"With panoramic views across Mounts Bay everything about The Queach is special. Painstakingly refurbished, it feels like a boutique hotel with its relaxed style, beautiful artwork and décor."
AT A GLANCE
FROM £486.00 FOR A WEEKEND SHORT BREAK.
*Beautifully refurbished cottage
* sleeps 4
*Stunning Sea Views
* Just for two discounts
* Flexible changeover days
"We are back from our amazing holiday in the Queach - it was absolutely perfect, thank you. The cottage was beautiful, clean and all the little details were just right. It was a real treat and a sanctuary. We especially enjoyed sitting up on the garden terrace - it definitely exceeded our hopes and expectations. Thank you so much, and hopefully we will be able to visit again one day soon."
Becky Croucher - July 2019
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WHERE IT IS
"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 main 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 breathtaking.
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.
You walk up to the Queach past the pretty front gardens, which have been planted with roses and verbena to provide colour from spring to late autumn. On one side is a bench, which is a fantastic spot to sit with a cup of tea and survey the views. From the back door, steps lead up through the landscaped terraced gardens of palms, tree ferns, herbs and agapanthus, to a top terrace made for lounging, barbecuing and gazing at the views across Mousehole’s rooftops and out to sea. Just be mindful of little ones as it’s steep in places.
USEFUL TO KNOW….
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.
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.
WIFI: There is free unlimited Wi-Fi at the Queach, plus a SONOS sound system.
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.
PETS: The far west is brilliant for dogs. The coastal path towards Lamorna is just up the road, and handy for a quick walk. For beaches, Long Rock, past Penzance towards Marazion, allows dogs all year round and is a great place for them to make new friends. One well-behaved dog is welcome at £25 per week/short break. Please make sure they stay off the furniture and that you rub down muddy feet before they come in.
SHORT BREAKS: Short breaks are available for a minimum of three nights outside peak weeks with flexible changeover days. Don’t worry if you need to book dates that don’t quite fit, just call or email and we will always do our best to accommodate you.