THE QUEACH, MOUSEHOLE
FROM £570.00 FOR A WEEKEND SHORT BREAK
*Beautifully refurbished cottage
*Stunning sea views
* Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms
"Amazing stay. The house is beautiful with stunning sea views.
Very clean and gorgeous decor. The little garden and seating area is lovely when the sun is out too."
Abbi. M - June 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 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 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.
CHANGEOVER & SHORT BREAKS: Changeover is usually Friday. Short breaks are available for a minimum of three nights with flexible changeover days. Do check with us if your dates don't quite fit as we will always try to help.
what guests are saying...
"Amazing views, outstandingly decorated and a great place for a stay in Cornwall."
Jack. G - May 2021
"A beautiful cottage with views to die for. Really comfortable and plenty warm enough on an chilly day. Super comfy bed and instant hot water. You can lose yourself in the bath with lashings of hot water, so make sure you take bubble bath. The kitchen has everything you need, whether you want to cook or bake. Highly recommend this place. A lot of thought has gone into the design and lighting, making it the most comfortable cottage I have stayed in."
Paul. W - December 2020
"The Queach was simply wonderful. The standard of furnishings, amenities and cleanliness were outstanding. Whatever the weather the views across the water were breathtaking. And a perfect stroll down to the harbour makes it even more special."
Tim. T - October 2020
"It is an absolutely beautiful space with total attention to all the details that you would look for.It is the perfect place to unwind and relax in with a view to die for. Sebastian was great and gave such help with check in and local information..Thank you so so much for having us!!"
Charlotte. E - March 2020
"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