By the tranquil shores of the Helford River is Rock Cottage, our idyllic, unique, riverside holiday home. It is over 500 years old, still retains a lot of its original character and is situated amongst glorious peaceful surroundings in a much sought after location. There is an unrivalled panoramic view exclusive to those who stay here. With no neighbours, owners or other properties in sight, you can have this all to yourself for a short break, week or longer!
The serene and ever-changing landscape, private foreshore with access to the river, where our robust rowing dinghy 'Peggy' awaits, will instantly captivate. Whatever the season or state of the tide, the scenery is hypnotic whilst the cottage remains most welcoming and comfortable. Our Guest Books are full of happy times dating back to the early 1960s when the Dandy family started to welcome many of its guests.
The property has oil fired central heating with new and efficient radiators throughout and accommodates up to six persons. It 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 peaceful views of woodland, meadows, the large garden and the Helford River from each room. You will find the property beautifully presented throughout with easy to operate facilities as well as WiFi and waiting for you. Our many excellent reviews from previous guests, say it all!
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 amidst peaceful surroundings where time almost stands still and a myriad of water birds display themselves as the gentle tidal waters ebb and flow. Combine this tranquillity with some boating, fishing, beachcombing, gentle walking or simply just relax.
Stay during March, April and May, when the grass banks at Rock Cottage come alive with thousands of Cornish primroses and daffodils grace the borders and pots, Wander through the 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 always 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 and change of linen, towels, etc is included 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.
HOW TO BOOK AND PAY:
Booking your holiday at Rock Cottage is a quick and easy process. Choose either to book and pay by credit/visa debit cards through HomeAway's secure site or if you prefer, phone or email me directly and I will send you a Booking Form. You may pay by BACS, internet banking, PayPal, cash (last minute) or cheque drawn on a UK bank account.
If you choose to book direct with the Owner, a deposit of one third of the total rent will be required. The balance of rent will be due no later than six weeks before the commencement date.
Our Reviews are testimonial to the commitment that we impart to all our guests. We do everything possible to make sure your holiday with us is a wonderful time.
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.
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!
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.