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Holanen | Luxury Modern Holiday Home | Mousehole, Cornwall


Mousehole, Cornwall, UK

Experience Cornwall like never before at Holanen, where clever contemporary design rises from the rocks to form a sleek self-catering home overlooking the open ocean. With the tide crashing just below, kittiwakes calling overhead and vibrant sunsets colouring the enormous sky, this luxury modern holiday home in Mousehole is the perfect manifestation of man meets Mother Nature.


Descend from the higgledy-piggledy lanes of Mousehole village in West Cornwall and enter a composed abode designed entirely around “the best views in the village”, according to many. Clean lines and modern designer flourishes merge seamlessly with antique furniture collected from far-Eastern shores, while bright art adorns the walls. Spend slow mornings watching dolphins surf the waves and nights wrapped in blankets on the terrace, the glow of St Michael’s Mount shining across the bay. 


With sunny terraces, sea views and cashmere-topped beds to sink into, Holanen is a luxury coastal retreat which allows all worries to ebb away with the tide. While original paintings from local artists punctuate the white walls, a carefully collated collection of furniture gives this home a timeless feel. Flooded with light and perfectly positioned to enjoy vibrant sunrises paint the watery horizon, guests will return to reality with a relaxed mind and calm soul.


With a panoramic view sweeping from the bustling village of Mousehole, across the Lizard Peninsula and out to sea, enjoy time basking on Holanen's sun-drenched terrace with nothing in mind but where the next glass of wine is coming from. Banks of heady rosemary, swaying grasses and sea holly fill the tiered garden which tumbles to the sea, while pods of elegant porpoises and a colony of curious seals play in the surf below. Venture further to walk the coast path, dine in the village's excellent restaurants and swim in Penzance's art deco lido.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 4 guests
    From £1,395 per week, £1,095 per short break
  • Alternative group optionUp to 2 guests
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsOne double bedroom with king-size bed and en suite shower room, one zip-and-link bedroom which can be set up as either a twin or a super king-size double. One family bathroom with bath and overhead shower.
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  • PetsSorry, no pets
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10amTimes may vary due to Covid-19 requirements, please refer to your booking.
  • FamilyChildren aged 10 and over are welcome but careful supervision at all times is needed due to steep drops and prickly plants.
  • PracticalitiesThere is parking for two cars at the front of the property in clearly marked spaces. The kitchen includes an oven, hob, fridge, freezer, washer-dryer and dishwasher.
  • Homestay includesLuxury welcome hamper with Cornish produce, local walking guides and tide times tables, Smart TV, Netflix, Sonos speaker, iPad, WiFi internet, a charcoal barbecue that doubles as a fire pit, linen, towels, logs and kindling to get you started.House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
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A tangle of fishermen’s cottages, winding alleyways and a tiny harbour with bobbing boats: just add an ice cream and this is a classic Cornish idyll.

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Getting there

  • On the Map Located in the picturesque fishing village of Mousehole in West Cornwall, just three miles 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, with regular lines to London Paddington.
  • By Air Newquay Airport is approximately 35 miles from the property.

From the owner

“Spectacular sunrises across Mousehole Bay and hearing waves crash on the rocks below make living so close to the sea a real joy. Mousehole is a very special village and our aim was to make the house as unique as its extraordinary location in Cornwall.”

From the owner

Nick has been an architect for more than forty years but nevertheless, building this house has been a very special project. We first saw the site, alongside a dilapidated 1960s bungalow in 2014 and, although covered by bramble, Nick was immediately excited by its architectural potential.

Locals told us that we were looking at the best location in Mousehole because of the stunning views, the position within the village, the proximity to the sea, and not forgetting the shelter from the prevailing westerly storms.

A large part of Nick's practice was involved with commercial and medical buildings but he always enjoyed designing unique homes in extraordinary locations in both the UK and France. Here his aim was to work with the site's geography, neighbours, and in sympathy with the coastal environment whilst maintaining stringently high standards of design and build.

Since the house was completed in early 2019 we've filled it with the sort of art, books and furniture that we love. You'll also see some of the antique chests, cupboards and fabrics which we've picked up on our travels.

Nick and Tim

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
To Eat

2 Fore Street

Awash with white and blue, this chic French-style bistro on the harbour front enjoys views across Mount´s Bay as far as Lizard point. Try the brunch menu in their pretty courtyard and book ahead to dine in their popular restaurant.

To See


Porthcurno has a spectacular (though busy) beach and stunning walks along the cliff. It also houses the Telegraph Museum, which is great for children and tells the story of when the village housed the largest telegraph station in the world.

Saltwater Swimming
To Do

Saltwater Swimming

Mousehole has two small, safe and sandy beaches protected by the harbour walls. Beyond the harbour is a shallow childrenīs pool which has been created between the rocks. See if you can find the localsī favourite swimming spot "Dicky Danielīs".

Minack Theatre
To Do

Minack Theatre

Even if you donīt see a show, a trip to the world-famous Minack Theatre comes most recommended. If you do book ahead for a performance, the done thing is to arrive early with a picnic; you´ll notice candelabras, lobsters in hampers and Champagne in paper cups!

Guest Testimonials

We all had the most wonderful time in your beautiful house. Thank you so much for having the vision to create it. This is the most fantastic location and the view from the terrace will stay with us forever.

Wow, wow, wow! Holanen is perfection and Mousehole marvellously mesmerising. Everything was exceptional and that view is just delightful. We had a wonderful stay and cannot wait to come back. Thank you.

Thank you for creating our dream holiday home, we have loved staying here! It has been the perfect antidote to all the stress and fear of Covid-19, we could breathe and live again. We have been mesmerised by the view and lulled to sleep by the gentle wash of the tides on the granite rocks below. We´ve listened to the seagulls call across the waves and watched the seals laying in the sunshine. We´ve been swimming (a leap of faith!), walking, eating, drinking, talking and laughing. In being close to nature, we have returned to our natural selves. Joyous and grateful. Thank you.

We feel so lucky to have stayed in your insane home, what a place you have created! The most welcoming and comfortable yet stylish and cool retreat. Every day the view amazed us, we are most jealous you get to see this every day! We very much hope to come back again one day. Thank you.

Thank you for a memorable stay in your lovely home, the views are so breathtaking it will be difficult to ever forget. We loved the open space and the various relaxation options both within and outside the walls of the house. We will miss hearing the sounds of the ocean in the morning and trying to spot the seals! Thank you for all the recommendations on where to visit and for the very warm welcome to Holanen.

Holanen is truly spectacular! When you walk in that door and see the view right across the living space, it´s breathtaking! The place was immaculately clean and beautifully presented.

Magical, breathtaking, tranquil, peaceful, luxurious. All words that describe this heavenly place. Holanen is everything and more that you see on the website and offers a seascape that is dynamic; both in form and colour. We had the joy of seeing the seals mirror our lazy day, the delight of watching an energetic pod of dolphins moving along the coast and the casual meandering of harbour porpoises. Thank you for developing such a delightful property and making it available for travellers to enjoy. This place is a pool of tranquillity in an otherwise crazy world.

Wow! Our stay at Holanen was amazing. The Christmas lights here are so colourful! It rained most days but that didn´t stop us from enjoying the incredible views from the house. Plus, the seal came to visit us! We´re going to miss this.

Magical! The most beautiful space, perfectly designed for enjoying the amazing view, sea breeze, waves and Mousehole atmosphere; a heavenly escape. We all had the most magical and inspiring Christmas. Thank you for all the little touches that made our stay so wonderful. Many thanks and we hope to visit again soon!

Wow, what a dream house! Thank you so much for creating such a truly amazing bolthole for us to spend a fantastic week together. We have fallen in love with Holanen and it will hold a very special place in our family memories. The views, the fire, the sun, rain and rainbows, marshmallow toasting, family film nights - absolutely everything we have done together in this beautifully designed home has been so special and we didnīt want to leave. We have had a week of amazing adventures and we canīt wait to come back and do it all again, and more!

We were here for a 60th birthday celebration, we wanted somewhere to truly relax overlooking the sea, and beautiful Holanen exceeded our expectations. We had to tear ourselves away to leave. What a house. You have done an incredible job to provide such an amazing, comfortable property. A perfect birthday weekend!

As soon as we walked in, wow! Simply amazing views and a beautiful house. We spent most of our time looking across the bay, watching the waves, boats and birds - how it all changes with the light, the sun and the rain. Gazing at the sunrise first thing in the morning with cup of tea in hand, watching the fishing boats is truly memorable. The fishermen are real heroes. The time here has been wonderful, we love the sound of the waves and all that sky, we just donīt want to leave! Thank you for opening up your home!

We have greatly enjoyed both this lovely house and its fabulous location. We haven´t done much as it´s been very relaxing simply being here! We hope to come again, thank you.

We have spent a wonderfully relaxing time in this fantastically well-equipped house with its superb location and views. It´s beautifully and extremely comfortably furnished and the perfect spot for some time away from it all. There are lovely walks along the coastal path if you can drag yourself away from the house! Thank you very much.

If heaven is a place on earth then surely this is it! Pure peace for mind and body alike. The design of the building is beautiful and there is so much love in the decor. Colours, paintings, cupboards and boxes from all over the world and the fireplace is a work of art! The magnificent beds were like sleeping on white fluffy clouds, and the views of the sky and sea are simply breathtaking. We witnessed the partial eclipse of the moon with the resulting pink light stretching out across the ocean and directly onto our terrace. We shall return. Thank you.

Wow, wow, wow!! We have had an absolutely wonderful time in this beautiful house. Everything has been done to such a high standard and the views are amazing. We will be looking to book a return visit as soon as we get home!

We absolutely loved our stay here. This house is stunning and has everything you could want or need. The welcome hamper was such a lovely touch and we enjoyed a welcoming cream tea on the terrace on arrival. We were lucky enough to see a pod of white nosed dolphins on this side of the island on our very first day! We also enjoyed watching the cormorants and shags dive into the sea. It is well worth a trip to Godrevy to see the seals. Thank you for a great stay.

What an amazing space! We stayed here to celebrate our 26th wedding anniversary. The views are to die for, sea changing colour by the hour, and so warm with the gorgeous sunshine on the terrace. A real break from London life! We used Ox and Origin to cook us a five-course meal on Saturday night and they were fantastic. Our stay was everything we hoped it could be and more - thank you, team Holanen!

A beautiful stay in a beautiful house, where every detail has been thought of. We had some gorgeous days for walking, and some rainy days where we lounged around enjoying the ever changing sea and sky. Do try 2 Fore Street, we ate there twice, but be sure to book! Thank you to the owners, with special thanks to the housekeeper for keeping the house in tip-top shape.

A truly relaxing few days. Very windy but with fantastic sunshine. Weīve enjoyed the variety of birds and fishing boats, but sadly no seal sightings this week. The Minack Theatre and St Michaelīs Mount make for two very good days out. We also enjoyed delicious meals at 2 Fore Street and The Godolphin Arms. We have really enjoyed what you have created here in Mousehole. We will be back.

Absolutely breathtaking - amazing views and equally beautiful property. The most comfortable and well-equipped home we have stayed in with UHS to date (this is our sixth) - we loved it. Thank you to the owners for being wonderfully welcoming hosts and to the housekeeper for being available for our questions.

We had a truly wonderful stay at Holanen. Beautiful views and so relaxing for the whole family. We came from Australia and expected some magic, which we absolutely found here, and we will be recommending it to all our friends back home.

What a wonderful place! We cannot get enough of these views. We came away for a joint birthday and Easter break and it was truly amazing. We will definitely be back again. Thank you!

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