As a coastal Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the small harbour side village looks out over the impressive St. Michaels Mount in Marazion and is only moments away from what is often considered the most beautiful beach in Cornwall, Porthcurno. The village is surrounded by some of Cornwall’s favourite beaches in addition to Porthcurno, such as Marazion beach just a ten-minute drive away, with its long stretch of sand, direct views of the Mount, and beautifully clear water. Travelling just 20 minutes to the opposite coast, you will find the popular village of St. Ives, surrounded by beaches that are perfect for sunbathing and surfing, with plenty of art galleries, restaurants and local craft shops in case the clouds appear.
Mousehole also boasts a rich history, being raised to the ground along with Newlyn during the Battle of Cornwall, a raid on the county by the Spanish naval officer Carlos de Amesquita. The entire village was destroyed, bar one old pub that survived, and although the building is now a private residence, there is a plaque on the front of the building that reads, “Squire Jenkyn Keigwin was killed here 23 July 1595 defending his house against the Spaniards”. It is a historical event that is often overlooked in England’s history, but it is worth reading up on to appreciate the full history of this small fishing village.
At Christmas, the small, picturesque harbour gets into the spirit of things and becomes a countywide attraction, turning into a festival of lights that has to be seen to be truly appreciated! However, during the summer months, it becomes a haven, away from the more popular Cornish destinations, meaning you can freely explore the village and the surrounding South West Coast Path without the crowds. Just a short drive away you will discover one of the most breathtaking sites in Cornwall, the Minack Theatre.
This open-air theatre with the Cornish cliffs and sea as its dramatic backdrop was built by Rowena Cade, who built it with the help of her gardener, improving it year on year throughout her life, until she died in 1983. Make the trip to simply explore this incredible work of art, or take a few blankets and go up to see a production like no other.
Visit the next village west, Lamorna, and you will be able to witness an even quieter Cornish lifestyle. Trip down there for a pub lunch, walk around the cove and investigate the statues, gardens and buildings that tell a story of this small village’s history!
Mousehole, although small, has so much allure as a typical Cornish village, but when you factor in the surrounding area it becomes a place that cannot be missed. Access the entirety of West Cornwall easily, but relish in being able to retreat back to quiet Mousehole to keep away from the crowds!