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Linda Dandy

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Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Helford Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Availability fully inclusive rate:17, 31 May: 7, 14, 28 June: 12 July and 16 Aug

By the tranquil shores of the Helford River is Rock Cottage, our idyllic, unique, riverside holiday home. It is over 500 years old, still retains a lot of its original character and is situated amongst glorious peaceful surroundings in a much sought after location. There is an unrivalled panoramic view exclusive to those who stay here. With no neighbours, owners or other properties in sight, you can have this all to yourself for a short break, week or longer!

The serene and ever-changing landscape, private foreshore with access to the river, where our robust rowing dinghy 'Peggy' awaits, will instantly captivate. Whatever the season or state of the tide, the scenery is hypnotic whilst the cottage remains most welcoming and comfortable. Our Guest Books are full of happy times dating back to the early 1960s when the Dandy family started to welcome many of its guests.

The property has oil fired central heating with new and efficient radiators throughout and accommodates up to six persons. It has been refurbished for 2014 and now offers a light and modern kitchen with all you need, a relaxing comfortable lounge, convenient ground floor family bathroom as well as three lovely bedrooms including the separate Garden Room. There are peaceful views of woodland, meadows, the large garden and the Helford River from each room. You will find the property beautifully presented throughout with easy to operate facilities as well as WiFi and waiting for you. Our many excellent reviews from previous guests, say it all!

Standing completely alone within one acre of secluded and delightful gardens, the grounds are bordered by the private woodland and the river on two sides. It is set on a promontory at the head of the Mawgan Creek amidst peaceful surroundings where time almost stands still and a myriad of water birds display themselves as the gentle tidal waters ebb and flow. Combine this tranquillity with some boating, fishing, beachcombing, gentle walking or simply just relax.

Stay during March, April and May, when the grass banks at Rock Cottage come alive with thousands of Cornish primroses and daffodils grace the borders and pots, Wander through the bluebell woodland. During the summer months, see the garden filled with geraniums, fuchsias and bedding plants and as autumn approaches, the many varieties of hydrangea change to a deeper colour whilst the beech and oak trees reveal another splendour.

Children of all ages find lots to do whether it's a game of swing ball in the garden or playing 'hide n seek' in our woodland, crab fishing with a line and bacon or racing their toy sail boats along the shore.

For those who love to be on the water, bring your kayaks and canoes, launch these from our jetty and explore the tidal creeks. If you have a small boat, let us know and we can provide a mud mooring for you at no extra charge. Some guests enjoy fishing for Grey Mullet and Sea Bass either from the boat or anchoring at a nearby point. However, you may choose to just take it easy and rest in the recliners, dabble with water colours and do some bird watching. The view from the patio is always something special, a great place to sit and enjoy your barbequed fish freshly caught from the creek or from a sea fishing boat trip.

The rental is fully inclusive of: electricity, central heating oil, bed linen, bath sheets & hand towels, bathrobes, luxury toiletries, all household essentials, WiFi, rowing dinghy (of course, life jackets in various sizes are included), mooring for a small boat, cot and high chair and BBQ. As part of the service, a full house clean and change of linen, towels, etc is included for stays longer than seven nights. All costs are included in the rent, so there are no extra or hidden charges. Reduction for when a couple only are staying at Rock Cottage.


Booking your holiday at Rock Cottage is a quick and easy process. Choose either to book and pay by credit/visa debit cards through HomeAway's secure site or if you prefer, phone or email me directly and I will send you a Booking Form. You may pay by BACS, internet banking, PayPal, cash (last minute) or cheque drawn on a UK bank account.

If you choose to book direct with the Owner, a deposit of one third of the total rent will be required. The balance of rent will be due no later than six weeks before the commencement date.

Our Reviews are testimonial to the commitment that we impart to all our guests. We do everything possible to make sure your holiday with us is a wonderful time.

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  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters

Linda Dandy

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Hello, my name is Linda Dandy and I am privileged to assist with the managing of Rock Cottage which has been in the Dandy Family for 60 years. On a holiday to the area in 1954, Rock Cottage was ‘discovered’ by my husband’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

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!

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.

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Property Reviews

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April 19 Late Offer - Helford River 16c Waterside Retreat, Boat available. Views
average rating of 4.927273 based on 55 reviews
April 19 Late Offer - Helford River 16c Waterside Retreat, Boat available. Views
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Helford Lizard Peninsula

Rock On ! ( Cottage )

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
This was our first visit to Rock Cottage but something tells me it won’t be our last.
The cottage itself is picturesque set in a stunning location, immaculately furnished and very comfortable, the pictures truly do not do it justice. The fresh flowers Linda arranged throughout were lovely as were the treats laid out in the kitchen – what a welcome!
The garden is well established and wraps around the whole cottage which means if the sun is shining you will always find a sunny spot at any time of day. All sorts of wildlife visit including Dave the friendly robin and Mr and Mrs Pheasant looking for breakfast, lunch or an evening meal! The most spectacular thing about this cottage is the view of the creek and walking down to the jetty to find Peggy waiting for you to row off and have some fun (tides permitting of course). Hubby also launched his windsurfer from the jetty and although a bit tamer than the sea he could leave the windsurfer safe and sound every day without having to rig each time. We ate out on the patio each evening, even if it rained, having taken a table top heater and gazebo – we really couldn’t waste those views.
The Ship Inn is only a ten minute walk away, the new owners have only been there 12 weeks but have already established the restaurant with fabulous food – best to book in advance. Be warned the pub is closed Sunday evening and all day Monday.
Local attractions that we enjoyed, The Lizard, Coverack, Helford Village, Gunwalloe beach and Cadgwith Cove, a beautiful fishing village where we bought fish for our supper.
We have had a fantastic holiday and thanks to Linda and Robin for being so friendly and making our stay memorable.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Thank you to Alison and Ian for an excellent review of the cottage and your holiday in the area. We are delighted that you all had a fantastic time. Yes, all our guests comment on the exceptional view from Rock Cottage which has remained unchanged for many years, and hopefully will continue to do so. Your positive review will help others to choose a holiday here. We look forward to welcoming you again.
Helpful votes: 6/8
April 19 Late Offer - Helford River 16c Waterside Retreat, Boat available. Views
+44 01326221123
Helford Lizard Peninsula

Fabulous cottage in beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
Perfect week in this lovely cottage. Spotlessly clean with everything that we could have wished for. Linda, the owner very welcoming and helpful. Many happy hours spent on the terrace watching the wildlife. Hope to return soon!
April 19 Late Offer - Helford River 16c Waterside Retreat, Boat available. Views
+44 01326221123
Helford Lizard Peninsula

Fabulous cottage

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
Have just spent a fabulous week at this lovely cottage. Spotlessly clean and had everything that we could have wished for, and more. Would love to return later in the year so that we can use the boat.
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to meet this lovely couple who really appreciated Rock Cottage and all it has to offer. We thank them very much for their 5* review and look forward to seeing them again soon. Next time, Peggy will be on the water ready and waiting for you to explore the Mawgan Creek.
Helpful votes: 1/1
April 19 Late Offer - Helford River 16c Waterside Retreat, Boat available. Views
+44 01326221123
Helford Lizard Peninsula

Simply stunning!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
One of the best kept secrets...From the simple personalised welcome board in the Garden room to the inspiring views across Mawgan Creek and into the distance. We loved this place. With absolutely no one else nearby it is your own little piece of paradise for the time you stay here. Don't miss out, you will love it here. The cottage is equipped with everything you could ask for and the welcome treat was delicious. Thank you Robin and Linda for providing the opportunity to stay in your beautiful cottage !
Owner's Response: Another super review and a sincere thank you to Peter & Donna for choosing Rock Cottage for their honeymoon. Do come and stay with us again to celebrate your 1st Anniversary - or even sooner!
Helpful votes: 1/1
April 19 Late Offer - Helford River 16c Waterside Retreat, Boat available. Views
+44 01326221123
Helford Lizard Peninsula

Rock cottage retreat

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
If you are looking for a private retreat in a well appointed and comfortable traditional cornish cottage, Rock Cottage is hard to beat. Linda and Robin, the owners, have clearly put in a huge amount of time and effort in making this a great place to stay and maintaing a high standard for their guests. It seems to have every home comfort you could need. I spent a lot of time watching the ever changing scenery and wild life, day and night. There are lots of lovely places to visit within the Lizard and all within easy driving distances. Of course, there is lots for walkers as well. I enjoyed my stay and was very impressed. Thanks Linda and Robin.
Owner's Response: We really appreciate receiving another great review. Thank you so much for taking the time to write about your experience of staying in Rock Cottage.
Helpful votes: 1/1
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Nearest Airport
29 Miles
Nearest Ferry
69 Miles
Nearest Train
13 Miles
Redruth (20 mins) Truro (30 mins) by car
Nearest Motorway
109 Miles
Junction 31 on M5 at Exeter
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Gunwalloe. Fishing Cove (dog friendly)
Nearest Barpub
0.6 Miles
The Ship Inn at Mawgan
Nearest Golf
5.2 Miles
Mullion or Helston (short course)
Nearest Restaurant
0.6 Miles
The Ship Inn at Mawgan
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!


The village of Mawgan is a short 10 minute walk from Rock Cottage. Here you will find Mawgan Stores which is the nearest local shop and 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 choose to dine at this 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. The shop also sells a range of fish caught by a local fisherman.

For children there is the Mawgan village recreation ground which has a newly created play area for toddlers and older children to enjoy. At the Grange Fruit Farm there is a pitch and putt, giant skittles and a sandpit. Next door is the Old Withy Garden nursery which is well worth a visit for those who enjoy gardening.


As well as the Ship Inn, locally there is the New Yard Restaurant and the Grange Country Kitchen in Mawgan, The Black Swan at Gweek, The Prince of Wales at Newtown St Martin, New Inn at Mannacan as well as The Halzephron at Gunwalloe. Helford village has the newly renovated Shipwrights Arms.


Within a car ride of about 10 minutes is the Cornish Seal Sanctuary at Gweek, and 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 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, 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. Falmouth Maritime Museum, St Ives for art galleries, tin mine tours at Geevor and Poldark.

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.

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Availability & Rates

Helford Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Minimum Stay
**Last Minute Offer**
Apr 19 2014 - Apr 25 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 nights
Hedgerows in flower
May 17 2014 - May 23 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 nights
Early summer
May 31 2014 - Jun 6 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 nights
Jun 7 2014 - Jun 20 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 nights
Jun 28 2014 - Jul 4 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
Jul 12 2014 - Jul 18 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 nights
Aug 16 2014 - Aug 22 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 nights
Late Summer
Sep 6 2014 - Sep 12 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 nights
Early Autumn
Oct 4 2014 - Oct 17 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 nights
Autumn Half Term
Oct 18 2014 - Oct 31 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 nights
Autumn/Early Winter
Nov 1 2014 - Dec 19 2014
7 nights
Festive Season
Dec 20 2014 - Jan 2 2015
7 nights
Winter Breaks
Jan 3 2015 - Jan 31 2015
3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 nights

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee £35.00
Notes Changeover day is Saturday. Deposit of one third for payments made direct to the owners. Final payment due six weeks before commencement of holiday. Refundable Security Deposit £150.
Short Breaks - get in touch to discuss.
Dogs - please mention at enquiry. Two dogs accepted subject to our T&Cs being agreed. £35 per pet per week.
Rental is fully inclusive - there are no extra charges.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Helford Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Waterfront
  • Beach
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Security System
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking Off Street
  • Living Room ...
  • Heating ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Grill
  • Toaster ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Stove ...
  • Oven ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Dining Area
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The family 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. You will find 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 your bath towels. A wall heater is provided to give you that extra bit of warmth during the cooler months. The large window cill is ideal for storing your toiletries although there is also a corner bathroom cabinet.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , River & Garden View
    Children's Bedroom - 2 child bed , River & Garden View
    Garden Room (3rd bedroom) - 2 twin/ single , If requested, one very large bed arranged in this room
  • Upstairs in the cottage is the Master and Children's Bedroom, both of which have marvellous views of the Mawgan Creek as well as solid oak furniture. Polished wooden flooring throughout the upstairs with rugs sets the scene. The triple aspect Master Bedroom has a wonderfully comfortable 5ft bed so a good night's sleep is assured. The adjacent bedroom is designed for children and has brightly coloured pictures, story books, boats and a seaside theme. Formerly another cottage and only three metres from the front door, is the beautifully decorated spacious Garden Room. It is private, has large opening windows and overlooks the garden and creek. With its cream carpet, white Shaker style furniture, overhead bedside lights, flat screen TV with DVD as well as a radio, this is a very popular bedroom for grand parents, a second couple or older teenagers.
  • Stereo ...
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Video Library ...
  • VCR
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • Games for Kids
  • Television ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Golf ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Beach Chairs
  • Barbecue
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • theme parks
  • live theater
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
  • nude beach
Leisure Activities:
  • whale watching
  • horseback riding
  • walking
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • pier fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surfing
  • golf
  • wind-surfing
  • water skiing
  • mountain biking
  • deepsea fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • ice skating
Access to the river, which may be unsuitable for some, is by the garden or through our woodland and leads 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. The boat is available from Easter to the end of October. A Tide Table is provided and tides give about 3+ hours either side of high water. You may fish from the boat or jetty. Bring your kayaks and canoes and enjoy the wonders of the Mawgan Creek. These can be left on the private jetty. Rock Cottage is managed and prepared by Linda & Robin who live 5 minutes away. Should you require assistance, we can be contacted by a free 'phone call. If you stay with us for more than 7 nights, you will receive a complimentary house clean and of course linen change. On arrival, you will find your beds made and everything ready so you can relax and enjoy your holiday from the start!
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