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The Old Coastguard - Inn in Cornwall

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The Parade Mousehole, Penzance, TR19 6PR, Cornwall
England, United Kingdom

Charles & Edmund Inkin

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+44 (0)1736 731222(landline)

Walls of glass frame sea views, lawns run down to the water, a fire roars in the bar in winter, lovely bedrooms look the right way

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The Old Coastguard stands on the water in one of Cornwall's loveliest coastal villages. It's a super spot and rather peaceful – very little has happened here since the Spanish sacked the place in 1595. It’s owned by Edmund and Charles Inkin, brothers who are past masters at running lovely small hotels; warm colours, attractive prices, great food and kind staff are their hallmarks. Downstairs, the airy bar and the dining room come together as one, the open plan informality creating a great space to hang out. You get smart rustic tables, earthy colours, local ales and local art, then wooden floors and a crackling fire. Drop down a few steps to find a bank of sofas and a wall of glass framing sea views; in summer, doors open onto a decked terrace, a lush lawn, then the coastal path weaving down to the small harbour. Bedrooms hit the spot: warm colours, excellent beds, robes in fine bathrooms, books everywhere. Most have the view, eight have balconies. Don't miss dinner: salt and pepper monkfish, fish stew with mussels, chocolate mousse with tonka bean ice cream. Dogs are very welcome.

Children welcome
Suitable for guests with children aged 3 and over.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Credit cards
Credit or debit card payment accepted.
Wireless internet access available.
Pets welcome
Please let the owner know if you want to bring pets.
Vegetarian meals
Available on request.
Licensed premises
Alcohol may be served.

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"We can't wait to return here - what a wonderful place to relax and unwind. Excellent bedroom, fine dining, staff so welcoming and friendly, overlooking the sea. What more could you want ?"

Susie - London, United Kingdom

September 2017
"Warm welcome.Staff were first class.Young and highly efficient, the service was excellent.Wonderful food and wonderful atmosphere.A perfect holiday and lovely surroundings.Cant wait to go back."
June 2012

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  • 10 Doubles
  • , 3 Twin/doubles
  • , 1 Family room for 4
  • , 1 Suite for 2
Price:(i) £140 to£225 per night

B&B £140-£225. Dinner, B&B £192.50-£277.50 (based on double occupancy).

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Lunch from £6. Dinner, 3 courses, about £30. Sunday lunch from £12.50.


1 week in early Jan.

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Secure garden with sea views. Pebbled beach a stone’s throw away and plenty of walks nearby.

Dog treats:

Doggie biscuits, blanket, towels, advice on walks, black bags and dog bowls. Very friendly staff too.

Bringing your dog

The Parade Mousehole, Penzance, TR19 6PR, Cornwall

Hotel 10 Double rooms
Price: (i) £ 140 to £ 225 per night
Hotel 3 Twin/double rooms
Price: (i) £ 155 to £ 195 per night
Hotel 1 Family room, sleeping 4
Price: (i) £ 180 to £ 195 per night
Hotel 1 Suite, sleeping 2
Price: (i) £ 180 to £ 225 per night

Charles & Edmund Inkin

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+44 (0)1736 731222(landline)