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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 www.falriver.co.uk 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.
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 www.lizardadventure.co.uk and Dan Joel Surf School www.danjoelsurf.com
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 youâ€™ll be set for life!