The Old Coastguard – Mousehole, Cornwall
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Of Charlie and Edmund Inkin’s collection of effortlessly laid-back places to stay, this has the best location: overlooking the sea in the enchanting fishing village of Mousehole, noted for its artists, Christmas illuminations and invention of stargazy pie. A hotel since Victorian times, the 14 attractive sea-facing bedrooms have superb beds, Roberts radios, Bramley products, auction room finds and striped curtains (the best come with a balcony). Downstairs in the open-plan bar and dining room, you’ll tuck into superb dishes from the traditional brasserie menu – perhaps fish stew with fennel, new potatoes, sea vegetables and aioli, or milk-braised pork belly with choucroute, kohlrabi and mustard sauce – all cooked by head chef, Cornishman Jamie Porter. Making the most of the view through picture windows, the sun-filled sitting area runs the length of the ground floor. Lazing there, looking through the palm trees to the sea or sitting at a scrubbed pine table on the upper deck facing St Clements Isle, you’ll keep delaying your departure by another hour. It’s that sort of place.
Rooms from £150
+44 (0)1736 731222; oldcoastguardhotel.co.uk