|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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Portscatho is a beautiful first-floor apartment at Helford Passage, just moments away from the Ferryboat Inn. From the courtyard, pop up some steps and you're home. Step through into the lounge and you'll have a beautiful view of the Helford River. Throw open the window and listen to the chatter from the Kiosk and the gentle lap of the water.The living room, decorated in a pale pink, is warm and inviting. There are two large comfy, suede sofas, and a unit full of DVDs and games to keep the little ones occupied. You'll find the dining table, with two long bench seats, large enough to serve a banquet. And the kitchen is well-enough equipped to prepare one! You'll find all the essentials here, plus a few extras you might only find in your kitchen at home.
The master bedroom also has stunning views of the river. There's a king-size bed and a large built-in wardrobe. You'll find a full-length mirror tucked behind the door - ideal if you're having a bad-hair day and just don't want to look! There's a vanity unit in here and also a heated towel rail. The second bedroom has a set of twin beds and another built-in wardrobe. The third bedroom, decorated in warm yellow, has two sets of bunk beds, and yes, another built-in wardrobe!The family bathroom, tiled in gleaming white, and with rich, earthy floor tiles, has both a bath and an overhead shower. There's a second, separate toilet, and both of these rooms have heated towel rails to keep all those beach towels warm and dry. And if that wasn't enough, you'll find another walk-in shower cubicle, so plenty of hot water in the mornings.
There's also a hidden gem in Portscatho... Unfold the wooden staircase and upstairs, in the beautifully converted loft space, you'll find the den. It's got a sofa, squashy bean bags, a flat-screen television, DVD player and a Playstation. It's a space tucked away from civilisation and ideal for the big kids in the family. Around the corner, you'll also find an office space with a large desk and computer with WiFi access. Perfect if you're forced to bring work away with you, or if you just want to check Twitter.
We'll pop in a welcome hamper ready for your arrival.
You'll have shared use of the heated outdoor pool, and uniquely, there are two spaces for Portscatho in the residents' car park. There is a returnable £100 deposit against damages on this apartment.
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.
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.
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