The Old Coastguard

The Old Coastguard Hotel, Mousehole, West Cornwall
The Old Coastguard Hotel, Mousehole, West Cornwall
The Old Coastguard Hotel, Mousehole, West Cornwall
The Old Coastguard Hotel, Mousehole, West Cornwall
The Old Coastguard Hotel, Mousehole, West Cornwall
The Old Coastguard Hotel, Mousehole, West Cornwall
The Old Coastguard Hotel, Mousehole, West Cornwall
The Old Coastguard Hotel, Mousehole, West Cornwall
The Old Coastguard Hotel
The Parade
Mousehole, Penzance
TR19 6PR
Good Hotel Guide 2019
Taste of the West Gold 2018-19
Waitrose Good Food Guide 2019
Cornwall Tourism Award Bronze 2018 2019
Dog Friendly
The Old Coastguard is a seaside hotel at the edge of the iconic Cornish harbour of Mousehole.

Run by Charles & Edmund Inkin and owned with the Tresco Estate, it sits immediately above the sea, with a palm lined garden running down towards the rocks. It has 14 bedrooms, nearly all looking out over glistening inland waters, with views to St. Michael's Mount and the Lizard.

 They work hard with their teams to help guests to relax and unwind, sleeping in comfortable beds and eating simple, well executed food that runs with the rhythms of the season and the coastal landscape.

Informality is immediately apparent: deep sofas surround coffee tables, oak and distressed pine tables for drinkers and eaters alike and an open fire lit during the autumn and winter. Guests are welcome to eat in the dining room, bar or on the sofas overlooking the terrace and the sea. The walls are hung with the work of the community of artists inspired by this part of West Cornwall with regular temporary exhibitions.

 They've built the reputation of their kitchen on the maxim that the best things in life are kept simple and it's truer than anywhere here in Mousehole. This is a traditional menu that takes good ingredients and gives them a very simple but classic treatment.

Jamie Porter became Head Chef in June 2019. He is passionate about sustainability and locality in his kitchen and follows the company's ethos on food sourcing and on the development of talent in his kitchen. Well executed classic food, driven, understandably with the proximity of Newlyn just two miles to the west, by seafood and shellfish.

Wine is as important as the food at The Old Coastguard and recently, EatDRINKSleep has been awarded Restaurant Wine List of the Year by the International Wine Challenge, IWC 2019 Merchants Awards at the glittering Grosvenor House.

About The Old Coastguard Hotel

  • Spectacular seaviews
  • Award winning restaurant - Dining Pub of the Year 2013
  • Winners Restaurant Wine List of the Year by the International Wine Challenge, IWC 2019 Merchants Awards
  • 14 rooms
  • Dog friendly
  • Baby friendly
  • One night stops available
  • Outside Terrace


Some of the world’s most awe-inspiring coastline is right on the hotel's doorstep. Wander out of the back of Mousehole and be on top of the cliffs in little more than ten minutes. If you want to explore a litte further then there are many beautiful towns and villages nearby including St Ives, Penzance, Marazion, Sennen and Land's End.

The Restaurant

The day boats and trawlers of Newlyn tie up just two miles west of Mousehole where you would rightly expect their menu to have plenty of fresh fish and seafood. Eat at pine or oak tables on the upper deck, groups of 10 or more can dine in the bar, sit at the sofas in the sun deck or best of all and more frequently than you might think, eat on the terrace looking down at the sun-dappled sea.

What can you do at The Old Coastguard Hotel?

Explore the stunningly beautiful coastline of West Cornwall, discover Mousehole's charm and beauty or spend the day sunbathing or surfing at the local beaches. Browse the many art galleries in West Cornwall or visit the ancient sites. A comfortable and relaxing atmosphere, well-stocked bar and excellent restaurant.

What's nearby

  • The West Penwith AONB section
  • St Michael's Mount
  • Mousehole Harbour
  • Tate St Ives
  • Barbara Hepworth Museum
  • Minack Theatre
  • Land's End

Beaches nearby

  • Mousehole beach
  • Newlyn Tolcarne beach
  • Lamorna Cove
  • Longrock beach
  • Marazion beach
  • Porthcurno beach

In summary, The Old Coastguard Hotel is perfect for those bringing their four legged friends or families. It is the ideal location for exploring West Cornwall, with 14 high quality bedrooms and an award winning restaurant.





Unfortunately, we suffered a fire on 19th June and as a result are currently closed for eating, drinking & sleeping and will not be taking any further bookings throughout the summer and possibly not until the end of October.

We hope that The Old Coastguard will re-open mid-October, but we will keep our guests informed by social media and our newsletters of an opening date when we know it.  If you would like us to keep you in touch with such news, you can become a Friend of EATDRINKSLEEP by clicking here:


Saturday 19th October - Drawing from Nature ... Join artist Claire Lucas for a day’s drawing tuition on the South Coast in Mousehole. Includes a 3 course lunch at The Old Coastguard. £80 per person.


Sunday 27th October 2019 - Start of Winter Escape across EatDrinkSleep - Our fantastic Winter Escape deal returns. Very good value rates for Dinner, bed & breakfast starting from just £165 per couple per night. Until Thursday 26th March 2020.


Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd November 2019 - Weekend Yoga Escape - Leif Olsen leads the practice at our Autumn Yoga Escape, while The Old Coastguard looks after all your other needs. For residents and non-residents.


Friday 8th November 'Winter Fair' at The Old Coastguard - Hugely popular, our Winter Fair showcases work by local artists and craftspeople, as well as the produce of our many excellent local suppliers. 11am - 4pm.


Saturday 7th December 2019 - Village Christmas Feast ... A one-off Christmas party. Don your Christmas hats, bring your friends and family to celebrate this festive time of year. Sharing tables, local choir. £24 a head.


Saturday 14th December 2019 - Mousehole Christmas Lights Switch-On ... Mousehole Harbour Lights are switched on in front of huge crowds at 7pm followed by the voices of Mousehole Male Voice Choir singing on the quay.


Monday 23rd December 2019 - Tom Bawcocks Eve ... Mousehole celebrates the bravery of Tom Bawcock, who rescued the village from starvation by bringing in a huge catch of fish.


Nearest Train Station

2.6 Miles

Nearby Beaches

1.9 Miles
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