Carn Du House has some of the most spectacular uninterrupted, unspoilt panoramic ocean and coastal views in the South West of Britain.
Beautiful seaside location, close to sandy beaches, Cornish coast walks, surfing at Sennen, golf courses at St Just and Hayle, open air Minack Theatre at Porthcurno, good restaurants nearby, housekeeper if required, 3 min walk to Mousehole.
Every room in this large Edwardian country house situated high above the beautiful village of Mousehole looks out over Mount's Bay.
To the North are Newlyn, Penzance, Marazion and St Michael's Mount. The East, Porthlevan, Prussia Cove, Kynance Cove, Mullion, Goonhilly and the Lizard. To the South the rugged coast leading towards Lamorna Cove and West over fields to the ancient hamlet of Raginnis.
Set between the Atlantic ocean and granite walled fields the house feels totally remote and relaxing yet it's just a three minute walk down the hill to Mousehole, 'The loveliest village in England' (Dylan Thomas), with it's fabulous harbour, golden sand beach, excellent restaurants, pubs and art galleries.
This large luxury self-catering holiday house sleeps up to 12 people.
Explore St Michael's Mount, the ancient sites of the Penwith peninsula, The Tate Gallery at St Ives, or visit Cornish gardens, take a day trip to the Scillies.
Or read, paint and play the piano in the peace of our light and spacious house, just watching the changing light in the broad sweep of sky and the ever-changing ocean below. In the garden there is a heated infinity pool (7m x 4m), open from April until October 30th.
Save effort and order your supplies for delivery by Tesco, which we can unpack for arrival.
Mousehole harbour is picturesque, tidal and clean, with a sandy beach ideal for small children to potter, with ice cream and café closeby. You can build sand castles on the beach at Mousehole or wander around the alleys and galleries, pubs and restaurants.
You can visit the Tate at St. Ives, the Maritime Museum at Falmouth or the Eden Project. Swim at spectacular Porthcurno beach and later see a play at the Minack theatre perched high above. Visit National Trust houses and private gardens.
There are walks behind the house through old Cornish fields to Paul and to the village or you can simply walk out the door along the Cornwall Coast Path either towards Paul and Penzance or Lamorna Cove, The Merry Maidens and Land's End. Walks can be as long or short as you like.
Walk to Lamorna and stop for delicious lunch of fresh crab and more at the Café, stop for a pint at the Lamorna Wink, or the Logan Rock at Treen, where the colour of the sea and the beach rival the Mediterranean.
The house has a self contained attached annexe with a separate entrance, also with a sea view, which has a kitchen, shower room and bedsitting room.
Carn Du has a colourful history. In its time it has played host to, among others, Charlie Chaplin, Dylan Thomas, Charles Laughton, the artists Gwen and Augustus John and the Guggenheims. With its light and elegance, Carn Du is a house of rare charm in one of the most beautiful parts of old Cornwall, the Penwith peninsula.
You can look out to St Michael’s Mount, where, in 1047, Edward the Confessor established a chapel, now a fortress like house, lived in by the St. Aubyn family, which perches high on an island in Mount’s Bay, reached at low tide by a stone causeway.
The coastline is gentle here, but becomes more rugged as you move west towards Lamorna Cove and Land’s End. With its abundance of prehistoric stone monuments, this peninsula was the last part of Britain to be taken over by the Anglo Saxons from the Celts. DH Lawrence said of it: “This Cornwall is very primaeval: great, black, jutting cliffs and rocks, like the original darkness, with a pale sea breaking in, like dawn…”
It is also full of beautiful beaches. The beaches at Porthcurno and Porthchapel are 15 minutes by car from Carn Du, and beyond that is the lovely beach at Sennen Cove. Fly to the Isles of Scilly or catch the ferry.
Built in 1912 by a French sea captain for his lady, Carn Du House easily sleeps 12. The main rooms have panoramic views of the sea sweeping from the Lizard through the bay of St. Michael's Mount to the dramatic coastline which stretches west towards Lamorna and Land’s End.
5 double bedrooms, 4 bathrooms (3 en-suite), dining room, drawing/sitting room and sun room.
A large family kitchen with an Aga and smeg range oven looks through to a spacious dining room, a sitting room with a log fire and a sun room which all open into one another creating a relaxing sense of light and space. There is a piano in the dining area.
On the first floor a light airy landing, leads to five bedrooms, three with en-suite bathrooms and an additional family bathroom. The two main bedrooms with their luxurious emperor sized beds (which can be twin), open on to a balcony high above the sea, one with a Victorian enamelled bath beneath the bay window.
This house is perfect for a group for a special celebration, anniversary, birthday, or just a relaxed family holiday by the sea.
Newquay airport is a 1 hr drive away, Penzance station 10 minutes (night sleeper from London Paddington or day train).
THERE IS ALSO A COTTAGE AVAILABLE TO RENT WITH THE HOUSE OR ON ITS OWN
View Carn Du Cottage, sleeping 4 people
Carn Du House, Mousehole