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Penarvon Cabin

Helston, Cornwall

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This romantic little wooden cabin perches amongst trees on a low bluff above Penarvon Cove, on the outskirts of Helford village. Below you, the waters of the Helford lap at the shore and birds feed on the incoming tide, close by are the popular pub and post office in the village and the ferry to the northern bank. A circular walk behind the cabin leads through woodland and past the commemorative chapel of St Francis on the water's edge.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
open plan kitchen/sitting/dining room, bedroom (double), bathroom with shower over bath. Patio area provided outside overlooking the river.
Visitor notes

Heating: Rointe digital electric heating system.

Cottage Approach: For access there are two approaches to the Cabin. The initial one is up 20 very steep steps at the front of the Cabin. Another path to the rear of the Cabin has been established but will still involve negotiating 4 steep steps.

Parking: Parking available for one vehicle in the cove.

Offers: Free parking at all NT carparks on Lizard on production of booking details.

For any 3 night starting on a Thursday or 2 night starting on a Friday, guests can benefit from a late departure time on the Sunday of 6pm, at no extra charge.

Local Suppliers: Guest discount offered to NT guests by Lizard Adventure and Dan Joel Surf School

Logs/ Charcoal: BBQ available on request. BBQ NT charcoal available at £5 per bag.

Cycle hire service available. Cycles delivered and picked up again at the end of your holiday. Further information at

Cottage details
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  • Beach nearby
  • Pub nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Romantic
  • Single storey
  • Quirky
  • Remote location
  • Television
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • If you would like a copy of the access statement for this cottage please call the booking office on 0344 335 1287


Things to see and do nearby

South West England
Two women drawing a huge sun on the sandy beach at Kynance Cove, Cornwall. © John Miller

The South West region is probably England's most well-known holiday hotspot, being home to some of the most famous seaside resorts. Pretty villages and harbours in Cornwall, many with sweeping sandy beaches, such as St Ives, Polzeath and Port Isaac to name but a few, give way to sophisticated seaside resorts in Devon and Dorset which include Bournemouth, Torquay and Ilfracombe. The history of this region is unrivalled; Wiltshire's spectacular downland and the stone circles at Avebury and Stonehenge, through Hardy's Dorset, dramatic Dartmoor and gentler Exmoor, to the mining landscapes of Cornwall and West Devon, which are now recognised as being of international significance, having been awarded World Heritage Site status in 2006. The Trust protects 370 miles of the coastline in Devon and Cornwall and, wherever you are in the two far western counties, you're never more than 25 miles from the sea. As well as this peninsula, the Trust also cares for much of the countryside in Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset and a wide array of fascinating properties to visit and explore. Not surprisingly, perhaps, this area is also home to the widest selection of National Trust holiday cottages.

West Cornwall
The Lighthouse at the Lizard Peninsula sits on top of craggy cliffs under a brooding dark blue sky, with Bumble Rock and the Lions Den. © Joe Cornish

The far west of Cornwall has a unique atmosphere. The most southerly point in Britain, the Lizard, with its turbulent seas, treacherous reefs and towering cliffs, has an unusual quality which sets it apart from the rest of Cornwall. Yet, with its unique flora, tiny fishing villages and fascinating caves and coves, this quiet corner is ideal for the visitor who appreciates untamed natural beauty and many dramatic views. Land?s End Peninsula, also known as West Penwith, has equally magnificent cliffs and turbulent seas, but is very different in character to the Lizard. Here, granite moorland meets the sea: an ancient haunting landscape of small, rocky fields, isolated farms and hamlets and an extraordinary wealth of archaelogical remains. This tiny corner abounds in places to visit and the Trust manages or owns many of these including St Michael's Mount and the nearby Trengwainton Gardens, Levant Mine at St Just, the ancient house of Godolphin and Lizard Point. Aside from the wealth of National Trust properties other attractions include the famous seaside town of St. Ives, beloved of artists over the years and now the home of the Tate Gallery, the underground tour of Geevor Mine, St Just, Penzance, with its helicopter and boat links to Isles of Scilly, RSPB site at Marazion, the pretty harbour at Mousehole, Penlee Gallery in Newlyn - the list is endless! For the more energetic, outdoor activities abound with wonderful sandy beaches, watersports, walking, horse-ridnig, fishing, golf and cycling.

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place to visit
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  • East and west coasts of the Lizard Peninsula
  • Helford
  • St Anthony
  • Helford Passage
  • Helston Folk Museum
  • Boating
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • walking
  • water sports
  • horse riding.
National Trust places to visit
Glendurgan Garden
Glendurgan Garden Superb subtropical garden, with special interest for families
Penrose Estate: Gunwalloe and Loe Pool
Penrose Wooded country around Cornwall's largest natural lake and dramatic coastal scenery
The Lizard and Kynance Cove
Lizard Point and Kynance Cove Dramatic and historic stretch of Cornish coast
Trelissick Garden
Trelissick Garden Tranquil varied garden in fabulous position, with a superb collection of tender and exotic plants
Godolphin Ancient and atmospheric house and garden set within an historic estate
East Pool Mine
East Pool Mine Impressive Cornish beam engines and industrial heritage discovery centre

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Mike Norris
    • February 2015
    • Berkshire
    Made special by its -

    Remoteness. This cabin made a marvelous hide-e-hole for an extended weekend break. The web-site description is slightly inaccurate regarding access to the property.

  • Richard Bubb
    • June 2014
    • Shropshire
    Close to amenities

    The location of the property just outside of Helford village offering the advantage of privacy but close to amenities.....made this place special

  • Pete Newman
    • March 2014
    • UK
    Fantastic location

    The cottage exceeded our expectations, it was a fantastic location, exceptionally well equipped and very comfortable. We would be very happy to stay again at this location.

  • Carolyyn Hawkes
    • September 2013
    • Surrey
    Cosy inside

    The peace was of a quality I have never experienced before. No cars, no planes, no phones, just the lapping of the waves on the pebbles in the cove below and the birdsong. Sometimes the rain lashed down and branches battered on the roof, but we were cosy inside. All this, within pleasant walking distance from Frenchman's creek, the foot ferry, shop, gallery, pub, cafe and amazing honesty box eggs.

  • Mr & Mrs Chamberlin
    Amazing little place tucked away

    Amazing little place tucked away. Quiet and beautiful with very nice walks on your doorstep. We will be returning

  • Luci Thoday
    A neat practical and secluded cabin

    We had a lovely short break here with our 6month old daughter - the first holiday away and absolutley beautiful. A neat practical and secluded cabin - very intimate and cosy!! Thank you

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  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
  • We cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email to enquire about future bookings and reservations.
  • The National Trust reserves the right to move cottage prices up or down and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.

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