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The Chalk House | Luxury Self-Catering Retreat | Mousehole, Cornwall

The Chalk House

Mousehole, Cornwall, UK

Perched above Mousehole amongst a nest of exotic gardens, The Chalk House takes prime position in one of England’s most charming seaside villages. Dating back to Victorian times, this luxury self-catering retreat has a nostalgic appeal. Ebony coloured floorboards and whitewashed walls give vintage verve, whilst cool lighting and copper pots add flourishes of industrial charm to this Cornish hideaway.


Dip your toes into the warm, whimsical Cornish life with a break at The Chalk House. This luxury self-catering home was tenderly handcrafted by a local stonemason around 1900; his treasured tools buried in the garden and his family still live in the village to this day. Full of history and evoking the romance of old-fashioned seaside holidays from days gone by, The Chalk House invites guests to swim in the harbour, cosy by the fire and mosey around Mousehole, popping into art shops and ice-cream parlours, until the sun goes down.


Start your day with the sun beating down over hazy blue seas; the views of the bay from the kitchen are simply gorgeous. Let the coastal panoramas and a perky coffee revive the senses, before heading out for a dip in Penzance's art deco sea pool. With spectacular coast paths and secret coves galore, there is plenty to grab your attention nearby during the day. Upon return, rinse off salty skin in the bathroom’s sea-view, freestanding tub before hunkering down by the woodburner, glass of chilled fizz in hand.


The Chalk House's lush coastal gardens are quite a rarity in Mousehole, offering a sublime vantage point for soaking up the village's tangle of quintessential fishermen's cottages and panoramic sea views. Sprawling over two tiers, the outdoor arena makes for a fun-filled afternoon of garden games, spilling late into the evening when guests can keep toasty by the crackling fire pit. Christmas here is an extra special occasion, with the magical twinkling of Mousehole's iconic harbour Christmas lights, drawing admirers from afar. 

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 4 guests
    From £1,095 per week, £850 per short break
  • Alternative group optionUp to 2 guests
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsThe first floor has one double bedroom with king-size bed, one twin bedroom, and one family bathroom with a bath and separate shower.
  • FeaturesFire pit and in-built pizza oven
  • PetsSorry, no pets
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilyYes, children are very welcome; one cot and one highchair are available.
  • PracticalitiesDue to the endearing nature of Mousehole´s narrow, winding streets, there is no vehicle access to the house but parking is within easy reach, with two harbour-side car parks a five-minute walk away at £3 per day. Please note that the walk to the property is via a steep hill. The traditional farmhouse kitchen has Le Creuset cookware, a retro Gorenje fridge, Dualit appliances and a Range cooker.
  • Homestay includesWelcome hamper, Smart TV, Blu-ray DVD player, Bluetooth speaker, iPad, WiFi internet, charcoal barbecue, local maps and books, linen, towels, logs and kindling to get you started...House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
  • Private cateringDiscover your options for private dining and fully catered breaks.
  • Additional extrasA handpicked selection of unique experiences are available at this property.
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The bedroom is a stylish space to relax
The Chalk House is a luxury self-catering home in Mousehole, Cornwall
Take in the sea views from the master bedroom

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A tangle of fishermen’s cottages, winding alleyways and a tiny harbour with bobbing boats; just add ice cream and this is a classic Cornish idyll. Mousehole is a sought-after coastal destination for so many reasons.

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Getting there

  • On the Map The Chalk House sits in the picturesque fishing village of Mousehole in West Cornwall, not far from Penzance.
  • By Car From London, take the M4 toward Bath, take M5 South and A30 to Cornwall and follow the directions provided to the property.
  • By Train The closest train station is Penzance (approximately three miles away). Take the Paddington sleeper train for a real experience, and a bacon roll in the morning!
  • By Air Newquay Airport is approximately 35 miles from the house.

From the owner

“We fell in love with Mousehole many years ago, and when we saw The Chalk House it was as if all the stars had aligned! Every time we stay, it reinforces how special this place is and fills us with desire to come back time and time again.”

From the owner

We believe that the true beauty of our home is in its unique and elevated position within the village. It not only allows you to soak in the unrivalled panoramic sea views across Mousehole harbour and beyond to Cornwall's legendary St Michael's Mount, but its position also provides you with an escape from the hustle and bustle of this quaint traditional fishing village, encouraging peace and tranquillity.

Renovating The Chalk House back in 2013 was a labour of love for my husband and I. It transformed my husband's dream of relocating from London to Mousehole into a glowing reality and we've never looked back! We hope you love our little luxury retreat just as much as we do.

Camilla and Chris

Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in Mousehole with an insider’s perspective.

2 Fore Street, Mousehole

To Eat

2 Fore Street, Mousehole

A relaxed bistro-style restaurant on Mousehole harbour front, 2 Fore Street´s menu constantly changes to reflect what´s in season. It´s the perfect spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner, or simply some tea and a sweet treat.

The Minack Theatre

To See

The Minack Theatre

The Minack is Cornwall´s world-famous open-air theatre, carved into the cliffside above Porthcurno. Not too far from Mousehole, make sure you keep an eye on their events listings for the chance to see a fantastic live performance.

Mousehole Harbour Beach

To Do

Mousehole Harbour Beach

Mousehole harbour has its own sandy beach which during the summer months is an absolute sun trap. Protected from the wind by the harbour walls, it´s the perfect spot for sun-bathing and paddling - just remember to pack your sun cream.

Porthcurno Beach

To Do

Porthcurno Beach

A popular family beach, Porthcurno boasts soft sand and gloriously clear waters. Whilst the steeply shelving shore at Porthcurno attracts more experienced swimmers, the stream at the top of the beach is ideal for children paddling.

Guest Testimonials

We´ve had a perfect time at The Chalk House. Everything was just perfect: the location, the interior, the sea view, the welcome present. It felt like home and we really enjoyed our stay a lot. It was actually hard to leave! I would like to thank you for taking care of everything and we will definitely look for a Unique Homestay again next time we spend our holidays in the UK.

The Chalk House has managed to tick off all our disparate boxes. Quietly chic? An air of seclusion and privacy? Outdoorsy feeling? Child-friendly? Done and done! What a charming cottage, it was so perfect even our three year old said he never wanted to leave.

The Chalk House is a beautifully decorated home with a hidden garden that has views over this pretty fishing village. It felt like a true home from home.

We had a really lovely time! The house and area was amazing. The hamper was lovely and a pumpkin was also left for for us to carve which was very kind and a great personal touch. Thank you for a great holiday!

Unique extras

Enhance your stay with a unique experience from one of our preferred suppliers. From professional in-house chefs to luxury at-home spa therapists and wine delivered to the door, see what’s on offer for your bespoke escape.


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