St Clement’s House

Charm meets elegance in this comfortable Mousehole Cornish holiday cottage

Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms (+ cot) Saturday arrival Sorry no pets
The Retreat

St Clement’s House is a delightful grade II listed Georgian holiday cottage, nestled in a quiet side-street just moments from the beautiful harbour of Mousehole. This charming property is divided into three storeys and exudes townhouse elegance whilst retaining a rustic and homely feel.

St Clement’s House sits moments away from Mousehole’s picturesque fishing harbour and little beach, and boasts bright and airy rooms set across three storeys. This traditional granite house is a Grade II listed property and is one of just two cottages accessed via a private cobbled pathway, benefiting from quick access to the harbour and beach, whilst remaining tucked away and not overlooked.

As you approach St Clement’s House you are met with ocean glimpses over the rooftops of the nearby properties as you make your way down steps to the cobbled courtyard in front of St Clement’s House. You’ll pass the sweet and perfectly formed front garden area, where a table and chair set are laid out to catch the morning and afternoon sun, (barbecue too!) where you can relax and take in the atmosphere of this friendly and welcoming little fishing village.

This wonderful Cornish home has been refurbished to a very high standard, with many of its original features lovingly conserved, including the main staircase and original fireplaces. St Clement’s House not only offers the sort of rustic charm you would expect from a traditional Cornish house, but also a little townhouse elegance.

Inside St Clement’s House

Step through the front door where you will be instantly charmed by this lovely home; a bright and airy bedroom containing a king-size bed lies to the right of a small hallway, and the spacious lounge area containing two sofas and an arm chair lies to the left, with a staircase ahead.

The lounge contains a wonderfully large contemporary wood-burner, perfect for those winter evenings, or even if those balmy summer nights decide to take a turn. There are shelves and drawers full of books too, as well as a television with DVD player to wind down with after a busy day exploring.

From entering this charming house, you have a choice; climb up the stairs to the first floor that houses the family bathroom with a large shower-over-bath, and two more bedrooms. The double room lies to the left and this – as well as the bathroom – enjoys more sea glimpses, with the twin room sitting on the right hand side of the landing, which is spacious and bright. The bathroom also benefits from luxurious under-floor heating.

Head down to the lower ground floor, past hand-painted mirrors and original Cornish artwork, where a large well-equipped kitchen/diner awaits, perfectly catered toward the avid chef, but just the right amount of appliances and crockery for those who aren’t too keen on cooking whilst on holiday! This room also benefits from under-floor heating.

The kitchen door leads out to a small courtyard, which is the same aspect as the front garden patio, but on a lower level. This makes a lovely little sunspot and a second outdoor WC is located under the steps. The next door cottage also has access across the courtyard.

View over Mousehole from St Clement's House holiday accommodation

Out and about

With cobbled streets a-plenty that lead off in all sorts of directions from the harbour, Mousehole is a picturesque Cornish town full of local charm. St Clement’s House benefits from private access to the harbour and beach that are a mere 30 seconds away, shared with just one other immediate neighbour.

An idyllic fishing village, Mousehole boasts picture-perfect cobbled streets full of bistros and art galleries, as well as being a great community with a fantastic atmosphere. Plenty of establishments are available nearby that offer a wealth of food and drink. Enjoy afternoon tea at the Tremayne Tea Room, or sit down for an evening meal at 2 Fore Street, a French bistro-style restaurant on Mousehole’s harbour front.

This perfect Cornish town is full of history, and the Sea Salts and Sail Festival takes place every two years, which celebrates Mousehole’s fishing heritage, with traditional sailing boat races and many other activities and entertainment for the whole family. Visitors venture from far and wide to see Mousehole lit up at Christmas time, when the village puts on arguably one of the best displays in the south west.

As well as offering the perfect amount of Cornish cottage charm, Mousehole makes a great base from which to explore areas of Cornwall; be they near or far. Sit on the harbour with fish and chips and admire views of St Michael’s Mount, (watch out for the seagulls!) or take a short drive to nearby Marazion to walk along the golden sands. Venture out on to the coast path and head west to Lamorna, which makes for a stunning walk.

The busy harbour of Newlyn lies just two miles away, where more restaurants await and an excellent ‘Fish Festival’ is held annually, celebrating Cornish seafood and local fishing heritage. Or head a bit further down the coast towards the beautiful Porthcurno, where a visit to the Minack Theatre is unmissable.

Head even further west down towards Land’s End, or visit the port of Penzance, famous for it’s pirates and boasting one of the mildest climates in the UK. Or take a drive across the county over to the north coast and visit St Ives, which offers a similar sort of charm to Mousehole; cobbled streets and a lovely harbour, just on a slightly larger scale with a few more shops and restaurants to chose from.

Cosy interior of St Clement's House in Mousehole

Things we love

We think St Clement’s House is the perfect holiday cottage for an adventurous family; it’s spacious enough and in a great location, but if you are a couple it also offers the right amount of cosiness and can make for a fabulously romantic escape.

We love the secret passageway at the bottom of the courtyard, which takes you down through a winding alleyway and immediately comes out just above the little beach that’s next to the harbour; not lifeguarded but it is sheltered by the harbour wall.

It is this combination of quirky cobbled streets of Mousehole on your doorstep and the fact that St Clement’s House offers the elegance of a townhouse, but also the rustic charm that you would expect from a traditional cottage in an ancient fishing village that makes this home a wonderful place to relax and enjoy all that Mousehole and Cornwall have to offer.

Beautifully furnished base
What a wonderful house! We all loved the harbour with its lovely beach, swimming in the sea whenever we could, St Michael's Mount, the Tate, and the amazing seafood. St Clement's House was the perfect, cosy, beautifully furnished base for all of it. We came to Cornwall on a whim, having not been for years - we will definitely be back soon. Thank you!
Ned, Jo, Este & Nico — September 2022

Retreat Features

  • Listed Georgian house in Mousehole
  • Spectacular bedroom views out to St Michael's Mount
  • Plenty of pubs, restaurants and cafes within walking distance
  • Beautiful cobbled streets on your doorstep
  • Outdoor patio with furniture and BBQ
  • Cosy woodburner
Principal bedroom: king bed
Bedroom two: double bed
Bedroom three: twin beds
All bed linen and bath towels provided
Well equipped kitchen
Electric range cooker
Fridge freezer
Washing machine
Tea towels provided
Ground floor lounge with wood burner
TV, DVD player
Books and games
Free WiFi
Bathroom with shower over bath on first floor
Outdoor toilet
Bathroom towels provided
Outside patio with seating
Outdoor hose for cleaning wetsuits
Parking is chargeable and available at local car parks
Travel cot on request (cot linen not provided)
Sorry, no pets
Washing machine
Essential cleaning items
Underfloor heating in kitchen/diner and bathroom
Electric and oil-fired heating
Wood burner in lounge
Saturday standard changeover
Check in after 4pm
Check out before 9am
Exterior steps with handrail
Internal steps with handrail
Stairs to second floor
Access to bedroom via stairs
Contact us for more accessibility information


The small fishing village of Mousehole neighbours Newlyn and is just a five-minute drive from Penzance town centre, and provides ultimate peace. While the harbour is a working one, it is nowhere near as busy as Newlyn, and due to being a little further away from Penzance there is minimal through traffic. The village is home to simple amenities, with just one (excellent) restaurant, and a local pub alongside the newsagents and a couple of boutiques and craft shops offering hand made products. A great base for exploring West Cornwall, Mousehole provides a haven – a world away from any city life.

Travel times

  • St Clement's House is just under four miles from the nearest mainline station at Penzance. Regular and convenient services run from all over the UK.
  • St Clement's House is in the old fishing village of Mousehole, just west of Penzance. Driving time from London is just over five hours in normal traffic while Exeter is around two hours away. We’ll send you detailed route information before your departure.

Things we love

  • Located in a picture-perfect fishing village
  • Moments from quirky pubs and excellent eateries
  • A short drive to St. Michael's Mount
  • Perfect base to explore West Cornwall

The mousehole guide

The perfect base to explore

Mousehole may be tucked away on the coastal road, but the surrounding area is rich with things to do and places to see. Just ten minutes across the bay is the historic St Michael’s Mount, whilst Porthcurno, a beach that is often considered the most beautiful in Cornwall, is less than ten miles away with the open-air Minack Theatre sitting just above it. Marazion beach is just a ten-minute drive, with its long stretch of sand, views of the Mount, and beautifully clear waters.

On the opposite coast you’ll find the popular village of St Ives, surrounded by beaches that are perfect for sunbathing and surfing, with art galleries, restaurants and boutique shops to browse should the clouds appear. During the summer months, however, it’s a little 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.

A gourmet getaway

It may only be a small village, but Mousehole is home to two incredible restaurants, six delicious cafes and an atmospheric local pub serving all the classics. No.2 Fore Street is one of the most highly regarded restaurants in West Cornwall, whilst The Old Coastguard has held its excellent reputation for many years, with its glass-fronted dining room overlooking Mount’s Bay and perfectly manicured gardens that tumble down to the coastline — the perfect place to walk off a top-notch bistro-style meal.

If you’re after a more casual affair, take your pick from any one of Mousehole’s cafes — our favourite is Rock Pool Cafe, with its outdoor seating offering unobstructed views of the Bay, killer crab sandwiches and hot chocolates — or cocktails if it’s nearing 5pm. Bring a backpack and call into Hole Foods Deli and Cafe to pick up some homemade bits and local spirits, or choose a lunch from the bakery counter.

Harbour heritage

Tiny Mousehole has had a turbulent history, being razed to the ground along with Newlyn during the Battle of Cornwall, an attack on the county by the Spanish naval officer Carlos de Amesquita in the late 16th century. The entire village was destroyed bar one pub, an historic event that is often overlooked in England’s history but is worth reading up on to appreciate the full history of this small fishing village.

The biennial Sea Salts and Sail festival, held in July, celebrates the region’s maritime culture, and what better way to soak up the working harbour atmosphere than to boat and people-watch on the harbour wall with a parcel of fish and chips on your lap. At Christmas, the picturesque harbour gets into the festive spirit and becomes a countywide attraction, its small harbour lit up with thousands of brightly coloured lights for Mousehole Harbour Lights, a tradition that dates back to 1963 — if you’re in Cornwall for Christmas, it’s definitely worth the trip to Mousehole to witness the lights.

Harbour near holiday cottages in Mousehole by Forever Cornwall


Although Mousehole isn’t renowned for its beaches, there is a small sandy beach at either end of the harbour, accessible at low tide. Whilst those seeking a good swimming spot would be better off heading to nearby Marazion and Long Rock, if you’re staying in Mousehole, these little stretches of sand are a convenient spot for sandcastle-making and fish and chip munching — grab something to eat from the excellent Mackerel Sky Seafood Bar, which has a brilliant takeaway menu. Head along the coastal path for a few minutes and you’ll come to the beautiful tidal pool which, although not particularly deep, is a great spot for a calm swim at low tide and only a short scramble from the path.


This rugged beauty, in the far west of Cornwall, has fine white sand and clear waters that turn turquoise in summer. Often compared to beaches in the Caribbean, it’s flanked on either side by high cliffs (Porthcurno means ‘cove of horns’, referring to its protruding cliffs). Follow the path up the cliffs to the clifftop Minack Theatre and amazing views over Porthcurno and the other coves that stretch into the distance. At low tide you can walk along the sand to Pedn Vounder, another show-stopper (but keep an eye on the tides as there’s no direct access to this beach). The wonderful Porthcurno Beach Cafe with sun terrace is a good place for lunch or signature Cornish G&T at the end of the day — they also have a beach shop selling bodyboards, hats, suncream etc.

The Gem Newquay Water Ripples

Sennen Cove

Just north of Land’s End, this is Cornwall’s most westerly surf spot, a broad band of golden sand with masses of space, the southern promontory protecting the beach from westerly winds so it’s perfect for surfing, swimming, rockpooling and a game of rounders or cricket when the tide’s out. There are two car parks — one on the beach (arrive early in summer!), and another a little walk up the hill. There are several places to eat on the beach, including the wonderful Sennen Cove and the Surf Beach Bar. The small harbour with its lifeboat station and art galleries at the far end is great for those days when the sun’s hiding.

Marazion and Long Rock

Marazion and Long Rock beach all make up the stretch of the coast from St Michael’s Mount to Penzance. A safe beach, when the tide is out the waters are particularly shallow and great for paddling. When the wind picks up, this is a great spot for kitesurfers — watch them soar above the waves from the cafe above the beach with an ice cream. Marazion has lifeguard cover from mid-July until early September and dogs are allowed on the beach all year except July and August (10am-6pm).

Food & drink

Mousehole eateries

Right on the harbour with views across Mount’s Bay, 2 Fore Street is a popular spot with visitors and locals alike, where the menu is dictated by what’s available locally, such as Newlyn crab souffles and butterflied Mounts Bay sardines. To the back, there’s a beautiful secluded garden for sunny summer days. For the freshest Cornish ingredients and superb harbour views, head to the ever popular 2 Fore Street. Further along the seafront is the family-friendly Mousehole Deli and Kitchen which serves up small plates to share; they also have a brilliant takeaway menu, including things like a half lobster with fries. Wander along the seafront to The Old Coastguard for an easy-going atmosphere, stunning views from the terrace and superb food.

Local food in Mousehole

This area of west Cornwall has some of the county’s most vibrant, independent communities, including the eco-arty town of Penzance, which is chock-full of places to stock up on local food, from delis and bakeries to farm shops and weekly markets. Neighbouring Newlyn, one of the UK’s largest fishing ports and home to the Newlyn fish market, is the place to go for fresh fish and seafood.

Find out more about buying local with our handy Local Food Guide to Mount’s Bay

Eating out in Newlyn

In the neighbouring town of Newlyn, the restaurant at the trendy Newlyn Filmhouse is the ideal spot to indulge in a pre-film meal of haddock and chips. Alternatively, explore the culinary delights at The Tolcarne Inn, a restaurant that has earned numerous accolades for its mouthwatering dishes inspired by Cornish produce. A new addition to the dining scene, Argoe, which opened its doors in 2021, specialises in fish landed from the dayboats right in front. Also worth a visit is the cosy wine bar Lovetts (artisan coffee and pastries by day, cocktails and charcuterie by night) and the Mackerel Seafood Bar on the seafront.

Eating out in Penzance

Renowned for its exceptional food, fine wines, and flawless service, The Shore Restaurant should be top of your list. Make sure you also check out the stylish Cornish Barn located at the Artist Residence on Chapel Street and the super cosy Totti for tasty pizzas, nestled in the heart of the town. For the finest coffee in town, head to The Cornish Hen, an award-winning deli that sells an assortment of local deli treats. Finally, if you’re seeking a lively atmosphere then 45 Queen Street, a newly established bar and kitchen, is the place to go. They place a strong emphasis on locally sourced food, craft beers, fine wines, and creative cocktails, including those make with their signature gin, Tinkture.

Things to do

Coastal adventures and tidal pools

With its sheltered coastline and string of intriguing caves (this area was a haven for smugglers), Mousehole is a perfect coasteering destination. Local lads Chris and Steve spent their childhood here and in 2010 set up Coasteering Adventures, which runs two-hour sessions of cliff jumping, sea swimming, rock climbing and exploring the area’s caves. If you’re looking to explore on your own, there’s a fantastic tidal pool just a few minutes’ walk north along the south west coast path from Mousehole village. It’s not very deep, but still a fascinating place to find some little sea creatures, and only a short climb from the path. Or head to the Jubilee Pool in Penzance for a next-level tidal pool experience. There’s even a geothermal pool if you’re not ready to brave the sea temperature.


A mosey around the galleries

This quiet corner of Cornwall is packed with galleries — in Mousehole, neighbouring Newlyn, and Penzance, just up the coast. In Mousehole, there are a couple of galleries that are worth a gander. The Tyler Gallery features a stunning collection of contemporary works by Cornish artists, whilst Seastar also includes works by jewellers and printmakers. Home to one of Cornwall’s most prestigious art schools, Newlyn has a number of galleries in the village, including the Newlyn Art Gallery & Exchange, which offers a wide and varied exhibition programme across the two sites (the Exchange being in Penzance). Also in Penzance you’ll find the wonderful art gallery and museum of Penlee House, set within sub-tropical gardens with cafe, Cornwall Contemporary, and the Lighthouse Gallery, to name just a few! If these haven’t quenched your thirst, St Ives’ galleries are only a half hour drive.

Mousehole to Lamorna Cove circular walk

This scenic circular starts at Mousehole harbour before joining to the coast path to Lamorna Cove. Along the way you’ll pass the woodlands of the nature reserve and circumnavigate the Carn Du headland, where you’ll be treated to breathtakin views. Continuing on, the path follows the rugged cliffs until you reach Lamorna Cove. On the return journey, you’ll pass through the historic Lamorna granite quarries and meander through the fields of clifftop farms that overlook St Clement’s Isle and St Michael’s Mount.

Trewidden Garden

Between February and September each year, this 15-acre garden at Trewidden House, a Grade II manor house outside Newlyn, opens to the public, showcasing over 300 magnolias and camellias and a maze of pathways meandering and small gardens such as the rock garden, the pond garden and the walled garden. It also includes a number of rare plant species. Planted in the 19th century, the house and garden has remained in the same family ever since and is a wonderful example of a traditional Cornish garden. There’s a great little tea room and gift shop on the grounds serving light lunches and artwork.

Guests Say
  • Beautifully furnished base

    What a wonderful house! We all loved the harbour with its lovely beach, swimming in the sea whenever we could, St Michael's Mount, the Tate, and the amazing seafood. St Clement's House was the perfect, cosy, beautifully furnished base for all of it. We came to Cornwall on a whim, having not been for years - we will definitely be back soon. Thank you!

    Ned, Jo, Este & Nico — September 2022
  • Magical

    We have had such a lovely stay at St Clement's House. We loved the cottage - it was magical to arrive and see the lights lit in Mousehole, just like in 'The Mousehole Cat' (our children's favourite book!). Running along the south west coast path to Lamorna in the mornings was a real highlight. Another magical moment was a bright red full moon over the Minack Theatre. Wonderful food all week. Kids loved Porthcurno, Sennen and Lamorna beaches. We loved paddling across the causeway to St Michael's Mount, and taking the river ferry to Trelissick Gardens. We will definitely be back!

    The Hamptons — August 2022
  • Perfect

    We've had such a lovely week during the heatwave. It was perfect here! Beautiful early morning swims and lots of exploring up and down the coast. Gwithian beach was the kid's fave.

    Harry, Holly, Poppy, Jake & Martha — July 2022
  • Wonderful memories

    We have really enjoyed the comforts and amenities of St Clement's House. Perfect for early morning swims, walking the coastal path, visiting gardens and eating well. Comfortable, clean and well equipped. This return trip to Mousehole brought back wonderful memories.

    Jill, Nick & Rebecca — May 2022
  • Another wonderful holiday

    Thanks so much for another wonderful holiday - we've loved every minute and can't wait to come back again!

    Gerry & Family — April 2022
  • What more could we ask for!

    A great home, wonderful village, stunning environment and excellent restaurants. What more could we ask for!

    The Postlethwaites — September 2021
  • Very comfortable

    We have had a great week here in St Clement's House. The home is lovely and very comfortable. Our favourite beach is Gwithian Towans. We didn't have great surf waves this week but Sennen was fun (and the little cove next to Sennen - Gwynver Beach)! Mousehole is so lovely and we love Newlyn too. Great fresh fish and seafood, and visited the gallery too. Thank you for a lovely stay - we needed it!

    The Feils — September 2021
  • Loved our time in St Clement's House

    We have loved our time in St Clement's House which is beautifully decorated. Our children loved to use 'the secret passage' down to the beach, which I think has been the highlight of their holiday! We've enjoyed exploring the surrounding areas and in particular, Carbis Bay and Land's End. A little further afield however, Port Isaac is worth a visit. Thank you for a lovely holiday!

    The Fellows Family — August 2021
  • Lovely cottage!

    Thank you for the lovely cottage! Mousehole is a beautiful place and we have really enjoyed coming back after a day of sightseeing around Cornwall. The kids especially enjoyed using the window seats in the bedrooms to look out over the sea.

    The Henshaw Family — August 2018
  • A wonderful week

    We have had a wonderful week here at St Clement's. Everything was lovely - the accommodation's decor and location! What a beautiful village you have.

    The Atkinsons & Co — August 2018
  • Beautiful setting

    Thanks for providing such lovely accommodation in a beautiful setting. Recommend to others.

    The Lus Family — July 2018
  • Lovely home

    Thank you for letting us stay in your lovely home, we have had a fabulous holiday.

    Jamie & Freya — October 2016
  • A perfect family holiday

    We have enjoyed a very relaxing and fun week in your gorgeous cottage, thank you! Mousehole is just perfect — from the picturesque harbour, beautiful galleries, amazing food and such friendly people. It was hard to tear ourselves away, but we managed (on occasion!) to also explore the lovely surrounds. A boat trip on the Cormorant, surfing in Sennen, taking in the stunning scenery at Land's End, we ventured down a tin mine, went swimming at Porthcurno (yes, in October!) with the seals, visited St Michael's Mount (without getting our feet wet) and had afternoon tea in St Ives. All just fabulous. However, at the end of a hard day of fun we would come home to your lovely cottage, set a roaring fire and play games until we could no longer resist the call of the comfiest beds ever! All in all, a perfect family holiday creating happy memories — we can't wait to come back again. Many, many thanks.

    Gail, Gerry & Family — October 2016
  • Such a beautiful house

    Such a beautiful house - a joy to come back to after a day's sightseeing. Love Mousehole, with it's harbour and boats - enjoyed sitting on the rocks watching sea birds diving into the sea like arrows, and the many seals popping up. Harry fished off the rocks and caught a large wrasse and four small cod whilst I just enjoyed the view. Love the fireplace in the lounge - fantastic - all mod cons plus period features, just beautiful. The weather has been great, can't wait to return. Thank you.

    Linda & Harry — September 2016
  • Divine

    This cottage is a divine, welcoming, refreshing, calm and well-made refuge...lucky for you who come upon it!

    Sally, Stephen & Jen — September 2016
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