. Like the living room, it has incredible sea views from both window seats; reclining in the bath you can see right across to St Michael’s Mount, which, incidentally, is depicted in the oil painting above you. After a day exploring this magical corner of Cornwall, and a restorative soak in the tub, you’ll be ready to sink into the king size bed and drift off to sleep to the sound of the sea.
The second bedroom is a lovely peaceful space too, and faces the lush back gardens. In the spring, you might spot a family of birds nesting in the box outside. There are lots of nature and garden books here to browse. The room can be made up as a twin or with a king size bed. You decide.
The light-filled bathroom has exposed beams, soft grey encaustic tiles and an invigorating walk-in rain shower.
Heading outside, the enchanting back gardens feature tropical and Mediterranean planting. Up from the kitchen you pass several sitting areas as you make your way to the top terrace, which affords rooftop views across Mounts Bay. It’s a great place for lazing in the sun. After sunset, you can do some serious stargazing across Cornwall’s famed dark skies.
It’s hard to disagree with Mr Thomas: Mousehole is the loveliest Cornish village, quaint with cobbled streets and a picture-perfect harbour, and we couldn’t imagine a better place from which to enjoy it than the Queach.
Mousehole is Cornwall at its absolute best and is fast becoming one of its most popular destinations. It’s obvious to see why. This is a beguiling village with the prettiest of harbours and excellent restaurants, tea shops, pubs and galleries tucked away down its higgledy-piggledy lanes. Its origins date back as far as the 12th century when it was the main fishing port in Mounts Bay, and much of its old-world charm has remained. You can feel the history when you stroll around.
Mousehole lies in the far west of Cornwall and things are different here. We're surrounded on three sides by the sea, and it has a strong influence on our lives. We are spoilt for beaches. Sennen Cove with its glorious surfing, Marazion overlooking St Michaels Mount and Porthcurno with the iconic Minack Theatre built into the cliffs are all within easy reach. The working fishing harbour of Newlyn and bustling town of Penzance are only 10 minutes’ drive away. Slightly further is St Ives, home to the Tate Gallery, the Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden, several fantastic beaches and plenty of shops and restaurants. It’s well worth a visit and we recommend taking the little train from St Erth, which travels along the coast right into the town. It’s breath-taking.
Through the porch you enter the double-fronted living room, which is spacious and light with characterful flagstone floors and underfloor heating. The sitting area centres around a wood burner and has a squishy Loaf sofa and two Neptune armchairs. In season we will leave you enough logs to get you going for a night or two. At the other end of the room is a desk where you can pen that postcard home and shelves stocked with a well-curated library. Both windows have built-in seats and reading lights and glorious sea views past St Clement’s Isle to St Michael’s Mount in the distance.
The kitchen at the Queach is fabulous and equipped with all you need to cook up a feast. Its inky blue units are handmade by British Standard and topped with polished concrete worktops. At the centre is a large Smeg range with a six-ring gas hob and three electric ovens. A bookcase offers lots of local and classic cookbooks, plus there’s a dishwasher, Smeg fridge-freezer, washing machine, double Belfast sink, and an Italian stove-top moka pot for that essential morning coffee. At the other end is a dining area with wrap-around bench seating – it’s a great social space.
The bedrooms are both on the first floor. The main bedroom is a large, beautifully furnished space. You’ll sleep soundly in its king size Feather and Black bed with pocket-sprung mattress. Above the bed, a shimmering gilt panel echoes the blues and silvers of the sea.
Facing the rear gardens, the second bedroom is a peaceful room with a king size zip and link bed that can also be made up as twins.
In the main bedroom sits a stunning nickel-plated copper free-standing bath from Hurlingham. It’s on a raised deck, so you can soak away while watching the activity in the bay.
The luxurious bathroom has delicate encaustic tiles and graceful swan neck wall lights and faces the rear garden. There’s a drenching walk-in rain shower, basin, WC and heated towel rail. We’ll supply fluffy bath towels, just remember to bring your own beach towels.
PARKING: There are marked out spaces along Raginnis Hill, plus the harbour car park just a few minutes' walk away, which costs £3 a day. There is also a larger car park at the entrance to the village by the Old Coastguard Hotel a few minutes away, as well as free parking on the approach to Mousehole from Newlyn.
WI-FI: There is free unlimited Wi-Fi at the Queach, plus a SONOS sound system.
HEATING: Central heating keeps the Queach nice and toasty. It’s underfloor downstairs, and via cast iron radiators upstairs. The wood burner in the sitting room will keep you cosy on cooler evenings.
PETS: Far West Cornwall is doggie heaven! There’s plenty of beaches and coast paths for exploring. One well-behaved dog is welcome at £35 per week/short break. Please make sure they stay out of bedrooms and off the furniture and that you rub down muddy/sandy feet before they come in.
LINEN & TOWELS: You'll have bedding & towels but please bring your own beach towels.
ACCESSIBILITY: The Queach has steps up to the cottage and into the ground floor living space via a porch. Internal stairs lead up to the first-floor bedrooms and bathroom. There are steep steps up to and along the rear gardens, over several levels, so it may not be suitable for very young children or for those with limited mobility. If in doubt do ask before booking. Please note children of any age must be supervised by an adult if using the outside areas.
This property is not wheelchair friendly and may not be suitable for those with limited mobility. If this applies, please contact our booking office to discuss the properties potential suitability prior to confirming.
CHANGEOVER & SHORT BREAKS: Changeover is usually Friday. Short breaks are available for a minimum of three or four nights arriving on a Friday or Monday out of season. Do check with us if your dates don't quite fit as we will always try to help.
what guests are saying...
“We were meant to be in Paris for our honeymoon (thanks covid) & made last minute changes to come to West Cornwall instead. What a beautiful find The Queach is! We have enjoyed the views, the books, the stove & the peace. As always, Fore Street was brilliant & the lovely Mousehole lights really made it. Really recommend Argoe in Newlyn. Your attention to interior design has given us inspiration for home in Lincolnshire! We will be back!”
Laura - December 2021
“The Queach, Mousehole is an excellent place to stay. Mousehole is a lovely location; quiet and peaceful, and with some really nice cafes and restaurants. We were here in late October, early November and this was a fantastic location for that time of year. The Queach is in an outstanding position, a short walk from the harbour which gives it extra tranquillity as well as wonderful views. The interior is warm, comfortable and of a very high quality. My wife and I had a great week here and have every intention of returning soon.”
Steve – November 2021
"We had a wonderful week at The Queach in Mousehole. The house is beautifully decorated and we felt at home at once. We had good communication from The Cornish Way and it was clear that every effort had been made to make us feel welcome. The location was perfect for exploring the Cornish coast and Mousehole itself was peaceful and friendly. The house was extremely well equipped (particularly the kitchen), with many small touches to make us feel welcome. The bed was very comfortable (we only used the master bedroom) and both the shower and gorgeous bath were luxurious, with quality towels, bedding and furnishings throughout. We visited at the end of September, but could well imagine the outside space being ideal for evening drinks/dining, again with a wonderful view. We took multiple photos of the view but none did it justice! Thank you to the owners, who have so clearly taken much time and thought over the design of this lovely holiday home."
Pete and Kate - October 2021
“Mark & Suzie, thank you for letting us share an amazing week in your beautiful cottage – we’ve stayed in Mousehole a number of times but your place is very special… we’re jealous! We never tire of Mousehole and the whole Penwith area – truly beautiful. Highlights for us this time were the walk from Porthgwarra to Nanjizal bay, Gwenver beach near Sennen, and longer trip back to Roseland – the church at St Just on Roseland was stunning as was St Mawes. On the food front 2 fore stress is as good as ever and we discovered the Mackerel Sky seafood bar in Newlyn… there’s a queue for a reason! Magic! Thanks again – wonderful stay!”
Andy and Rebecca – September 2021
“Thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this gorgeous cottage in beautiful Mousehole. Amazing locating with beautiful views and well placed for visiting lots of different places. Managed to pack a fair bit in during our 6 day stay... The Cornish Way was a pleasure to deal with, a local company who offer delightfully unique luxurious holiday accommodation in beautiful locations at very reasonable prices. Will definitely use again!”
Jill Jack – July 2021