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Oyster Catcher | Luxury Cottage | Mousehole, Cornwall

The Oyster Catcher

Mousehole, Cornwall, UK

It's the weather-beaten fisherman's cottage in which Vogue chose to stay when writing their week-long review of "Mousehole: the most charming little town on the English Seaside" - and it's easy to see why. A Grade-II listed former net loft doused in white-washed Cornish coastal charm, The Oyster Catcher is not only an impossibly attractive self-catering retreat, it also occupies one of the best spots in Mousehole, directly on the harbour's edge.


There's no end to this luxury little home's acclamation. Featured in numerous coffee table books and listed number one in the Sunday Times' round up of "50 Best Self-Catering Cottages", the Oyster Catcher embodies refined seaside chic. Stylish and elegant, the old net loft occupies one of the most coveted positions in the village with unrivalled harbour views. Soak up balmy Cornish rays with a bottle of ice-cold cloudy cider in the suntrap garden, or venture down to the bay for a paddle and bathe in the orange light of Mousehole's famous sunsets.


White-washed walls, exposed beams, cleverly repurposed finds and sumptuous furnishings create a calming wash throughout. Lounge on the window seat and watch boats drift lazily on the horizon before curling up on the sofa with a paperback. Made even cosier in winter with the woodburner crackling away, this ethereal space is a real haven. On cool nights, sink into the bathroom’s stand-alone claw foot bathtub, before winding down in one of the two ground floor bedrooms, entwined between the sheets of the king-size, and super king-sized beds.


The Oyster Catcher's cobbled shared courtyard garden is tucked away from the crowds and filled to bursting with roses and blooms, tempting al fresco dining in the mild Cornish climate. The wraparound veranda is approached by the kitchen, alive with leafy foliage and kissed by salty air - a welcoming tonic for weary travellers. Step out the front door and weave your way around the village’s tiny, winding streets lined with ice cream shops, artists' retreats and fish restaurants. Pick up some fresh bread, rocket and local crab, and find some warm rocks on which to set up lunch.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 4 guests
    From £1,895 per week, £1,395 per short break
    Day hire options are available
  • Alternative group optionUp to 2 guests
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsTwo ground floor double bedrooms, one with a king-size bed, and one super king-size bed with an adjoining room with walk-in shower, washing machine and tumble dryer. One ground floor family bathroom with bath and WC.
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  • PetsTwo dogs welcome on prior request
    Each pet is charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: FridayArrival Time: 3.30pmDeparture Time: 9.30am
  • FamilyBabes-in-arms and children are very welcome. Please note there is no cot or highchair available.
  • PracticalitiesGuests can park in the harbour car park (£3 per day). The cottage kitchen has a Heritage range cooker and there is a washing machine and tumble dryer in the shower room. Please note, the garden is shared with The Herringbone.
  • Homestay includesSmart TV with Netflix and Amazon, DVD player, Sonos sound system, superfast WiFi internet, Nespresso coffee machine, board games, OS survey maps, coastal walking guides, historical/art books, local interest books, linen, towels, logs and kindling to get you started.House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
  • Additional extrasA handpicked selection of unique experiences are available at this property.
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There´s a real home-from-home essence to The Oyster Catcher
Dine al fresco with local Cornish ingredients
Simple, pared back interiors with a nautical flavour

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Imagine a tangle of fishermen’s cottages and winding alleyways, a maze of slips, a harbour bobbing colourful boats atop its surface and an ice cream parlour serving up the most heavenly flavours on earth... you wouldn’t be mistaken for thinking the arcadian town of Mousehole was like one plucked from a fairytale.

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Getting there

  • On the Map The cottage is located 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).
  • By Air Newquay Airport is approximately 35 miles from the cottage.

From the owner

“We love The Oyster Catcher´s position on the waterfront, just one of the aspects which makes our home so special. Inside, we hope you will find the simple yet luxurious interiors just as welcoming. We feel deeply privileged to act as custodians to such a fabulous place; one that has existed long before and will exist long after us.”

From the owner

With foundations dating back to the early 1600s, the building shares much of its history with the Cornish fishing industry. Because of its enviable position right on the harbour front, The Oyster Catcher was an integral workshop, net loft and ‘pilchard palace’.

By the First World War, the pilchard industry was in huge decline. Pilchard palaces closed down making way for the tourist trade and the house, owned over many generations by a well-known Cornish family, was divided into private living accommodation. Welcome, The Oyster Catcher!

Following an emerging wave of artists in the area, Christopher Wood is reputed to have spent so much time painting at The Oyster Catcher that a skylight was installed for him. Renowned local artist Jack Pender is also said to have spent time here.

We fell in love with the building straight away. We spent many months intensely renovating the property and were mindful that our work be in keeping with its rich history, obvious charm and beauty. We feel deeply privileged to act as custodians to such a fabulous place; one that has existed long before and will exist long after us.

The Massey Family

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.

Artistic Inspiration
To Do

Artistic Inspiration

Spend a day indulging in a little artistic inspiration and discover why the very special light in this corner of Cornwall has inspired so many generations of great artists. Discover galleries hidden away down cobbled streets, and visit the renowned Tate St Ives.

Woodland Walks
To Do

Woodland Walks

There are nine areas of woodlands within the Penwith peninsula and the region has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Don your boots, pack some tasty snacks and set out to explore this beautifully diverse area, keeping an eye out for the local wildlife too.

2 Fore Street, Mousehole
To Eat

2 Fore Street, Mousehole

A wonderful restaurant with great views, 2 Fore Street is a vibrant bistro-style restaurant located on Mousehole’s harbour front. Regularly updating their menu with local, seasonal ingredients and produce, you can pop in for a morning cuppa, light bite or hearty meal.

Mousehole, Lovely Mousehole
To See

Mousehole, Lovely Mousehole

With winding cobbled alleys, quaint cottages and a lobster-pot laden quay complete with bobbing boats in crystal clear waters, Mousehole is the very essence of a Cornish picture postcard scene. Explore this history-rich village and in December see its famous Christmas lights display.

Guest Testimonials

This is just a quick note to say how lovely The Oyster Catcher was. From the moment we arrived to the moment we left, we just loved the property. The owner was extremely helpful and both ourselves and our guests had the best of times. I cannot thank you enough!

We were very pleased with The Oyster Catcher, its aesthetic, furnishings and the generosity of the owner in providing us with a welcome hamper. We enjoyed waking up to the harbour and found the house and town to be centrally located for exploring. We will highly recommend this property to our friends.

The Oyster Catcher is such a beautiful property, we really loved it. The interiors and style of the house are gorgeous and it was wonderfully well equipped. I loved all the books too, such a treat to relax and look through. We hadn´t visited Mousehole before but it really is lovely, small but with some nice little shops and pubs and the perfect little beach in front of the house was great.

Just a short note to let you know that we had a fantastic stay and a warm welcome from the owner. Very friendly people! I also don`t want to miss telling you that we were so surprised and overwhelmed by the "welcome basket". Thank you very much for this nice present. As I do events, I more than appreciate your perfect organization and offered homes. I will recommend you to my friends and partners.

Incredible location on the quay wall at Mousehole, we couldn´t have asked for a better location. The views from the living room are stunning. You could spend all day looking out of those windows with everything seemingly at your fingertips! The whole experience was wonderful.

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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