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3C The Old Sail Loft

Helford Passage

Property Description

3C The Old Sail Loft is a first-floor apartment in the courtyard at Helford Passage, and is in a perfect position for catching both the morning and early evening sun. The Old Sail Loft originally housed the sails of the boats that were moored around the Helford Passage. It was later converted into staff accommodation for the Ferryboat Inn, and later still, into holiday lets.

3C is beautifully decorated in simple shades throughout, giving it a light and spacious feel. There's a large comfy sofa in the living room, and an extendable table in the dining area, which opens out for lazy family breakfasts, and closes up again to give maximum floor space for the children to play. You'll find some books, board games and craft activities tucked away in the living room cupboard.

There is an open doorway into the kitchenette, with its terracotta tiling and warm beech units. It's compact, but contains everything you need for keeping the family happy for a week.

The main bedroom has a king-sized bed and ample storage in the form of built-in wardrobes. There's an en-suite with both a bath and overhead shower, tiled in clean white, with some nautical touches. The second bedroom has a set of wooden bunk beds, and the third is a single. It's worth mentioning that the mattresses in all three rooms are deep and firm, a great choice if you have a back that needs nurturing!

You'll find a second, family bathroom with a shower cubicle. Both bathrooms have heated towel rails to keep everyone's towels warm and dry. We now supply one bath and one hand towel per guest, free of charge.

Outside, there is a balcony with wooden table and chairs - a perfect spot for a relaxing early evening glass of something cold.

There is parking for one car in the residents' 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 and then up some steps to access your property. You can, however, drive through the complex and pull up outside the Old Sail Loft for unloading suitcases and shopping.

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 intolerances, please let us know at the time of booking, and we'll do our best to substitute food items.

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



  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Balcony
  • Boat Hire on Site
  • Bunk Beds
  • Dishwasher
  • Double Beds
  • Freezer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Outdoor Heated Pool
  • Shower
  • Single beds
  • Sky TV
  • 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 holds 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, beachside buckets 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.