Fabulous location - idyllic for boating, fishing, kayaking, walks, & relaxation.
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.
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Rock Cottage is a wonderful hideaway with amazing views and everything within that you could need and more.
Linda and Robin are very welcoming and helpful. The basket of goodies was much appreciated and devoured especially the home made bread,
I couldn’t recommend staying there highly enough and we will certainly return. Thanks again both.
Wonderful location. Great spot for a fisherman/bird spotter. The cottage itself has everthing you need to relax in the idyllic surroundings all functioning and spotless, from crisp fresh sheets, white goods to WiFi.
Really lovely spot, and lovely cottage. Direct access to Mawgan creek a real benefit for us to use our kayaks as well as the grandparents using Peggy.
A couple of BBQs throughout the stay, but every evening, bar the last, sat outside with a stunning backdrop.
Lots of wooded grounds to explore for children
The cottage and annex (Garden Cottage) were pristine.
Our stay will stay long in the memory.
the house, gardens and views were stunning which ever way you looked. The ages in our group ranged from 11 to 75 and all loved it.
A wow for location and accomadation!
A superb clean cottage with a stunning view. We had a great relaxing holiday and the use of peggy the boat was a bonus, which helped make the holiday even more special.
Thank you so much for your review, and so pleased you all had a fantastic time at Rock Cottage.
Lovely cottage with amazing views
My wife and I stayed for 10 nights with my parents and had a lovely family holiday. We were so fortunate with the weather meaning we got to enjoy the amazing views across the creek with blue sky and sunshine. We took our kayaks and got up to Helford on high tide, which is a really quaint village with a fantastic pub (Shipwright Arms), which is right on the river. The pub near the cottage (the Ship Inn) is also fantastic which does the best fish n chip takeaway we’ve ever had!
We also explored many of the beaches in the area with Kennack sands being a favourite (best for our dog Sonny) and Mullion and Porthleven are also great little harbour spots, with the latter having great pubs, restaurants and beach shops to explore. Kynance cove is stunning and a must see.
Will miss our mornings waking up at the cottage and watching the woodpeckers, nuthatch and many more visiting the bird table in the garden. Would definitely return.
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. 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. Take away fish and chips is available from here too and Mawgan stores sell their frozen meals. 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; with very friendly hosts, a big and varied menu to choose from as well as a large garden. Both the Ship Inn and Prince of Wales accept well trained dogs.
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 a Chinese restaurant 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, cafes 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 the Blue Anchor inn, one of the oldest pubs in Britain, which continues to maintain a working brewery. There is also a Tesco superstore, Sainsbury's and Lidls.
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 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 help you if you wish to book 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.