The Ship Inn, Mousehole, two miles south of Penzance, is the archetypal Cornish village and boasts what is said to be one of the most beautiful harbours in Britain, once a thriving centre for pilchard fishing. Its granite cottages progress quaintly down the steep hillside to the waters edge. Pronounced 'Mauzl' the name possibly derives from the Cornish 'mouz bel' or maiden's brook.
The tranquil village has a surprisingly violent history, it was invaded by a Spanish raiding party in July 1595, during the course of which the whole village was burnt down. One house survived the holocaust, that of Squire Keigwin, who was tragically killed while defending it. The Elizabethan manor house, distinguished by a porch of granite columns, the oldest in the village, still stands to the present day.
The last recorded speaker of the ancient Cornish language, Dorothy Pentreath, was a native of Mousehole and died there in 1777 at the age of 102. Her grave can be seen in the churchyard of Paul on the hilltop above the village.
8 double en-suite rooms (all with showers), 6 rooms over-look the harbour and have sea views.
Compact rooms, simple décor and en-suite facilities.
Light and airy, harbour facing rooms with en-suite facilities.
Harbour facing rooms enjoying sea views. Recently redecorated in cool, contemporary scheme with modern en-suite.
Standard Family Room:
2 bedrooms, 1 with double bed and 1 with bunk beds. Simple décor and en-suite facilities.
Rooms are located above the pub or in the cottage next door; all rooms are well appointed but the standard rooms are more compact than others, a family room is also available. All rooms are non-smoking.
Well behaved pets are welcome at a charge of £10 per night.
Facilities available in each room: Television, WIFI, tea and coffee making facilities and hairdryer,