|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
This beautiful traditional Cornish cottage is over 400 years old. It has the most spectacular of views of the Helford River and stands alone on a promontory, with a private foreshore and jetty. The calm tidal waters hug our woodland and the large garden on two sides. Rock Cottage has been in our family since 1954; with its stunning and peaceful location, it is truly unique, well maintained and loved by many. There really is nowhere quite like it!
The property is available for holidays most of the year and has full central heating with radiators throughout. Our homely cottage offers a new, light and modern kitchen/diner, fully equipped to high standards with all you need and the added bonus of a fabulous view! Relax in the comfortable, beamed sitting room enhanced by a luxury sofa and arm chairs, cushioned window seats and the original large inglenook fireplace. Conveniently situated on the ground floor is the family bathroom. The wooden staircase leads to the master and children's bedrooms. These too have a wonderful view of the water. Across the slate courtyard is the spacious Garden Room. Every room overlooks the garden, woodland, countryside and the Mawgan Creek.
Upon arrival, you will find this exceptional property beautifully presented with easy to operate facilities and everything in its place. The internet service is fast, reliable and included in the rent. Rock Cottage is personally prepared by us, the Owners, Linda and Robin, who live nearby.
Away from crowds with a wonderful ever-changing landscape from the house and garden, you will experience the tranquillity of the Mawgan Creek. There are no other properties in sight. Neighbours are the birds on the creek, those feeding in the garden and the wildlife in the surrounding meadows and woodland. During the warmer months, you may like to discover the natural beauty of the oak wooded shoreline in 'Peggy' the rowing dinghy provided.
Early springtime the grass banks and woodland come alive with thousands of Cornish primroses, spotted orchids and English bluebells. Daffodils grace borders and pots. You can always find somewhere to sit or look at a different aspect from the terraced garden which is well tended, planted with camelias, hydrangeas, and other shrubs. When autumn approaches, the beech and oak woodlands reveal another splendour.
Children find lots to do here and enjoy a game of swing ball, playing hide and seek in our woodland, crab fishing with a line and bacon from the jetty 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, Sea Bass and flat fish either from the shore, or out in 'Peggy' our 3.5M rowing dinghy. She is available (weather and tides permitting) from Easter until the end of October for our guests to experience an adventure on the upper reaches of the Helford River.
Rock Cottage has an excellent location for visiting many places on the Lizard Peninsula. Family holidays, special occasions, anniversaries or a couple wanting to escape from the daily routine, choose this haven. Short breaks are available from November until early March and 10 day bookings may be possible.
"Memorable, relaxing, so comfortable, everything in its place, very clean and well-appointed with great attention to detail, just perfect ..... simply a wonderful holiday," what our guests say and can expect when they stay at Rock Cottage.
HOW TO BOOK AND PAY: Payment to the owners is accepted by BACs, internet banking, PayPal or cheque (drawn on a UK bank account). Normally, deposits are one third of the total rent with the final payment and security deposit due six weeks before the commencement date.
If you choose to pay with a credit/debit card, use the HomeAway system where a service fee will be payable or you can pay us through PayPal.
A reduction is made to all last minute bookings and holidays for two persons only during June to August inclusive. Get in touch at www.rockcottagecornwall.com
The rental is fully inclusive of: electricity, central heating oil, bed linen, bath sheets, bath and hand towels, towelling bathrobes, luxury toiletries, all household essentials, BT Broadband (WiFi), dog gate, Peggy our rowing dinghy (of course, life jackets in various sizes are included), mooring for a small boat and BBQ. For a baby we supply FOC, a baby bath, cot, anti-roll changing mat and high chair. As part of the service, a house clean with change of linen and towels is provided for stays longer than seven nights.
When there are no more than four persons staying in the property at any one time, we will accept a maximum of two well trained dogs. For reasons of hygiene and consideration of other guests, we prefer that dogs are kept out of all the bedrooms and the newly carpeted lounge. A dog gate is supplied. Please mention your wish to bring a dog(s) at the time of enquiry.
Hello from Linda Dandy. In 1999 Robin and I 'upped sticks' and moved to Mawgan with our two children, who were youngsters at the time. We are fortunate to live only five minutes away from Rock Cottage and are dedicated to looking after all our guests and providing them with a first class service and of course fully maintaining the property. For me, it is a real privilege to assist with the managing of Rock Cottage which has been in the Dandy Family for over 60 years. On a holiday to the area in 1954, Rock Cottage was ‘discovered’ by Robin'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.
Linda Dandy purchased this cottage in 1954
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.
It is worth travelling across the Atlantic to enjoy this magical place, where the family, including grandchildren, and friends wear 24 hour smiles. Thank you Robin & Linda for making your cottage available to us all once more. Affectionately Joyce & John. Mexico City
Had a brilliant relaxing time at Rock Cottage. The setting is wonderful and the cottage has all you could want ... and more. Will recommend here to all our friends. Thank you for all the welcoming touches. Susan & Dave, Ayrshire.
I've had a great week here and I have enjoyed rowing in Peggy and crab fishing off the jetty. (I caught 10 but they all escaped). I have also enjoyed just relaxing and my bed was so comfortable. Thank you so much. Jessica, St Albans (aged 15)
This was our first visit to Rock Cottage but something tells me it won’t be our last.
The cottage itself is picturesque set in a stunning location, immaculately furnished and very comfortable, the pictures truly do not do it justice. The fresh flowers Linda arranged throughout were lovely as were the treats laid out in the kitchen – what a welcome!
The garden is well established and wraps around the whole cottage which means if the sun is shining you will always find a sunny spot at any time of day. All sorts of wildlife visit including Dave the friendly robin and Mr and Mrs Pheasant looking for breakfast, lunch or an evening meal! The most spectacular thing about this cottage is the view of the creek and walking down to the jetty to find Peggy waiting for you to row off and have some fun (tides permitting of course). Hubby also launched his windsurfer from the jetty and although a bit tamer than the sea he could leave the windsurfer safe and sound every day without having to rig each time. We ate out on the patio each evening, even if it rained, having taken a table top heater and gazebo – we really couldn’t waste those views.
The Ship Inn is only a ten minute walk away, the new owners have only been there 12 weeks but have already established the restaurant with fabulous food – best to book in advance. Be warned the pub is closed Sunday evening and all day Monday.
Local attractions that we enjoyed, The Lizard, Coverack, Helford Village, Gunwalloe beach and Cadgwith Cove, a beautiful fishing village where we bought fish for our supper.
We have had a fantastic holiday and thanks to Linda and Robin for being so friendly and making our stay memorable.
This cottage is located in an idyllic position on the river bank of the stunning Mawgan Creek. The quality of the accommodation is of the highest order and it was spotlessly clean. There was also a complimentary welcome pack that was very much appreciated. The owner Linda, couldn't have been more helpful and gave us useful information about the local amenities. The area itself is beautiful and we would most definitely recommend that you explore the Lizard Peninsula as there are some fantastic walks on offer. If you are looking to visit an unspoilt, friendly and relaxing location, you won't go wrong in choosing Rock Cottage. We will definitely return!
Description and photographs gave a good idea of what to expect but level of cleanliness and neat/efficient organisation of equipment exceeded expectations. Made to feel welcome and all questions dealt with. Views wonderful and tide timetable provided to work out when to go out rowing. Played it safe allowing 2 hours either side of high tide. Beds comfortable but note children's room beds are narrow. Garden is on slope but picnic bench and extra chairs and BBQ on flat patio. Games, jigsaws, books, videos and CDs nice touch. Good base for exploring Lizard Peninsular and Lands End. Lovely beach nearby at Church Cove.
As soon as we stepped into Rock Cottage we knew it was of the highest quality and found it to be a very special place to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. The location and that wonderful view were amazing. Also, what made Rock Cottage so special for us were the personal touches provided by Linda of fresh flowers, home made bread and goodies. She was so welcoming and nothing was too much trouble. The cottage was immaculately clean, very homely and we were most comfortable there. We thoroughly enjoyed exploring the area and hope to return one day to this unique and beautiful place.
Manages to be both relaxing and stimulating...the changing times for high tides give an endless palette that draws you in..we found ourselves, drinks in hand, just staring and listening. As holiday destinations go, Rock Cottage has it all...perfectly located, properly equipped with quality gear (even the can opener worked...not always the case when self catering).The escort down to the cottage is a great idea...gives some preparation for the challenges of narrow twisty lanes to come ! DO go crabbing...Do use Peggy....Do pick up some of Evie's eggs on the way through the village....but only get the take out fish and chips from "the ship inn" if you are prepared to set the bar very high for your own local chippie back home to live up to. Do not phone your order through first otherwise you miss the opportunity to sup a pint of the excellent Ale whilst waiting!
This cottage is wonderful, and Linda and Robin are both so welcoming and helpful, our week was amazing from start to finish. The cottage itself was really well equipped, everything you could need was there, and of a very high quality. The bed was really comfortable, all the rooms were clean and beautifully decorated, with really thoughtful touches like fresh flowers, books, maps, board games, DVDs etc., as well as delicious homemade bread and cakes on arrival. The location of the cottage is idyllic, superbly placed with a breath-taking view across the river, really lovely local walks and places to visit. All in all a fantastic holiday, and we will certainly be returning to this cottage again.
Rock Cottage stands completely alone within an acre of private grounds which border the Helford River on two sides and features an unrivalled and elevated panoramic view of the Mawgan Creek. There is nowhere quite like it!
Within a short 10 minute walk from Rock Cottage you will find the thriving Mawgan Stores, your nearest local shop, which is well stocked with just about all you may need during your holiday. It has a Post Office as well as a 'free to use' cash machine. On your way you will pass the 12c Church of St Mawgan in Meneage and The Ship Inn. Many of our guests dine at this very popular, well established pub with restaurant or simply stop by for a local ale and then amble back along the lane. In the opposite direction from Rock Cottage, if you cross the ancient stone bridge at Gear and proceed up the hill towards St Martin, you will reach the Gear Farm Pasty shop. The Cornish pasties are made on the premises and are perfect for a lunch time treat as well as the pizzas which they cook in wood-fired oven. The shop also sells a range of fish caught by a local fisherman.
Children can enjoy the excellent facilities at the Mawgan recreation ground with its newly created play area and picnic seating. Recently installed for the adults, is a state of the art outdoor gym facility - great for a family workout!
LOCAL PLACES TO EAT:
As well as the Ship Inn, locally there is the New Yard Restaurant and Zucchini's in Mawgan, The Black Swan at Gweek, The Prince of Wales at Newtown St Martin as well as The Halzephron at Gunwalloe and the Shipwrights Arms in Helford. At Porthleven there is Rick Steins Restaurant, Kota, Kota Kai, Amelies, Naughty but Ice, and pubs too.
A FEW THINGS TO DO:
Within a car ride of about 10 minutes is the Cornish Seal Sanctuary at Gweek, Flambards Theme Park and the Helston Folk Museum. Helston Town is worth a visit and has a few specialist shops as well as supermarkets.
During the main holiday season take the foot ferry from Helford across to Helford Passage and then visit the fabulous gardens at Trebah or enjoy a spot of lunch first at the Ferryboat Inn. Do a coast path walk around Lizard Point where you may see Seals, Basking Sharks, Dolphins and the Cornish Choughs. Safe and sandy beaches to visit at Poldhu, Kynance Cove, Gunwalloe and Polurrian; fishing coves at Mullion and Cadgwith. Historic NT properties and gardens at Glendurgan, St Michael's Mount, Penrose Estate and Trengwainton. Other gardens to visit are the Lost Gardens of Heligan and the Eden Project.
Falmouth is a great choice for a day out with the Maritime Museum, Pendennis Castle and of course boat trips to St Mawes. St Ives and Newlyn is a must for art lovers. If you have been following the recent Poldark series, you may like to see some of the mines where filming took place at Botallack to Levant. Whilst heading out this way, go to Lands End and stop off at Porthgwarra beach - it's beautiful!
During your stay we can arrange horse riding, sailing, kayaking as well as the thrill of a deep sea fishing trip. Rock Cottage has easy access to an area which has a great number of things to do with a good choice of pubs and restaurants to suit all occasions.
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£150|
To discuss your preferred method of payment, please either call me or send an email. Details at www.rockcottagecornwall.com
A deposit of one third will be required for payment directly to us by either internet banking, BACs, cheque or PayPal. If you prefer to pay through the HomeAway site by debit/credit card, then a deposit of 50% of the rent plus their Service Fee will be required.
Final payment with security deposit of £150 due six weeks before the start of the holiday. Reduction made to bookings during peak season weeks when there are two persons only.
Short Breaks January to March and November to December (excluding school holidays). Start date to suit your requirements.
Two well trained obedient dogs may be accepted subject to our Terms and Conditions; these are downloadable on either this site or on our website www.rockcottagecornwall.com Please mention with your enquiry if you wish to bring a dog and read the T&Cs before making your decision. There is a small charge of £35 per pet per week or £5 per pet per day for short breaks.