The Coast Guard Cottages at Helford Passage were built around 1850 and, as the name suggests, belonged to the Coastguard Service who formed in 1822 to try and prevent smuggling.
Number 4 belonged to the ship's skipper. It has been lovingly renovated to add modern features, yet retain the cottage's original charm. Decorated with whitewashed walls and clean lines, there is a light, spacious feel throughout. Warm fabrics add the luxurious touch, and the artwork comes from local artists.
On the ground floor, the open-plan living room, with two comfy sofas, opens into the kitchen, which is so well-equipped, there is even a built-in wine chiller. The breakfast bar is perfect for an early morning coffee from the Nespresso machine, or chatting to the chef whilst lunch is being prepared. You'll find a separate den, ideal for the children, with its large sofa, beanbags and small television. There is a downstairs bathroom with a walk-in shower cubicle as part of the modern, bathroom suite.
The dining area is at the front of the property. A butterfly table opens up for extended suppers or a family game of Scrabble, and closes down again, maximising the space in the window alcove, where there is a wonderful seating area with plenty of colourful scatter cushions - an idyllic space for curling up with a hot coffee and a good book. You'll find Sky Sport and BT Sport on the TV.
Upstairs, you'll find a double room, with a king-size bed and stunning views of the river. There are built-in wardrobes and cupboards which provide plenty of storage space. The second bedroom is a twin room, and the third houses a set of sturdy bunks. There is hanging and cupboard space in both. The family bathroom has a bath and overhead electric shower to suit everybody's needs. Both bathrooms have heated towel rails to keep the family's towels warm and dry. As an added bonus, we are now supplying one bath and one hand towel per guest, free of charge.
You'll find a private patio outside, overlooking the river, with wooden garden furniture and a huge parasol - a perfect spot to bask in the sunshine, or chill in the shade with a glass of something cold.Number 4 has underfloor heating on the ground floor and storage heaters upstairs.
And for bookings of one week or more, we'll have a welcome pack ready for your arrival - a bottle of locally made Helford Creek fruit juice, Cornish filter coffee, Smugglers tea, Cornish biscuits, a few sugar sachets and a pint of milk.
Unfortunately, there is no designated parking spot for this cottage, but you will be able to pull up in front of the property for unloading suitcase and shopping. You can leave your car in the public car park, just up the hill, and if you need to pay, we'll honour the fees. There is a returnable £200 deposit against damages on this property.