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Rose Cottage 1

Helford River

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


Wake up before the family and steal a moment beside the water at Durgan. With coffee in hand, watch the morning light play upon the water of the Helford River and listen to the lapping of waves. Here you can plan the day’s adventures, or simply revel in the peace of this special place as nature slowly wakens around you.

Rose Cottage 1 offers a unique opportunity to holiday in a most idyllic setting. Settled into the tiny hamlet of Durgan, with a beach just moments from the front door, a few small steps will take you right to where you want to be. A large open-plan kitchen and living area makes any moment a social family experience. Connect over coffee and share in the excitement of the day to come – or take a picnic breakfast to the beach, or out to the comfort of the shared courtyard garden.

With the Helford River a literal stone’s throw away, Rose Cottage 1 is ideal for a holiday spent on the water. Take a kayaking tour of the river and see the diversity of nature first hand, or book ahead to use the rowing boat at the cottage. Or you are welcome to bring your own. Wetsuits and swimming costumes are sure to be well used here, and the drying cupboard guarantees they’ll cosy and ready to go for every escapade. Following which, any chills or aches you might have from your day’s activities will soon vanish after an evening spent beside the gorgeous woodburner, set within a traditional stone fireplace.

And as the light fades and thoughts turn to sleep, the river then falls still. Sink into the comfort of your bed and dream of the days ahead played out to a soundtrack of the sea. Then, with the window ajar and the soft sounds of the water to soothe you, fall into the deepest and most restful of sleeps.


Entrance hall
Entry via glazed front door into travertine tiled hall way. Door to bathroom, double and bunk bedroom. Underfloor heating. Slimline drying cupboard. Washing machine in concealed cupboard. Stairs to living accommodation.

Double bedroom
With 5′ double bed, chest of drawers, long mirror. Stable door to garden.

Family bedroom
With bunk beds and a 3′ single bed, hand basin, chest of drawers. Venetian blinds for privacy as well as curtains.

With large bath, powerful electric shower, basin, WC, mirror with light and shaver point, heated towel rail.

Open plan living area
Comprising kitchen, dining and sitting
room with oak floors and exposed oak joists up to the roof, with shelving all around
the room for books, games etc. Sea views from two windows, fireplace (with wood burner), sofa and two armchairs, coffee tables, lamps and lights. TV/DVD, CD/Radio/Tape, telephone and Wi-Fi internet access.

Kitchen/dining area
With large dresser, dining table with six chairs, ample storage in fitted units with dishwasher, large stainless steel sink with granite drainer, oven/5 ring ceramic hob, fridge/freezer and microwave.

Small shared garden with garden furniture, exclusive use of Rose Cottages.

There is an allocated parking space located in Durgan, larger cars may need to be parked in the National Trust car park at the top of the hill.

Location and Surrounding Area


There are few places in Cornwall more idyllic than Durgan, a heavenly hamlet on the Helford River where time has stood still for many years. With just seventeen houses nestled between ancient woodland and the beach, with its clear, sheltered waters stretching out, it’s no wonder our guests return to Durgan time and time again.

A walk along the coast path leads you through secret beaches and secluded coves to Helford Passage and the Ferryboat Inn. Recently renovated and serving scrumptious food and drink, it has a terrace outside for al-fresco dining in summer, and a roaring fire inside to warm your toes during winter.

Boats and kayaks can be hired from Helford Passage for excursions on the waters of the Helford River. Upriver, and accessible by ferry from Helford Passage, you’ll find Frenchman’s Creek, immortalised by Daphne Du Maurier and her novel of the same name. Anyone lucky enough to explore this part of the Helford will be in no doubt as to why she found it so inspiring.

A pathway up the valley behind Durgan leads to Glendurgan, a subtropical National Trust garden. Here you’ll find a twisting laurel maze and plenty of fun to be had on the rope swing – just don’t forget to stop and admire all the rare botanicals as you go. Trebah Gardens next door hosts regular live entertainment throughout summer in its open air amphitheatre.

This part of Cornwall is one of the county’s most dog-friendly, and pets will love the walk to nearby Grebe beach, which welcomes four-legged friends all year round.

Head into Falmouth for a change of pace and enjoy the vibrancy of this nearby harbour town. With a growing reputation for food and drink, there something for all tastes. The cobbled Old High Street is lined with independent coffee shops, specialist retailers and art galleries. And from here you’ll be able to venture out onto the water with ease, by ferry, boat hire, or even on a paddleboard from WeSUP, found on Gyllyngvase beach.

Trebah Gardens, gunnera walk with two ladies


Jane Bennett

- April 2024

Throughly enjoyed our second stay at Rose Cottage 1. A real home away from home but with a fantastic view!


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Arrival from 4pm.
Departure by 10am.
Beds made up for arrival.
Tea towels provided.
Heating inclusive. Underfloor heating (wet system).
Electricity inclusive.
Telephone, with honesty box.
Mobile signal – poor.
Complimentary Wi-Fi for emailing and browsing the net. If you stream music, TV and video this will be charged at cost (approx £5 per 10Mb)
No Smoking. If you are a smoker please be considerate of others and keep away from open windows, other guests and of course responsibly dispose of your cigarette ends. Smoking is not permitted inside the cottages.
One basket of logs provided (October to April), further supplies may be purchased locally.
Cot & highchair available.
£200 security deposit – only chargeable for damages (which will be discussed with you in advance of processing the charge).

One behaved dog welcome @ £35 each with the expressed permission of the owner. No dogs under 1 year of age

Please bring your own towels.

There is allocated parking for one small-medium sized car. Larger cars may need to be parked in the National Trust car park at the top of the hill.

Boats and Dinghies
Guests wishing to bring a dinghy or boat must notify the office in advance as there is space for one boat/kayak per cottage on the boat park, close to the property alongside the boat shed. There is one deepwater mooring available at the west end of Durgan bay to accommodate boats up to 45′ long which is available to the guests of Rose Cottages. If you would like to keep your sailing dinghy (Laser, Wayfarer etc) on the mooring, there is a charge of £30 per week, whilst for boats above 20′ the charge is £60. The owners also have a small rowing boat, which is available at £50 per week. The dinghy and mooring must be reserved and paid for with your deposit at the time of booking to ensure availability. Please note that there is one rowing boat available to any Rose Cottage guests, and this will be first come first serve.

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