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Helford River

  • Sleeps: 12
  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Pets: welcome
  • Seaview
  • Waterside
  • WiFi
  • Parking
  • Dishwasher
  • Woodburner
  • TV
  • Pet Friendly
  • Garden

Special Offers

Last-minute Special Offer

Enjoy 10% off a week-long stay, w/c 12th April.


* New Listing – Opening Jan 2024 *

In Durgan village, beside the Helford River, time stands still. The secluded waters, which are sheltered by ancient oak forests, sparkle silver in the slow-moving current. Grey herons swoop low and glide above the water and ebony cormorants dip and dive below the surface in search of their dawn catch.

Restored, reinterpreted and curated, Cliffside’s coastal vibe slides seamlessly into its surroundings, a paean to the history and charm of the area, that speaks to its Cornish roots.

A home perfectly formed with deeply inviting spaces for happy, bustling family life and endless entertaining.This is a place for the most unforgettable of multi-generational retreats.

A stone’s throw from the beach and the sheltered waters of the Helford River, the situation couldn’t be much more idyllic, in this historic fishing hamlet, with National Trust, Glendurgan Gardens and Fish Cellar ice cream shop right there also.

Inside, the ground floor of Cliffside is divided into two main spaces. Stroll through the front door and be led directly into the kitchen diner, where white beams stretch across the ceiling and grey slate tiles line the floor. The design is in keeping with the considered and quaint style of the house: pebble-blue cabinets and open, wooden shelving feature throughout, and a generous central island and breakfast bar. A double-sided wood burning stove sits happily in its own glass case and links the sitting room to the kitchen-dining area.

There are plenty of modcons to suit contemporary living. The ground floor is equipped with underfloor heating and the kitchen is kitted out with a professional Mercury range cooker. The utility area is tucked away behind the kitchen and conveniently has a second sink, washer, tumble dryer and cloakroom.

The sitting room offers an appealing place to relax for a large group. Here, there is rustic charm in abundance and space to gather and connect. Flanked by windows on two sides, the natural light lends its pretty softness. Play cards around the circular table, or gaze out the window watching the gulls soar and boats drift along the estuary. The generous seating is perfect for large groups to come together for an evening of anecdotes. Chat until the wee hours and after a delicious sleep in the sumptuous beds, step onto the shoreline for a morning dip and to scour the best seashells.

Treading the staircase up to the first floor, comfort unfolds in the four double bedrooms which spill off from the central hallway. The collection of antiques bring a patina to the rooms. Layers of colour – from the painted walls, hanging artworks and patterned fabrics – enhance the mix of grand rugs, flattering furniture and antique finds. The co-ordinating shades and textiles create a feeling that things have evolved over time, like most great rooms have.

Every room with a river view offers a place to sit and admire it. Most spectacularly of all, a roll top bath has been added to the primary bedroom where one can view life on the river whilst bobbing in warm bubbles. It is the perfect vantage point for this magnificent vista, the greens, greys and blues of which are reflected in the tasteful decor.

Up another level, the eaves house two twin bedrooms; decorated with unique narratives, yet each working together as a harmonious whole, fused by a landing with sea view vista. Children can slip away for late-night chats or grown-up guests can unfurl in secluded comfort.

At Cliffside, the owner’s commitment to the property shows up inside and out; a glorious melting pot of interest and considered design that makes a house a home.

Coastal comfort, combined with rural surrounding landscape, make this house a true year-round destination for groups of up to twelve.


Open plan Kitchen and Dining Room

With Belfast sink, Mercury range cooker with five ring induction hob, Fisher & Paykel fridge freezer, microwave, dishwasher, kitchen island, bar stools, natural slate flooring and underfloor heating. 3m elm dining table, benches and additional chairs, plus love seat and double fronted wood-burner.

Utility Room & WC

With sink, Miele washing machine, Miele dryer, coat/boot storage and cloakroom.

Sitting Room

Enormous L-shaped sofa, love seat, ottoman, circular table and seating for four, LG Smart TV, wood burner (double aspect to open plan kitchen/diner). Electric Roman blinds which can be operated at the flick of a switch.

Stairs to

First Floor

Primary Bedroom

European king-size (5ft3) bed, bedside tables and shelves, lamps, ottoman, desk and chair, chest of drawers, roll-top bath, towel rail. Views over Durgan Bay.

Primary Bedroom Shower Room

His and Her sinks, two heated towel rails, large walk-in shower and WC.

Bedroom Two

Zip and link super-king (6ft) bed, bedside tables and lamps, chest of drawers and chair.

En-suite Bathroom

Bath with heated towel rail, WC, sink and walk-in shower.

Bedroom Three

Zip and link super-king (6ft) bed, bedside tables and lamps, chest of drawers, chair and wardrobe.

Bedroom Four

Zip and link super-king (6ft) bed, bedside tables and lamps, chest of drawers and chair.

Family Bathroom

Bath with heated towel rail, WC and sink.

Stairs to

Second Floor

Loft Bedroom West

Twin beds in alcoves, central bedside table with lamp, under-the-bed storage, small table and chair. The cosiest of the two rooms.

Loft Bathroom

Walk-in shower, WC, sink and heated towel rail.

Loft Bedroom East

Twin beds in alcoves, central bedside table with lamp, under-the-bed storage, small table and chair. Lovely light room with views out to river.


For two cars in the private roadside parking slots, nose to tail. One further car may park in the NT Bosveal car park, at the top of the hill, with the parking permit supplied, please be aware this is not a designated space.


The bijou garden offers space for al fresco dining, sun worshipping and a hot outside shower. The real playground is Durgan beach, where we are sure much of your time will be spent.

Location and Surrounding Area


The Helford River is a sanctuary of tranquility, where hidden coves, dense woodlands, and charming villages create an idyllic escape. Take a leisurely boat trip along the meandering river, discovering secluded beaches and observing the rich biodiversity that flourishes in this unspoiled environment. The subtropical gardens of Glendurgan and Trebah, perched on the riverbanks, offer a botanical wonderland with exotic plants and vibrant blooms.

A paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, it provides opportunities for coastal walks, kayaking, and exploring the many hidden gems scattered along the shoreline. As the day winds down, savour a meal in one of the riverside pubs such as the Ferryboat Inn, where fresh seafood and local specialties showcase Cornwall’s culinary prowess.

A short 20-minute drive away, Falmouth is nestled along the scenic coast, and exudes maritime charm with its bustling harbour, lined with colourful boats and historic ships. The town’s maritime museum provides a captivating journey through Cornwall’s maritime heritage, offering insights into seafaring traditions and naval history. As you wander through Falmouth’s narrow streets adorned with charming shops and cafes such as Espressini, Solskinn, Studio Dor, Parade and Stones Bakery, you’ll feel the blend of modern vitality and timeless allure.

Explore the rich history of Falmouth by visiting Pendennis Castle, a Tudor fortress that has guarded the entrance to the Fal Estuary for centuries. Immerse yourself in the local art scene, Morgan’s Gallery or the Falmouth Poly which showcases a collection of British art from the 16th century to the present. Experience the local culture by visiting Falmouth’s markets, held on The Moor on Thursdays and Saturdays, where you can find fresh produce, handmade crafts and unique souvenirs.


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Arrival from 4pm.
Departure by 10am.
Bed linen included.
Tea towels included.One set of towels provided per person. Please bring your own beach towels.
Heating & electricity inclusive.
Mobile signal – good.
Wi-Fi: Yes
Smoking: No
£200 security deposit – only chargeable for damages (which will be discussed with you in advance of processing the charge).

Pets: One to two well-behaved dogs permitted by arrangement @ £35 per week each. No dogs under one year of age and please do not leave them unattended, allow them on furniture or on the first or second floors.

Fuel: One basket of logs provided (October to Easter), more may be purchased from Goldmartin Garage in Mawnan Smith or from Spar in Constantine.

Zip & Link beds: These beds will be made up as a super-king unless you have requested otherwise. Please email your alternative bed requirements to at least ten days before your arrival.

Feather bedding: The house is equipped with high quality feather bedding and scatter cushions throughout.

Nursery equipment: There is a travel cot, high chair and booster seat provided for your use.

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