The Riverside, Helford
Such a great place to spend time with family/friends. This charming cottage style house is set in pretty terraced gardens in picturesque Helford; the village, with its white washed cottages, sits either side of the creek which runs directly into the wonderful, sheltered and beautiful waters of the Helford river (the house does not have water frontage). The village boasts a shop, a delightful pub and a sailing club.
Relaxing at The Riverside comes easy but there are also plenty of things to do in the area (when you make an enquiry you will be sent a list of “things to do” in and around The Lizard). If staying in is a preference, you can hunker down in the sitting room in front of the open fire, or laze on one of the 2 terraces, or play some games and jigsaws from the well stocked cupboard.
When you arrive, you will find your beds made up with freshly laundered sheets, white towels and fragrant toiletries in the bathrooms, flowers in the rooms and a Welcome Pack of essential food items.
Mary goes in to do light cleaning and make the beds in the mornings (except on her day off). And there is none of that frantic cleaning at the end of the holiday, you just pack your bags and go home feeling refreshed. We particularly liked this!
The spacious open plan kitchen/dining room has an Aga, an electric cooker, a granite island unit, a large fridge and a sink; in the back kitchen there is double sink, a Miele dishwasher, another large fridge and a freezer. But one of the best features is the fabulous extending wooden dining table. So many happy meals have been enjoyed around it!
There are 6 pretty, double/twin bedrooms (+ two small bunk rooms) each with its own en-suite facilities (the master bedroom has a bath and a shower, the twin room has a shower, one of the cottage bathrooms has a shower over the bath and the other bathrooms have hand showers in the bath). Each bedroom is equipped with a radio, hairdryer and a television.
The Cottage Rooms (which are in the building above the main house) are a popular choice for couples with children as they have the bunks off the main bedroom.
Between April and October (and subject to weather conditions of course) the 2 boats (“Camilla James”, a Cygnus 19’ fishing boat + “Lulu” its tender) can be used to explore the wonders of the river, its delightful creeks and beaches. Sailaway St Anthony, who run the boats, will give you a "Boats Briefing" on your first morning and will lend you life jackets/buoyancy aids.
If you hanker after a complete rest, you can stay on a catered basis. Cooked breakfasts and a delicious 3 course dinner each day (except on the cook’s day off) ; all you have to worry about is what to do for lunch! This is what we call an attractive proposition and a real holiday.