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'Like being on an Island' Dreamy sea views, gated garden, access to sea, 4-12

Bedrooms 5
Separate WC's1
Space 2,798 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Spacious, Private Access To The Sea, Gated Garden, Fort, Parking

Standing proud on our romantic Poldark coastline, Seal Point Villa (aka Tavis Vor) is a unique, spacious waterfront house on the edge of the historic village of Mousehole, recently featured in 'Homes by the Sea'. It 'gives kindly' to all its guests, however large (up to 12) or small the party (2-6).

Come and create those magical Cornish memories, that so many of us cherish from childhood: Easter with the spring-time flowers and beach surprises, Summer on the sands and in the water or a fabulous old-fashioned musical Christmas with the famous Mousehole Christmas Lights.

Seal Point Villa in a nutshell:

* full sea views from nearly every room

* 250m2 of internal space

* very good beds and linen including 1 S-King and 2 Kings

* direct waterfront access

* safe gated garden, toys, books

* 4 mins walk from 2 sandy, sheltered historic harbour beaches

* rock-pools at the end of the gated garden, seals, wildlife to watch

* 10-15 mins drive from a dozen+ other sandy beaches

* golf, snorkelling, surfing, coasting, paddle-boarding, diving, sailing, fishing, theatre, coastal walks all nearby

* well equipped open-plan kitchen, pantry space, utility room

* outside shower

* BT infinity wifi

* parking for 2 cars (more if you ‘shuffle’)

* prices quoted: for 6, for additional guests up to 12 please ask


We have regular guests who come every year as party of 4 to enjoy the space and views. Then there are intergenerational larger family groups who come with up to 12 people using 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. The house lends itself well to many sizes and configurations. Please ask about special rates for parties of four or less.

'Really it's a luxury to have so much space just to the four of us, but we sometimes we like to come in the off season without everyone else. We love the ever-changing views at Seal Point - it's so relaxing', Jim and Sandra, 2014

Space to Relax:

So whether you’re a family of 4 or 6 looking or a larger family group of up to 12, Seal Point is a seaside home from home. Large rooms and hallways and a separate attic flat sleeping up to four mean everyone can enjoy being together but also have their own space to relax.

Different Needs and ‘Must Haves’:

With sea views from 4 out of 5 bedrooms and the lounge, dining room and kitchen, with large comfortable beds, four bathrooms (plus a downstairs wc and warm outside shower), parking, wifi, a safe garden, toys and books on hand, coffee machine…we hope the different members of any party will find their needs met. We are fussy ourselves when we go away, so know how important the different elements can be. If you’re the one booking, meeting all the needs can be a tough job - please do not hesitate to ask any specific questions to make sure it’s a fit.


Seal Point has been our much loved family home which is now prepared and let while we are away. Many bookings happen now by word of mouth but we also advertise here. A professional changeover team manages the house and my mother lives nearby to welcome and help with queries.

Our prices are quoted for 6 people sharing with additional charges for extra people up to 12. Please enquire and if possible give the constellation of your party (eg couples, singles etc). Thank you

Relaxation or Activity:

So..what's it like to live here? Sip Nespresso and munch cream teas on the terrace while the children play on the climbing fort in the large gated garden. Watch sea birds, seals, old luggers and sometimes dolphins from the living room.

The garden has private access to the sea 40 metres away and you can then walk 3-5 minutes to the fine restaurants, cafes and galleries of 500 year old Mousehole and the sandy beaches of the small harbour which is perfect for swimming with children. Older children and teens love the water fun in the harbour and can play there in relative independence.

Being so close to the clean sandy harbour beaches, it's perfect for bright young sparks to go to the beach while others enjoy a lazy breakfast on the terrace or indeed for tired little ones to come home for naps while older siblings play for hours in the safe waters. Mousehole harbour is one of the few places where you can mess about in inflatables in relative safety (always supervise, of course).

Golf courses with sea views are 15-20 minutes' drive away at St Just and Praa Sands.

By car or bus, you can discover the Minack Theatre, many other beaches including Sennen, Praa Sands, Porthcurno, Chapelporth, Peranuthnoe, St Ives, St Michael's Mount etc all 3-10 miles away. On foot we have the famous cliff paths, all the way to Land's End and beyond. For relaxation book our excellent mobile masseuse at £40-55 for 60-90 mins

'This is a house like no other. It’s like being on an island but with civilization just yards away. The garden is so relaxing with children and inside there are plenty of toys and books. And oh, waking up to those views!' Sam and Jim, August 2012

Shops, transport, distances: Mousehole is 3 miles from Penzance and 1.5 miles from the fishing village of Penzance. You can walk (or scooter!) to Newlyn along the coastal path in 30 minutes and Penzance in an hour. Bikes can be hired in Pz.

Mousehole has 4 restaurants, 3 cafes, 2 ice cream shops, a fish and chip shop, the pub The Ship, a much-loved Deli, a grocery shop with fresh bread, numerous galleries and all the charm of the storybooks.

In Newlyn you'll find a small supermarket, fresh fish shops - minutes from the trawlers (including the largest privately owned fleet in UK), 2 bakers, a butchers, cafes, home-made ice-cream etc. The harbour also provides the most suitable moorings for yachts, from £12+ a night depending on length.

In Penzance, 10 minutes by car from Mousehole you've all the shops, cinema etc you'd expect in a town of 20,000.

More Details

Rob McDowell
Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French, German
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 May, 2018

About Rob McDowell

We are a husband and wife team. We love sharing the best of the West with guests.

Please do let us know if you'd like to chat on the 'phone to ask questions either about the house or the area. We have sadly stopped posting our phone number on the website due to nuisance calls but we love to talk to prospective guests and can arrange this via email for a quick call back.

Rob McDowell purchased this villa in 2007

Why Rob McDowell chose Mousehole

We love to watch the sea life - feathered and finned and so being 50 metres from it is perfect for us.

What makes this villa unique

Really it's the combination of: seafront, private access to the sea, Wifi, parking, views from nearly all the rooms, safe garden, toys, books, large comfy beds, water sports or relaxation watching the stunning seascape, the wildlife....Something for everyone, whatever their age.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The end of a wonderful week here! The weather has been changeable but that has made the view from all the windows over the sea even better, as different every day. Storms and then beautifully sunny! We have done some great walking and loved the space for all our family to get together! Hope to return.
Mar 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Mousehole in Cornwall

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2798 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Max. adults: 12
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • No additional guests without prior arrangement No naked flames in the house
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • village
  • waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Baby Gate
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • East View - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Mount View - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , A separate shower/loo off the main landing
    West View - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Doubles as ensuite to West View and family bathroom. Seaview
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Downstairs wc
    Bathroom 6 - Outdoor Shower , Warm shower, handy for de-sanding after a swim
    Loft - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Off the private lounge for Harbour View
  • Downstairs WC
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • East View - 1 Large Double Bed , Panoramic seaviews, ensuite wc and shower
    Red and Blue - 2 Single Bed , Twin room. No sea view. Plenty of kids' books to enjoy.
    Mount View - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , Seaviews of St Michael's Mount. Double or Triple.
    West View (Master) - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Panoramic seaviews, balcony, ensuite bath with sea view!
    Harbour Glimpse - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Under the eaves. King. Extra sofa bed in next room. Wc/S
  • West View and East View have en-suite bathrooms. Mount View and Red and Blue use nearby shower and wc Harbour Glimpse on the third floor use a shower and wc on the same level, accessed off private lounge with panoramic sea views. Harbour Glimpse Kingsized bed is accessed only on the right side.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Deck Furniture
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 10 garden chairs
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
We can provide most of the equipment you may need for small ones making the car a little less crammed on your way down: high chair, 'baby Einstein nest', baby relax chair, toys galore, potties


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'Like being on an Island' Dreamy sea views, gated garden, access to sea, 4-12
average rating of 5.0 based on 51 reviews

Fantastic location, Great house, Great time

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing stay at Seal Point this July.

The house is amazing, in a great location with the garden overlooking the sea. You can watch the trawlers and fishing boats all day. There is lots of space and the rooms are comfortable. This really is a family home.

Of course Mousehole is a great location too, some great restaurants, and plenty of things to do for young and older alike.

Rob very kindly took us fishing and sailing in the Ellen, which really made our stay magic. We hope we can come back someday soon. Thanks for having us.

Matt (Michelle and Monty)

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Absolute pleasure to have you. Look forward to see you again. Esme. PS boys still talking about what you left behind ;-)
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Exceptional property and location. Previous reviews for 5 star experience - absolutely spot on.

  • 5 of 5

I had decided to celebrate the 60th birthday of my wife with a week away for the family. 3 sons (their wives), 3 grandchildren (5, 2 and 6 weeks). I did plenty of research to make sure we selected the right place. Delighted to say that the research paid off and we have just returned (yesterday) from a fantastic stay.

Difficult to condense the experience and most has been written in previous reviews and detailed in write up from owners (Rob and Esme)… but I will try:

Location, property and provision of all our needs to use for our benefit – including the array of toys for keeping children occupied – plus personal space when needed as I had to keep in touch with work (WiFi – internet is perfect); is 10/10

The personal touches from Rob and Esme knew no bounds. From the welcome pack, preparation of bedrooms with cots and signage on each bedroom. Superbly organised and I was unable to add any feedback for improvement anywhere. A 'wow' moment on arrival to sad departure but memories [and family photographs] will be with us forever.

For us, Mousehole was a bonus, as we did not appreciate the proximity of the harbour / small beech and quaintness of the village. Even whilst dawdling at child pace you are at the harbour in less than 5 minutes. It is literally a 20-metre walk to the Old Coastguard and we found it delightful for the odd liquid refreshment and ‘special’ meal, whilst being very child friendly. The delightful Ship Inn facing the harbour also do pub food and although there is a small restaurant it can cater for children too but would think advance booking is essential if with children.

We also found the location ideal for travel with most places to visit (by car) 30 minutes away or 1 hour for those further afield. Also, perfect for walking the children along the coast to Newlyn and playing in rockpools with private access from garden (down steps).

There are two dedicated car parking spaces and we managed to fit an additional at side of house and one of the smaller vehicles ‘serial’ parked behind one in the allocated space for total of 4. However, it would be difficult if one had 4 large vehicles to manage parking at the property.

If I can offer any advice and you are contemplating renting a property in the area – save your time on research and simply check availability and go for it!

The 'Dempsey Family' wish to pass on their thanks to Rob, Esme and Helen for all their efforts to ensure we had the perfect week - mission accomplished.

  • Review Submitted: 13-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect place to stay - best location in Mousehole

  • 5 of 5

See German review below


Once again we had a wonderful stay at Seal Point. This place never fails you. It's such a warm, welcoming and comfortable, jet spacious house in just the perfect location.

We never get tired of watching the sea right in front of the property with all the wildlife like seals, birds and even dolphins.

The house is great for a whole family, a group of friends or just two people who look for the perfect getaway.

With numerous bath- and bedrooms and a well equipped kitchen you can stay in for diners or go out and enjoy one of the great restaurants in walking distance.

Seal point comes highly recommended and Esmé and Rob are wonderful hosts.


Auch dieser Aufenthalt war wieder phantastisch. Das Haus hat zu jeder Jahreszeit seinen Charme. Egal ob als Familie oder Paar oder selbst mit Freunden, es gibt reichlich Platz und eine tolle Ausstattung. Kochen und sogar Backen ist problemlos möglich, wenn man die ganze Familie versorgen und einen schönen Abend auf der Veranda genießen möchte, Meeresrauschen inklusive. Alternativ kann man die tollen Restaurants vor Ort kennenlernen. Der "Old Coastguard" nebenan bietet hervorragende Küche und eine gut sortiere Bar. "Hole Foods" am Hafen, ein kleiner Bioladen mit Bistro, hat allerlei Leckereien im Angebot.

Vom Haus aus lassen sich Seehunde beobachten, die auf der Insel leben und die bis ans Haus schwimmen. Sogar Delphine kommen vorbei. Der Blick auf das Meer ist absolut magisch und wirklich entspannend.

Esmé und Rob sind wunderbare Menschen und tolle Gastgeber, die sich liebevoll um alles kümmern. Wir besuchen diesen zauberhaften Ort regelmäßig und können Seal Point nur empfehlen.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Unique place, cannot be bettered

  • 5 of 5

We eleven truly appreciated this spacious family home, replete with all that children need both indoors and out, as well as the telescope and many other luxuries for the adults. The beach in Mousehole harbour is safe and great for littlies; the rockpools at the base of 'our' steps a delight for all ages, the coastal path the best route into the village.

We were well looked after too by Diana, for the odd extra need, question or request.

Altogether a marvellous place to stay.. We'd be happy to return.

Currently the rock swimming pool is not fully functional but can still be used for swimming when the tide level is suitable. For more classic beaches one needs wheels or good walking legs.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Absolutely stunning

  • 5 of 5

Tavis vor truly is beautiful.

  This busy world we live in sometimes leaves us with little time to spend quality time with our loved ones and appreciate the beauty around us.

Having just spent time there with my own family,  I can say hand on heart this is tuly  THE most perfect place for your stay in Cornwall. Tavis vor is like something out of a story book, set in a stunning location overlooking the sea with  St Michael 's mount in the distance.  The house is huge, yet homely. Every window pictures the sea and even on those wet and windy days you feel euphoria as you watch the waves crashing on seal point and the harbour. Cosy up around the log burner in the lounge as you play your family games together or sneek away down the garden to the concealed seated  hideaway to sit with your glass of wine and take in the view of Mousehole harbour in the evening   with its pretty lights.

In the words of my 78 yr old mother as she sat looking out " if heaven's like this, I'd go tomorrow " ( mum still very sprightly though and not about to go may I add )😁

The owners, Rob and esme are such lovely people and very welcoming. They have thought of absolutely everything to make your stay at tavis vor perfect.

Thankyou to you both and we cannot wait to return.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful setting, large well appointed house, fantastic hosts!

  • 5 of 5

This property is ideal for exploring western Cornwall. The view out the back of the house is gorgeous. The back garden is lovely and the private access to the sea is a real treat. The house is much larger than we expected based on the pictures and is beautifully decorated. Rob and Esme are the perfect owners. very helpful and responsive.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the lovely review. We loved meeting you all - it was great to see you and the boys taking full advantage of all Mousehole and Mount's Bay have to offer. We hope to see you again. Rob and Esme
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Nearest Barpub
20 Metres
The Old Coastguard
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Isles Of Scilly
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Cape Cornwall
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
A 30
Nearest Restaurant
20 Metres
The Old Coastguard
Nearest Beach
4 Metres
Car: not necessary

West Cornwall is a paradise that many remember fondly from their childhood. There really is something for everyone with long wide beaches, historic villages, folklore, cliff side theatre, artists galore, swimming, diving, sailing, snorkelling, windsurfing, sea birds and wildlife not to mention all those cream teas and Cornish pasties.

Golf: Praa Sands and Cape Cornwall are 15 minutes drive away. Wonderful courses with spectacular views.

Sailing and boating: Mounts Bay is perfect for gentle sailing and exploring the coves towards Landsend. It's also a haven for windsurfing and kite surfing closer to St Michaels Mount.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Mousehole, Cornwall

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
April - May
14 Apr 2018 - 25 May 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
May Half Term
26 May 2018 - 1 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
June (ex HT)
2 Jun 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
July pre hols
30 Jun 2018 - 20 Jul 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
Summer Holidays 2018
21 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £18 per night, per additional guest
1 Sep 2018 - 29 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Christmas 2018
22 Dec 2018 - 5 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
6 Apr 2019 - 26 Apr 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
May Half term
25 May 2019 - 31 May 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer
29 Jun 2019 - 19 Jul 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
High Summer
20 Jul 2019 - 2 Aug 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £18 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £500

Rates are for up to 6 persons (excluding babies under 6 months).
There may be a discount available for smaller parties of 4 or less. Please ask on enquiry.
For parties of more than 6, please add £125 per each additional person.
If paying through Home Away, the card charge will be added (1.4% for British cards, 2% for International ones). If you prefer to pay by bank transfer, please let us know.

Thank you.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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