The charismatic and historic town of Helston sits on the most southerly part of England – the Lizard Point in Cornwall. Famous for its annual Floral or Furry dance day held every May, the bustling and delightful town is a stunning mix of beautiful old cottages and homes, sweeping scenery and carpets of sweet, floral meadows. HomeAway has a stunning showcase of holiday accommodation in Helston that is perfect for a romantic getaway or a relaxing family holiday. Beautiful renovated barns and country cottages offer families and couples an idyllic getaway, complete with sweeping lake views, beautiful manicured gardens, excellent modern amenities and luxurious country comforts all close to the superb Praa Sands Beach front. Offering everything from cosy one bedroomed romantic retreats to spacious homes for up to large groups and families, holiday cottages in Helston are the picture perfect hideaway for tired souls.
Helston was once a thriving port town way back when in 1201 it received its official charter. Sadly the river eventually silted up and the port of Helston became no more. The Loe Bar, a sweeping sand bar, now separates the sea from the freshwater lake in Helston. Today, Helston holiday cottages are the perfect base to explore this most gorgeous part of England.
-Godolphin House is the privately owned Tudor Mansion that has roots dating back to the 14th Century, when building of the Grade I mansion was started. It was the private home of the Godolphin family, a seriously wealthy family who made their millions from Cornish tin. With more than 100 rooms, expansive ceiling beams carved in the 16th century, the finest furniture and a sweeping equestrian section, this is a magnificent historic site not to be missed.
-The Folk Museum was built in the late 1800s and used to be known as the Butter Market. It opened its doors as a museum in 1849, and is home to a fascinating showcase of everything from the pioneer of the sea rescue rocket line – Henry Trengrouse, cider making apparatus and shop items from the original town blacksmith. There is a stunning gallery of clothing through the ages and a quaint little gift shop too.
-The Poldark Mine and Heritage Complex used to be the very beating heart of Cornish industry in its heyday in the 18th century and this old tin mine is considered to be one of the most important historic sites in Cornwall. Local craftsman and workshops with wood workers, pottery artists and candle making have made the mine their arty hotspot and visitors can even go on a night time ghost tour of the old mine workings by candlelight.
-The Cornish Seal Sanctuary is the only animal sanctuary and rehabilitation centre of its kind in Cornwall and is hugely popular with all age of visitor in Helston holiday cottages. With plenty of playful residents like otters and penguins, rock pools and other animals the kids will love, there are many exciting tales of brave rescue that some of the permanent residents like the sea lion have been through. Chill out at the café or shop at the guest shop at the impressive 40 acre conservation centre.
-The Carminowe Valley Gardens is a vast natural woodland of holly, ash and oak trees, overlooking a sparkling pond that opens out into many hidden sanctuaries within the garden. For any visitor that appreciates the beauty of a stunning garden, then this is a must see for you. Enjoy homemade teas under the leafy peace of the trees and you can even take your dog as long as it is on a lead.
A delightful holiday cottage in Heston is the ideal place to really kick back, relax and be immersed in peaceful surroundings. The weather in Helston is mild to temperate all year round, with balmy summer temperatures rising to a sunny 18°C and dropping down to a crisp 8 or 9°C in the winter time.
There’s a small regional airport at Newquay where hire car can be arranged for the 30 minute drive to Helston. The town is in the process of restoring its branch line railway which closed in the 60s, but there are bus services brining people in from Redruth and Camborne stations. The main roads serving the general area are the M5, A30 and A39.