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Magical cottage with sea views, a secluded garden and beach access

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

About the property

Ancient fisherman's cottage with secluded creekside garden

Tremorna is a beautiful, ancient fisherman's cottage perched above Helford Creek, with its own secluded garden and private water frontage. It is superbly positioned with wonderful views from almost every room down the Helford estuary.

It sits in the centre of the village, yards from shop and pub, yet has a hidden terraced garden with a large private water frontage with steps down to a private quay, accessible by boat at high tide, and with direct access to the shore. The garden is accessed through a gate a few steps across the lane in front of the cottage, and is a lovely secret spot to watch the ever-changing panorama of the river estuary, with a summer house an easy-facing terrace overlooking the creek – perfect for sunny breakfasts.

The cottage has three double bedrooms, one of which has a double bed, the other two singles each. Downstairs there is a kitchen and a spacious sitting room with a glorious open fire and thick cob walls.

Tremorna has a great air of peace and calm about it. It has been a holiday home for our family for five decades. We welcome guests who appreciate a cottage of great character in a stunning and totally unspoilt location, with access to one of Europe's most ecologically rich and beautiful estuaries.

We invite you to explore the Helford River, all its remote creeks, coves, woods and cliffs.

- Sleeps 6 in one double and two twin bedrooms (one of which has beds which can be linked into a double).

- Beds are made up with 100% cotton bed linen for guests' arrival.

- Large drum washing machine/dryer, TV, DVD, wifi and microwave.

- Off-lane parking for two cars.

- Large garden with beach access, summer house and terrace overlooking creek.

- Garden offers bench, table and chairs plus trees and lawn with steps to quay and beach.

- Sizable kitchen with dining area, plus spacious sitting room with open fire.

- Used by current owners, children and grandchildren as holiday home for 50 years.

- Mooring available subject to agreement.

Tremorna is superbly placed for walking and boating around the Helford River. With its water frontage and views, it is in one of the most desirable locations in the whole of the village of Helford.

The Helford River itself is a magical and totally unspoiled location for sailing, boating, walking, swimming and general outdoor relaxation.

The famous gardens of Trebah and Glendurgan are a short ferry ride away, and sand and shingle beaches, woods and cliffs are minutes away by footpath or boat. The whole of the glorious Lizard peninsula lies within about 20 minutes' car journey.

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Mr Piers Alder
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
January 22, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

Just a quick note to let you know how much we enjoyed our holiday.

The cottage was perfect, a beautiful place to unwind and relax.

Thank you
Sep 2011
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4.4/5 -
(5 traveler reviews)

Magical cottage with sea views, a secluded garden and beach access
average rating of 4.4 based on 7 reviews

Could do better for winter guests

  • 2 of 5

We love Cornwall in winter. Helford is lovely....but this isn't a great winter property! In winter. It's cold. No central heating, but ancient night storage heaters (and not switched on for our arrival?). There is an open fire in the lounge with some wood provided, so you'll need to buy more....just don't use the local shop - she must have chopped it down that day. Burning wet wood in an open fire is rather pointless!

The cottage itself was clean and generally well maintained and in a great location 2 mins walk away from the Shipwrights arms pub which is excellent. The garden area across the road will be beautiful in summer without a doubt and all of the bedrooms had views over the estuary.

It has to be noted though that we were baffled by the 19p per unit 'electric meter charge' which isn't mentioned in the booking info info. Although there was an oil filled electric radiator and a heat fan provided this was mid winter, we were certainly not willing to be hit with per unit electric charge which were not made aware of! So it was ignored out of principle - such charges should be made clear at the booking stage. If it isn't applicable the 'red electric unit book' should not be left out in the middle of the kitchen table for confused unsuspecting guests!

Overall Helford is lovely and the cottage itself would be fine for summer however in our opinion we have found better, much cosier and hospitable cottages for winter stays in Cornwall.

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're very sorry you were disappointed with your stay at the cottage. We really want all our guests to have a lovely time – and to be thoroughly warm! I’ve spoken to our housekeeper and she has confirmed that the night storage heaters were switched on as normal before your arrival. But I now realise that when you arrived it was unusually cold – temperatures had been below freezing the night before, which is rare in south Cornwall. I can only apologise we didn’t do more to warm the cottage for your arrival. We have reviewed our arrangements and decided that in future we will turn on the kitchen radiator prior to tenants’ arrival, and if the weather is particularly cold, the electric boost on the living room night storage heater. On the point about the electric meter charge, I’m sorry to have confused you there – but to be very clear, there are NO additional charges beyond the rent. Until recently we did ask tenants to pay for the electricity they used, but always explained this in advance. However, we no longer do this. The mistake I made was not to tell our housekeeper to remove the book where tenants used to record their electric usage! I'm sorry that that confused you. I’m not quite clear if you used the portable radiator and electric boost in the living room. In cold weather you need to use these to keep the cottage warm, and I can vouch for the fact that they pump out loads of heat. Our family has owned the cottage for 50 years and we have spent many Christmasses there and have always been warm and happy. Once we were even snowed in to the village for several days. This is also the first time we have ever had a complaint about the cold. However, thank you for your very useful feedback. We do take your comments very seriously and once again I’d like to apologise about the cold and the confusion. The cottage should feel warm when any guest arrives, and we will double our efforts to make sure it does in future.
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Homely cottage in an idyllic setting

  • 5 of 5

A cosy riverside cottage in Helford village, we experienced some wild weather during our stay but the cottage provided a welcome retreat after exploring the local area. A lovely homely feel and a creekside location means there's always something to catch your attention. The local pub has a splendid ambience and the food is fabulous!

  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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A charming, relaxing and cosy cottage.

  • 5 of 5

We loved this holiday so much we didn't want to leave. Helford will always hold happy memories for us. There were 7 of us altogether staying at the cottage and there was plenty of room. The beds were extremely comfortable ensuring a good nights sleep, but then the fresh air and the cosiness of an open fire helped with that.

The separate garden was an added luxury. We did manage to sit in it on our last evening with a glass of wine soaking up the magnificent views.

The local pub is charming and very friendly. They had a Caribbean night the night we arrived but we decided to stay in by the fire. We wish we had of gone after we heard what a brilliant night everyone had.

We highly recommended this cottage for a quiet chill out holiday. It's definitely a magical cottage to come and recharge your batteries.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Karen! Really glad you had a good time.
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Wonderful cottage

  • 5 of 5

Superb cottage. Wonderful views from kitchen and all bedrooms. Such a treat to have riverside garden, quay and use of mooring. We will come again.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had a really lovely stay...the cottage was so nice ... clean and pretty... and fitted my husband and I, my sister and four kids perfectly...

we even brought the dog which was a bonus...

The garden was so so beautiful...we could sit and watch the birds and swans..have our coffee or wine...delightful.

There was a shop a minute away and a lovely welcoming pub a few mins away that cooked great food and welcomed the kids.

We had a great short break.. relaxing and peaceful...and safe for the children too... as they explored...We all wished we had booked to stay longer!!!

Thank you so much

Mrs T A Watkins

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
150 Metres
Shipwrights Arms, Helford
Nearest Restaurant
150 Metres
Shipwrights Arms, Helford
Nearest Beach
50 Metres
Helford creek
Car: recommended

The Helford River is a magical and totally unspoiled location for sailing, boating, walking, swimming and general outdoor relaxation. The famous gardens of Trebah and Glendurgan are a short ferry ride away, and sand and shingle beaches, woods and cliffs are minutes away by footpath or boat. The whole of the glorious Lizard peninsula lies within about 20 minutes' car journey.


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Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Helford Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (semi-detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • 5 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing

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