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Hove-To is a ground-floor apartment at Helford Passage, just moments away from the Ferryboat Inn and beach. It's decorated throughout in warm cream which brings out the richness of the parquet flooring and natural wood furniture. Some of the artwork has a nautical theme, and others depict the history of the area.
As you first enter the apartment, you'll notice the large living area with its beautifully maintained wood flooring and open granite fireplace. This was the Ferryboat Hotel's Cocktail Lounge back in the 1940s, so as you sip a glass of wine in the evening, you might just be standing in the same spot as Edward's Mrs Simpson, just one famous couple who were known to frequent the hotel. Back to Hove-To though, there are two large comfy sofas and a log-burning stove in the living area, making this a great choice all year round. We'll even pop in a bag of logs to get you started. The dining area has great views of the river, and comfortably sits six for family suppers or a challenging game of Scrabble. You'll find the kitchen on the courtyard side of the apartment. It's beautifully equipped with everything you'll need to keep the family fed and watered for the week. It's got granite worktops and a breakfast bar for early morning coffee and croissants.Hove-To has three bedrooms: the master bedroom has a king-size bed, and a newly refurbished en-suite shower room. There are twin beds in the second bedroom, and a set of bunks in the third. All rooms have built in wardrobes and plenty of drawer space. The beds are dressed in crisp white linen. The family bathroom has a bath and overhead electric shower so there is plenty of hot water for everyone. Both bedrooms have heated towel rails to keep your towels warm and dry.
Outside, you'll find a small area area with a wooden table and chairs. You'll be facing the river, so the views are quite beautiful. It truly is a lovely spot to relax over the morning newspapers.
We'll have a bottle of wine ready for your arrival. You'll have shared use of the heated outdoor swimming pool, and there is one designated space in the residents' car park. There is a returnable £100 deposit against damages on this property.
Cleanliness was good and I have only marked it down because of black mould round bath. I suppose it was end of season so after continuous occupancy I suppose it could be expected. Lovely holiday home in a lovely location.
Helford Passage is about a mile from the village of Mawnan Smith. It's on the river - the Helford, of course, with a lovely sandy beach, and direct access onto the coastal path. We've got the Ferryboat Inn on site, which specialises in local seafood dishes and exquisite hot chocolates with Baileys Cream. It hosts regular music nights, quizzes and other events during the year, including the Helford Passage Regatta in early August.
You could hire a rowing boat or kayak for the day at the Helford Passage kiosk, or book some paddle boarding lessons. If, like me, you're a lazy sun-worshipper, then stretch out on the beach with the latest blockbuster and a locally made Roskilly's Chocolate Brownie and Marshmallow ice cream, or a bag of warm, buttery popcorn. Browse through Sarah's Shop @ the Beach, for locally made jewellery, quirky gifts, and the children's all-essential, beach-side bucket and spades.
We've got an outdoor, heated swimming pool on site too, with poolside loungers, chairs and parasols. It's in a secure area behind a coded gate, so it's safe for the little ones.
From the kiosk, you can catch the foot ferry across to Helford Village, meander up the leafy path to the Shipwrights Arms and enjoy a homemade pasty and a glass of cold, Cornish cider. If you fancy something a little more energetic, you could wander along the river shore and explore Daphne Du Maurier's Frenchman's Creek. The ferry runs into the evening during the season so there's no rush back - take your time, relax and enjoy.
Trebah and Glendurgan gardens are just a few minutes away, and stunning at any time of the year. Falmouth is our nearest town, where you'll find the National Maritime Museum and Pendennis Castle, pubs and restaurants.
We've got fishing trips nearby, golf, cycling, horse-riding, seaside fish and chips, coastal walks, art galleries and stunning beaches. A perfect base for family breaks.
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