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 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.