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In the perfect 'get-away-from-it-all location', Powders is a stylish 1930s wooden bungalow that nestles amongst the whispering pine trees at the spot where Frenchman's Creek meets the main Helford River. It would be difficult to find a house with a more spectacular river view: a haven for birdwatchers, walkers or just those who want to sit and gaze at the water. The former home of artist and sailor Powders Thurburn, the cottage has been restored with the latest eco-friendly techniques and materials, it has a large, informal, woodland garden and a path leading down to its private quay. The popular riverside pub and post office in Helford village, and the ferry across the river, are just over the headland.

Explore this area of Outstanding Natural Beauty without impacting on its delicate natural environment. Park up the car and do all your travelling by river. Use the hop-on hop-off ferries to visit Falmouth, Truro and all points between. Visit for details of timetables, the Fal Mussel Card, discounts in the local towns, etc.

If you would like to go on holiday and explore this part of the country you can find out more about our other West Cornwall holiday cottages here.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
large sitting/dining room with wood-burning stove, kitchen, two bedrooms (1 double, 1 twin) both with en-suite bathrooms with showers over bath, utility/cloakroom with lavatory.
Visitor notes

Cottage Approach: A path extends through the little gate to the left of the cottage. This path forks after about 20 metres with the right fork taking you up to a small unfenced pond which often fills with moss and leaves and may be difficult to spot.

Telephone: There is a payphone on the premises.

Accessibility: Powders is down a path from the parking area and there is a number of steps down to the property.

Please Note: The cottage sits on the banks of a river and care must be taken. Young children should not be left unattended in the garden.

The lower path leads to the quay gives immediate access to very deep water when the tide is in and a very sharp drop onto the beach if the tide is out.

Offers: Free parking at all NT car parks on Lizard on production of booking details

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

Logs/ Charcoal: A barbeque is available on request. NT BBQ charcoal also available at £5 per bag. Unlimited supply of seasoned beech and ash logs available for £20.00 payable at time of booking.

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

Cottage details
Let starts
Min stay
Dogs allowed
Yes, 2
Cottage ref
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  • Dogs welcome
  • Open fire / stove
  • Beach nearby
  • Pub nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Single storey
  • Remote location
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • WiFi
  • Accessible for ambulant disabled people
  • 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

A magnolia blooming at Trengwainton Garden, Cornwall © Stephen Robson

Cornwall may be steeped in Celtic history yet it also offers the uncomplicated joy of a day spent by the sea. From the picture-box charms of the villages and towns of St Ives, Polzeath and Port Isaac to the raw natural beauty of the coast, one trip to this part of the world is often just the start of many more. Remember to pack some good walking boots and you’ll be set for life!

Cottage location
Current cottage
Holiday cottage
National Trust
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

  • Anonymous
    • February 2015
    • ----------------
    Made special by:

    Location, property, surroundings. This is an exceptional property in a stunning location. It is a privilege to stay there at any time of year. We have now done so three times and are looking forward to our next visit.

  • Anonymous
    • December 2014
    • Unknown
    Special place ...

    The remoteness of Powders location. It was truly tranquil. Moria was very helpful when she visited us on our second day and assisted in trying to locate the food box.

  • Anonymous
    • December 2014
    • UK
    Inspirational view

    Memorable -exceeded expectations The view from the cottage - inspirational

  • Anonymous
    • November 2014
    • -------------

    There is magic there and I didn't want to leave. Beautiful,dreamlike,sanctuary.

  • Hermarnie venn
    • November 2014
    • Devon
    Perfect place to stay

    A perfect place to stay.

  • Peter Manfield
    • November 2014
    • West Sussex
    Unique location

    Unique, away from it all location Excellent holiday. Thank you

  • Anonymous
    • April 2014
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    Can't wait to book again!

    Powders was a SUCH a glorious surprise. We booked it when our favorite cottage, Helston Lodge, was not available. We were absolutely floored at the stunning location, the sublime beauty of the Helford River, and the isolated position of the cottage in the midst of such glory. We can't wait to book it again!

  • Stuart Tudball
    • January 2014
    • Cornwall
    Hidden gem

    A beautiful hidden gem, great location and lovely cottage with attractive timber cladding. We were there in winter and it was plenty warm enough indoors with a cosy log burner. Must be idyllic in the summer when you can sit outside and marvel at the views.

  • Vince Martin
    • December 2013
    • Kent
    Stunning location

    WOW, what a fantastic Cottage, location stunning. Cottage very well equipped & kept very clean. Caretaker was brilliant . Thanks NT for our x mas & New Year hampers . The location of this cottage is stunning with fantastic views and walks from the door. Despite the winter weather we managed to explore the local creek and surrounding areas. Did not want to leave & would love to return in the future.This is really a special place to escape the "rat race "& enjoy natural unspoilt surroundings.

  • Liz
    In HEAVEN!

    I spent a few days last week in Powders and was in HEAVEN! It was perfect weather, flowers were everywhere and the house and gardens are SO wonderful. Light and clean with water views from every room and totally private. Its situation is absolutely perfect,on the corner of Frenchman's Creek and the Y of the Helford- I think it couldn't be better. We waked an 8 mile circular route through bluebell woods, past little coves and across green fields and ate fresh crab in the lovely cafe at Helford by the car park (Down By the Rverside). All great but nothing beat just returning to this lovely house and gazing out onto the ever changing water

  • Judy and Alan
    The most fabulous house in the most amazing location

    The most fabulous house in the most amazing location. Sheer perfection. We had a week of almost unbroken sunshine which made it even more fantastic. The lovely house, the beautiful views over Frenchman's Creek and the Helford River - it must be the best spot in Cornwall. Within walking distance of pretty Helford village so the car got a rest too.

  • Dave & Lynn, Mark & Emma Dickinson

    Powders at Frenchman's Creek was our first National Trust cottage and it lived up to all our expectations - both the cottage and the location are stunning

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What it will cost

Prices include:

  • 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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