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Helford Passage

Property Description

The Old Sail Loft was once used to house the sails from the boats moored in, and visiting, Helford Passage. It was converted into staff accommodation for the Ferryboat Inn, and later still into holiday accommodation. 5C is a bijou ground floor apartment within the Old Sail Loft and has a big personality. The front door opens into a cosy open-plan living room and dining area. Two sofas, decorated with throws and boat-themed scatter cushions, allow you to relax after a busy day on the beach. You'll find a dining table here, tucked against the kitchen partition, and dressed in a cheery teal oil-cloth.

The kitchenette, although compact, contains all you need, including a combination washer-dryer and dishwasher. It's decorated in a mix of beech units, and richly coloured wall tiles, giving it a warm, homely feel.

The double bedroom has a king-sized bed and a modern open wardrobe unit, providing hanging and drawer space. It's recently been half-clad in tongue and groove, and painted a bright white, making the room feel spacious and airy. Voiles at the window allow for privacy. The second bedroom has a set of bunks. All the beds are dressed in crisp white cotton. The family bathroom has both a bath and overhead electric shower, providing for everyone's needs. There's also a heated towel rail to keep all your towels warm and dry.

The apartment is heated by wall panel heaters and one night storage heater in the living room, and is tiled throughout which really helps to keep the sand at bay!?

For bookings of one week or more, we'll have a welcome pack ready for your arrival - a bottle of locally made Helford Creek fruit juice, Cornish filter coffee, Smugglers tea, Cornish biscuits, a few sugar sachets and a pint of milk. If you have any food intolerance, please let us know at the time of booking, and we'll do our best to supply a suitable alternative.

There is private parking for one vehicle in the resident's car park. Like most of our Helford Passage apartments, you will need to leave your car in the car park and walk down a slope to access your property. You can, however, drive through the complex and pull up outside the Old Sail Loft for unloading suitcases and shopping. During the main season, you're invited to use the heated, outdoor swimming pool, with loungers and parasols poolside.

There is and a returnable £100 deposit against damages on this property.


  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Bath
  • Boat Hire on Site
  • Bunk Beds
  • Dishwasher
  • Double Beds
  • Freezer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor Heated Pool
  • Parking Space
  • Shower
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


Helford Passage is about a mile from the village of Mawnan Smith. It's on the river - the Helford, of course, with a lovely sandy beach, and direct access onto the coastal path. We've got the Ferryboat Inn on site, which specialises in local seafood dishes. It hosts regular music nights, quizzes and other events during the year, including the Helford Passage Regatta in early August.

You could hire a rowing boat or kayak for the day at the Helford Passage kiosk, or book some paddle boarding lessons. If, like me, you’re a lazy sun-worshipper, then stretch out on the beach with the latest blockbuster and a locally made Roskilly’s Chocolate Brownie and Marshmallow ice cream, or a bag of warm, buttery popcorn. Browse through Sarah’s Shop @ the Beach, for locally made jewellery, quirky gifts, and the children’s all-essential, beach-side bucket and spades.

We’ve got an outdoor, heated swimming pool on site too, with poolside loungers, chairs and parasols. It’s in a secure area behind a coded gate, so it’s safe for the little ones.

From the kiosk, you can catch the foot ferry across to Helford Village, meander up the leafy path to the Shipwrights Arms and enjoy a homemade pasty and a glass of cold, Cornish cider. If you fancy something a little more energetic, you could wander along the river shore and explore Daphne Du Maurier’s Frenchman’s Creek. The ferry runs into the evening during the season so there’s no rush back – take your time, relax and enjoy.

Trebah and Glendurgan gardens are just a few minutes away, and stunning at any time of the year. Falmouth is our nearest town, where you'll find the National Maritime Museum and Pendennis Castle, pubs and restaurants.

We've got fishing trips nearby, golf, cycling, horse-riding, seaside fish and chips, coastal walks, art galleries and stunning beaches. A perfect base for family breaks.