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Pedn Billy Boathouse

Helford River

  • Dishwasher
  • Garden
  • Parking
  • Patio
  • TV
  • WiFi
  • Seaview
  • Waterside
  • Electric Car Point


A thatched boathouse turned picture-perfect holiday cottage, nestled between woodland and the golden stretch of your very own private beach. Holidays in Cornwall simply do not get better than this.

As you make your way to the shoreline through a woodland of ancient oaks, the glittering waters of the Helford River reveal themselves through gaps in the trees. With your luggage escorted by tractor and trailer, your holiday begins as soon as you catch the first glimpse of the thatched roof of Pedn Billy Boathouse. In one breathtaking moment, you’ll understand why visitors over the years and sailors passing by have described this cottage as magic.

The view from the boathouse is at once unchanged and ever-changing – the timeless beauty of the Helford River is one of Cornwall’s best-kept secrets. Over the course of your stay, you’ll notice something new with each glance to the windows. A different seabird on the wing, the changing direction of the wind on the surface of the glassy water, or the tide, nudging closer or retreating from the shore.

Due to popular demand, a priority booking system is in place at Pedn Billy Boathouse for much of the year. Cornish Holiday Cottages operate a waiting list for key holiday dates, so please do contact us to express your interest.



A modern fitted kitchen with electric AEG fan oven, induction hob, built-in dishwasher, microwave, under counter fridge and a cupboard under the stairs with a freezer and supplementary storage.

Dining Area

Large dining table, with removable
leaves and six chairs, plus sideboard housing dining accessories and board games.

Sitting Room

A substantial, light and airy space with ample seating, a coffee table, radio, bookshelves, widescreen TV, Sky digital box, ambient lighting and a focal electric fire.

Ground Floor Cloakroom

WC, basin, washing machine and dryer, plus there is an outside clothes line for warm, sunny days.

Master Bedroom

Double bed, built in spacious wardrobe, bedside tables with lamps and stunning views up the river.

Twin Bedroom

Two single beds (with two extra pull out single beds that can be used where you wish), built in wardrobe space, bedside table and lamps.

Bathroom with separate shower

Main bathroom with WC, bath and basin. Separate room with shower.


A lovely lawned area separated from the beach by a stone wall. The beach is only accessible to the public at low tide.


Pedn Billy Boathouse is accessible by a 10 minute stroll through the ancient woodland, from the Pedn Billy Lodge, where you will park your car. Andy, the manager, will meet you on arrival and take your luggage, groceries if you have brought them with you or have had them delivered on your day of arrival, boats etc down to the Boathouse, in the tractor. He will then give you a thorough, guided tour of the property to ensure you have a trouble free stay. You will need a torch if you are coming or going after dark!

Location and Surrounding Area


The Helford River is a haven for wildlife, with its tree-lined creeks and coves. Exploring this area by kayak or boat is a lot of fun and will give you easier access to some truly idyllic spots for picnics and stone skimming.

If you prefer to keep your feet firmly on the ground then the Ferry Boat Inn is just over half a mile away. The walk is predominantly across the sand but you will need a torch if you are returning home in the dark and the moon is not at its fullest. Please note that access across the beach is not possible for approximately two hours either side of high water. For current and future tide times please click here.

Mawnan Smith village is 40 minutes on foot, or a five-minute drive. Here you will find a cafe, thatched Pub, local post office and general stores.


The town of Falmouth, with the third deepest natural harbour in the world, is a haven for food, but you can just as easily entertain yourself sitting on one of the piers watching the world go by. Festivals take place throughout the year, with the sailing week in August and the Oyster Festival in October being particularly popular. Every Tuesday morning you will find a farmer’s market on the Piazza next to the library.

The rugged cliffs of The Lizard, the U.K’s most southerly point are 45 minutes by car. Kynance Cove and Porthcurnick Beach combined with a visit to the Minack, an open-air theatre, built into the cliffs high above the Atlantic ocean is a guaranteed memorable day out.

The North coast and the popular town of St Ives is a good place to escape if the weather is looking less favourable on the south side. Park at Lelant the Saltings and take a twenty-minute train ride along what is undoubtedly England’s most stunningly beautiful stretch of train and coastline.


Mark Faint

- November 2023

Have holidayed here a few times now. Every time Pedn Billy has been clean, and well presented.


Thank you so much for taking the time to share your positive experiences at Pedn Billy! We are thrilled to hear that you have chosen to holiday with us multiple times and that each visit has been a delightful experience. Your kind words about the cleanliness and presentation of Pedn Billy are truly appreciated. We value your loyalty and look forward to welcoming you back for more fantastic holidays in the future. If there's anything specific you love about Pedn Billy or if you have any suggestions for how we can make your next stay even better, please feel free to share. Your feedback is invaluable to us. Once again, thank you for choosing Pedn Billy, and we can't wait to have you back for another memorable holiday! Sending warm wishes from all of us at Cornish Holiday Cottages


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Arrival from 4pm.
Departure by 10am.
Beds made up for arrival.
Tea towels provided.
Bath towels provided, please bring your own beach towels.
Electricity inclusive.
Mobile signal – good. There is a telephone with honesty box at the property.
Complimentary Wi-Fi provided.
No smoking.
£200 security deposit – only chargeable for damages (which will be discussed with you in advance of processing the charge).
Dogs: One or two well-behaved dogs are welcome @ £20 each per week.

Additional guests: It is possible to sleep an extra two people on two single beds. Please give us a call in the office to discuss.

Priority booking: The owners of this property operate a priority booking system for repeat customers. You have until the Friday of your stay to take up the same week the following year. If you would like to be added to a waiting list please email with your name, address, contact number and the dates you would be interested in.

Heating: Hot water and electricity are provided by solar thermal and photovoltaics which are sympathetically installed on the nearby owner’s boat shed roof. Instant wall heaters throughout.

Boatshed: From time to time the owners will access the neighbouring boat shed and the foreshore.

Groceries: A wheelbarrow will be made available to you if you need it for transporting goods down to the Boathouse mid week.

Accessibility: A 4 wheel drive rough terrain vehicle is available to transport guests with restricted mobility to the cottage. There is a ramp into the downstairs where there is a toilet and basin, and a bed can be made up on the ground floor. Please speak to a member of our team to discuss any individual needs.

Electric car charging: A wall electric car-charging point is available.

Memory Wall