The Old Coastguard – Mousehole, Cornwall
Of Charlie and Edmund Inkin’s collection (see also Felin Fach Griffin and The Gurnard’s Head) of effortlessly laid-back places to stay, this has the best location: overlooking the sea in the enchanting fishing village of Mousehole, noted for its artists, Christmas illuminations and invention of stargazy pie. A hotel since Victorian times, the 14 attractive sea-facing bedrooms have superb beds, Roberts radios, Bramley products, auction room finds and striped curtains (the best come with a balcony with knockout views). Downstairs in the open-plan bar and dining room, you’ll tuck into superb dishes showcasing local ingredients, from Tregassow asparagus and dressed Newlyn crab to plaice and cod caught that morning – all cooked by head chef, Cornishman Jamie Porter. Making the most of the vista through picture windows, the sun-filled sitting area runs the length of the ground floor. Lazing there, looking through the palm trees and hydrangeas, or reclining on the new sea-facing garden sun terrace, you’ll keep delaying your departure by another hour. It’s that kind of place.
Doubles from £173
+44 (0)1736 731222; oldcoastguardhotel.co.uk