Unwind and relax in luxurious style

Unwind, relax and enjoy this architecturally designed two bedroom holiday cottage.

Snuggle up with a good book on the sofa in front of the log burner, enjoy long sleeps in the deliciously comfortable beds, eat alfresco on the terrace, run a hot bath for a long soak after a windy dog walk, or simply enjoy a sundowner on The Boatshed patio catching the last of the evening’s rays.

Secluded yet in the heart of the village, Daphne Cottage offers privacy, peace and tranquility without compromising location, being so close to all the activities and adventures to be had on the Helford River and in the local area.

Finished to a high standard with luxury bed linen, super fast wifi, a well equipped kitchen and outdoor sofa area, Daphne Cottage sets itself apart as a boutique holiday let in this beautiful part of South West Cornwall.

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Discover the hidden gems of the Helford River

Romantic, unspoilt, picturesque, quiet, and full of wildlife, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d stepped back in time in certain places on this enchanting and captivating river.

Boathouses nestle amongst woods that spill over into the water,  former bustling quays have morphed into grassy banks that sit serenely on the water’s edge, silent creeks hold secrets of smugglers and tales of derring do and birdlife carries on much the same way it has done for centuries.

There is plenty to explore out on the river from various ‘jumping off points’ depending on what takes your fancy.  River trips will take you to on guided tours (really not as bad as it sounds, they are wonderful!) to Frenchman’s Creek and the Duchy Oyster Farm at Port Navas, as well as giving you a detailed history of the area.

Hiring your own boat will give you the freedom to explore for yourself, or simply walking the many footpaths will bring you to some enchanting spots without the need of a lifejacket.

In the summer, the stretch of water from Helford Passage to Helford is populated by moorings, both local boats and those visiting from further afield.  Once past the last of the mooring bouys, the magic of the river really reveals itself, splitting to the north up Polwheveral Creek past Scott’s Quay and to the southern side,  continuing up all the way to Gweek passing Tremayne Quay and all the tiny creeks of the north of the Lizard.

Not only enjoyable from the water, villages like Durgan (north side), Helford (south side), St Anthony (south side), Port Navas (north side) and Gweek (at the head of the river) have plenty to offer and are well worth a visit.  The Ferryboat Inn at Helford Passage is always a welcome place to take a drink on the terrace and watch the world go by, whilst paella nights at the Shipwrights Arms are legendary.  The tiny yacht club at Port Navas (PNYC) serves food but bear in mind there are only 6 tables and the whole place can accommodate about 20 diners at maximum!






Marvel at the views on the stunning South West Coast Path

At 630 miles long, the South West Coast Path is one of the true treasures of Cornwall, and Mawnan Smith is just half a mile from the Falmouth to Lizard stretch.

The village sits like the centre of a quarter bicycle wheel that is Rosemullion Head, with the ‘spokes’ similar to the paths that lead down to the water.  This means you can get onto and off the Coast Path in a number of ways and choose how long you would like to stay on the path before heading inland to the village.

Around the local area, the Coast Path mainly follows the river and includes wooded areas, sheltered coves, stunning views of the Helford and some traditional picture postcard Cornish villages like Durgan, Helford and St Antony to stop in and explore.

Further afield, the Lizard offers a different landscape; windswept, rugged, and seldom a tree in sight – walking this section is a true delight for the keen rambler.  Villages like Coverack, Porthoustock, The Lizard, Cadgwith are all great jumping off points and on the way you can explore the stunning beaches at Kynance Cove, Gunwalloe, Poldhu Cove, Housel Bay, Dollar Cove, and Kennick Sands (this last one is much better in the off season).

Venturing to West Cornwall, the Coast Path stretch around Land’s End is a must for those interested in mining history – Wheal ruins perch precariously on the cliff edge and on a good day, the views out to sea are world class. It’s definitely worth a day trip for the keen rambler.



Hear how other guests have enjoyed this wonderful part of Cornwall

We love hearing from guests about their time at Daphne Cottage.  We ask them to fill in a quick comments page at the house (including letting us know of any breakages so we can ensure the place is tip top for the next guests).  We also ask them for any recommendations to pass on to other guests.

June 2018 “We had a glorious week in your cottage.  It is very comfortable and well-equipped and a lovely place just to be, inside or out.  You could not have built furnished a house better and being next to the village store, and a few yards from Sarah’s cream teas and the Red Lion, makes … Read more Oliver & Vicki

Oliver & Vicki

August 2018 “Daphne Cottage is heaven and the location couldn’t be more perfect for five days in Cornwall.  We had a jam packed week, starting with a day trip to the Lizard, visiting Kynance Cove then Kennick Sands and to top it off, eating cream teas and ice cream at Roskilly’s.  Closer to the cottage, … Read more Rob, Ellen, Darcy & Harvey

Rob, Ellen, Darcy & Harvey

August 2018 “We have really enjoyed our stay here and it’s been a pleasure to return to Daphne Cottage at the end of every day. Waymarket and Potager Cafe near Constantine are worth a visit. We would love to return to go on more of the many walks in the local area. Thank you for … Read more Richard & Family

Richard & Family

September 2018 “Had a fabulous week at Daphne Cottage.  It was spotlessly clean with high end furnishings and finish.  Beautiful area of Cornwall in which to relax and have days out.  Plenty of places to eat and amazing food.  Try it, you’ll not be disappointed.”

Julie & David

September 2018 “Daphne Cottage is beautiful, with everything you could possibly need – the kitchen is well stocked, the bed incredibly comfortable, the garden lovely and it is generally a great space to spend time in.  Very dog friendly too.  It’s in a great location and we walked out every morning on a different route … Read more Leigh & Will

Leigh & Will

September 2018 “Beautiful cottage very well equipped.  Very enjoyable stay.  We will definitely be back.  However, as a suggestion maybe a hairdryer, DVD player and some board games for rainy days may be appreciated.  Maybe a guest book also. Apologies, I broke a side plate hopefully this will cover it.  We had a leaky bag … Read more David & Kay

David & Kay

October 2018 “What a fabulous week we’ve had.  This cottage is truly beautiful – so tastefully decorated with very comfortable and luxurious furnishings.  Great shower, comfy beds and really well equipped kitchen. We love the Weber BBQ and cooked Cornish monkfish on it twice this week, such a treat!  Garden also very good for children. … Read more Laura & Ollie

Laura & Ollie