Old Coastguard Hotel

A former lookout for the Coast Guard, it has the best ocean views in town.

By Jennifer Howze, Saturday, Apr 1, 2006, 2:48 PM

Old Coastguard Hotel

About this Hotel

Price From $158

As its name implies, the Old Coastguard Hotel is a former lookout for the Coast Guard, and as such, it has the best ocean views in the harbor town of Mousehole (pronounced mau-zel).

Picture windows look out on the bay in many rooms, which are decorated simply in a contemporary style, with beech and pine furniture and beige and brown fabrics.

Of the 23 rooms, eight are in the Lodge, a newer annex down the hill.

At the hotel's award-winning restaurant, the catch of the day (brought straight to the kitchen from the fish market at nearby Newlyn Harbour) is jazzed up with Thai spices, tangy salsas, and saffron.

Not far from Land's End, the westernmost point in mainland England, Mousehole is a wonderfully typical fishing village—and an old one: Part of its south quay dates from the 14th century.

The little cove is surrounded by shops, pubs, and tearooms. A walkway traces the coastline from the harbor, and passes right by the stone steps leading to the Old Coastguard's back garden gate. When the tide is out, large boulders are revealed just below the path.

Guests bask on the sunbaked rocks, while children check out the natural tide pools, their long-handled fishnets at the ready.

Rate includes breakfast.