Ref-000199 Helston, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom, Sleeps 6

As you arrive, the tide is high, the house awaits... The big dining table all set for dinner Looking down on the garden and the beach at Swallow the BQ sailing dinghy, from the big bedroom. The front bedroom with twin beds, birds, boats and books to enjoy The little port of Bishops Quay from the water this summer Birds on the beach opposite the house High tide under the garden wall with kayaks and canoes ready for a trip KT the BQ  dinghy ready for a quiet row. A glorious sunset across the creek The fourth, large bedroom suite, available at 1/3 extra rent From the window of the extra bedroom suite, Spring 2012 Granny's lovely old dressing table in the big bedroom Splendid old furniture in the big bedroom The other side of the house from the waterfront garden Time for tea at BQ, a welcoming tray

Time for tea at BQ, a welcoming tray


  • Three Bedrooms Or Four - You Decide
  • Balcony From The Living Room & From The Extra Bedrooms Suite
  • Wonderful Tidal Water Views, Amazing Sunsets, Fascinating Sounds Of River Birds Calling
  • Open Log Fire With Supply Of Dry Wood, As Much As You Need To Use
  • A Dog Or Two Would Be Made Welcome, It Is Most Suitable For Well Behaved Furry Friends
  • Garden & Patio For Bbq's And Watching The River
  • Boats, Kayaks And Canoes Offered
  • Decorated For Christmas And New Year
  • A Holiday Home For Over 23 Years, Much Loved & Revisited Over & Over
  • The House Has Been Featured In Both Coast & Country Living Magazines


  • Dog Friendly
  • Child Friendly
  • Coastal Location
  • Tennis Courts
  • Nearby Golfing
  • Wireless Internet Access
  • Baby Friendly
  • Open Fire
  • Parking
  • Nearby Fishing
  • Rural Location
  • Garden


A secret holiday destination settled on the softly wooded creeks of the Helford River, South side. This Arts and Crafts style home, with quaint eyebrow roof overhangs, a bay window seat in the big bedroom, balconies, and a private garden has stood on the quay for over three hundred years. Converted from a granite barn over sixty years ago, the atmosphere is peaceful, romantic, and historic, offering an ever changing view of waterbirds, boats, fields, trees and river life.

A warm and welcoming old family home which can be taken with three bedrooms or four, the rental rate increases by one third when the large extra bedroom suite is used.

Boats are always available for guests to enjoy. In the months between October half term and the Easter holiday there is a motor bass boat moored ready, plus the three sit on kayaks and two canoes with their paddles and lifejackets to hand. For the spring, summer and early autumn there is also a wooden rowing dinghy and a sailing dinghy to take out.

Inside, the paintings, books, games and comfortable furniture create a relaxing mood. The tv has Sky Sports, there is a Bose music player, the kitchen is really well equipped with cheerful red, blue and white decor. There are river views from every room.

Away from traffic, down a quarter mile lane winding past our river meadows, the house is popular and pleasant through all the seasons. Two small fishing boats operate from the quay, you can watch the catches being brought in daily on the neap tides. We, the owners, live in a separate house, alongside not overlooking, and are always ready to help. The area around is well provided with attractive friendly pubs and restaurants for eating out and great local stores for when you choose to stay at home and cook. The walks around are varied, along cliff paths, through river woods, wandering around the local open gardens and estates.

At Christmas and New Year the house will have a seasonal lift with a decorated living tree, lights, greenery, mince pies, a Christmas cake, traditional pudding too. Dry logs from our own land are always provided for the open fire. We can accept shopping deliveries a little ahead of your arrival, arrange for supply of local meats, bread, vegetables, and make reservations for you at local restaurants. The churches at Mawgan, St. Martin, Manaccan and Gunwalloe have especially meaningful services, the blessing of the crib, the service of the nine carols, it is altogether a wonderful place to celebrate the winter festivals.

Please bear in mind that all swimming and boating from our house is at your own risk. Also that the house is not suitable for those who find steps tricky as the rooms are all accessed by outside sets of stone steps, or wooden balcony steps. The ground floor of the property is used for storage (lifejackets, boating gear, tools, equipment etc) - it is not living accommodation.

Flexible on arrival days, short breaks available. Please contact Late Lettings for details . 


Location on google maps

The Helford River is part of the beautiful and varied Lizard Peninsula, situated  in South West Cornwall. The contrasts to be enjoyed are rugged cliff walks, gentle, mysterious creeks, sandy beaches, glorious local gardens, superb local food either sold by excellent farm shops and village stores or served in welcoming restaurants and pubs all within a few minutes drive of the house.

Famous beaches within a short drive include Kynance Cove, Poldhu, Gunwalloe and Mullion. Fishing villages such as Porthleven, Cadgwith, Porthallow are all close by. Local gardens include Trebah, Glendurgan, Trelissick, Trengwainton. There are places that welcome holiday makers to their spa facilities, a foot ferry to take you to the other side of the river at Helford;  interesting museums in the nearby market town of Helston, the City of Truro, Port of Falmouth.

Although the area is busier during the school holidays, tucked down the lane at Bishops Quay you will not notice this. It is a private haven,  well away from the world.

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