Would you love to escape then come and stay at Rock Cottage and have it all to yourself as there are no neighbours, owners or other properties in sight, just the exclusive view of the unspoilt Mawgan Creek of the Helford River. The property is bordered by the peaceful tidal waters on two sides, has over 150 metres of private foreshore, large terraced garden, with its own woodland and is enclosed by a gate and Cornish hedging. It sleeps a maximum of 4 adults 2 children and has three bedrooms with full central heating by radiators in all rooms and every room enjoys a garden and river view. Many guests return frequently to celebrate a birthday, engagement, honeymoon or wedding anniversary. It is a great place for a family holiday with the children or a romantic getaway as well as a Christmas and New Year get together.
River & Boat
Moored on a running line from the rocky foreshore is 'Peggy', our sturdy 3.5M rowing dinghy which is available from Easter until the end of October. Guests may fish from the boat. The gentle tidal waters give about 3 hours either side of high water. A Tide Table is provided, and if required, details of nearby launch facilities for those guests who wish to bring a small boat (please discuss when booking). The creek is ideal for kayaks and canoes and guests are welcome to bring these as they can be launched and stored on our large wooden staging. Children enjoy fishing for crabs with bacon and line from where the old boathouse once stood. Access to the river, which may be unsuitable for the infirm, is through the garden or you can wander down through our woodland.
The surroundings are of ancient oaks with soft pastures and wildlife is often seen darting about in the colourful fields and hedgerows. The view is ever-changing and as the water ebbs away, the birds reappear to feed on the mudflats. Many guests are delighted to see Kingfishers, Egrets, Herons, Swans and so much more birdlife living here on the shores at Rock Cottage. An otter has also been spotted. Fishing for Grey Mullet and Sea Bass is popular from either the jetty or out in the dinghy. The Helford River, is of course, a very popular haunt for sailing and water enthusiasts. Catch a glimpse of the Kingfishers as their turquoise flash glistens on the still waters and listen to the Curlews, Terns and other sounds of the waterfowl. See the fish jump and create circles as they forage for food. Outside on the terraced patio is a family sized wooden picnic table with a sun umbrella to shade you. It is a great place to enjoy a barbeque, relax in the recliners provided or eat breakfast on a warm sunny morning. Wander down the garden and you will discover another place to sit. Our guests enjoy painting, reading, bird watching or simply resting and soaking up the peaceful atmosphere. Time almost stands still.
Rock Cottage has a stunning new kitchen which has a fabulous uninterrupted view of the garden and Helford River. What a great place it is to sit, contemplate, do a crossword or if you are a keen birdwatcher, then you will be delighted with the myriad of birds that frequently visit the garden including the shy woodpeckers, bossy nuthatches and the pair of robins that wait for food as well as our Old English pheasants who will take seed from your hand! The light and airy kitchen, new for 2013, has a walk-in shelved pantry, is well equipped for up to six persons, with a solid hand-made beech table and chairs, a new ceramic halogen hob, double fan-assisted oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher and co-ordinating cutlery, glassware and china.
The newly decorated bathroom has a full suite and is on the ground floor. It has opening windows and a deep bath with overhead electric shower, wash basin, toilet, tall radiator for drying towels, bathroom cabinet, wall heater, illuminated mirror, toothbrush/razor socket, handrail, extendable make-up/shaving mirror and a deep tiled window cill. Bath mats, towels, bathrobes, toilet rolls and luxury toiletries are supplied for you.
Stepping from the hallway you enter the fully carpeted Sitting Room which has original cob walls. This has a large copper canopied inglenook fitted with an electric woodburner stove for extra warmth, two cushioned window seats, beamed ceiling and an open tread wooden staircase (with handrail) which leads to a landing and two bedrooms. The Sitting Room is comfortably furnished, has wall lighting with a sofa and two armchairs, nest of oak tables, TV with Freeview, dvd/video player, music system with ipod docking, oak sideboard, a dining table and chairs, ships lantern as well as overhead lighting, oil paintings and mooncandles. There is a good selection of books including Cornish culture, birdlife and novels and a fine selection on local walks. The oak sideboard contains games, puzzles and jigsaws for adults and children to enjoy.
There are three bedrooms - all with glorious views of the Helford River and garden. Bed linen and mattresses are top quality and beds are made for your arrival. The Master Bedroom has a king size bed, matching solid oak dressing table with mirror and chest of drawers, oak bedside tables with glass Laura Ashley lamps and silk shades, a built in cupboard wardrobe, enjoys triple aspect views and has a polished wooden floor with rugs. Adjacent is the second bedroom which is better suited to children only. This has two 2'6" beds, oak chest of drawers, table lamp and polished wooden floor with a rug runner. It has a selection of books for bedtime reading and is decorated with a seaside theme of sailing boats and pirate ships. Vibrant Cornish harbour paintings, by a local Falmouth artist, decorate the walls. A travel cot and highchair can be provided upon request. A few paces from the solid oak front door, is the Garden Room. This spacious, well decorated and bright bedroom has large opening windows overlooking the garden and river. It is furnished in white Shaker style furniture and has a double door combination wardrobe with chest of drawers, dressing table and chair, bedside cabinet, large mirror, overhead reading lamps and a beautiful 6ft bed which can be arranged into singles. There is a flat screen TV/DVD and a CD/radio in this room which offers privacy for a second couple, grandparents or older teenage children.
Rental is fully inclusive of:
Bath Sheets and Hand Towels
Travel Cot & Highchair (upon request)
All Household Linen & Essentials: e.g. Dishwasher Tablets, Kitchen & Toilet Rolls, Dish Cloth, Sponges, Cleaning Materials
Cleaning Services & Change of Bedding etc for all stays longer than one week
BT Wireless Broadband
Barbeque (summer months)
Parking for 3 vehicles
Mooring for a Small Boat
Unlimited use of Peggy - Life Jackets provided from baby to adult size
An ex directory Pay Phone is provided. There are no further charges!
Ten minutes walk away is the well stocked Mawgan Village Store/po, the Ship Inn with Restaurant and 12c St Mawgan Church. Over the ancient Gear Bridge and towards St Martin, is Gear Pasty Company and apart from the scrumptious organic pasties made on the premises, they also make pizzas which are cooked in the wood-fired oven and sell locally caught fish and other produce.
Many of our guests comment on how convenient Rock Cottage is for some of the best beaches in the area: Kynance, Poldhu, Gunwalloe, small fishing coves: Cadgwith, Coverack, Porthleven, clifftop walks, gardens:Trebah, Glendurgan, Trevano, restaurants: Halzephron Inn, Kota, South Cafe, New Yard, pubs: The Ship Inn, Gweek Inn, Halzephron, Five Pilchards, Shipwrights Arms, art galleries and local attractions. The village of Helford is 10 minutes by car and here you will find the Helford River Sailing Club and wonderful views of the estuary. Gweek, is home to the National Seal Sanctuary, and is less than 10 minutes by car. Helston, our nearest shopping town, has a Folk Museum and Flambards Theme Park as well as various supermarkets, other facilities and some fine Georgian architecture.
Rock Cottage is very popular and many of our guests return having the confidence that they will find everything as they want and know there is always something new to enjoy. This property has been in the same family for over 58 years and during this time, hundreds of guests have fallen in love with Rock Cottage and its wonderful surroundings. Book a holiday here and we will do all we can to make sure you have a happy and memorable time at our unique, well-appointed holiday home. Our guests are so impressed, they frequently tell us they have found a piece of heaven and can't wait to return!
Lovely cottage, beautiful position, Linda's fabulous bread and fairings. What more can we say, other than we've booked another week in the Autumn.
Just a very sincere thank you from us for our recent stay at Rock Cottage. I can't think of a single thing you could do to make it more comfortable. Your bread was delicious and the Fairings and all the other special touches, including the flowers were very much appreciated. We didn't want to go home! We had a wonderful week - the weather was extraordinary - and we spent it just appreciating the Lizard and Rock Cottage. Our photos look as if they've been taken in the Mediterranean! Thank you once again. It is a privilege to be able to stay in such a cared for cottage in such a beautiful position.
Lovely cottage in a fantastic location. Much enjoyed having breakfast with the view over the creek; this was ever-changing with glimpses of sun, mist and only a little rain. It was fun watching the birds competing for the seed on the bird table. We have been to Cornwall a number of times but had not explored the Helford River area. It is really unspoilt with nice walks along the creeks and the coastpath. We hope to come back.
Absolutely stunningly gorgeously wonderful time – nature fantastic, view incredible and this place is a home from home. Thank you so much for making Rock Cottage so lovely and welcoming. It been a joy!
Thank you very much to Linda & Robin. We have had a wonderful time. Amazing view and fantastic experience – will definitely come back again.
Thank you for allowing us to share this beautiful place. Even though we had the photos from your website – it didn’t prepare us for the breathtaking view of the creek! Fantastic cottage too! We explored the river endlessly in Peggy. We will see you again!
We have been overwhelmed by the splendid nature, by the creek and by the cottage which fitted ideal to our needs. Thanks for the wonderful time.
We have had a wonderful week here at Rock Cottage. It feels like two holidays for one with the difference the high and low tides bring. We had fun finding the shore crawling with river crabs when the tide was low and delight with rowing Peggy on a high tide. It was beautiful to see the sunrise and then the clouds of mist rising in the early morning to later clear and leave a calm body of water. The bird table has brought many species – too many to list. Thank you Robin and Linda for your warm and very helpful welcome and for the lovely flowers. We wish we could stay much longer!
Lovely visit to Rock Cottage. We loved the views, sailing and Peggy. Thank you for a wonderful week – our first in the Helford River area.
I’m going to miss the peace of eating breakfast here at the picnic table, listening to the birds and watching the creek fill or empty. The beaches were amazing – so much clearer than those on the East coast.
Thank you Linda and Robin for making everything “special” in the cottage. We have truly had a fantastic holiday.