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Kate and Ben Kirby

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Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday home in Helford - Bishops Quay, Helford River.

3/4 bedrooms, 2/3 loos, flexible, sleeps 2 up to 6 + 2 child, priced accordingly

This unique, quiet, historic, holiday house is equally popular with couples as with larger groups. There can be up to four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a cloakroom with loo and basin, two balconies. However, when a smaller group is staying, the large extra en suite bedroom wing, which is part of the house; need not be taken. This is the arrangement for the rents given. Enjoying the use of the extra space increases the rent by one third and allows up to six adults and two children to stay. When you decide your holiday plans, just let us know your requirements.

Well away from the world, Bishops Quay; a romantic holiday house, stands on a centuries old privately owned quay. Hidden down a pretty, quarter mile lane, that winds past river meadows; only passing yachtsmen and boat users know it's here. See yourself sitting on the balcony, observing the river birds as they go about their day. Or later, you could be relaxing on the waterfront patio, with a glass of wine, the barbeque sizzling. The gradual reshaping of the tidal creek will relax and restore.

Throughout the year the house is always welcomingly comfortable and private. Being away from the road, there are no passing cars, just the brief, interesting activity of our one fishing boat, 'New Harmony', setting off to sea and returning from day trips on the neap tides.

An exceptional atmosphere; peace or activity, you choose. A successful holiday home since the early 1990's. News and photos regularly feature on our lively, easily accessible, public Bishops Quay facebook page.

A choice of boats are waiting for you; a motor bass boat 'EmmaSam', a wooden rowing dinghy 'KT' and a sailing dinghy 'Swallow'+ 2 canoes and 3 kayaks (two are single, the other a double). You can explore the Helford River during the four hours either side of high water.

Inside Bishops Quay, each window has quiet river views of boats, gardens, fields and ancient oaks. This home from home is comfortably furnished with antiques, original art, and masses of reading. Logs for the open fire, from our fields supplied free and as frequently as needed.

When enjoying the boats and quay, we lend a full range of sizes in life jackets for you to select. There is a charge for the motor boat's fuel. From Nov - Easter. the sailing and rowing boats are put away and refitted. For winter parties the bass boat stays afloat off the jetty. We are happy to advise on boating trips with help to get you going.

There are excellent local pubs and restaurants locally, including two recently refurbished and extremely popular pubs within a couple of miles; 'The Ship Inn', in the nearest village of Mawgan in Meneage and 'The Prince of Wales' in Newtown St. Martin. The famous 'Trengilly Wartha Inn' is nearby, ten minutes or so drive. It would be possible to visit the 'The Shipwrights Arms' by boat.. The Port Navas Yacht Club is also a good watering hole to motor down to by boat.

Our fresh fish is landed on the quay according to the tides. There is a pretty waterfront garden and terrace just for Bishops Quay guests. Wireless broadband is installed throughout, it is really fast. This is a property of great interest: unique, quiet, a very much loved holiday home. Happy guests return time after time.

Short breaks, reductions, flexible arrangements. Short breaks are available out of season (November until Easter) or very near to a time shown as un booked, always by arrangement. Prices for short breaks are discussed at the time of booking. Bishops Quay is definitely ' Dog Friendly' - Well behaved dogs are more than welcome .

Sometimes we can arrange ten day stays or other part weeks, please ring us to discuss your requirements. If you are considering a last minute booking, please ring us to discuss the price, we can often make a reduction for a very last minute decision. We also advertise Special Offers on this site as and when they are available.

Out of the main seasons (November until Easter) a reduction of £50 per week is offered to a couple booking the house, excluding short breaks.

Contact details and making a booking: To book or enquire about the house either email us or telephone 01326 221 297. We are quite happy to chat to you on the phone, respond to answer phone messages, from around 9am to 9pm. Any queries can then be quickly explained. We would be pleased to send you further information by post, a letter, brochure and photos, if you let us know your postal address.

Deposits are 1/3 of the total price with the balance due six weeks before you arrive. You can pay by credit card through this site, paypal, cheque or bank transfer. Just let us know which method you would prefer. Last minute bookings are payable in full 5 days before by cheque, or on arrival in cash.

The large extra bedroom suite can be taken at the time of booking or later, just ask us about the use of this suite. Sometimes friends may ask to join you and this is an excellent way of using the 4th bedroom suite offered. It is pleasantly private for them. During peak weeks we give preference to bookings that include this room.

Bishops Quay was recently awarded Four Stars after an inspection by the Quality in Tourism organisation. It was also judged Pet friendly and Family friendly. An access statement, fire safety statement and all up to date certificates for the house (insurance, gas and electrical) are available on request, together with a floor plan.

We will do everything we can to make your holiday easy and enjoyable.

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  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets considered

Kate and Ben Kirby

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Hello from Kate and Ben Kirby. We live alongside the holiday house and so are lucky enough to enjoy the place all year around. Ben and elder son Rowly are fishermen who work from the quay. All our family are grown now - luckily they have settled nearby and so we see them and our four grandchildren regularly. We have one dog, Boris, and thirty happy hens in our meadows. I have lived here for over forty years, Ben has spent his whole life here, firstly living in the house we now let, when it was his family home. We built ours (The Kiln, on the site of an old lime kiln here) when we married. We garden up in the meadows, walk the dog, I read, Ben listens to country music. We have good friends locally who we see for meals and get togethers. Life is busy but satisfying, we work hard and relax when we can, it is a very special life here on the Helford River.

Kate and Ben Kirby purchased this house in 1948

Some houses are purpose built for holidays and so are great bases for a week's stay. Bishops Quay house is more of an experience, an enchantment, history, mood, beauty, all set to catch at your imagination, tempt you to fall in love with a place that so many come back to decade after decade. More rewarding and memorable to set off along the creek in a kayak, row away from the jetty, sail from the harbour, motor down river or quietly sit watching the tides and birds, no other house in sight. Dreamy evenings on the balcony, the garden patio, atmospheric slips in and out of the everyday; a magical moment when the bright kingfisher dives, the little white egret gawkily takes off, the heron squawks, the curlew call; all as familiar as back yard fowl to those staying at this most unique of destinations.

Off the beaten track, away from cars, all rooms facing the river, the only passing traffic being a quiet splash of oars, a gentle chugging put put of a motor boat, a stealthy sail change whispering across the creek. Rooms full of the intriguing past and the comfortable relaxing present. More to discover, revisit and to happily enjoy on every visit; a safe base to set out on adventures from and a warm welcome ready on your return.

Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Newquay airport
Nearest Ferry
70 Miles
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Nearest Motorway
115 Miles
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Gunwalloe Fishing Cove
Nearest Barpub
1.4 Miles
Mawgan Village
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1.4 Miles
Mawgan Village
Car: recommended

The house is situated on a private quay in a hamlet of four houses, at the end of a private lane. It is set beside the Helford River on the Lizard peninsula on the southern coast of Cornwall. The nearest Villages are St. Martin and Mawgan in Meneage, and the nearest town is Helston (6 miles). The Cathedral City of Truro is 20 miles away and the busy port of Falmouth is about 15 miles away. Interesting local places to visit include Trelowarren, Helford, St. Anthony, Helford Passage, Trebah Gardens, Glendurgan and Trevarno. Also the Penlee Gallery at Penzance, The Tate at St. Ives, the Maritime Musuem at Falmouth and St. Michaels' Mount. Wonderful cliff walks along from Gunwalloe to Loe Bar, around Mullion, The Lizard and Kynance Cove. Nearby Gweek has a Seal Sanctuary- Helston has a Museum also amuch enjoyed theme park called Flambards. There are many small art galleries, some at Marazion, others in Falmouth and Truro, as well as in the more local area. Excellent food nearby too.

Other Activities: Rowing from the house; +use of a motor boat and sailing dinghy, 3 Kayaks,also 2 canoes. Fishing from the quay or motor boat. Hiking from the house.

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Availability & Rates

Rental rates for this holiday house in Helford, Lizard Peninsula

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Rate Minimum Stay
12 Apr 2014 - 25 Apr 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 nights
Late Spring
26 Apr 2014 - 2 May 2014
7 nights
Early Summer
3 May 2014 - 23 May 2014
7 nights
May half term
24 May 2014 - 30 May 2014
7 nights
31 May 2014 - 4 Jul 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 nights
High Summer
5 Jul 2014 - 5 Sep 2014
7 nights
Late Summer
6 Sep 2014 - 12 Sep 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 nights
Early Autumn
13 Sep 2014 - 24 Oct 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 nights
October 1/2 Term
25 Oct 2014 - 31 Oct 2014
5 nights
Autumn 2014
1 Nov 2014 - 19 Dec 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 nights
Christmas/New Year
20 Dec 2014 - 2 Jan 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 nights

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee £50.00
Notes Short break prices are agreed by discussion or email, telephone - 01326 221 297. All household costs are included in the fee. Only a small charge for fuel is levied when the motor boat is used. Dogs are charged at £50 per week extra. BQ can be booked through cards on HomeAway or you can pay by cheque, bank transfer, cash on arrival for a late booking.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Helford in Lizard Peninsula

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Romantic
  • Family
  • Away From It All
  • Iron & Board
  • Telephone ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Parking ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Lobster Pot
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Hob ...
  • Oven ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Dining Area
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Main bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Cloak room - Toilet
    Bathroom 3 - This is the ensuite bathroom with the large extra bedroom.
  • The bathroom upstairs has a large hand basin, mirror, shaving point, heater, 2 heated towel rails, loo, bath with wall rail and electric shower over. The downstairs cloakroom has a hand basin, mirror and loo. If you take the extra bedroom it also has a bathroom with corner bath, electric shower over and loo, heated towel rail and radiator. The water is hot 24/7 and runs from the oil fired boiler. There is an immersion heater for emergency back up. Light and airy the main bathroom has a window as does the cloakroom. The en suite bathroom has a fan. Many bath and hand towels, also mats are provided with more in the airing cupboard if needed.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bunk room - 2 Single Bed
    Twin room - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , To take this room increases the rental by 1/3
  • 1 double with King Size Bed, One Twin with two 3' singles, One Bunk bedroom, 1 cot. Also - If you wish to spread out, maybe 3 couples or teenage children there is a large extra bedroom on offer to add to the accommodation. The light and airy extra bedroom (20’ x 11’) is just a step across from the main door into and has a king size bed, en suite bath, shower and loo, tv+ dvd, nautical and fiction library, hot drinks facilities, separate outside door and a balcony with views up and down river. Choosing to take this extra room would enable three couples to stay. without using the bunk beds. This room can also be accessed internally from the main holiday house. It has proved useful and popular. The extra bedroom suite is available most weeks, the cost is 1/3 of the total over the normal weekly rental price.It is not let separately. This suite cannot be used to accommodate a larger number of guests. Six adults/children plus a small baby are the maximum that can stay here.
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Television ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Video Player
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • CD Player
  • Boat Dock
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Sailboat
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Canoe
  • Boat ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Binoculars
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Motorboat
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Walkway to Water
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Terrace
  • Balcony ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Golf ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • pets considered ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • theme parks
  • live theatre
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • walking
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • fitness centre
  • Babysitter
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • wind-surfing
  • water skiing
  • mountain biking
  • diving
  • surfing
  • pier fishing
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • hiking
All beds are made, household requirements in place, with welcoming flowers and baking. Fresh eggs from our own hens too. We can take in your online shop or other deliveries before your arrival. The busy Mawgan village store/PO, two miles away, has the best of locally grown veg. In the living room - the 26' flat screen tv has Sky+ for recording; with the 'entertainment and sports package' for the big match or your favourite tv. Bishops Quay is always warm as you wish, with efficient central heating at your control. There is a cosy traditional open fireplace with a supply of dry logs from our land, all cut, split and dry ready to use. There are plenty of books, current magazines and games. The river is just a few paces from the door. The canoes/ kayaks/ motor/sailing/rowing boats, also, for whenever it suits. A housekeeper will visit for longer bookings. Extra tidal info when planning boat trips, help in emergencies? We, as neighbours, are alongside, yet not overlooking.
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