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Garden Wing

Helford River

  • Dishwasher
  • Garden
  • Parking
  • TV
  • WiFi
  • Woodburner

Special Offers

Once in a Blue Moon Summer Sale

Experience the magic of Cornwall with our once-in-a-blue-moon sale. Available on all new bookings for stays up to 31st October 2024.


Part of a beautiful Georgian house, set within two acres of established grounds and a sweet-smelling, walled cottage garden. A pathway winds down the valley from Garden Wing to Porth Saxon beach and the clear, unspoilt waters of the Helford River. Here, lose track of your holiday days to a haze of contentment, and relax into Cornwall with the picture-perfect coastal scenery as your backdrop.

Classically beautiful and brimming with character, Garden Wing greets guests with a welcome that feels like home. A country kitchen, sash-windows, and excellent proportions make for an ideal Cornish cottage escape. The friendly owners of Garden Wing live in the main house attached, known as The Sanctuary, and are on hand should you need anything during your stay.

Take the children on adventures along the hedgerows and pathways around the Helford, discovering hidden beaches and rare wildlife. With plenty of clear-water coves to walk to and a sheer joy for wild swims, little ones and grown-ups alike will find plenty to be excited about.

The pace of your holiday is yours to decide. Mornings can be whiled away with birdsong in the garden, before an alfresco brunch, or seized at dawn for journeys on the water at sunrise, kayaking or paddleboarding. Watch with delight as the whole family learn to surf on one of the beaches on the North Coast, or inspire your little Picassos with a visit to one of the many revered galleries in the region. Full of fresh Cornish sea air and feeling invigorated, return to Garden Wing for a cosy evening curled up on the sofa with a good book and fine wine, or share stories from your day – for these are moments and memories to treasure for a lifetime.


Sitting room

A light and spacious room with woodburner in large fireplace, TV, DVD player, comfortable seating, character wooden floor and rugs.

Kitchen/dining room

is well equipped with ample storage space, dishwasher, microwave, oven, hob, washing machine and fridge/freezer. Dining table with benches and windows looking onto the garden.(Clothes airer and outside hanging space for drying).



Master bedroom

5ft (king size) bed, chest of drawers and wardrobe/hanging space, waxed floorboards and view over field to Mawnan church.

Double bedroom

double bed (4ft6), overlooking the garden at the back of the house, chest of drawers and wardrobe/hanging space.

Twin bedroom

with twin beds, chest of drawers and hanging space. Bookcase and cupboards with games.

Bathroom one

beautiful, victorian style bathroom with corner shower cubicle, roll top bath, WC, hand basin and heated towel rail.

Bathroom two

with WC, bath and basin.


Guests will have their own garden area with seating overlooking the fields and a BBQ can be provided. You are welcome to the front lawn with its lovely table and chairs. Guests are welcome to wander the walled garden and collect produce, but this area is not for recreation.


there is parking for 2 cars, (more by arrangement). Once you have unpacked your car we would be grateful if you could use the parking spaces provided leaving the front of the house a car free zone.

Location and Surrounding Area


Set within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and bordering land maintained and preserved by the National Trust, Garden Wing is positioned for idyllic stays in a quiet and unspoilt corner of Cornwall. The Helford River, famous for its coastal walks and inspired literary heritage, is a short walk from the house, down through picturesque pathways. You’ll find quiet beaches and safe sheltered waters tailormade for swimming and sailing.

Venture out through the pasture and woodland that surrounds the sleepy parish of Mawnan, looking out for signs of its almost fairytale past – like the famous pirate gravestone in the churchyard. The clues of a history of smuggling and spying can be found here and there, so let their imaginations spark and bring thrill to your children.

Nearby, the subtropical gardens of Trebah and Glendurgan delight visitors with their exotic plant collections’ displays of botanical beauty. Hire a boat from Helford Passage for a day on the water, or take a horse for a hack from Bosvathick Riding Stables. Here your options are endless, and always unforgettable. Mawnan Smith village, just over a mile away, has shops, a Post Office, a café, a restaurant, and a thatched country pub. Foodies must visit the close-to-hand The Cove restaurant in Maenporth, or head into the nearby harbour town of Falmouth for a wide range of dining options to suit all tastes. Although, award winning fish and chips are simply a must.

Cornish fishing villages, National Trust houses and the golden sands and surfing beaches of the North Coast are all easily accessible by car. The Tate St Ives and the art galleries at Newlyn and Penzance are a great day out if the weather is changeable. Across the waters of the Helford River, explore the Lizard peninsular, or head towards the wild, rugged scenery and near-tropical beaches of Penwith, out towards Land’s End.


Sally Roberts

- January 2024

We loved the location of this cottage which was full of character in superb grounds. It was well equipped and very comfortable and the owners next door were friendly and helpful. Located near to Mawnan church, there are a number of footpaths leading to the stunning Helford coast from the cottage. We would definitely return one day.


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Arrival from 4 pm.
Departure by 10 am.
Beds made up for arrival.
Tea towels provided.
Bath towels provided, please bring your own beach towels.
Heating inclusive.
Electricity inclusive.
Telephone, with honesty box.
Mobile signal – poor.
Complimentary Wi-Fi provided.
No smoking.
One basket of logs provided, further supplies may be purchased locally.
A cot, high chair and stair gate can be provided on request.
£200 security deposit – only chargeable for damages (which will be discussed with you in advance of processing the charge).

Pets:  one/two well-behaved dogs welcome @ £20 each, with the expressed permission of the owner. No dogs under 1 year of age.

Supplies: basic supplies can be ready on arrival at Garden Wing if a list is sent to us in advance. Newspapers can be delivered daily and milk four times a week if requested.

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