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

Helston, Cornwall, UK
  • Cottage
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights

Last Minute: week commencing 28 April. Idyllic retreat for two couples or 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 which is ideal for a couple. 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.


Linda Dandy

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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 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 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.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Children's Bedroom
        2 child bed, 2'6" wide beds, standard length. Room unsuitable for adults
      • Master Bedroom
        1 queen, 5ft bed (King size). Triple aspect with river & garden views
      • Garden Room (3rd bedroom)
        2 twin/ single, 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 offering 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 young adults. Fantastic view of the garden and river. Bathroom facilities are in the main house.


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom
        toilet, combination tub/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.

      Location Type

        • Beach
        • Near The Ocean
        • Rural
        • Village
        • Waterfront


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Local Maps
                    • Activities Guide
                    • Basic Soaps
                    • Fireplace
                      Large and original inglenook with copper canopy houses an electric woodburner effect stove when extra heat is preferred.
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Efficient oil fired central heating with thermostatically controlled radiators in all rooms. Supplementary heating is supplied in the Sitting Room and Bathroom for those who need it.
                    • Internet
                      BT Broadband.
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Laundry Soap
                    • Linens Provided
                      Quality mattresses, pillows, duvets and linen for all beds. For stays longer than a week, all linen and towels are replaced.
                    • Living Room
                      Beautiful light, long room completely refurbished and new for 2016 luxury 3 seater sofa with matching armchairs, curtains and window seats.
                    • Local Activities Guide
                    • Alarm Clock
                    • Local Restaurant Guide
                    • Paper Towels
                    • Parking
                      Parking for up to 3 vehicles is available at the property. Secure parking for a boat trailer offered.
                    • Parking Off Street
                    • Security System
                    • Telephone
                      An ex directory pay phone is provided which takes incoming and outgoing calls. Free calls can be made to the owners.
                    • Toilet Paper
                    • Towels Provided
                      Tea towels, kitchen towels, bath sheets, bath and hand towels as well as adult size bathrobes supplied. Please bring beach towels with you.
                    • Tumble Dryer
                      Brand new AEG Washer Dryer so no wet washing hanging around. There is an outside line, pegs provided. Clothes airer, heated towel rail, radiator rail in kitchen, provided.
                    • Washing Machine
                      Which Magazine Best Buy in 2015! AEG Washer/Dryer, 7kg wash and 4kg dry load. 1600 rpm spin.
                    • Wireless Internet
                      Fast and works very well in every room including the separate Garden Room.


                        • Lobster Pot
                        • Coffee Maker
                          Phillips filter coffee machine - 10 cups Glass cafetiere - 8 cups
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Arthur Price cutlery. FBC tea set & plates, white dinner service, gravy boat, jugs, various casserole dishes, Poole Pottery salad/fruit bowls. Beer, lager, wine glasses and champagne flutes.
                        • Dishwasher
                          Bosch dishwasher alongside the sink unit with the option of a quick wash facility. Dishwasher tablets, rinse aid all supplied.
                        • Freezer
                          Ice tray plus wine bottle cooler.
                        • Grill
                        • Kitchen
                          Quality fittings, white granite sink and drainer, block walnut worktops, pale blue with light oak units. Wonderful views too. Well equipped with family needs in mind! Clean, easy to use appliances.
                        • Cooking Utensils
                          New saucepans, egg poacher, frying pans, steamer, large pasta saucepan, colander, chopping boards, baking tins, hand whisk, electric food mixer, scales, sharp knives, food blender + lots more.
                        • Microwave
                          Panasonic - ideal for heating soup, sauces and easy cook meals.
                        • Oven
                          Full sized fan assisted with convenience oven/grill and large electric oven.
                        • Pantry Items
                          Small walk in pantry with slate shelf for chilling drinks. Store your weekly shop in here. Herb & spices rack, Bacofoil, grease proof paper, clingfilm, sandwich bags, sea salt and black pepper mills.
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                          Smeg Ceramic Halogen Hob - fast heating.
                        • Toaster
                          Sits on worktop


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining
                              Take advantage of the wonderful view. Eat at the beech dining table in the kitchen (as most guests do).
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 6 people


                                • Games for Kids
                                • Audio Tape Player
                                • Books for Adults
                                • Books for Kids
                                • CD Player
                                • DVD Player
                                  DVD/VCR player with a good selection of DVDs for all age groups
                                • Games
                                  Adults and children can enjoy playing swing ball in the garden during the summer months. There is an excellent selection of board games, puzzles and jigsaws in the oak sideboard.
                                • Books
                                  Children's books are on the shelf in the small bedroom. Other books relating to the area, Cornish culture, maps, local walks, novels and large tourist info folder are located in the lounge.
                                • MP3 Dock
                                • Music Library
                                  Choice of CDs for you to listen to
                                • Radio
                                • Stereo
                                  iPod Docking Station is included with the Micro HIFi system
                                • Television
                                  New 28" LED TV with Freeview as well as a new 40" HD wall mounted TV in the Garden Room
                                • VCR
                                • Video Library
                                  A good selection are available for all age groups


                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      The terraced garden is big, steep in places, and wraps around the property. It has a safe area where children may play. Cornish hedge alongside the lane with a gated entrance.
                                    • Beach Chairs
                                    • Boat with Paddles
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      A slate patio with large picnic table, reclining chairs, sun parasol and small wooden table. Fabulous view.
                                    • Golf
                                      Golf Club at Mullion (overlooks the sea) or a short course at Helston - both approx. 10-15 minutes by car.
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      Bring your own Kayaks and Paddle Boards store and launch these from our jetty area or they can be hired locally.
                                    • Boat
                                      A 3.5M sturdy rowing dinghy, suitable for 4, is provided from Easter (weather & tide permitting) until last week of October. Selection of lifejackets from baby to large adult size available.
                                    • Outdoor Furniture
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Charcoal bbq on patio area provided during the summer time
                                    • Patio
                                    • Tennis
                                      For tennis enthusiasts a court may be hired nearby
                                    • Terrace


                                        • wheelchair inaccessible
                                          Sorry, but the property and grounds are unsuitable for the infirm as well as wheelchairs.


                                            • museums
                                            • arboretum
                                            • bay/sound
                                            • botanical garden
                                            • caves
                                            • churches
                                            • cinemas
                                            • library
                                            • live theater
                                            • marina
                                            • autumn foliage
                                            • nude beach
                                            • playground
                                            • pond
                                            • recreation center
                                            • reefs
                                            • restaurants
                                            • ruins
                                            • theme parks
                                            • zoo

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • paddle boating
                                                • beachcombing
                                                • eco tourism
                                                • horseback riding
                                                • outlet shopping
                                                • bird watching
                                                • photography
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • walking
                                                • whale watching

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • Babysitter
                                                    • fitness center
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • hospital
                                                    • laundromat
                                                    • massage therapist
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • sailing
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • fly fishing
                                                        • freshwater fishing
                                                        • golf
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • ice skating
                                                        • mountain biking
                                                        • paragliding
                                                        • pier fishing
                                                        • deepsea fishing
                                                        • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                        • snorkeling
                                                        • sound/bay fishing
                                                        • spelunking
                                                        • 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!

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 3:30 PM

                                                              Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              90 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Beautiful characterful cottage with amazing view

                                                              DEBBIE GILFORD

                                                              We have stayed in many cottages in cornwall most with sea views but the view here at rock cottage is something else very special indeed the cottage has a charming feel and is cosy and beautifully clean we would love to return

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you Debbie and Andrew (and Mr Jones) for being excellent guests and for your 5* review. It was lovely to meet and welcome you to Rock Cottage and you will always be most welcome here. Let's hope you are able to return in 2019 and at a time when Peggy will be on the water.

                                                              Idyllic setting

                                                              Stella P.

                                                              Completely wowed by the view and the perfect spot to reconnect with nature. Our hosts had obviously put a lot of thought into making our stay welcoming and comfortable and the location made it surprisingly easy to explore quite a bit of Cornwall. If you want to get away from it all, it’s perfect!

                                                              Beautiful location, very relaxing holiday!

                                                              Emma S.

                                                              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!

                                                              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.

                                                              A very special place to stay

                                                              Bridget B.

                                                              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.

                                                              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!

                                                              Simply stunning

                                                              Paige T.

                                                              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!

                                                              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!

                                                              Secluded cottage with all you could ask for

                                                              Lynda M.Glasgow, Scotland

                                                              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!

                                                              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.


                                                              Helston, Cornwall, UK

                                                              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! VILLAGE AMENITIES: 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! LOCAL PLACES TO EAT: 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. 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 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

                                                              Additional information about rental rates

                                                              Additional Guest Fee
                                                              $0 - $14
                                                              Damage Deposit

                                                              Our rates include: * Electricity * Central Heating Oil * Quality Bed Linen * Bathrobes * Bath Sheets, Bath Towels (for children), Hand & Tea Towels * Luxury Toiletries * Household Essentials to get you started * Broadband (wifi) * Change of Linen and house clean for stays longer than 7 nights * BBQ & Tools * Boat and Life jackets * Dog Gate * Baby Equipment: Bath, Changing Mat, Travel Cot and Highchair. Dog Owners: please ask us first for our agreement if you wish to bring a dog(s) to the property. 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, including the separate Garden Room, and the newly carpeted lounge, and kept off furniture. A dog gate is supplied. We do not charge for dogs. For more information, download Essential Information which is under T&Cs.

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