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{"LocationDetails":{"Id":584,"Name":"Mousehole","Description":"\u003ch1\u003eOur guide to holiday cottages in Mousehole, Cornwall\u003c/h1\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eFirst thing\u0026rsquo;s first \u0026ndash; Mousehole is pronounced \u0026lsquo;Mowzel\u0026rsquo; (well you don\u0026rsquo;t want to be roaming its cobbled streets saying the name wrong!), and this traditional fishing village has become legendary for its annual Christmas illuminations. Every boat in the harbour is covered with bright festive lights from mid-December to create a sight that once seen is never forgotten, and the illuminations get bigger every year.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe village looks every inch the picturesque Cornish fishing village, and traditional cottages huddle protectively around its working harbour. The sheltered little beach means plenty of opportunity to paddle and the friendly pubs throughout the village make the perfect places to sample the local ale in the sunshine. Mousehole is the kind of place where time slows down and life revolves around fresh seafood and enjoying the peace and quiet.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","Alias":"mousehole","MainImageLocation":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/emily.judge/2018/11/Mousehole.jpg/carousel.jpg","PointOfInterests":[{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"The Mousehole Lights","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThe unassuming fishing village of Mousehole is just outside of Penzance, and a long-standing tradition sees the Mousehole Harbour Lights transform the resort into a twinkling mass of colour and illuminations throughout December.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe lights adorn everything you can think of, from each boat bobbing in the harbour, to the street lamps that line the roads and every shop front. The biggest sign measures more than 50m in length, and with 20 strings of lanterns across the harbour and the infamous flashing whale we can only say that this spectacle really has to be seen to be believed.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIt\u0026rsquo;s free to visit and enjoy the lights, and they attract more than 30,000 visitors to the village every year \u0026ndash; although they are dependent on donations from the public so please give generously while you\u0026rsquo;re there. The official switch on is usually held in the middle of December and there\u0026rsquo;s an open air carol concert to mark the occasion if the weather\u0026rsquo;s dry.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe lights become more intricate with every year as the community takes to the tradition with gusto, so visitors are treated to flashing, moving and humorous light displays everywhere they look! The displays stay until the end of the first week of January, so there\u0026rsquo;s plenty of time to make the journey to Cornwall and see the Christmas spirit at its finest.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":true,"LocationLatitude":50.0843,"LocationLongitude":-5.53905,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/08/christmas lights 2.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"mousehole/penzance/the-mousehole-lights","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/08/christmas lights 2.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Stargazey Pie","Body":"\u003cp\u003eNow, Stargazey Pie may sound like more of a meal than an event but it\u0026rsquo;s actually a little bit of both. The now-famous pie started out as a reward for a heroic local fisherman after he sailed out into a storm to bring back fish for the starving people of Mousehole. He returned triumphant with seven different types of fish, which the people of the village made into a pie and shared amongst themselves.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eTo this day, the 23\u003csup\u003erd\u003c/sup\u003e December is marked by baking and eating Stargazey Pie to remember the bravery of the fisherman who risked his own life for his neighbours. The pie traditionally contains pilchards and is baked with the heads of the fish poking through the top \u0026ndash; so it\u0026rsquo;s something of a spectacle as well as a legend. \u0026nbsp;Some prefer to just lie the fish heads on the top rather than poke them through, but it\u0026rsquo;s thought the tradition of having the fish peer through the top started with the Victorians.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIt\u0026rsquo;s not quite clear just how true the legend is, (as it seems strange that the villagers managed to come up with the ingredients to make the pie if they were actually starving but for the fish!) \u0026ndash; but if nothing else it always adds to the December festivities that have made the village famous. You\u0026#39;ll be able to sample the pie at various pubs in Mousehole on 23rd December.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.0836,"LocationLongitude":-5.53903,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/07/pie.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"cornwall/mousehole/stargazey-pie","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/07/pie.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Rock Pool","Body":"\u003cp\u003eRock Pool is one of those quirky little cafes that can make a good holiday a great one. With a quirky vintage theme and stylish d\u0026eacute;cor throughout, the caf\u0026eacute; perches above Mousehole\u0026rsquo;s rock pool and serves all the traditional classics with a laidback seaside feel. Sit outside and look out to sea while you indulge in a cream tea, and if there\u0026rsquo;s a shower while you\u0026rsquo;re there don\u0026rsquo;t worry, you can nip out to the bright blue summerhouse and still enjoy the feeling of dining al fresco.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIt\u0026rsquo;s the attention to detail that makes Rock Pool special, from the name of the caf\u0026eacute; appearing in chocolate sprinkles on the coffees to quaint little tongs that come with the sugar cubes. All drinks are served up in china cups, and the retro teapots take visitors back to the days when tea was a special event in the day! Rock Pool is a little of the beaten track so you\u0026rsquo;ll need to look out for it on your first visit, but it\u0026rsquo;s one of those that\u0026rsquo;s so special that once you\u0026rsquo;ve discovered it you\u0026rsquo;ll make time to pop in again and again.\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.0839,"LocationLongitude":-5.538,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/01/cream tea.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"cornwall/mousehole/rock-pool","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/01/cream tea.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Jessie\u0027s Dairy","Body":"\u003cp\u003eWith its quaint fishing harbour and whitewashed cottages there\u0026rsquo;s only one thing that\u0026rsquo;s a must during a stay in the village of Mousehole \u0026ndash; and that\u0026rsquo;s a traditional Cornish pasty. Jessie\u0026rsquo;s Dairy serves up cream teas, pasties and other snacks and there\u0026rsquo;s a prettly little garden for those of you who like to sit outside. We have it on good authority that the pasties are always well-filled and the portions are generous, so this is a popular place for a stop off when you\u0026rsquo;ve a hankering for a snack.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eDogs are welcome, and the caf\u0026eacute; has something of a reputation as a little gem, so make sure you pop in while you\u0026rsquo;re in the area. If you\u0026rsquo;re going to walk a section of the South West Coast Oath or just spend some time on the little harbour beach Jessie\u0026rsquo;s is the perfect spot for a pit stop before you get on with your day, and there are gluten-free options for those with special dietary requirements too (well we can\u0026rsquo;t have people visiting Cornwall without the chance to try a pasty or a scone can we?!).\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.0838,"LocationLongitude":-5.53947,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/02/Cornish Pasty.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"cornwall/mousehole/jessies-dairy","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/02/Cornish Pasty.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"2 Fore Street","Body":"\u003cp\u003eWord travels quickly in a village as small as Mousehole, and that means everybody knows 2 Fore Street is THE place for fresh fish and a warm welcome. With a reputation for its friendly staff and gorgeous French-style cuisine, 2 Fore Street is the reviewers\u0026rsquo; favourite when it comes to dining in the pretty little fishing village and it\u0026rsquo;s found right beside the harbour.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026rsquo;s a relaxed atmosphere throughout the bistro and if you visit on a warm day you can dine outside in the garden and enjoy the al fresco experience. The restaurant looks out over the harbour and Mount\u0026rsquo;s Bay, and the menu changes with the catch of the day so expect fresh fish that you\u0026rsquo;ll remember for months to come.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eDescribed by the Good Cornwall Guide as \u0026ldquo;gloriously unpretentious\u0026rdquo;, 2 Fore Street\u0026rsquo;s specials tend to include fresh crab salad, homemade burgers and lemon sole fillets. The kitchen team source all ingredients locally whenever possible, so the bistro reflects the tastes of West Cornwall throughout its menu and serves it with a continental twist.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIt\u0026rsquo;s worth booking a table in advance as 2 Fore Street is one of Mousehole\u0026rsquo;s best-loved eateries, and it\u0026rsquo;s the kind of place that people seek out for a quiet coffee on a Sunday morning as well as to tuck in to dinner after a busy day in the sun.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.0839,"LocationLongitude":-5.53944,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/01/fish and veg.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"cornwall/mousehole/2-fore-street","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/01/fish and veg.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"The Ship Inn","Body":"\u003cp\u003eWhat\u0026rsquo;s a traditional Cornish harbour without a friendly pub serving up good ale and fresh food? Well in Mousehole that pub\u0026rsquo;s The Ship Inn, and it\u0026rsquo;s something of an institution. You can\u0026rsquo;t miss The Ship Inn as it sits right beside the harbour and it has all the charm of an historic Cornish pub. Thanks to its harbourside location the pub makes a great spot to bask in the sun before heading to the small beach by the harbour or to enjoy a drink of something cold whilst looking out to sea - and it serves traditional hearty meals throughout the day too.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe roaring fire that burns during winter means The Ship\u0026rsquo;s just as welcoming on a wintry day when you just want to snuggle up with a book or plan your holiday itinerary so it\u0026rsquo;s a popular spot throughout the year. Speaking of winter days, this is one of the pubs that serves the legendary local dish Stargazey Pie on 23 December, and if you don\u0026rsquo;t know the story behind the pilchard dish then ask one of the locals when you pop into The Ship.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.0835,"LocationLongitude":-5.53906,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/06/PUB.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"cornwall/mousehole/the-ship-inn","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/06/PUB.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]}],"MetaData":{"Title":"Self Catering Holidays in Mousehole, book a holiday cottage online","Description":"Mousehole, a beautiful Cornish fishing village, is an ideal holiday destination if you love a slower pace and seafood! 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