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, Mousehole, West Cornwall
The Old Coastguard Hotel, Mousehole, West Cornwall
The Old Coastguard Hotel
The Parade
Mousehole, Penzance
TR19 6PR
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.

Matt Smith became Head Chef in February 2015. 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 its list was recently named the overall UK Wine List of the Year in the Imbibe 2016 Wine List of the Year awards, a real feather in the cap for Cornwall.

About The Old Coastguard Hotel

  • Spectacular seaviews
  • Award winning restaurant - Dining Pub of the Year 2013
  • Winners of the annual 2015 Imbibe Wine list of the year
  • 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 their 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.

An Exhibition of Paintings by Paul Armitage - 14th May - 9th July 2017

EATDRINKSLEEP is pleased to announce its next exhibition, a selection of paintings by Lamorna-based artist Paul Armitage.  This exhibition, to be held at The Old Coastguard in Mousehole, will preview on Friday 13th May and then be open to the public between 14th May and 9th July.
This is the sixth exhibition to be held at The Old Coastguard, which is owned jointly by EATDRINKSLEEP (owners of The Gurnard’s Head, across the Penwith moor near Zennor, and The Felin Fach Griffin in Wales) and the Tresco Estate.

This exhibition will feature 12 paintings and drawings, each inspired by the landscapes of West Penwith and Southern Spain.  Prices will range from £200 - £1,500.   The exhibition will be free of charge and open to the public for the duration. The Old Coastguard is open from 9.30am every day.  Lunch is served from 12.30pm - 2.30pm and supper from 6.30pm - 9.00pm.

Joint owner of EATDRINKSLEEP, Charles Inkin said, ”Paul’s paintings elegantly reflect the landscape around us here in Penwith and we’re really excited at the prospect of seeing so much of his work hung on the walls at The Old Coastguard.  His paintings are incredibly engaging and have always been well received when we’ve hung them both here and at The Gurnard’s Head.”


Ale & Anchor 2017 - 30th June - 2nd July

Previously known as Sea, Salts & Ale, this promises to be a wonderful weekend for all ages, combining music, beer and family fun.

Ale & Anchor is very much a family-friendly weekend: alongside non-stop music there will be traditional garden games, face painting, a puppet show as well as stand-up comedy for adults in the afternoon. It will open on Friday evening at 5pm with the Mousehole Male Voice Choir after which there will be a showcase of Cornish bands and musicians throughout the weekend, finishing each night at 11pm.

There will be approximately 30 ales from Cornish breweries ranging from St Austell and Skinners, to smaller craft beers including biodynamic Cornish Crown and Harbour Brewing. Throughout the weekend there will be a barbecue that will cater for all, the restaurant will be open as usual.

Entry is free of charge and open to all.

Sail on a Topsail Schooner 2017  12th - 18th August

EATDRINKSLEEP+ is our calendar of events for those who want a bit more from their stay with us.  It is a range of breaks, bringing guests together with some of the very talented people who live in Cornwall, through activities including painting retreats, foraging walks, and yoga weekends.  In 2017 we offer our guests the chance to sail ona magnificent Topsail schooner, Johanna Lucretia.

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, the harbours around the United Kingdom and Irish Sea teemed with sailing vessels carrying cargoes between ports.  Johanna Lucretia, an oak wooden two mastered topsail schooner built at the Rhoos Shipyard, Ghent in Belgium 1945, is typical of that time. Despite originally being built as a fishing vessel she was never used for fishing: she laid as a completed hull and deck, unsold for a number of years, before being converted in 1954 for recreational use.

Between 12 - 18 August, Johanna Lucretia will be moored in Newlyn Harbour and guests of EATDRINKSLEEP will be able to join her and sail around the bay.  The morning trips include tea, coffee and pastries on arrival and a glass of sparkling wine on return to anchor.  Afternoon trips will kick off with a glass of sparkling wine and a traditional cream tea on return to anchor.

Prices:   £60 per adult, £40 per child

Minimum: 10 passengers; Maximum: 24 passengers. Age limit of 8 years and over.  Weather dependent, we won’t sail if there is more than a force six wind.  Guests embark at Queen Mary Pier, Newlyn


Yoga Weekend 2017

Dates: 10th - 12th November 

Duration: 2 day, 2 night residential yoga workshop

Course: Leif Olsen has designed a weekend of classes that incorporate all the benefits of yoga; stretching, strengthening and toning the entire body but also calming the nervous system, cleansing the digestive system and boosting the immune system:

Friday evening will ease you into your weekend break; a relaxed practice to help let go of the comings and goings of your day-to-day life, to relax and reconnect with your body and breath. Saturday morning will be more dynamic, a flowing practice to energise and invigorate. Saturday evening will focus on strengthening poses and deeper stretches. Finally, Sunday mornings practice will give you the chance to bring the previous days work together and complete the journey.

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