A great spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner with that wonderful view.
The view of the house as you descend, gives you glimpses of the river beyond.
This lovely house has been furnished to a high and comfortable standard, and feels like a real home-from-home.
The comfortable, colourful and spacious master bedroom.
The lower garden and patio leads out to the jetty.
The living-room is spacious, with room to relax and a choice of eating inside or out on the deck.
The dining-area with views through the large picture window.
The kitchen is well-equipped and features a range cooker.
This amazing location on the side of the river bank, means a walk up the steep sloping zig-zag path to the car, (4 sections) but it is definitely worth it!
The kitchen leads onto the hallway.
The view on the way down, you are nearly there!
The hallway is also flooded with light.
Bedroom 2 is furnished with a double bed, please be aware of the sloping ceilings when getting in and out of bed.
There is a handy shower and wash-basin in bedroom 2.
Bedroom 2 is furnished with a standard double bed, and is opposite bedroom 3 across the landing with the bathroom next door.
Bedroom 3 with bunk beds.
Take a book and sit by the river when the tide is in or out, and enjoy the peace and quiet.
At the bottom of the garden, a gate leads out to a lower patio with river access.
The view from the raised decking over the lower garden to the river.
The jetty takes you right onto the river when the tide is coming in.
The handy downstairs loo!
The stairs between floors.
The family bathroom.
The kitchen is equipped with a butler sink.
Pop down to the Ferry Boat Inn for a drink, or jump on the ferry across to Helford village.
This is such a beatiful and unspoilt part of Cornwall.
The view on the way back up the path is just as good! Why not stop to admire the view?
This steep but shady path leads you to the house on the river. There are a few steps at the top and bottom, and half way down.
Helford House sits on the banks of this tidal river, and you can spot the last section of the path down to the house with the rope railing (top right of the photo).
The views around the Helford river are spectacular.
Port Navas is a great place to explore anytime of year.
This beautiful location is hard to beat.
With high or low tide, this is a great place to spot the local birdlife on the river from the end of the garden.
Trebah Gardens is just up the road and well worth a visit. (They are dog friendly.)
Walk or drive down to the Helford passage, just a few minutes from the house where you can join the coast paths in either direction, and stop at the Ferry Boat Inn to try some local fish.
The view from the pub is absolutely stunning and if you want to get closer to the water, you can hire a boat from here.
What a peaceful spot.
There are a few steps at both ends of the path, and half way down.
French doors open onto the raised decking.
The zig-zag path down to the house has a handrail all the way down.
Lunch with a view.
Looking back up at the house from the pontoon.
This amazing location on the side of the river bank means a walk up the steep sloping zig-zag-zig-zag path to the car, but it is definitely worth it!
Looking back up at the house from the riverbank.

Helford House


4.5 miles SW of Falmouth / Sleeps 6 + cot

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Located on one of Cornwall’s most desirable private roads but hidden from view on the banks of the tranquil Helford River, this pretty detached property is a real holiday hideaway.

"There are backwater places all hidden from view", a line from the famous song ‘Messing about on the river’ that could easily have been written about Helford House.

Approached by a very steep, sloping zigzag path through the trees, which is an adventure in itself, it is only as you descend and are nearly at the front door that you can really appreciate this very special house. The raised wooden deck accessed from the sitting-room is a great place to dine when the weather is good, and when you want to get closer to the water, the riverside patio with your own private jetty really is perfect for swimming and river access when the tide is in.

Designed to make the most of this amazing location across the river to Port Navas, Helford House is a very special holiday home (please supervise children by the river).

The large sitting/dining-room with solid wood floors is a great space for entertaining, with double doors opening onto the decking and a wood-burner for those cooler evenings; this riverside home-from-home could grant all of your holiday wishes.

The spacious master bedroom also enjoys the waterside views and the bunk-room up the hall is ideal for your little explorers. The second double room, overlooking the front garden, has a charming, sloped ceiling which, although compact, has space enough for two and a built in en suite shower.

The village of Mawnan Smith is just up the road, where you will find a cafe, village pub and store, and this whole area of the Helford River is surrounded by some of the most wonderful scenery for you to explore. Within a short drive you can be on the sandy beach at Maenporth where you can explore the rock pools at low water, and travelling a bit further the larger towns of Falmouth, Helston and the Cathedral City of Truro are definitely worth a visit.

With the Budock Vean Hotel at the end of the lane, including a pampering spa, restaurant and 9 hole golf course, whether you are looking to explore or stay close to home and relax on holiday, a stay at Helford House might just have it all.

Ground Floor

Entrance hall

Sitting/Dining-room with TV, DVD player and wood-burner

Kitchen with electric range cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine and dishwasher

Utility-room with tumble-drier

Cloakroom with WC and wash-basin

First Floor

Bedroom 1 with king-size double bed (5')

Bedroom 2 with double bed (4'6"), shower cubicle and wash-basin

Bedroom 3 with bunk-beds (3')

Bathroom with bath, hand shower attachment, WC and wash-basin

The steep path access is not suitable for guests with mobility concerns.


  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Travel cot and high chair
  • Arrive/Depart Saturday
  • Short breaks available
  • Private parking for 3 cars
  • WiFi
  • No smoking
  • Pub 1.5 miles
  • Patio furniture
  • Full oil-fired CH