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4 Coastguard Cottage

Helford Passage

Property Description

The Coast Guard Cottages at Helford Passage were built around 1850 and, as the name suggests, belonged to the Coastguard Service who formed in 1822 to try and prevent smuggling.

Number 4 belonged to the ship's skipper. It has been lovingly renovated to add modern features, yet retain the cottage's original charm. Decorated with whitewashed walls and clean lines, there is a light, spacious feel throughout. Warm fabrics add the luxurious touch, and the artwork comes from local artists.

On the ground floor, the open-plan living room, with two comfy sofas, opens into the kitchen, which is so well-equipped, there is even a built-in wine chiller. The breakfast bar is perfect for an early morning coffee from the Nespresso machine, or chatting to the chef whilst lunch is being prepared. You'll find a separate den, ideal for the children, with its large sofa, beanbags and small television. There is a downstairs bathroom with a walk-in shower cubicle as part of the modern, bathroom suite.

The dining area is at the front of the property. A butterfly table opens up for extended suppers or a family game of Scrabble, and closes down again, maximising the space in the window alcove, where there is a wonderful seating area with plenty of colourful scatter cushions - an idyllic space for curling up with a hot coffee and a good book. You'll find Sky Sport and BT Sport on the TV.

Upstairs, you'll find a double room, with a king-size bed and stunning views of the river. There are built-in wardrobes and cupboards which provide plenty of storage space. The second bedroom is a twin room, and the third houses a set of sturdy bunks. There is hanging and cupboard space in both. The family bathroom has a bath and overhead electric shower to suit everybody's needs. Both bathrooms have heated towel rails to keep the family's towels warm and dry. As an added bonus, we are now supplying one bath and one hand towel per guest, free of charge.

You'll find a private patio outside, overlooking the river, with wooden garden furniture and a huge parasol - a perfect spot to bask in the sunshine, or chill in the shade with a glass of something cold.

Number 4 has underfloor heating on the ground floor and storage heaters upstairs.
And 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.

Unfortunately, there is no designated parking spot for this cottage, but you will be able to pull up in front of the property for unloading suitcase and shopping. You can leave your car in the public car park, just up the hill, and if you need to pay, we'll honour the fees. There is a returnable £200 deposit against damages on this property.


  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Bath
  • Boat Hire on Site
  • Bunk Beds
  • Dishwasher
  • Double Beds
  • Freezer
  • Garden
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor Heated Pool
  • Shower
  • Single beds
  • 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 and Cornish ales. 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, plus various 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.


Customer Reviews

5 based on 1 holidaymaker reviews
rachiep Somerset, United Kingdom, April 2016
5 of 5

Lovely, relaxing stay
This is a great cottage. The location is absolutely amazing, being just across from the beach and close to the pub. The views are super. We spent a lot of time enjoying just sitting in the sun in the front of the cottage, admiring the ever-changing views. It is a very comfortable property and well-equipped. On arrival, everything was very clean and it smelt fresh. The kitchen was very well thought-out and equipped. The beds are comfy. Our two girls loved sleeping in the bunk room. The showers are nice and powerful which is what you need after a day out walking or messing about on a beach. Helford Passage is such a great spot for a relaxing holiday. It is very special to us. We had admired this cottage for a few years during previous visits and we finally got to stay there. It lived up to our expectations. We hope to come back soon.
Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2016