Making Memories
by Claire Corbett inProperties

Half-term Hideouts and Summer Holiday Homes in Falmouth and the Helford River Area

With adults seeking an easy, connecting escape that recharges and relaxes, and children craving an action-packed getaway filled with stories to make their mates envious, mastering the art of family holidaying can sometimes be difficult to get right.

We understand how important it is to cater for the whole family, so everyone has a chance to recharge. Uncover our curated list of kitted-out Cornish cottages, designed with families in mind. For getaways that will satisfy all ages and memories that last a lifetime. 

Our well-equipped holiday homes in the Falmouth and Helford River area have been designed and furnished with consideration and will please the whole crew. With bags of room in each of our cottages, everyone will have plenty of areas to spread out.

Explore some of our Cornish holiday cottages in the Falmouth and Helford River area, perfect for family getaways. 

The Gig

Above the beautiful harbour town of Falmouth is a well-kept secret. The Gig is that special place just waiting for you to discover. An extraordinary light-filled escape with high vaulted ceilings, and everything you could possibly need for a blissful holiday. Its central location means that there are plenty of nearby attractions to keep the children entertained and eateries to indulge in. With its well-proportioned bedrooms, sleeping up to four people, you’ll be able to unwind after your adventure-packed days in true comfort.  

Maker’s Loft

Lovingly renovated over eighteen months, with a unique loft room for two little ones, a garden for family sunbathing and outdoor meals, and an exciting interior decorated with contemporary furnishings and Cornish artwork, this is the perfect Falmouth base for a household of four. In the morning, send the children on their own mission a few doors down the road to Stones Bakery, to collect fresh sourdough bread and buttery baked goods for lunchtime picnics. 

Rose Hill House

Rose Hill House is separated from the gently ebbing waters of Mylor Creek by a village green of some three acres. Here a brilliant children’s play area, football nets and plenty of opportunities for picnics abound, all within view of the water. Modern, quality fittings, fused with cottage charm make for a restful retreat with three comfortable bedrooms to sleep five, plus one extra, if you would like to utilise the pull-out truckle bed. This is an ideal holiday home for a family who are able to navigate the original, steep cottage stairs.

Diddy Penpol

Set within leafy winding lanes, just under a mile from the coastline and the beaches of the Helford River, Diddy Penpol is a rural idyll with adventure right on its doorstep. You’ll feel right at home hunkering down into the comfortable country furnishings, with many a pleasant dream to be had from the three snug bedrooms nestled within the eaves. There’s even a four-poster bed for princes and princesses to sink into. Keep your boots by the door, ready to cruise the coastal paths around the Helford River. Wander through tree-lined lanes to the dog-friendly Grebe beach and on to the timeless waterside hamlet of Durgan, and see if your little ones can keep count of butterflies and wildflowers in the hedgerows along the way. 

Melyn Goth

Melyn Goth is set within acres of established private and shared grounds, with flower-filled gardens and a meadow extending right up to the water’s edge. After a peaceful morning, adventure awaits. Launch your kayaks into the water at high tide and take to the river with the whole family, exploring the waterways, and claiming secluded coves as your very own for the day. Returning home with sand between your toes and salt upon your skin, cook up something delicious, then wait for the stars to come out. When the time for bed finally rolls around, a touch of French style awaits indoors with sumptuous beds to sink into. There, dreams filled with family fun in a countryside idyll will be had. 

Four Sails

Tucked away in the heart of Falmouth, this brand-new, purpose-built, holiday apartment awaits discovery beside the National Maritime Museum Cornwall (NMMC). Four Sails is a careful and clever composition of unique architectural design. Clever elements of design make for easy living during your stay. A light tap on the door to rouse your gaggle of loved ones and you’re off. Head to the beach, paddle boards in tow and glide across the blue waters of Falmouth Bay. Your base for the week is a short hop from Castle Beach, where shallow sheltered waters glisten and the south-facing bay holds the daylight until dusk.

Abbot’s Loft

A tale of Falmouth’s rich historic past and a setting for new memories to be made, Abbot’s Loft invites families to stay in one of the most unique waterfront holiday homes in south Cornwall. Pad into the heart of the home to craft home-cooked meals in the custom-made kitchen and gather around the rustic wooden dining table. Refuge from the elements in the cosy living space and watch the storms roll by while soaking in the freestanding bath. Children can unlock the secrets of the two hidden rooms which, when discovered lead to somewhere entirely unexpected.  At high tide the water laps against the wall, while low tide reveals your very own beach and slice of Cornwall. (Please note that Abbot’s Loft is not suitable for 5‘s due to the low opening windows). 

23 Florence Terrace

Artists, writers, families and holidaymakers have for many years retreated to Cornwall to escape the city, chasing the quiet peace and simplicity of country life. At Florence Terrace, town and country align handsomely – here is a generous Regency Townhouse within walking distance to the beach, with sea views out to the horizon. The very best of both worlds. There’s nothing like exploring a new place with a child-friendly holiday home as your base. Laid out over three floors, with proportions fit for a sea captain, this expansive, rustic home contains a treasure trove of period features and places to hideaway. Take a moment to cosy up beside the wood burner in the eaves while watching the ocean, or picnic together in the walled garden.

Bora Gwel

Wind your way up the handsome old streets of Falmouth, between higgledy-piggledy houses overlooking the Fal River, and discover beautiful and timeless Bora Gwel.

Translated as ‘dawn view’ in Cornish, this charming cottage faces the rise and fall of the sun, as it journeys from dawn to dusk over the changing harbour. Bora Gwel’s location is perched high above the lived-in layers of Falmouth town’s lanes and flaunts magnificent sea views. An idyllic seaside sanctuary for families, Bora Gwel is the perfect base from which to explore South Cornwall’s serene landscape and retreat from reality. 

Wills Cottage

Wills Cottage has oodles of the feel-good factor. The vast, open-plan kitchen and dining area opens out onto seven acres of south-facing garden and woodland with a spring-fed stream and is the epitome of ‘the great outdoors’. The energy here is truly relaxing and homely. With four bedrooms including a children’s ‘dorm’ with a mezzanine and an additional annexe with a further bedroom, this wonderful holiday home can accommodate a group of up to twelve people. Grandparents might enjoy sloping off to the annexe for a few moments peace and quiet, or keep the internal door unlocked and let the teenagers cook for themselves.