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Waterside, Unique, Wonderful views, May, June, July, late August dates, boats.

Kate and Ben Kirby

Member since: 1998
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Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Waterside, Unique, Wonderful views, May, June, July, late August dates, boats.

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


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. Lightspeed fibre broadband is installed throughout, it is really fast. There is also a 32' Samsung smart TV. 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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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Kate and Ben Kirby (Owner)
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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 is a fisherman who works 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 two Show Springer Spaniels, Boris and Morris, 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 dogs, 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!)


Almost primeval.

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.

And high,

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,

Breathes in

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.
Jun 2010
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Waterside, Unique, Wonderful views, May, June, July, late August dates, boats.
average rating of 5.0 based on 27 reviews

Heaven on Earth

  • 5 of 5

There is probably nothing new to write about Bishops Quay. Everyone that has ever stayed there will know what I mean. It is difficult to describe it without seeming gushy or overly effusive but trust me - it is the most beautiful, peaceful, tranquil place you will ever visit and to spend some time there can unwind even the most hardened soul. If ever a holiday home is worth the money then this is it. Just go! Experience the magic for yourself and I guarantee it will linger in your head until you give in and book a return visit! If you crave adventure, noisy boozy nights out then this is not the place for you but if you want to unwind, relax and return to nature in a comfortable, warm, friendly house then go for it! Just don't tell too many people - we want to go back!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 6, 2009
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is great - Summer 2009 is proving to be a very happy one for guests. We are all enjoying the lovely sunny days here.

A wonderful hideaway on the Helford River

  • 5 of 5

We have just enjoyed a wonderful 9 day stay at a hideaway on the Helford River. 'Bishops Quay' was a fantastic place to stay - very homely, warm and comfortable and attention to detail was first class. The location was great, easy driving distance to Gardens, Beaches with a spectacular coastline and of course the river with an abundance of wildlife. Thank you Ben and Kate for your kind hospitality and we look forward to a return visit next year, it really was 'home from home' and we loved it.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 1, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much indeed for posting such a splendid review, it was good to meet you both here. Kate and Ben

Heaven on the Helford

  • 5 of 5

As soon as I stepped out at Bishops Quay I knew I'd arrived at a very special place. The constantly shifting waters create new vistas throughout the day and one never tires of looking out over the water to the ancient oak woodlans which ring the estuary. Get out on the water as often as you can because that is the best way to explore and really experience the magic of this place, but beware of tides which can be quite tough to row against as we found out! The house has everything you'll need and has bags of character, the balconies and garden terrace became our favourite areas for sitting and just 'being'. Lovely Kate was super from start to finish, a joy to book with, makes great cakes and will spoil you if given half a chance - she made my birthday even more special with her generosity and thoughtfulness. I could go on, but suffice to say, I'll be going back, there's nowhere quite like it. Thank you Kate.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 13, 2012
  • Date of Stay: May 2012
  • Source: HomeAway

Superb, luxurious home in peaceful surroundings.

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week at this delightful property with our grandchildren,and Alfie the labradoodle, and had a very warm welcome, with delicious cakes and cream tea.

Kate our host had been very helpful with the booking, and had unpacked my supermarket delivery, and even recorded the Grand Prix for Graham as we would have missed it en route.This all makes the journey less stressful, and easier to relax.

The children loved the bunk beds,and the pretty bedding.The main bedroom bed was very comfortable with lovely luxurious bedding. We all loved the position, peace and quiet and the views from every window.The window seat in the main bedroom was a big hit, and we would often sit quietly in the window with a good book. There was a fabulous selection of books on offer for adults and children.There were also a good selection of games, and our knowledge of Cornwall was improved greatly by playing Cornwall monopoly.

The property was very clean and well maintained, with everything you could possibly require.

The use of the boats was great fun, and my grand daughter tried a go at kayaking. We all went on a boat trip down river, although hindered by strong winds on other days to go out again.

There are beautiful beaches around the area, although very few which allow dogs, which meant we were restricted to how long we could stay out, because we did not like to leave the dog for too long.

We found numerous good pubs and restaurants in the area,although we did feel they were overpriced(and we are used to London prices!)

However, this did not hinder our holiday.

We thought Helford on the river was gorgeous and went there two or three times.

In all we all had a wonderful holiday, the children loved the freedom to be able to go out on the quay and go crabbing. Our 6 year old grandson learnt to tell the time, by the tides, which is something he will never forget.

We will definitely go back, as long as it is not too booked up to accommodate us!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 1, 2011
  • Date of Stay: May 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were, as always, pleased and touched to receive such a lovely review. We do not solicit online reviews because, after our guests have written in the Visitor's Book, thanked us in person and frequently written cards, letters and notes to us personally, as this family had already done, we think they may have done enough. However, as so often happens, this family have gone the extra mile and publicly written about BQ and their happy holiday. We were especially delighted when the little boy playfully tried to hide in a cupboard to avoid being taken home!
Bordeaux, France

Un merveilleux séjour

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons passé une très agréable semaine à Bishops Quay malgré le temps maussade d'une fin d'avril. Heureusement, une journée douce et ensoleillée nous a permis de déjeuner à l'extérieur et de profiter d'une vue magnifique, comme d'emprunter la barque et de remonter l'estuaire, expérience inoubliable tant à cause de la beauté du paysage que de la sérénité des lieux. Nous ne regrettons pas pour autant la pluie car nous avons ainsi goûté au confort de la maison et pu apprécier le charme et l'atmosphère familiale qui s'en dégagent.

A notre arrivée tardive, les lieux étaient extrêmement propres, les chambres douillettes préparées et nous attendaient les délicieux gâteaux de Kate.

L'endroit est vraiment idéal pour tous ceux qui aiment la nature, le calme et la tranquillité.

Kate et Ben sont des hôtes charmants, disponibles, tout en étant très discrets, avec qui nous avons eu plaisir à bavarder et que nous remercions encore de leur accueil.

Nous y reviendrons sans hésitation dès que nous en aurons la possibilité.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 30, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2010
  • Source: HomeAway

Bishop's Quay July 2010

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to Bishop’s Quay and again we had a wonderful time. We found we had forgotten quite how luxurious the house is with endless towels, comfy beds, great cakes and wine awaiting us plus fresh flowers everywhere. Crabbing was wonderful this year and the children spent many happy hours on the quay catching and then racing them much to our dog Monty’s delight.

The setting is very relaxing and beautiful, as others have said, but we especially love having limitless access to boats, kayaks, sailing boats (Swallow is a joy for novice sailors) etc. This is such a bonus for all of us. A trip up the Helford in the motor boat for a barbecue in a remote cove, a gentle sail pottering on the river, a kayak trip to Tremayne quay are all priceless memories.

Kate and Ben are friendly but discrete too as appropriate. Monty certainly made a new friend in Ben so thank you Ben for your patience with him!

The children’s Grandma really enjoyed having her en suite room to herself this time and spent many happy hours reading from the well stocked bookshelves and watching the Test match on Sky.

So like many before us we heartily recommend a stay at Bishop’s Quay – you will not be disappointed.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, thank you! What a splendid review.


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


Prices & Availability

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Prices for this holiday house in Helford, Lizard Peninsula

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Late Spring
2 May 2015 - 22 May 2015
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
May Half Term
23 May 2015 - 29 May 2015
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer
30 May 2015 - 3 Jul 2015
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Summer
4 Jul 2015 - 4 Sep 2015
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Autumn 2015
3 Oct 2015 - 23 Oct 2015
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
October Half Term
24 Oct 2015 - 6 Nov 2015
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn 2015
7 Nov 2015 - 18 Dec 2015
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas/New Year 2015/2016
19 Dec 2015 - 2 Jan 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

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. You can pay by cheque, bank transfer, cash on arrival for a late booking. A further bedroom suite can be booked for + 1/3 .

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Helford in Lizard Peninsula

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
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  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven ...
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  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 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 ...
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  • Radio
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  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Motorboat
  • Barbecue ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Sailboat
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
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 with free view. 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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