Well away from the world, Bishops Quay; a romantic holiday house, stands on a centuries old privately owned quay. Hidden down a pretty, quarter mile lane, that winds past river meadows; only passing yachtsmen and boat users know it's here. See yourself sitting on the balcony, observing the river birds as they go about their day. Or later, you could be relaxing on the waterfront patio, with a glass of wine, the barbeque sizzling. The gradual reshaping of the tidal creek will relax and restore.
Children love to go crabbing from the quayside. We have lines and buckets, the river crabs love bacon.
An exceptional atmosphere; peace or activity, you choose. A successful holiday home for well over twenty years. News and photos regularly feature on our lively, easily accessible Bishops Quay facebook page.
A choice of boats are waiting for you; a motor bass boat 'EmmaSam', a wooden rowing dinghy 'KT' and a sailing dinghy 'Swallow'+ 2 canoes and 3 kayaks (two are single, the other a double). You can explore the Helford River during the four hours either side of high water. Inside Bishops Quay, each window has quiet river views of boats, gardens, fields and ancient oaks. This home from home is comfortably furnished with antiques, original art, and masses of reading. Logs for the open fire, from our fields supplied free and as frequently as needed.
When enjoying the boats and quay, we lend a full range of sizes in life jackets for you to select. There is a charge for the motor boat's fuel. From Nov - Easter. the sailing and rowing boats are put away and refitted. For winter parties the bass boat stays afloat off the jetty. We are happy to advise on boating trips with help to get you going.
There are excellent local pubs and restaurants locally, including two recently refurbished and extremely popular pubs within a couple of miles; 'The Ship Inn', in the nearest village of Mawgan in Meneage and 'The Prince of Wales' in Newtown St. Martin. The famous 'Trengilly Wartha Inn' is nearby, ten minutes or so drive. It would be possible to visit the 'The Shipwrights Arms' by boat, it is under excellent new management - they serve fish caught by Bonnie Grace, our son's vessel, landed at Bishops Quay. The Port Navas Yacht Club is also a good watering hole to motor down to by boat, they have recently reopened and welcome guests from BQ.
Our fresh fish is landed on the quay according to the tides. There is a pretty waterfront garden and terrace just for Bishops Quay guests. Wireless broadband is installed throughout, it is really fast. This is a property of great interest: unique, quiet, a very much loved holiday home. Happy guests return time after time.
Short breaks, reductions, flexible arrangements. Short breaks are available out of season (November until Easter) or very near to a time shown as un booked, always by arrangement. Prices for short breaks are calculated as: 3 nights = 70% of weekly rate, 4 nights = 75% of weekly rate, 5 nights = 80%, 6 nights 90% of the weekly rate. ' Dog Friendly' - Well behaved dogs are more than welcome.
Sometimes we can arrange ten day stays or other part weeks, please ring us to discuss your requirements. If you are considering a last minute booking, please ring us to discuss the price, we can often make a reduction for a very last minute decision. We advertise Special Offers on this site as and when they are available.
Also out of season (November until Easter) a reduction of £50 per week is offered to a couple booking the house, excluding short breaks.
Contact details and making a booking: To book or enquire about the house either email us or telephone 01326 221 297. We are quite happy to chat to you on the phone, respond to answer phone messages, from around 9am to 9pm. Any queries can then be quickly explained. We would be pleased to send you further information by post, a letter, brochure and photos, if you let us know your postal address.
Deposits are 1/3 of the total price with the balance due six weeks before you arrive. You can pay by cheque or bank transfer. Just let us know which method you would prefer. Last minute bookings are payable in full 5 days before by cheque, or on arrival in cash.
The large extra bedroom suite can be taken at the time of booking or later, just ask us about the use of this suite. Sometimes friends may ask to join you and this is an excellent way of using the 4th bedroom suite offered. It is pleasantly private for them. During peak weeks we give preference to bookings that include this room.
We will do everything we can to make your holiday easy and enjoyable.
Hello from Kate and Ben Kirby. We live alongside the holiday house and so are lucky enough to enjoy the place all year around. Ben and elder son Rowly are fishermen who work from the quay. All our family are grown now - luckily they have settled nearby and so we see them and our four grandchildren regularly. We have one dog, Boris, and thirty happy hens in our meadows. I have lived here for over forty years, Ben has spent his whole life here, firstly living in the house we now let, when it was his family home. We built ours (The Kiln, on the site of an old lime kiln here) when we married. We garden up in the meadows, walk the dog, I read, Ben listens to country music. We have good friends locally who we see for meals and get togethers. Life is busy but satisfying, we work hard and relax when we can, it is a very special life here on the Helford River.
Some houses are purpose built for holidays and so are great bases for a week's stay. Bishops Quay house is more of an experience, an enchantment, history, mood, beauty, all set to catch at your imagination, tempt you to fall in love with a place that so many come back to decade after decade. More rewarding and memorable to set off along the creek in a kayak, row away from the jetty, sail from the harbour, motor down river or quietly sit watching the tides and birds, no other house in sight. Dreamy evenings on the balcony, the garden patio, atmospheric slips in and out of the everyday; a magical moment when the bright kingfisher dives, the little white egret gawkily takes off, the heron squawks, the curlew call; all as familiar as back yard fowl to those staying at this most unique of destinations.
Off the beaten track, away from cars, all rooms facing the river, the only passing traffic being a quiet splash of oars, a gentle chugging put put of a motor boat, a stealthy sail change whispering across the creek. Rooms full of the intriguing past and the comfortable relaxing present. More to discover, revisit and to happily enjoy on every visit; a safe base to set out on adventures from and a warm welcome ready on your return.