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Waterside 16C Cottage. Boat, Peaceful Views, Stunning Location, No neighbours!

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Lovely March and April weeks available. Perfect for a couple or a small family.

Away from the crowds and set within a fabulous location in an AONB, for over 400 years Rock Cottage has stood alone on a promontory overlooking the stunning and ever-changing landscapes of the Helford River which borders the grounds on two sides. In peaceful surroundings, the large terraced gardens lead to the private woodland, jetty and foreshore where 'Peggy', our sturdy rowing dinghy is moored. Launch your SUPs and kayaks from here and explore the gentle tidal creeks.

Rock Cottage has full central heating with radiators, three bedrooms including the separate Garden Room and comfortably accommodates up to four adults with two children or is just perfect for two couples. It offers a 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 luxury sofa and arm chairs in the fully carpeted and beamed sitting room. Situated on the ground floor is the well fitted bathroom which has a deep bath with overhead electric shower. From the sitting room, a fine wooden staircase leads to the landing, master and children's bedroom with their beautiful pitch pine floors and soft rugs. A couple of paces across the courtyard is the spacious, well presented and versatile third bedroom. New for 2018 are zip and link beds as well as a wall mounted 40" HD television. From each room there is a fabulous view of the garden, woodland, surrounding countryside and of course the Mawgan Creek of the Helford River.

Upon arrival, you will find this exceptional property beautifully presented, very clean, with easy to use facilities and everything in its place. The internet service is fast, reliable and included in the rent. Rock Cottage is personally prepared by the owners, Linda and Robin Dandy.

From early springtime the grass banks and woodland come alive with thousands of Cornish primroses, spotted orchids and English bluebells. Daffodils grace borders and pots. Outdoor seating is provided so you may enjoy a different aspect whilst the patio is perfect for your BBQ or a late breakfast. The grounds are planted with camelias as well as hydrangeas, and when autumn approaches, the beech, ash and oak woodland reveals another splendour.

Some children find plenty to do here and enjoy a game of swing ball, playing hide and seek in our woodland or crab fishing with a line and bacon from the jetty (buckets and lines supplied).

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.

"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.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Helston, United Kingdom

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Dogs: we will not accept more than 2 dogs and only then when there are 4 or less persons staying in the property. Contact owner before booking please.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Security System
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , bath with shower
  • The bathroom is conveniently situated on the ground floor of the cottage and overlooks the rear of the large garden. It has opening windows, a full white suite with an electric shower over a deep bath. There is a large illuminated wall mirror and an extendable make-up/shaving mirror as well as a socket for an electric toothbrush or shaver. Luxury toiletries are supplied and a non slip rubber bath mat, useful handrail, toilet rolls, bath mat, towels as well as large white towelling bathrobes. The dual purpose tall radiator heats the bathroom and is ideal for drying towels. A wall fan heater is provided. The deep window cill is ideal for storing toiletries.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Children's Bedroom - 2 child bed , 2'6" wide beds, standard length. Room unsuitable for adults
    Master Bedroom - 1 large double bed , 5ft bed (King size). Triple aspect with river & garden views
    Garden Room (3rd bedroom) - 2 single bed , New for 2018 - two 3ft 6"single zip n link beds.
  • Leading from the landing in the cottage is the Master and Children's Bedroom, both of which have marvellous views of the Mawgan Creek. Solid oak furnishings, polished pitch pine wooden floors throughout with soft bedside rugs. The triple aspect Master Bedroom with its very comfortable king size bed will guarantee a good night's sleep. The adjacent bedroom is arranged for children only and unsuitable for adults. It has brightly coloured pictures, story books, boats and a seaside theme. Three metres from the cottage is our spacious Garden Room. This offers flexible sleeping arrangements; for 2018 there is a newly fitted carpet plus single zip and link beds as well as a wall mounted 40" HD television. Decorated in duck egg blue with Shaker style white bedroom furniture, overhead reading lamps, radio and a hair drier, this popular bedroom is ideal for a second couple or teenagers. Fantastic view of the garden and river. Bathroom facilities are in the main house.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • books - kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • games - kids
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • video player
  • Video Library ...
  • deck chairs
  • Boat ...
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Access to the river, which may be unsuitable for some, is by the garden or through our woodland and leads down to stone steps and a large wooden staging where the old boathouse once stood. Moored on a running line from the rocky foreshore is 'Peggy', our sturdy 3.5M rowing dinghy. She is available from Easter (tide and weather permitting), to the end of October. You have at least 3+ hours of water, either side. A tide table is provided. You may fish from the boat, jetty or the shore. Kayakers and paddle boarders can enjoy the wonders of the Mawgan Creek. Equipment can be kept on the private jetty. Warm and welcoming with flowers in rooms, appropriate beds made up and a basket of goodies. If you need help with bookings for dinner, online shop arrangements or maybe you would like to order one of our breakfast and supper hampers, just let us know. We are here to help!


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Waterside 16C Cottage. Boat, Peaceful Views, Stunning Location, No neighbours!
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Simply stunning

  • 5 of 5

We had the most magical stay, waking up to that view with a cup of tea at the kitchen table while watching the tide roll in or out was absolutely breathtaking! The location is perfect for day trips to different beaches and gardens - and if you're National Trust members, you'll really make the most of your subscription fees with lots of local places to visit. Highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: 04/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a great pleasure for us to welcome this delightful family to Rock Cottage as they were most appreciative of the property and its glorious surroundings too. Thank you for your splendid review and see you again!
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Beautiful location, very relaxing holiday!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Rock Cottage for a week with our dog Ollie and we didn't want to leave! The cottage was exactly as described, spotless and with everything we needed, including a very welcome basket of goodies and a cream tea on our arrival :) The view of the river from the large kitchen window is spectacular and we loved having a private jetty and use of Peggy the rowing boat. We also took our own stand-up paddleboards and it was great to be able to explore the river on these right from the garden. There are lots of beautiful beaches within short driving distance, and some great places to eat (we would particularly recommend the Ship Inn in Mawgan). We definitely recommend a stay at Rock Cottage and will definitely return!

  • Review Submitted: 19/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Both of us are delighted to receive your wonderful review and to learn how much you enjoyed paddle boarding on the Mawgan Creek. Thank you so very much for being excellent guests and it will be a pleasure to welcome you both and Ollie here again next year.
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A very special place to stay

  • 5 of 5

The moment we walked through the garden gate and were greeted by the most outstanding view of the Helford river. Rock Cottage is a very special place to stay, the Cottage is very homely and cosy with everything you could possibly need. The beaches were spectacular and all within a ten to fifteen minute drive. The whole holiday was truly amazing will definitely return.

  • Review Submitted: 06/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The autumn has arrived and the creek is looking spectacular. I'm so pleased to know that your holiday at Rock Cottage was amazing and you wish to return. Please do, it will be a pleasure to see you and David again!
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Glasgow, Scotland

Secluded cottage with all you could ask for

  • 5 of 5

We had the most wonderful week at Rock Cottage. When you arrive it gives the impression of being in the middle of nowhere which is brilliant for relaxing and peace and quiet. It is however not far from so many interesting things to do and see. We have been to this part of the country many times but felt this time we relaxed more and did less than usual as the cottage was hard to leave. From our welcome from the host Linda who could not have been more helpful to having breakfast overlooking the water, every minute was just so chilled. The cottage was spotless and had everything you could want. The added bonus was "Peggy" the rowing boat which the children just loved as they are used to city life! We will definately be back. Thank you Linda for a most amazing week!

  • Review Submitted: 01/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This lovely family from Glasgow were excellent guests and it was a pleasure to welcome them to Rock Cottage. I'm delighted that everything met their expectations and look forward to seeing them again.
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Peace and tranquillity

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking to escape from every

day life rock cottage is for you. The views are breathe taking and the cottage is spotless with everything you could want. A great central location making the whole of Cornwall easily accessible.

  • Review Submitted: 24/06/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Julie for your review. After a long and tedious journey, we were so pleased to learn that you and Norman had a very relaxing stay at Rock Cottage. Hope to see you again.
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A Magical Place

  • 5 of 5

We are a retired couple from the USA. who found the property description to be accurate - even more private and charming than anticipated.

Rock Cottage is a beautiful, private property. There are no neighbors in sight! The charming cottage is well-decorated, well-equipped - kitchen utensils/library - and well-maintained to a high standard. My husband says the cottage is mechanically up-to-date and to a high standard. Because of these things, we feel the rental rate is very reasonable.

The owners were nearby to answer any questions with kindness and helpfulness.

The cottage was so idyllic we had difficulty in leaving to sightsee. Even on rainy days the sitting room was warm and cozy.

The location is an easy in/out for day trips, yet it is secluded.

We didn't use Peggy, the dinghy, as much as we liked; however, the creek/river is magical and begs for discovery paddles.

We enjoyed a meal at the Prince of Wales in St. Martin. We were unable to dine at the local Ship Inn but enjoyed their frozen entrees (brand name Freshh) available at Mawgan Stores which is a treasure trove of goodies.

Helford River and its environs are an area of outstanding natural beauty and world class. Rock Cottage is a most comfortable way to enjoy it.

We would certainly recommend it to a friend or relative. And, we would certainly return to this special place and delightful cottage.

  • Review Submitted: 19/05/2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are absolutely thrilled to bits to receive your wonderful review which gives an excellent insight for anyone thinking about booking a holiday here. There is a great deal to do and see, and as you say, the location is an easy in/out for day trips, yet secluded. Thank you Carolyn and Laddie so very much for taking time to write about your three week stay at Rock Cottage, and for your recommendation too. It really was a pleasure to meet you both and to learn also that you would certainly return to this special place. Kind regards. Linda and Robin
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Linda Dandy
Member since: 2002
Speaks english
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Calendar last updated:
22 February, 2018

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 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

Why Linda Dandy chose Helston

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

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)
Nov 2007
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Nearest Airport
29 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.4 Miles
The Ship Inn at Mawgan
Nearest Ferry
69 Miles
Nearest Golf
5.2 Miles
Mullion or Helston (short course)
Nearest Train
13 Miles
Redruth (20 mins) Truro (30 mins) by car
Nearest Motorway
105 Miles
Junction 31 on M5 at Exeter
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Miles
The Ship Inn at Mawgan
Nearest Ski
73 Miles
Dry Ski Slope - Plym Valley A38 - Plymouth
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Gunwalloe. Fishing Cove (dog friendly)
Car: recommended

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 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. Further on is The Prince of Wales at Newtown St Martin; a very friendly pub with a large garden.

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!


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.


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.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cottage in Helston, United Kingdom

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Easter - boat available
24 Mar 2018 - 13 Apr 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Late Spring 2018
14 Apr 2018 - 21 Apr 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$18 per night, per additional guest
Late Spring
28 Apr 2018 - 5 May 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$18 per night, per additional guest
Summer 2018
30 Jun 2018 - 7 Jul 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$18 per night, per additional guest
Peak Holiday Season 2018
4 Aug 2018 - 7 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
September 2018
15 Sep 2018 - 21 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$18 per night, per additional guest
Late September 2018
22 Sep 2018 - 5 Oct 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$18 per night, per additional guest
Early Autumn 2018
6 Oct 2018 - 19 Oct 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$18 per night, per additional guest
Autumn Half Term 2018
27 Oct 2018 - 2 Nov 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$18 per night, per additional guest
Winter short breaks 2018
3 Nov 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$18 per night, per additional guest
Christmas & New Year 2018
22 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$18 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit AU$267.6
Pet Fee AU$0

Dog Owners: please mention your wish to bring a dog(s) to the property for agreement first by us. We will accept a maximum of two obedient dogs but only when there are no more than four persons staying in the property at any one time. For reasons of hygiene and consideration of other guests, dogs must be kept out of all the bedrooms and the newly carpeted lounge, and kept off furniture. A dog gate is supplied. There is no charge for dogs. For more information, download Essential Information which is under T&Cs.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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