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Idyllic location: Fish, bird watch, row, wild swim, relax, walk, nature watch
Leading from the upstairs landing is the seaside themed children's bedroom and the adjacent master bedroom. Solid oak furnishings, polished pitch pine wooden floors throughout with soft bedside rugs. Spectacular estuary views from both rooms. If required, there is a travel cot (suitable for up to 2 years of age), high chair, sturdy baby bath and an anti-roll changing mat. The spacious, warm and inviting Garden Room is just across the patio and overlooks the garden with views out to the water through large windows. It offers flexible sleeping arrangements for two adults or older children. Completely refurbished and newly carpeted with very comfortable single zip and link beds as well as a wall mounted 40" HD television, this popular bedroom has duck egg blue soft furnishings and white Shaker style furniture, over-bed reading lamps, radio and a hair drier.
Damage and Incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property that is caused by you or your party during your stay.
Children allowed - All children must be supervised pleaseAll children must be supervised please
Pets allowed - 1 or 2 good dogs possible. See our T&Cs1 or 2 good dogs possible. See our T&Cs
No smoking - Strictly No Smoking or Vaping inside the propertyStrictly No Smoking or Vaping inside the property
Max guests: 6 (sleeps up to 4 adults)
Minimum age of primary renter: 25
- Dogs are not permitted in the lounge, on furniture or in the bedrooms and are accepted when there are no more than 4 persons staying at any one time.
Check in and check out with no person-to-person contact
High-touch surfaces cleaned with disinfectant (e.g. countertops, light switches, handles and taps)
Cleaned with disinfectant
All towels and bedding washed in hot water that’s at least 60ºC
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. It is situated between the ancient bridges' of Mawgan and Gear.
Within a short 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. 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. Take away fish and chips is available from here too and Mawgan stores sell their frozen meals. In the opposite direction from Rock Cottage, proceed up the hill towards St Martin, and you will reach the Gear Farm Pasty shop. The Cornish pasties are made on the premises and are perfect for a lunch time treat.
LOCAL PLACES TO EAT:
As well as the Ship Inn, locally there is the New Yard Restaurant and a Chinese restaurant in Mawgan, The Black Swan at Gweek, The Halzephron at Gunwalloe and the Shipwrights Arms in Helford and the New Inn at Manaccan. A few miles away in Porthleven is Kota Kai, Amelies, Naughty but Ice, cafes and pubs too as well as the newly opened Michael Caines Harbouside Refuge. Lizard Point is great for an early morning breakfast at Polpeor Cafe or Wavecrest. Roskilly's Farm is a must for their made on the premises ice cream!
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 the Blue Anchor inn, one of the oldest pubs in Britain, which continues to maintain a working brewery. There is also a boating lake with a cafe. For food shopping choose between Tesco superstore, Sainsbury's and Lidls.
During the main holiday season take the foot ferry from Helford village across to Helford Passage and 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 Grey Seals, Basking Sharks, Dolphins and the Cornish Choughs. Safe and sandy beaches to visit at Poldhu, Kynance Cove, Gunwalloe, Kennack Sands, Coverack and Polurrian; fishing coves at Mullion and Cadgwith. Historic NT properties and gardens at Glendurgan, St Michael's Mount, Penrose Estate, Trengwainton and Godolphin. Others to explore are the Lost Gardens of Heligan and the Eden Project.
Falmouth is a great choice for a day out or when the weather is a bit damp, visit the National Maritime Museum or Pendennis Castle. Take a boat trip to St Mawes or the Helford estuary. St Ives and Newlyn are a must for art lovers and for nostalgia, don't forget a visit to a Cornish tin mine. For the more adventurous, there is plenty to experience: sea fishing, kayaking, surfing, sailing, cycling, horse riding and diving lessons. If you have young children, they will enjoy Roskilly's farm animals with pond walks and of course rock pooling at the local beaches. There is lots to discover and very easily accessible when you stay at Rock Cottage.
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About Linda Dandy
Hello from Linda Dandy. For me, it is a real privilege to assist with the managing of Rock Cottage which has been in the Dandy Family for 65 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
Why Linda Dandy chose Mawgan
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!
What makes this cottage unique
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.