Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday cottage in Helford - Rock Cottage Helford River
Discover the secret coves/beaches, walk, row, kayak, fish, BBQ, relax! Sleeps 6.
Idyllic, unique and more than 400 years old, that's our riverside holiday home, Rock Cottage. Here, away from the crowds and with a wonderful ever-changing landscape from the house and garden, couples or a family of up to six can enjoy peace and quiet with freedom and space around them. Your only neighbours are the birds on the creek, in the garden and the wildlife you will see in the meadows and woodland - there is no one else here or any other properties in view.
Discover the secrets of the oak wooded and calm tidal waters of Mawgan Creek in the rowing dinghy provided. You can have this all to yourself for a short break, week or longer. Our Guest Books are full of happy times dating back to the early 1960s when the Dandy family started to welcome guests.
Available for most of the year, Rock Cottage will keep you warm and snug as there is efficient central heating with new radiators throughout. The property has been refurbished for 2014 and now offers a light and modern kitchen with all you need, a relaxing comfortable lounge, convenient ground floor family bathroom as well as three lovely bedrooms including the separate Garden Room. There are unique views of woodland, meadows, the large garden and the Helford River from each room. You will find this exceptional property beautifully presented throughout with easy to operate facilities as well as WiFi and everything waiting for you.
Standing completely alone within one acre of secluded and delightful gardens, the grounds are bordered by the private woodland and the river on two sides. It is set on a promontory at the head of the Mawgan Creek in a location which has remained unchanged for centuries. Combine this tranquillity with some boating, fishing, beachcombing, gentle walking or simply just relax.
Stay during early springtime when the grass banks come alive with thousands of Cornish primroses and daffodils grace the borders and pots, Wander through the English bluebell woodland. During the summer months, see the garden filled with geraniums, fuchsias and bedding plants and as autumn approaches, the many varieties of hydrangea change to a deeper colour whilst the beech and oak trees reveal another splendour.
Children of all ages find lots to do whether it's a game of swing ball in the garden or playing 'hide n seek' in our woodland, crab fishing with a line and bacon or racing their toy sail boats along the shore.
For those who love to be on the water, bring your kayaks and canoes, launch these from our jetty and explore the tidal creeks. If you have a small boat, let us know and we can provide a mud mooring for you at no extra charge. Some guests enjoy fishing for Grey Mullet and Sea Bass either from the boat or anchoring at a nearby point. However, you may choose to just take it easy and rest in the recliners, dabble with water colours and do some bird watching. The view from the patio is, without doubt, something special, a great place to sit and enjoy your barbequed fish freshly caught from the creek or from a sea fishing boat trip.
The rental is fully inclusive of: electricity, central heating oil, bed linen, bath sheets & hand towels, bathrobes, luxury toiletries, all household essentials, WiFi, rowing dinghy (of course, life jackets in various sizes are included), mooring for a small boat, cot and high chair and BBQ. As part of the service, a full house clean with change of linen, and towels is provided for stays longer than seven nights. All costs are included in the rent, so there are no extra or hidden charges. Reduction for when a couple only are staying at Rock Cottage during June, July and August weeks.
Two well trained dogs are welcome at Rock Cottage. For reasons of hygiene and consideration of other guests, we prefer that dogs are kept out of bedrooms and the carpeted area.
HOW TO BOOK AND PAY:
Booking your holiday at Rock Cottage is a quick and easy process. If you choose to pay direct to the owners, we are pleased to accept an initial deposit of £100 for all advance bookings made for 2015. Otherwise, the deposit is one third of the total rent. Payment methods are internet banking, BACS, PayPal, cheque (drawn on a UK bank account) or cash for last minute bookings. Final payment is due six weeks before the start of the holiday. Email or 'phone me and I will forward the relevant paperwork to you.
If you prefer to pay with a credit/debit card, please use the secure HomeAway system. From now until the end of December 2014, the deposit is only 25%.
Enjoyable, memorable, relaxing, simply a wonderful holiday, that's what our guests can expect!
- Minimum Age Limit for Renters
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets considered
- wheelchair inaccessible
About Linda Dandy
Hello, my name is Linda Dandy and I am privileged to assist with the managing of Rock Cottage which has been in the Dandy Family for 60 years. On a holiday to the area in 1954, Rock Cottage was ‘discovered’ by my husband’s parents, Eleanor (Peggy) and Leslie Dandy. They immediately recognised the special nature of this 16th century cottage and its unique location, which stands alone within an acre of land bordering the Helford River on two sides. Later that year the property was purchased at auction for their retirement.
Linda Dandy purchased this cottage in 1954
Why Linda Dandy chose Helford
At the time of purchase, the cottage was condemned as unfit for human habitation and was also Grade II listed because it was then the ‘only recorded example of a traditional Cornish cottage built on a projecting rock foundation’. There was no mains water or electricity, so rainwater was collected for washing and oil lamps and candles provided the only illumination. Drinking water was collected from a nearby spring. A comprehensive renovation programme took place and this was completed by January 1956. The main building was demolished to ground floor ceiling level except for the chimney end which was preserved. The traditional cob (mud, straw and stone) walls retained where it was possible. A Bathroom was created from the old Scullery, the Sitting Room extended and a new Kitchen constructed.
The Garden Room was formerly a separate cottage and had been altered in the early 1900s to become a Meeting Room for game shooting for the Trelowarren Estate. Both families living in the cottages’ had shared the semi-detached privy with their own pathway to it. This building has been preserved and still exists at the bottom of the garden. It must have been quite tricky to keep a candle lit in order to see where you were going! An 1876 map also shows a boathouse and the original two stone walls of this still remain.
The objective of the renovations was to modernise the cottage but still retain its character and originality as much as possible. We believe this has been achieved and many guests think so too. It is a superb waterside retreat and there is nowhere quite like it!
What makes this cottage unique
Rock Cottage is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with very convenient and easy access to many of the local amenities. However, it retains a tranquil and idyllic outlook. The Dandy Family are pleased to share the wonders of the Mawgan Creek and the peaceful atmosphere of Rock Cottage with you where a sincere and friendly welcome beckons.
Guestbook comments from the owner
It is worth travelling across the Atlantic to enjoy this magical place, where the family, including grandchildren, and friends wear 24 hour smiles. Thank you Robin & Linda for making your cottage available to us all once more. Affectionately Joyce & John. Mexico City
Had a brilliant relaxing time at Rock Cottage. The setting is wonderful and the cottage has all you could want ... and more. Will recommend here to all our friends. Thank you for all the welcoming touches. Susan & Dave, Ayrshire.
I've had a great week here and I have enjoyed rowing in Peggy and crab fishing off the jetty. (I caught 10 but they all escaped). I have also enjoyed just relaxing and my bed was so comfortable. Thank you so much. Jessica, St Albans (aged 15)