A large holiday home, Ridifarne on the Helford River
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Dining al fresco with a view of the Helford River in Cornwall
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Helford River

  • Dishwasher
  • Garden
  • Parking
  • Patio
  • TV
  • WiFi
  • Woodburner
  • Seaview
  • Waterside


This large waterside house undoubtedly occupies one of the finest south-facing sites on the Helford River. Set in a beautifully landscaped, terraced garden of some three acres in total, there are so many pockets for you to enjoy. Breath-taking views, direct beach access and just a short stroll to the Ferry Boat Inn, as self-catering holiday homes go, Ridifarne has to be one of Cornwall’s finest!

A wide terrace and water garden running the whole width of the house forms a sun trap with the most amazing views. Steps from the lower terrace offer direct access to Bar Beach and the river.

Ridifarne has been in the Cornish Holiday Cottages portfolio since 1983. We know from our many, repeat guests that this house presents the most wonderful space for families to come together and to soak up the Helford magic, taking dips in the river, hiring kayaks from Helford Passage and picnicing on Grebe beach.

The Ferryboat Inn is just a 5 minute stroll along Bar Beach and onto the no through lane that leads direct to the charming, waterside pub. Grab a table on the terrace, some tasty, local delights and a sparkling drink and enjoy the sundown, as the kids frolic on the beach.

For day to day provisions Mawnan Smith village is approximately 6 minutes by car and Falmouth town for more extensive shopping, decadent delis, art galleries and quirky boutiques is 6 miles away.


Entrance hall

with cloakroom and separate wc.

Sitting room

large, double aspect character room with feature fireplace. Wonderful views and comfortable seating. TV with sky plus and Ruark3 music system.

Door leading to Bothy containing large supply of garden furniture and portable BBQ.

Dining room

over looking the river, with fireplace, table and seating for eight and hostess trolley.


well equipped and fitted with fridge, modern electric Aga, Dualit table top electric oven/grill, further under counter electric oven and Magimix food processor. Dining table and chairs.

Utility room

with double sink, dishwasher, microwave, washing machine, tumble dryer, large fridge and separate freezer.

Master bedroom

an enormous room with king size bed, fitted wardrobes, dressing table, hand basin and chest of drawers. Panoramic views of the Helford River.

Double bedroom

overlooking the river with king size bed, dressing table, hand basin, fitted wardrobes and chest of drawers.

Twin bedroom front

a large double aspect room with views over the river, twin beds, dressing table,  fitted wardrobes, hand basin and decorative fireplace.

Twin bedroom back

double aspect room overlooking the garden with twin beds, fitted wardrobes, hand basin and chest of drawers.


bath with shower over, basin, bidet and wc.


bath with shower over, basin and wc.


a landscaped three acres with wide terrace, ornamental ponds, streams and terraced areas. There is ample parking for several cars and a portable BBQ is provided. Steps leading to beach with a short walk to the Ferry Boat Inn and foot ferry. Creekside walks along the Helford river from the bottom of the garden.


Separate WC

Location and Surrounding Area


Ridifarne is set on the banks of the calm waters of the Helford River, a favourite of sea meanderers and lovers of tranquility. The Shipwrights Inn, just a short passenger ferry trip across the south bank of the river and a gentle stroll, offers a different perspective on this beautiful area.

From Ridifarne you also have access to some of the most spectacular coastal walks in South Cornwall, as well as Trebah and Glendurgan gardens – both paradise for garden enthusiasts. The Budock Vean Hotel with its golf course, restaurant and spa open to non residents and just five minutes away by car. A passenger ferry operates from Easter until lst October, from the Ferry Boat Inn to Helford village.

Mawnan Smith and Constantine villages are just one mile and three miles away in opposite directions. Both have village shops, a pub and a great place to start some good round walks from. In Mawnan Smith there is Awna cafe, The Red Lion Inn, Spar stores and monthly farmer’s market in the village hall. Constantine has the hidden gem that is Constantine Stores with its incredible collection of wines and spirits.

The harbourside town of Falmouth is twenty minutes away if you take the scenic coastal route via Mawnan Smith village, Maenporth and Swanpool beaches. Falmouth is a vibrant student, artist and boat building town with a brilliant array of independent restaurants, cafes, boutique style shops, plus some high street fare and great galleries from which you may just be tempted to buy a holiday momento.

The rugged Lizard, the UK’s most southerly point, Kynance Cove, Kennack Sands, Coverack and other stunning beaches are around thirty minutes by car and will be sure to get your camera snapping. Bring layers, wetsuits, bathers, each towels and have fun getting wet.

Two kayaks on the Helford River



- January 2024

Wonderful location and amazing house. Just perfect for family holidays


We are so grateful for your wonderful review and 5-star rating of your recent stay at Ridifarne. It is such a pleasure to read your positive words about the location and the house. We quite agree that it is the perfect property for family holidays; its inviting interiors and proximity to the magical waters of the Helford River make this a truly special place to enjoy Cornwall. We very much look forward to your future return to the area. Sending warm wishes from all of us at Cornish Holiday Cottages.


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Arrival from 4pm.
Departure by 10am.
Bed linen and tea towels provided.
Please bring your own beach towels.
Electricity and oil fired central heating inlcuded.
Landline telephone with honesty box.
Mobile signal, variable.
Complimentary Wi-Fi.
No smoking anywhere on the premises.
Strictly no pets.

£200 security deposit – only chargeable for damages (which will be discussed with you in advance of processing the charge).

Beds: if your party will not use all the beds, please specify those you require when booking.

Heating: oil fired central heating and electric Aga.  Open fire, one basket of logs provided October to April (further supplies available from Spar in Mawnan Smith).

Moorings: usually available for hire from Helford River Boats 01326 250770.

Restrictions: no children under 5, (including babies) and no pets.

Housekeeper: weekly on Fridays from 9.30 am – 12.30 pm.

P/T Gardener/Caretaker: please note that from time to time you will see Bob and co in the three-acre garden maintaining it.