The Old Coastguard

Location Penzance

Postcode TR19 6PR

Telephone 01736 731 222

££ - ££££

Why we love it...

Newly-refurbished, classic seaside hotel

The Place

‘Not everyone likes the style of the Inkin brothers’ hotels’, writes our series editor Fiona Duncan, but if you agree with the Charming Small Hotel Guide attitude that a jar of fresh flowers in the room and a stylish old radio are as good as a large flat screen TV in the bedroom, or acres of designer mahogany squeezed on to walls, then you’ll get the point of The Old Coastguard.

It was a boring Victorian seaside hotel until its recent makeover, but the Inkins have avoided formulaic designer dodges to bring it up to date. They have spent the money instead on the basics – the beds, which are soundly comfortable, thick towels, and properly served, not over-ambitious food. Try the starter of grilled figs with honey or a main course of rich beef stew.

The downstairs sitting area is the hotel’s ace card: full of sunlight. You relax on striped armchairs and deep sofas looking out over the harbour and sea through a wall of big windows that capitalise on a view that will keep you stationary for hours.

The 14 bedrooms are gradually being made over to Charlie Inkin’s taste for tongue and groove panelling behind the beds, mustard yellow paint and striped curtains in greens and blues.  We like bedrooms 1, 2 and 3 the best (even though they still have fixed toiletry dispensers), and number 5 with its bath facing the sea. Everywhere there are finds from auction rooms. See the Inkin’s other hotels on this website: The Felin Fach Griffin Inn and Gurnard’s Head.

The Essentials

Price Band ££ - ££££
Rooms 14 double and twin; all rooms have bathroom with either shower or bath, all have sea view and some have a balcony, radio, books, tea and coffee
Food breakfast buffet, lunch, dinner served
Facilities
Children welcome, no extra charge
Disabled not suitable
Pets welcome, no extra charge

To Book

Contact Edmund and Charles Inkin
Call 01736 731 222
Email bookings@oldcoastguardhotel.co.uk
Website www.oldcoastguardhotel.co.uk

Good To Know

Address The Parade, Mousehole, Penzance TR19 6PR
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The Location

Find this place: situated above the harbour wall of Mousehole; St Clement's Isle in front

What's nearby: right by the sea; 1 hour away from Newquay