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Helford River

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


The picturesque creekside hamlet of Port Navas is one of Cornwall’s best-kept secrets. At the water’s edge, you’ll discover Shearwater, a quintessential two-bedroom cottage set upon the quayside. Shearwater has a way of transporting guests to a different place in time, where the pace of the modern world becomes one of carefree leisure and quiet tranquillity. Your stay at Shearwater will be set to a gentle soundtrack of water lapping on the quay, wind softly rustling through trees, and the sweet murmurings of wildlife.

The bench outside the property offers a perfect vantage point to observe the various residents of Port Navas. Watch as the neighbourhood kingfisher darts into the water, or spot the family of egrets pacing the shoreline at the turning of the tide. And you never know, you might even see a few locals out rowing – if you sit for long enough.

Within the cottage, you will find everything you need to ensure your stay is spent in comfort, including a wood burner to make for a real country escape. The joy of a holiday lie-in reaches new heights with views over the creek from the master bedroom. Although at daybreak you might just find yourself leaping out of bed, the draw of the creekside at sunrise simply too alluring to miss. A private quay and your own mooring provides a safe harbour after bucolic boat rides on the Helford, where you can haul up on sandy beaches along mystical creeks, or lay anchor in a sheltered cove to enjoy a picnic on the water.

This is where it all began for Cornish Holiday Cottages. The idyll of Shearwater made it the holiday home of our Grandmother and founder, Ruth Austen – and she certainly knew a thing or two about what makes a cottage truly special.



Entrance to the cottage through a stable door. Fridge/freezer, integrated electric oven with hob and extractor fan, washing machine, slimline dishwasher and dining table with seating for four.

Sitting Room

With woodburner, sofa and two arm chairs, plus TV, DVD player and views of the creek.

Double Bedroom

With stunning views of the creek, king size bed (5ft), hand basin, chest of drawers and clothes hanging space.

Twin Bedroom

Twin single beds, bedside tables, lamps and wardrobe. View of back garden.


With a bath and shower over, WC, basin and heated towel rail.


There is parking for one medium sized car.


Just outside the kitchen door is a covered well, then 20 steps with hand rails leading up to the raised garden. A real suntrap with one grassy level and one higher, that is paved with a wooden bench and parasol.


There are a few (private) steps down to Shearwater’s quay just in front of the cottage. Please check the tide times for boat access.

Location and Surrounding Area


The peace of Port Navas is renowned along the river, yet you’ll find the area reveals a wonderful vibrance and has so much to see and do. From exploring the beautiful subtropical gardens of Glendurgan and Trebah, to marvelling at the Seal Sanctuary at Gweek – the Helford holds many delights and surprises. Just across the river is Frenchman’s Creek, which remains as magical today as it was when immortalised by Daphne Du Maurier’s famous romantic tale.

Hop onto a ferry from Helford Passage over to Helford village, where the Shipwrights Arms awaits with open doors and a warm fire. Or from Falmouth (7 miles from Port Navas), take a passenger boat to St Mawes or Truro, or while away a day exploring the independent shops, cafés and restaurants that make this harbourside town so appealing.

A change of pace from the peace and quiet of genteel Port Navas is easily reached by car, with the dramatic, undulating coastline of the Lizard Peninsula waiting to be explored. The North Coast of Cornwall – famed for windswept cliffs and wide sandy beaches – is also only an hour’s drive away.

A stone’s throw from the cottage and just along the creek is the famed restaurant at Port Navas Yacht Club. You’ll want to book ahead to enjoy the atmosphere, as it’s very small – and always very popular.



- September 2023

The cottage was in a beautiful location. Lovely to be able to see Herons and Egrets from the window. The steep wooden stairs to the garden are not particularly dog friendly. The cottage had everything you needed for a weeks holiday.


Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback about your recent stay at Shearwater. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the beautiful location and the opportunity to observe Herons and Egrets from the window. It truly is a unique setting and we are delighted that you appreciate it. We are sorry for any inconvenience you experienced with the wooden stairs in the garden. We take pride in ensuring that the website photography accurately represents the property and we regret that this did not meet your expectations. We are pleased that you found the cottage itself well-equipped for a week's holiday. We do hope that you will stay with us again in the future. Kind regards 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, for incoming calls, (plus emergency 999 and 0800 outgoing).
Mobile signal – variable.
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).
One basket of logs provided (October to April), further supplies may be purchased locally.
Parking for one car in an allocated bay just in front of the cottage/creek.Mooring for a boat up up to 15′. Tidal. Launching for small dinghies etc at the head of the creek a hundred yards away. Use subject to signing a mooring agreement.
Trailer, it may be possible to store a trailer, (up on its end) fifty yards from the cottage.

One well behaved dog 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 towels.

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