Holiday Cottage Mousehole Cornwall

Maud Milton is a ceramicist and artist who runs her own company ArtyFace. She spent her holiday in Mousehole, here are some of her thoughts on her time there:

Cornish Cottage: MouseholeWe had a lovely, relaxing and healthy week in Star Haze in Mousehole. We were glad we chose to go by train and leave our car at home. The buses to Newlyn and Penzance were regular and we walked along the coast easily and often. It helped to slow us down and to make the most of being unrushed. In contrast, our 7 year old and 9 year old boys enjoyed jumping around on the rocks, searching for crabs and skimming stones on the sea. A lovely walk is to the Merry Maidens, (shown) the ancient standing stones in Lamorna. It's a good 8 miles in the opposite direction from Newlyn, along the cliff-top path. Make sure you don't walk there on a Sunday because there are no buses back to Mousehole (hitching back with cold and tired boys in the mist at dusk was an adventure!)

Cornish Cottage: MouseholeAs an artist I was very impressed by the high standard of galleries in Mousehole, Newlyn and Penzance. There is a wealth of crafts and art from local and nationally renowned makers. Don't miss the Newlyn Art Gallery (right) which has a 100 year long history and was set up by the colony of local plein air painters. The Penlee Gallery in Penzance (the bus stops right outside) also has wonderful exhibitions, there was one featuring the Newlyn School of Painting when we were there. In Mousehole there are six galleries. I thought these three in particular had very good work and should not be missed. The Essex Tyler Gallery (01736 731 109) is worth a visit to see local paintings of landscapes and abstracts. The gallery was set up by local surfing champion and raku potter who you can see handbuilding pots at the gallery (when the waves aren't too good). The Sandpiper Gallery (01736 732 441) on the harbour front has handmade toys and crafts and atonoma as well as beautiful and functional handmade pottery. The Millpool Gallery has ceramic sculptures and vessels, delicate and covetable glassware and painting and prints by local painters and printmakers. All far too tempting for presents for other people as well as myself.

Cornish Cottage: MouseholeWe had great food at the Cornish Range (left) who serve locally caught seafood including lobsters (book during the summer for evening meals). There was a priceless view from the restaurant at The Ship pub right on the harbour but the food and wine were average. The most delicious home made ice-cream was found in the Jelbart's ice-cream shop on the bridge in Newlyn, try it with Cornish clotted cream! Fish and chips from the Mousehole chippy on the benches overlooking the harbour were a tasty treat. The fish and chips in Newlyn were rumoured to be good but we didn't get to taste them ... next time! Best scallops from the W Harvey and Sons fish shop in Newlyn, 01736 362734 (open 8am to 12.45pm, then 1pm to 4.45pm Monday to Friday, 8am to11.45 on Saturday). And the best fresh fish from JH Turner, 01736 363 726. All in all a great gastronomic and artistic break for the whole family ... we can't wait to go back!

Maud Milton, Summer 2002
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