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2-Bedroom Cottage, Great Views, Large Secluded Garden, Helford River, Cornwall

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage in Port Navas, Helford River, Falmouth, Cornwall - Private Location Within 50 Yards Of The Helford River & Close To The Beauty Spots Of South Cornwall.

Port Navas Regatta is on Saturday July 28. It is a wonderful family day with lots of games and competitions and laughter

"The best place for a family holiday I have ever been to". Mike. June 2017

Tree Tops is a self-catering cottage set in two acres of secluded gardens overlooking the picturesque Cornish village of Port Navas on the Helford River. The cottage comprises two twin bedrooms, a well-appointed kitchen including a pantry and scullery, and a bathroom. The cosy sitting room has a wonderful view of the village and creek.

All accommodation is on one level. Guests can visit the many nearby attractions of South Cornwall, such as Falmouth, Helston, Lands End and the villages and coves on the Lizard Peninsula. Boats can be hired locally to explore the creeks, beaches and pubs on the Helford River. Owners of dinghies can keep them at Tree Tops and launch them from the nearby slipway. There are so many places to visit on land and on water that guests will never run out of new excursions to enjoy each day of their stay. With its beautiful gardens set back from and above the village, stunning views and short walk to the Yacht Club, Tree Tops is the ideal venue for your holiday.

Changeover day is Sunday so, if you would like to book a week, please book Sunday to Sunday. Bed linen and towels are provided. The cottage is professionally cleaned after you leave.

The garden is a huge lawn with many features. Behind the cottage is a secret wood where few people ever go. You have complete privacy, and the best view in the village.

Low season starts at £350 a week and high season £980. We are happy to negotiate long weekends so please email if you are interested. Changeover day is Sunday so weekly bookings are Sunday to Sunday.

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Ben Mangan
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, Russian
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Calendar last updated:
19 August, 2018

About Ben Mangan

Tree Tops has been a holiday home for three generations. The quiet and picturesque location has been enjoyed by family and friends for seventy years. The family have now decided to make it available to discerning holiday makers who appreciate the quiet and beauty of the south Cornwall coast and countryside.

Ben Mangan purchased this house in 1942

Why Ben Mangan chose Port Navas

I have been going to Tree Tops all my life and it is a place you will really fall in love with. Nothing much has changed in Port Navas for 50 years and holidays here are still about playing in the garden, exploring the woods and the river, and spending time as a family in the magical location.

A few reviews:

'We have enjoyed peace and tranquility in such beautiful surroundings and leave Tree Tops feeling recharged and rejuvenated! What a delightful cottage - so very comfy and cosy....loved every minute' Terry and Margaret, June 2016.

'Charming cottage in idyllic setting. Very well equipped and comfortable. Have enjoyed the rabbits in the garden, and a pheasant came calling too. Had an early morning call, usually at about 5.45, from a crow who thought it was a good idea to "knock" on the bedroom window!

This is my first time in Cornwall and there is lots to do and see from here and even the narrow lanes were not an issue after a day or so.

Would definitely recommend Tree Tops for a relaxing break'.

Sue, Vi, and Alan. May 2016.

Tree Tops has a magic all of its own - once seen always remembered. We have shared it for a few days and loved every minute. If you know of a better holiday let, you are fortunate indeed'. Sue and Colin, September 2016

What makes this house unique

You will wake up to the sound of birdsong and the stream at the bottom of the garden, and the wonderful view of the Helford River. You will have all the privacy you could want whilst you are just a short walk from the river which can be explored by boat, kayak, car, or on foot. At night you will hear owls in the woods behind the lawn, and again the stream below.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Just to say a big thank you. We had a wonderful stay at Treetops. A stunning location, lovely cottage and the weather was very kind to us. We had a lovely relaxing break - just the job!" HC, West Midlands, April 2015.

"What a gem of a place. Fabulous garden and views. A most charming cottage. Thank you!". MT, West Sussex, April 2015.

"The cottage is quite lovely, much character. The setting is superb, the garden a delight. Highly recommended." GK, Weston, March 2015

"Many thanks for our stay at Tree Tops - it's a real gem!" PM, Exeter, May 2014

"A perfect location for exploring Cornwall." MB, Devizes, May 2014

"Another wonderful week at Tree Tops. Look forward to returning next year." EW, Somerset, August 2013

"We have had a wonderful time here. The cottage is beautiful and in idyllic surroundings. We will most definitely be back for more of the same." JS, Cumbria, July 2013

"We had a lovely two weeks. The house and grounds are superb & welcoming, and we are hoping to come again. There is a lot to do here and we all felt comfortable in this lovely house." KS, Surrey, July 2013

"The perfect getaway for all seasons. Plenty to do & easy to switch off in peaceful Port Navas." LC, Devon, June 2013

"We had a lovely time here. The cottage is great and had everything and more to make our stay special. This is an absolute gem of a place and a true get-away-from-it-all-holiday." PI, Leics, May 2013

"Wonderful location, beautiful grounds, a great holiday. The dog exhausted himself with walks and ball play, his best holiday ever. Would definitely come again." MF, Cheshire, April 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Port Navas in Cornwall

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom with bath, shower attachment, sink and wc.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed , Also there is an electrically-operated airbed.
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , Also there is an electrically-operated airbed.
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (2 Bedrooms, 4 Single Beds, 2 Airbeds) Notes on bedrooms: Front bedroom with two single beds, wardrobe with hangers and chest of drawers. Rear bedroom with two single beds, wardrobe with hangers and chest of drawers. Two electrically-operated inflatable beds are provided for extra sleeping capacity.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: All rooms have electric wall-mounted heaters. There is a wood-burning stove in the lounge and a night storage heater in the hall. Outside: There are two acres of completely non-overlooked gardens. Mostly laid to lawn, and also with shrubs both planted and in pots. Ideal for ball games! Hard-wearing wooden table and chairs allow guests to relax and eat alfresco. There is a portable barbecue. The huge garden is your private, peaceful escape from the world. Great for barbecues, games on the old tennis court, or just sitting around with the family and a picnic, admiring the wonderful view of the valley and Helford River. As it is elevated above the village lane, it is a safe playground for children and pets. Utility Room: Washing machine and sink facility. Cleaning / Towels / Linen: Fresh bed linen, bath-towels and hand-towels are provided. Also tea-towels and a bath-mat. The cottage will be cleaned and new linen provided during a two-week stay. Sunday 2 Sunday


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2-Bedroom Cottage, Great Views, Large Secluded Garden, Helford River, Cornwall
average rating of 4.769231 based on 14 reviews
Mansfield Nottinghamshire


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Had a thoroughly enjoyable holiday. The location is great for going around Cornwall. The property was everything we expected. Clean and tidy with fantastic views. Its lovely just to sit in the garden and watch the day go by. The information provided by the Owner was very helpful and we experienced no problems whatsoever.

The gardener was also very helpful and gave advice about places to visit.

We will definitely go back and would recommend this cottage to everyone.

  • Review Submitted: 09-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A lovely cosy retreat with beautiful garden which our dog especially appreciated

  • 5 of 5

A lovely cosy house in a beautiful setting.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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lovely little cottage in amazing position. gorgeous garden. friendly locals

  • 5 of 5

we had a really lovely stay in this cosy little cottage with its amazing dog and child friendly garden. well situated to visit surrounding areas and very friendly people in the village, local yacht club and pub.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Secluded property with amazing views and garden

  • 4 of 5

We stayed at Tree Tops in February and I was really surprised at how cosy and warm we were. The heaters were on when we arrived which was late at night due to terrible storm weather and traffic and fresh flowers were on the kitchen table. Felt very homely. After a great first nights sleep we woke to the view which even on a rather dull February morning was beautiful.

The house has everything you need, comfy sofas and lovely real fire, lots of games and a well stocked kitchen so no need to bring any extra tools if you like to cook.

Lots of room inside and out and although very basic in design we loved it and would certainly come back and use it as a base to discover more of the area.

I guess if you wanted to be really picky I would say a double bed would not have gone a miss, and maybe a standup shower but if you are on a budget those things are easily won over by the amazing views, real fire and location.

If you are arriving at night be aware the drive is steep and hidden and you need to give the car a bit of welly to get the car up it but after a couple of days I got used to this.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The cottage was charming and set in a beautiful location.

  • 4 of 5

The cottage was clean and comfortable. It had a beautiful garden and had views of the river. We found the owner to be extremely helpful and when we discovered the heater was broken, he organised for another to be delivered the very same day.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fabulous stay

  • 5 of 5

A fantastic cottage set in idyllic surroundings. Very well equipped with everything you need and spotlessly clean. The views across to the yacht club are amazing. There are some narrow lanes to negotiate but you soon get used to them. We enjoyed watching the rabbits in the garden and a pheasant came calling one afternoon too. Would highly recommend for a relaxing stay. Many thanks.

  • Review Submitted: 20-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Tree Tops. Thanks for posting such a glowing review!
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Nearest Airport
27 Miles
Nearest Barpub
400 Metres
Port Navas Yacht Club
Nearest Ferry
5 Kilometres
Helford Passage
Nearest Train
7 Miles
Nearest Motorway
100 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Port Navas Yacht Club
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Helford Passage
Car: recommended


The nearest beach is at Helford Passage, about 10 minutes drive away. There is a pub here which serves food, and a ferry service to Helford Village on the other side of the river. Larger sandy beaches can be found at Maenporth and Swanpool towards Falmouth. Beaches more suited to surfing are on the North coast, such as Portreath. The Lizard Peninsula contains beautiful coves and villages including St Anthony, Coverack, Cadgwith, Mullion, Kynance, Gunwalloe and Porthleven amongst many others.


Use of a car is strongly recommended in order to enjoy all that South Cornwall has to offer. Port Navas is approximately 100 miles from M5 Jn31. Full directions are provided with the booking documentation.

Truro mainline railway station is 14 miles away. The nearest local station is Penmere in Falmouth, 7 miles away.

Newquay Airport on the North Cornwall coast is 32 miles distant.


Constantine is the nearest village at 1.5 miles, and is handy for buying daily essentials. It also has a Post Office, doctor and dentist. Mawnan Smith has similar facilities and is 3 miles in the other direction. The nearest supermarket is Asda at Mabe Burnthouse, 6 miles away, which includes a filling station. Falmouth is the closest large town at 7 miles distant, boasting the usual retail outlets plus restaurants and many visitor attractions, including the famous Maritime Museum.

Further Details:

Two minutes walk takes you to a slipway from where you can launch dinghies onto the Helford. Three minutes further on is the Port Navas Yacht Club, which includes a bar and restaurant. Another couple of minutes takes you to The Quay, with its impressive view of Port Navas Creek, and the Helford River in the distance. Next to The Quay is the famous Oyster Farm. A Welcome Book is provided, which includes details of the local amenities and recommendations of places to visit, including restaurants and pubs. There is also a selection of current leaflets and brochures from all of the holiday venues in the wider area.


Prices & Availability

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Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Tree Tops is rented out Sunday to Sunday. Shorter stays can be negotiated out of the school holiday seasons. An £80 deposit per week is required at time of booking, with the balance due 6 weeks prior to arrival. If there are fewer than 6 weeks between the time of booking and the start of the let, the full rental will be due upon booking.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is normally Sunday, departures by 10am and arrivals after 3pm to allow for cleaning. Lets are usually on a weekly basis but weekend breaks and other periods may be available, please contact the owner for availability and pricing of these.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.