Postcards From Mousehole, Cornwall
I recently took a day trip down to the Western tip of Cornwall and high on my list of places to visit was Mousehole. I have been to Mousehole a few times before and it is somewhere I’m always happy to stroll. It’s a small fishing port on the West coast, a few miles on from Penzance. It is one of the most picturesque spots in Cornwall and a beautiful place to stop off for lunch.
The beautiful town of Mousehole was once burnt to the ground by the Spanish in the 1500’s. There was only one house left standing and that is still there today, see if you can spot it when you’re wandering around! The town is now a very charming port, offering cafes and gift shops for the tourism it receives.
Mousehole is easy to reach, being only a few miles along from Penzance. There’s a main carpark as you enter the town and parking along the roadsides as you exit the town if it’s getting busy. As often found with such quaint towns, there’s a lot on offer for holiday rentals in the town so if you want somewhere to stay in West Cornwall, it’s a beautiful one to pick!
If you’ve heard of Mousehole before but not sure why, it could be that you’ve been read the tale of the Mousehole Cat. A beautiful children book based on a Cornish fisherman and his cat. I tried to find a cute little kitty around the streets for the photo cliche purposes but couldn’t find one!
Although very busy through the summer months, Mousehole is probably most popular at Christmas time. They host the Christmas lights long the harbour side. They are quite a vision and highly worth venturing out to see if you’re around during the festive season.
There’s several lovely places to eat in Mousehole, on this occasion we popped in to the Rock Pool Cafe which is based along the coastal path. Named Rock Pool Cafe due to the tidal pool based right in front of the cafe, this spot is one of the most charming and cute in the County. If you’re a fan of hot chocolate, get their luxury hot choc – if you know, you know!