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.
Do come and stay beside an ever changing work of art, created by nature!
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.
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets considered
- wheelchair inaccessible
About Kate and Ben Kirby
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
Why Kate and Ben Kirby chose Helford
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.
What makes this house unique
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.
Guestbook comments from the owner
C+ P June 2010 A Home from home, a truly special place, hosted by such a warm and welcoming family. Not to mention the delicious eggs, and cakes made by a master baker. We feel privileged to have stayed. Thank you. It has even moved us to poetry for the first time in thirty years! (As well as just messing around in boats!)
Where ancient forests crowd thickly to the shore
And the oil dark river winds its way to the sea
Pulled inevitably out, the weight of it.
Its glassy stillness broken only by the flash of a fish.
The mudflats oozing as the water strips them bare
Revealing channels cutting deep into the river’s glacial past.
The shelducks quick to land, dabbling amongst the weed,
A bright green fluorescence dusting the mud beneath.
High overhead coasting a thermal, the buzzard
Wheels slowly, its dry squawk mixing with the wind
And the eerie hum of taut wire on a fishing boat.
The curlew cries, patrolling the waterline where the
Heron stands hunched in his grey cloak.
As the breeze breaks the surface of the water,
The sun catches the ripples quicksilver.
And so the tide turns,
As it has done and as it will do
Waiting for no man.
And the chalk white moon appears against bright blue sky,
A reminder of the constancy of the earth on
This longest day.