The Old Coastguard

Penzance, Cornwall

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


14 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 - 4


This seaside inn 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 down the road, 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 exterior during the sunset view onto the sea in Penzance, Cornwall, England, Britain

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, surprisingly competitive wine list
The amazing bar at The Old Coastguard

Home truths

  • Some rooms face the road into the village
  • Mousehole can get busy in the school holidays


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


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


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

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 2pm
Check out
From 10.30am
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 from £12. Dinner, 3 courses, about £30. Sunday lunch from £12.50.


Nightly price
from £140
Singles £105-£132. Dinner, B&B £195-£300 per person. Extra bed/sofabed available £30 per person per night.
1 Family room for 4
From £200
2 Suites for 2
From £245
8 Doubles
From £140
3 Twins
From £170


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

  • Ask about seasonal offers!
  • 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.
  • 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.


Charles & Edmund Inkin

Edmund and Charles Inkin also run the renowned Gurnard’s Head and the Felin Fach Griffin. 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.