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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.

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.

Offers: Guests will benefit from a late Sunday checkout of 4pm at this cottage.

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

Logs - Supply of seasoned beech and ash logs from a local National Trust plantation available: £5 for one night, £10 for two, £15 for three or £20 for an unlimited supply for the duration of your stay.

Barbeque – provided on request.

Local Suppliers: Guest discount offered to National Trust guests by Lizard Adventures and Dan Joel Surf School

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.

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
  • Romantic Location
  • Single storey
  • Garden Appeal
  • Remote location
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • WiFi
  • DVD
  • Fridge
  • 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 will 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
Godolphin Ancient and atmospheric house and garden set within an historic estate
Trelissick Garden
Trelissick Garden Tranquil varied garden in fabulous position, with a superb collection of tender and exotic plants
East Pool Mine
East Pool Mine Impressive Cornish beam engines and industrial heritage discovery centre


Comments from past visitors

  • Anonymous
    • January 2017
    • Unknown
    Beautifully prepared house

    Thank you for preparing the house so beautifully for our arrival. The cottage and location are magical. The only sounds are the lap of the waves and the call of the birds in the creek.

  • Anonymous
    • October 2016
    • Unknown
    Unique, tranquil location

    Staying at Powders is everything you could wish for if you are seeking peace and tranquility among nature. Its setting is simply sublime. Unique, tranquil location.

  • Mrs Crofts
    • September 2016
    • West Midlands
    Made enjoyable....

    Arriving at our cottage after a long journey to find it well prepared and welcoming.

  • Ms Hodge
    • March 2016
    • Somerset
    Made enjoyable...

    I especially enjoyed the location of the this cottage, and cottage history.

Stayed at Powders recently?

We welcome your views on Powders and these can be provided via our online survey.



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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