Fallen Angel

Mousehole, Cornwall, United Kingdom Book from Book from £245 per night

A luxurious and contemporary self-catering bolthole for 2, set in secluded sub-tropical gardens above Mousehole’s gorgeous harbour
The pretty fishing village of Mousehole is packed with traditional stone fishermen’s cottages, so when I first saw Fallen Angel, I must admit I was surprised to find an angular, black, rubber-clad structure spilling down among Zen gardens. Surprised, but utterly converted. Its distinctive wetsuit-like skin feels like a modern take on coastal architecture, reminding me of Suffolk’s classic black fisherman's huts. New in April 2017, this romantic one-bedroom cottage occupies a steep plot overlooking the harbour. With the help of some clever architects and a lot of manual labour, owners Mark and Jane have created a cool, modern hideaway.

From the moment we stepped through the huge wooden gate (originally the door to a Moroccan village) we felt transported to the Med. Dotted with succulents, palms and lavender, the exquisitely landscaped garden led us up to the front door. Inside, traditional North African ornaments mingle with contemporary features: an egg-shaped wood-burner, a Sonos sound system, a freestanding steel bathtub, and stunning commissioned art work. Huge picture windows gaze over the picturesque rooftops of Mousehole; a charming corner of Cornwall, replete with tempting restaurants, shops and galleries. While you're here, venture a little further to explore St Ives, Penzance, Porthcurno Beach and Sennen Cove.

Highs

  • A wonderfully spacious bolthole for 2 with spectacular views and a big garden – perfect for a honeymoon or special occasion
  • Secluded and private, yet within a minutes’ walk of charming Mousehole’s pretty harbour
  • A great kitchen with all the utensils you could possibly need, plus hampers and chef-made meals on request
  • Extremely comfortable bed and a decadent freestanding tub with sea views
  • The owners know Cornwall inside out, and can advise and book everything from foraging tours to surf lessons to luxury hampers

Lows

  • It may look pricey for a 1-bedroom rental, but this is a truly luxurious and unique place to stay: worth every penny
  • The designated parking space is a 5-minute walk away and can be tricky to find - but you're sent a handy map after booking
  • Though carefully designed to maximise privacy (and not closely overlooked), some may find the bathtub and shower a little exposed - electric blinds help
  • No indoor dining table, although there are comfy seats around the kitchen island, plus outdoor tables and chairs
  • A steep access lane and indoor staircases

Best time to go

We visited in June and were lucky enough to have lots of sunshine (and a little bit of rain), great for making the most of the garden and terrace. Equally, we could see ourselves getting cosy by the fire in the colder months, especially as there is underfloor heating.

Our top tips

Take a picnic hamper to one of the many local beaches - we liked Sennen Cove. Mark and Jane can organise a luxury hamper for you.

If you’re visiting at the weekend, book a table at one of Mousehole’s restaurants in advance, as they book up fast.

Great for...

Beach
Great Outdoors
Honeymoon
  • Boutique Cottage
  • 1 bedroom
  • Self catering; restaurants nearby
  • Babes in arms only
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
Room:

Rooms

Every aspect of this architect-designed 1-bedroom cottage has been meticulously planned. Step inside to be greeted by an ultra-modern brushed-steel and grey-oak kitchen, positioned on attractive Spanish patterned ghost tiles. You won’t find a TV in the expansive main living space, instead floor-to-ceiling windows open onto a balcony overlooking the Cornish coastline. For cold winter days, there is a striking egg-shaped wood burner, a comfy sofa and warming underfloor heating. If you fancy a movie night, duck into the cosy TV snug at the back of the house.

Downstairs, the bedroom is really impressive, although you do need to navigate a steep staircase to reach it. Here you’ll find a heavenly kingsize bed, a freestanding steel bathtub, a rain shower and a w/c. Again, floor-to-ceiling windows look out onto the garden and harbour beyond. The view from the bed really is amazing. The brave can bathe with the blinds up to enjoy changing scenery, but at the flick of a button they come down for privacy. From the bedroom, stroll straight into the garden and relax by the cool fire pit.

Features include:

  • Barbecue
  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Fireplace
  • Food blender
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hairdryer
  • Hob or stove
  • Oven
  • Satellite TV
  • Sonos music system
  • Terrace
  • Toaster
  • Toiletries
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi

Eating

The modern kitchen is well-equipped with all mod cons, plus seating for 4 around the island. There’s no separate dining table, but the garden and balcony have tables and chairs.

For breakfast, you'll find the basics in the fridge: bread, butter, tea, coffee and milk. You can also have an indulgent breakfast or picnic hamper sent to your door.

On a relaxed summer’s evening, perhaps do as we did - grab a bottle of wine and cook up steaks on the outdoor fire pit barbecue. There’s nowhere better to watch the sun sink below the horizon. If you don’t want to cook, Mark and Jane can arrange a private chef or you can have chef-prepared meals delivered to your door, ready to pop in the oven.

Happily, Mousehole has no shortage of great restaurants. We ate at 2 Fore Street, a relaxed and unfussy bistro-style restaurant just short stroll from Fallen Angel. The regularly changing menu offers tasty specialties featuring plenty of fresh local seafood, plus there’s a good wine selection. Around the corner, The Old Coastguard offers simple food done well, with great views out to sea.

Features include:

  • Barbecue
  • Chef on request
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Dishwasher
  • Food blender
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hob or stove
  • Oven
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Toaster
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Stroll around Mousehole harbour, lined with galleries, delis and cafés, and watch boats come and go. There's a small patch of beach, too
  • Head to gorgeous Porthcurno beach (25 mins) for white sand and turquoise water, you'd be forgiven for thinking you were in the Mediterranean
  • Watch an open-air play or take a tour at the world-famous Minack Theatre (20 mins), hewn from the cliff above the Atlantic
  • Gallery-hop your way around Penzance, Newlyn, St Just and St Ives (all within a short drive)
  • In summer, head to Penzance’s Art-Deco saltwater lido
  • Mark and Jane have contacts for stand-up paddle boarding, surf sessions, foraging, coasteering, kayaking and more
  • Request a spa treatment in the cottage - anything from massages to manicures can be arranged

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Boat trips
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Kayaking
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Sailing
  • Shopping / markets
  • Surfing
  • Swimming

Kids

A babe in arms is welcome, and Fallen Angel can provide a travel cot and high-chair free of charge, as well as organise a babysitter. The house is unsuitable for toddlers due to the layout and steep hilly location.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

Cots Available

Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 1 independent review from i-escape guests

10/10
Room
9/10
Service
9/10
Value
9/10
Overall

Stunning setting with a superb design and vibe. Super views from the living and bedrooms. Although we stayed in winter, the use of glass let’s you enjoy the views whilst staying snug by the wood burner. Found the whole experience blissfully relaxing and would love to visit in the summer.

9/10,

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