The Old Coastguard

Penzance, Cornwall
+44 (0)1736 731222
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£197 - £328
per night

A wall of glass frames the sea view - take drinks on the waterfront lawn in summer, or by the crackling fire in winter


13 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 4

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

£197 - £328 per night

The Experience

This seaside hotel stands by the coastal path on the way into Mousehole, one of Cornwall’s nicest villages, where kids play on the harbour’s sandy beach at low tide. It’s a peaceful spot with a clutch of restaurants and galleries, little disturbed since the Spanish raided in 1595. Roguish brothers Edmund and Charles Inkin have form when it comes to creating small hotels of character, and this place bears all their hallmarks, being good value and casual, with relaxed staff and great food.

A diverse crowd of guests – couples, families, and ladies lunching – hang out in the rustic-smart bar and dining room. Conversation may stall as you take in the outlook over hydrangeas and palms to intriguing St Clement’s Isle and beyond, across the sweep of Mount’s Bay to the Lizard.

With Newlyn a couple of miles away, locally landed fish features at breakfast. Supper, with a modern British slant, changes with the seasons. Retreat to a lime-washed bedroom hung with Cornish art – all vary in size, character and aspect, and eight have balconies.

The Old Coastguard - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • The food - top notch local produce, prepared well
  • The drink! Always at least four real ales and a well-chosen, award-winning wine list
  • The gorgeous seaside location
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You should know

  • All rooms except one have a sea view
  • Mousehole can get busy in the school holidays


  • EV charger
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming



Nightly price
from £197
Extra sofabed available £40 per person per night.
1 Family room for 4
1 Suite for 2
8 Doubles
From £197
3 Twin/doubles
From £232


Booking information

Check in
From 2pm
Check out
By 11am
Other details
Singles from £172.
1 week in early Jan.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.

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

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

Lunch, 2-3 courses, £20-£25. Dinner, 2-3 courses, £37-£45. Sunday lunch, 2-3 courses, £32-£38.


We had a wonderful cosy dinner at The Old Coastguard; the whole family (including the dog) felt well looked after and the food was delicious. It's lovely to visit a place which is so clearly loved by locals and visitors alike, with a properly welcoming feel.

Alice, Bristol

A wonderful stay! The food, ingredients, menu and wine list were excellent, perhaps only exceeded by the employees. All were enthusiastic, efficient and friendly. The garden is a lovely area to relax and take in the gorgeous sea view. Thoroughly recommend it and we will be back.

Mike, Somerset

This is quite simply one of the best places ever for lunch. After a superb dinner a few weeks ago we just had to return and it didn't disappoint! Exquisite flavours to make you savour every mouthful, attentive friendly service - nothing was too much trouble. And the view looking out to sea from the dining room is to die for. Considering the exceptional quality of the food a meal here is excellent value for money and I would definitely recommend.

Elizabeth, Penzance

Visited the restaurant this evening. Superb scallops followed by the most delicious aubergine and apricot vegetarian dish and equally divine guinea fowl on a bed of perfectly cooked if slightly unusual vegetables such as parsley root. Local beer and a very good wine and we could manage no more. Shall definitely keep returning and also recommending to our own Sawdays holiday cottage guests.

Elizabeth, Penzance

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

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The neighbourhood

Mousehole is the quintessential Cornish fishing village, with its narrow streets of granite houses clustered around the harbour. It lies on the doorstep of both the artists’ colony of Newlyn and raffish Penzance. The famous open air Minack Theatre, the dramatic setting of which can easily eclipse the action on stage, is 8 miles west.

Local points of interest from Charles & Edmund Inkin

  • If you're ever going to give surfing a go, Sennen Beach just might be the place. Or, to explore Penwith on two wheels, these brilliant people can drop a bike off with us. And if you're happy to test the good humour of Neptune, head off dolphin watching.
  • Some of the world’s most awe-inspiring coastline is right on our doorstep. Wander out of the back of Mousehole and be on top of the cliffs in little more than ten minutes. Stirring stuff, we promise.
  • Before you come, plan foraging walks with Caroline Davey (Fat Hen) or more serious walking of the Coastal Footpath. Or, as most of us do, decide after breakfast what you feel like doing.
  • The Newlyn and St. Ives schools, Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, Alfred Wallace, Patrick Heron, Roger Hilton. The names from yesteryear roll off the tongue but the inheritance remains in good hands.
  • From the more famous Tate St. Ives and Hepworth galleries, to independents such as Essex Tyler here in Mousehole, Penlee in Penzance and Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange there is enough to keep the art lover busy for days on end.


Charles & Edmund Inkin

Edmund and Charles Inkin run The Felin Fach Griffin, The Old Coastguard and The Gurnard's Head. An idyllic upbringing on the family farm in Wales, with its dairy herd and kitchen garden, was formative for the brothers, who later fell in love with West Cornwall. They value first class ingredients, with menus shaped by the seasons, served by likeable staff.