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Stunning Waterside Home Furnished To A High Standard + Magnificent River Views

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay nights


About the property

Waterside House in Helford Village, Cornwall, England - 3 Bedroom,+3 En Suite, River Frontage yet only a 2 min stroll To Deli, Tearooms & Inn

Officially graded as a 4 Star Gold property by the UK Tourism Board.

Kiplings Quay really is a property to die for. In a stunning location at the heart of the village with 180 degree river view, and it's own beach & slipway. Just up the road from the pub and the village shop, the house provides you with everything you need for a relaxing break, whatever time of the year you visit. Whether it be sailing, rock pooling, swimming, taking the coastal footpath or the ferry across the river it is all possible within a 5 min walk. Sky T.V. Off-road parking with hydraulic turntable for for non 4 wheel drive vehicles. B.B.Q and outdoor table and chairs

Property Manager
Robert Reid
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
6 August, 2016

About Robert Reid

Although born in Cornwall & I love the place, my wife & I now spend most of our time in New Zealand. We have done a lot of sailing including large parts of the Pacific's remoter islands. More recently we have gone over to the dark side & bought a motor yacht, which after 3 years in South East Asia, we have now brought back to NZ. We have 4 children & 8 grandchildren, most of whom now live outside England. However, in growing up they have spent time at Kiplings Quay, learning to row & participating in the fabulous summer regatta. One of the girls was expert at catching small crabs with a line baited with bits of bacon. This is a popular pastime among visiting children. We set high standards for ourselves & as such we now offer our home to those seeking a quality holiday property.

Robert Reid purchased this house in 1978

Why Robert Reid chose Lizard Peninsula

I was born on the same river system & because I spent my childhood messing about in boats, it was perhaps natural that I would join the Royal Navy. In 1978 I was flying out of the nearby Naval Air station when I started looking for a house in the area. I marked on an ordinance survey map all the spots in SW Cornwall where houses were near the water & drove around each site at weekends, I came across Kiplings Quay with a 'For Sale' notice & as they say 'The Rest is History'. The house was much smaller then & in need of some serious TLC as most of the ceilings were down. It has been lovingly restored & enlarged with all the necessary requirements for modern day life. Photographs in the house show some of the changes, particularly as the original Deeds go back to the 1800's.

What makes this house unique

This beautiful house has space, comfort & absolutely fantastic river views from almost every window. Sitting in the living room or river side garden with views right down the estuary you might think that you have died & gone to heaven. This house has 3 bedrooms & 3 ensuite bath/shower rooms, is centrally heated & has WiFi throughout. As Kipling Quay is built on a private quay you can fish from your own garden whilst relaxing with glass of wine! You can drive right up to the house & using the hydraulic turntable your car can be turned around ready to drive out. Helford is a friendly village & your morning paper, milk & general provisions are less than 2 mins walk away. The Shipwrights Arms which might be tempting for river side lunches or an al fresco dinner is just a 3 min stroll.

Guestbook comments from the manager

From Mrs Faber who comes to Cornwall from Denver USA.

"My children get very excited when a visit to England and Cornwall gets close, there is no sea here in Colorado so our stay in Kiplings Quay has become very important. The children fossick on the beach in front of the house and it is so safe compared to our normal life in the States. The house is super comfortable and even in the rain we have a great time. We try to book KQ every second year" - Suzanne Faber

"I am shall we say a pensioner. I am not super active but I walk and KQ presents many opportunities. I particularly like walking down to Frenchmans Creek, actually mostly up but downward coming home. The house is so well prepared for visitors and the new kitchen is really good. Probably best of all though is the comfort and privacy of having my own bathroom. At my age I don't want to be sharing." Sheila Wood, Salisbury.

The perfect place to relax and recharge your batteries. We have booked again in 2013 Jim King
Nov 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Helston in Cornwall

Property Type:
  • house
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • waterfront
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • Ground floor cloakroom Toilet and Washbasin Bedroom 1 en-suite Bath-Separate Shower, W.C washbain Bedroom 2 en-suite Shower W.C. washbasin Bedroom.3 en-suite Shower W.C. washbasin
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 ensuite Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: ALL BEDROOMS HAVE EN-SUITE BATHROOMS Bedroom 1 King 5ft bed, built in wardrobe, TV-Freeview, Blue ray Dvd. En-suite. Bedroom 2. 2 X 3ft beds (can be put together) TV-Freeview, Large Dressing room/Office. Bedroom 3 King 5ft bed. built in wardrobe
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: We regard repeat bookings as very important, so to serve this purpose we can not accept pets or smoking anywhere in the property out of respect to our future guests. Outside: Kiplings Quay has is a lovely riverside lawned garden from which you can watch the boats & swans gliding by. If you want to join in with the water fun, then there is a wide slipway into the water for river access, whether it be for a boat or a swim in the safe water. You have the possibility to hire dingy's, sailing & motor boats nearby & the house has mooring for these. The Helford Sailing Club provides short term membership for the use of the lovely clubhouse. It is just a short boat trip, at high tide, to Daphne du Maurier's famous 'Frenchmans Creek'. Or if you would rather watch the boats than sail them, you can walk along the fully signed footpath to the creek. There is a table & seating for 6 guests for al fresco summer dining whilst watching the sun setting on the river. There is a BBQ during the summer months. For ease of access we have provided a Hydraulic car turntable to turn your car around & there is off street parking for 3 cars, which is a rarity in this village! Utility Room: Entrance hall with a ground floor cloakroom. Boiler room and electric Dryer Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen & bathroom towels are provided. Tea towels are provided in the kitchen, but please bring your own beach towels. For longer stays the house is cleaned weekly, with a change of bed linen & towels. Other: Dining room with bespoke Elm table & chairs. Matching Chinese side tables. Double cedar access doors. French doors out to the garden & riverside terrace with table, chairs & BBQ. The beautiful garden is edged by a listed Quay wall from which you can fish.


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Stunning Waterside Home Furnished To A High Standard + Magnificent River Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews
East Anglia

Memorable visit

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The location is memorable with quite unexpected views of the water from every window. We had seen the web site pictures but the reality was even better. The house is built on a Grade 2 listed quay, built out into the Helford river. The garden, though small is well maintained as is the house.

Important points which we liked were:-

Surprising amount of privacy, so much so, that we felt no need to draw the curtains at night

Each bedroom has it's own modern bathroom

The Kitchen is modern and all that we needed was there.

In spite of the privacy, Kiplings Quay is right in the middle of the village which has a delightful shop and a Pub serving excellent meals.

Once there we didn't use the car for the whole week but we did turn it around on the turntable. We couldn't resist trying it out.

We did hire a small boat locally to potter around to Frenchmans Creek.

We have booked again for next year. What more can I say.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 4, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
Nearest Ferry
500 Metres
Helford village
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Nearest Train
26 Miles
Nearest Motorway
65 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Helford River
Car: recommended


A wonderful area with fabulous sandy & safe beaches for swimming & of course surfing. It has a remarkably beautiful coastline with many quaint old fishing harbours & tiny sheltered coves. The beautiful beaches of Kynance Cove, Gunwalloe, Kennack & Mullion are less than 25 mins drive. Lovely river beaches are accessible only 15 mins from the house by footpath or boat. Cornwall has an abundance of wild flora & forna which provide colour & interest all year round along the rivers & coasts paths.


Nearest airport Newquay - 60 mins

Nearest rail station Redruth - 45 mins

Whilst most guests arrive by car, it is not absolutely essential during your stay, as there is a lovely village store just a short walk away which will provide you with all the necessary food essentials & luxuries, so once you are in the village it is possible to leave your car for a truly relaxing holiday.

If you arrive by train then you can take a taxi from Redruth & Truro stations direct to the house.


Located in the centre of Helford Village & just a short walk to most things.

2 Gardens are open to the public & 1 National Trust one is within walking distance. A 15 min walk from the ferry which takes you across the Helford river

Royal Naval Air station viewing enclosure - 20 mins. Flambards amusement Park very popular with children of all ages - 20 mins. Lost Gardens of Heligan and the Eden Project are close together & about 90 min drive. Wide choice of beaches all within 20/30 mins.

Further Details:

Helston is the nearest main shopping centre - Tesco + Sainsbury - 25 mins but the Helford village shop is well stocked with many deli items & lovely fresh daily bread, and it is only a 2 min walk from the house.

There are many good restaurants locally and an equal number of good pubs all serving food. The inn in Helford is open all day in the season and serves good food with a riverside terrace to watch the folk messing about on the river.

The nearest Medical Centre is in St Keverne - a local village 20 mins away.

Right here in Helford you can hire small boats both sail and motor, by the hour day or week.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Helston, Cornwall

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
First select your preferred week & check availability which is up to date. Email or telephone the Kiplings Quay House Manager using the Contact details provided.
A 30% deposit will secure your booking with the balance due 8 weeks before the start of your holiday. Further details are supplied when you make your enquiry.

Changeover Day:
Change over day is Friday during the main letting season but there may be flexibility during other months so do enquire. Arrival time is 4 pm or later at your convenience. Departure time is by 10.am on the following Friday.

Notes on prices:
Oil fired central heating & electricity are included in the rental rate.

Bedlinens and bathroom towels included, but please bring own beach towels. For guests staying longer than one week there is a weekly change of bed linens and towels.

There are no charges for wi fi.

Further details are in the booking form.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.