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Primrose Cottage

Helford River
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Pets: welcome
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  • Dishwasher
  • Garden
  • Parking
  • Patio
  • TV
  • WiFi
  • Woodburner


A classical cottage if ever there was one, Primrose offers guests a taste of the idyllic Cornwall that’s so well-known and loved.

Experiences to hold dear await, from the land to the sea. Wander through a magical woodland walk to Maenporth, the rustling of leaves in the wind melding with the lapping of waves, as you edge closer to the golden sands and crystal-clear waters that await. Or hire a boat and spend a bucolic afternoon moored-up on the Helford River, nestled into a cove and surrounded by nature.

Settle into the holiday pace, where nothing needs to be rushed and everything is catered for. From car-free days on the beach, to journeys along scenic roads that line the coast in search of the perfect spot for your adventures in the wilderness, picnic basket in hand

After you’ve explored Cornwall for the day, hunker down beside the woodburner set within an inglenook fireplace. Dive into a Du Maurier novel and read about the creeks and the country houses, getting inspired for the days to come. Here you can spread out as you like across the multiple living spaces – even letting the dog claim the best spot next to the AGA.

Whatever you do with your time at Primrose, be it calming, adventurous, or both, know that your base will be one of warmth and comfort, set within a part of Cornwall that makes good times easy to find and difficult to forget.


Porch and utility

The front door opens into the entrance hall leading to the large washing room with Belfast sink, washing machine, space for drying and a dog’s bed. Across the hall is a WC and basin.

Living room

Sofa, two arm chairs, log burner and smart TV.

Dining room

A table and chairs to seat six, dresser and the staircase.


Colourful room with AGA, separate induction hob and oven, dishwasher, larder and fridge freezer.


A dining table to seat four, two wicker chairs, and doors to open out onto patio.

Master bedroom

A double bed, chest of drawers, hanging space and a sink.

Twin bedroom

Wardrobe, two single beds and a chest of drawers.


Bath with overhead shower, basin, WC and heated towel rail.


This very pretty cottage garden is well established and offers a wonderful space to play, sit and relax. Table and chairs for four and of course a barbeque. The perimeter of the garden is largely composed of dense shrubbery and fencing. A well behaved (non Houdini!)dog should be perfectly happy in this garden.

Location and Surrounding Area


Primrose Cottage sits on the outskirts of Mawnan Smith, a pretty village on the edge of the Helford River and within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With a thatched inn, a restaurant, quaint shops and a café, all the essentials are within easy reach.

The Helford River lies one mile from the cottage, and here wildlife thrives in the crystal-clear, grade-A waters that fill the ria, or ancient river valley. Aged woodland rises from each side of the river, shielding walkers and sun bathers and creating a waterside experience that feels plucked from the pages of an Arthur Ransome novel, and where the fun and mischief of the characters of Swallows and Amazons can play out on the surface of the water.

Footpaths and public rights of way criss-cross the landscape here, and a walk along hedgerows and through pasturelands will guide you out to the ocean or the river. A woodland walk to Maenporth beach is a must during your visit, as are trips to Trebah or Glendurgan – two subtropical gardens that delight the senses and showcase the temperate climate of this part of Cornwall.

The bustling town of Falmouth, a hive of maritime activity in summer, is a short drive away. Its array of
independent coffee shops and restaurants and bars is renowned, and its reputation as a culinary hotspot
continues to grow. From the harbourside in town ferries wait to take you all along the river, to St Mawes, or to Truro.

Mawnan Smith is well poised for exploring further afield, with the North Coast of Cornwall just over a half hour’s drive away. Reach St Ives in forty-five minutes and explore the Tate, or take to the clifftops and
walk along the dramatic scenery of the North Coast, following the sea as the land undulates and opens to
vistas with dramatic crashing waves.



- October 2021

Our second stay at Primrose Cottage - we love it, the garden is great for our dog, the house is delightful, the Aga is so easy to cook on, and keeps the house lovely and warm in cooler months. It’s within easy walking distance of the village centre with a nice welcoming pub, village shop and cafe. We discovered 2 ways to walk to Maenporth Beach, both of which are though lovely wooded areas.


Thank you for finding the time to write us such a glowing five-star review of your stay at Primrose Cottage. We are so pleased that you enjoyed the property and you found the location to be central. It sounds as though you made the most of your time in Cornwall, and it is wonderful to read about your walks and pub visits. Best 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.
Heating inclusive.
Electricity inclusive.
Telephone, incoming only.
Mobile signal – variable.
Complimentary Wi-Fi is provided.
No Smoking.
£200 security deposit – only chargeable for damages (which will be discussed with you in advance of processing the charge).
Please note that the far right of the cottage is closed off for the storage of the owners’ personal possessions solely and will not be occupied at any point.

One well behaved dogs welcome @ £20 each with the expressed permission of the owner. No dogs under 1 year of age.

One bath and hand towel, per person, provided. Please bring your own beach towel

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