We love visiting Cornwall outside of peak season. The charm of the coastal towns feels much more intimate when there are fewer people around. Remote working now gives us the flexibility to spend more time in Cornwall, and so we’ve been making the most of that. What an amazing opportunity to be able to swap our home office for seaside vibes for a couple of weeks! On our latest Cornwall winter workation, we stayed in a Vrbo cottage in Mousehole, near Penzance, with breathtaking sea views right in front of our laptops. Here’s a quick review of the cottage.

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Mousehole Vrbo Alex and Lisa outside
Enjoying the sea view from the garden of the Mousehole Vrbo cottage

Why we chose this Vrbo cottage in Mousehole

My mum lives in Penzance, and so we usually stay within the vicinity on most of our trips to Cornwall. It’s a beautiful part of the country; the coastline in that very deepest corner of the UK has a magnificent barrenness about it that just isn’t the same anywhere else.

It takes quite a drive to get there – even once you’ve crossed the border from Devon into Cornwall, it’s another 90 minutes if you’re lucky to get good traffic! – but the reward waiting at the destination makes the effort worthwhile.

The journey length does mean we like to stay for a significant amount of time when we go, and on this occasion we were planning to spend a fortnight.

More often than not, we’ll book to stay in self-catered accommodation for our Cornwall trips. We have a very boisterous dog, who is a bit much for my mum these days, and also both me and Lisa need our own space where we can work.

As this trip was for a workation in Cornwall, these were some of the criteria we had in mind:

  • Location – we wanted somewhere quiet and scenic, but also close enough to shops and attractions for when we had time to explore.
  • Work space – we needed space for two of us to work, so we looked mainly for properties that had a working area in the living room and/or bedrooms, and ideally a desk.
  • Rooms – two-bedroom properties are our preference for trips like this, as a second bedroom is useful for storage or as an office.
  • Dog friendly – including an enclosed garden space so we could let him out off-lead.
  • Something special – perhaps a nice view or a particularly quirky feature that would make the stay memorable.

Mousehole: the essence of Cornish seaside charm

You may have heard of Mousehole because of the famous illustrated children’s book, The Mousehole Cat. The village is a short distance beyond the larger centres of Penzance and Newlyn, close to the tip of the Penwith Peninsula.

Mousehole is a quintessentially Cornish fishing village. Its close-knit buildings are huddled around a cosy harbour, with a little sandy beach at either side. There’s a welcoming pub, the Ship Inn, right at the centre, and the backstreets are riddled with small art galleries, gift shops and ice cream parlours.

There’s a lot to see and do nearby as well. The coastal path between Mousehole and Penzance features some of the very best walks in Cornwall. The artsy seaside town of St Ives is a short drive away, as is the beautifully desolate Lizard Peninsula, the southernmost tip of the UK.

Mousehole Harbour sunrise
Mousehole Harbour on a crisp winter morning

Why Vrbo and not other accommodation sites?

Vrbo has become our first port of call for self-catered accommodation in most places we travel. We prefer not to use Airbnb given the frequent evidence of ethical issues with the platform, and also because it swindled the travel blogging community during the pandemic, which had a stark financial impact on many of our friends during an extremely difficult time.

Thankfully, there are many alternatives to Airbnb, and Vrbo is among the best. The reason we like it for this kind of trip in particular is that all Vrbo listings are whole-of-property rentals – no rooms within properties or shared rentals. This makes it ideal for our couple getaways when we want the space to ourselves.

Cheaper prices in the low season!

As you will read in our guide to visiting Cornwall in winter, one of the major benefits of visiting in low season is that everything is a lot cheaper. And the biggest cost saving by far is on accommodation.

Summer prices for self-catered accommodation in Cornwall have gone through the roof in recent years, which is all the more reason to come when it’s quieter. Our stay at this Vrbo cottage in Mousehole was in January, and we were able to get it at a fraction of peak season price.

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Mousehole backstreets at sunrise
Mousehole backstreets at sunrise

Mousehole sea view Vrbo cottage: pros and cons

If you’re in a hurry, here are some quick pros and cons of the Mousehole sea view Vrbo cottage:

Beautiful, peaceful setting with sea views from the living room and kitchenIt's a bit of a walk to the nearest shops in Mousehole (with a steep uphill incline on the way back)
All rooms were immaculately clean, and the kitchen well stocked with amenitiesThe closest supermarket is 15 minutes drive away
Plenty of space for two of us to work, and strong wifiSome very narrow and steep lanes to navigate on the drive to the property
Outdoor decking area with seating and a lovely, well kept gardenThere was a slight hole in the fencing which meant we couldn't let our dog off-lead in the garden

Now, let’s take a closer look.

Mousehole sea view Vrbo cottage: our experience

Let’s begin with a quick run-down of the cottage’s features. It’s a bungalow cottage with the following characteristics:

  • Two bedrooms – one double, one twin
  • Living room, kitchen and bathroom
  • Private garden space with decking area and grass
  • Washer and drier
  • Free wifi, Amazon Echo and HD television
  • Fireplace with woodburner
Vrbo Mousehole Sandpiper living room
The living room before we rearranged into a workspace! (Photo from Vrbo)

Those sea views (and sunrises!)

The obvious standout quality of this Mousehole Vrbo is the sea view that comes with it. The cottage is situated a little way up the hill from Mousehole on the way to the village of Paul. From this vantage point on the hillside, you get a truly stunning sight of the waters just outside Mousehole harbour, where St Clement’s Isle nestles among blue sea.

Mousehole Harbour faces out to the east, which gives you a full view of the sunrise every morning from the cottage. We made sure we were up in time to see it – a real wow moment to start the day! It seemed the skies would be drenched in pink and orange hues every single time.

The garden at the rear of the property has a decking area with table and chairs, where you can sit and relax with the backdrop of the sea view.

Sunrise view from the cottage garden
Sunrise view from the Vrbo cottage garden
Vrbo Mousehole sunrise sea
We got up early every day to catch a glimpse of this…

A peacefully remote location

The Vrbo cottage is situated on a quiet cul-de-sac, around a 10–15 minute walk from both villages, Mousehole and Paul. We didn’t hear a peep of traffic the whole time we were there.

Mousehole is the larger of the two villages, and we liked to take a walk down to it with the dog each morning to enjoy the harbour.

With the nearest supermarket being 15 minutes’ drive away at the other side of Penzance, we made sure that we stocked up well for our stay so we wouldn’t need to make frequent trips out.

Paul to Mousehole road in the morning
The walk down to Mousehole village from the Vrbo

A dog-friendly cottage

The Vrbo cottage allow bookings with one dog. The only problem we had in this respect was that the garden fence had a small gap in it. Our dog soon found this and went off into the neighbours’ garden, and so we kept him on a lead after that.

The location is fantastic for dogs. With so much countryside right on the doorstep and the coastal path either side of Mousehole, we had so many options for our daily dog walks. Not to mention the beaches!

Our dog is a lurcher. If you haven’t heard of lurchers before, suffice to say they need quite a bit of exercise and space. While the cottage is smaller than the space we have at home, that didn’t matter as we were able to give him plenty enough stimulation with so many great walks and beaches nearby.

Dog walk on Mousehole pebble beach
Walking our dog Regan on the Mousehole seafront one morning

Clean and comfy rooms

First impressions are always important when you arrive at accommodation for a trip. Everything was immaculately clean at the cottage, and we loved the brightness of the rooms with off-white walls, subtle decorations, and lots of natural light through the windows.

The bedrooms aren’t huge, but neither are they tiny, and there was more than enough space for us. The living room was our favourite part of the property, which is good because that’s where we would spend most of our time.

In addition to a comfy sofa, the living room also has a reclining chair. Even better, there’s a wood burner! That’s always something we look out for, especially for winter stays. A basket of logs was included as our visit was in winter.

The kitchen was complete with modern fittings, and all the cutlery, crockery, glassware and utensils that we needed to cater for the two of us.

Main bedroom
The main bedroom was cosy and clean, all we needed!
Vrbo Mousehole second bedroom
We used the second bedroom mainly as a storage space (photo from Vrbo)

Ample working space 

While the cottage didn’t have a dedicated working space, it was easy for us to create one. We repurposed the dining table in the living room into a work desk, and set up our own fold-up desk (which we’d brought along) for a second one.

With this setup, we could gaze out on that sea view all day while working. It’s always our preference not to work in the bedrooms of the places we stay, and so this suited us just fine.

Vrbo Mousehole workation setup
It was easy for us to convert the lounge into a working space during the daytime
Vrbo Mousehole Alex sunrise working
Making an early start one morning
Vrbo Mousehole workation desk view
Better than the views at home!

Conclusion: a lovely stay for a couple or small family

In summary, we loved this Vrbo cottage and we’ll definitely be looking up its availability when we plan future trips to Cornwall. I’m sure that couples like us would love it, whether for a workation or just a simple getaway, and it would also be suitable for small families.

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