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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.
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.
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
- Let starts
- Min stay
- Dogs allowed
- Yes, 2
- Cottage ref
- Acorn rating What's this?
- Dogs welcome
- Open fire / stove
- Beach nearby
- Pub nearby
- Coast nearby
- Single storey
- Remote location
- Tumble dryer
- Washing machine
- Double bed
- 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
- South West England
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 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
- Cluster of pins Shows number of grouped pins. Zoom in to see individual pins
- East and west coasts of the Lizard Peninsula
- St Anthony
- Helford Passage
- Helston Folk Museum
- water sports
- horse riding.
National Trust places to visit
- Glendurgan Garden
- Superb subtropical garden, with special interest for families
- Penrose Estate: Gunwalloe and Loe Pool
- Wooded country around Cornwall's largest natural lake and dramatic coastal scenery
- The Lizard and Kynance Cove
- Dramatic and historic stretch of Cornish coast
- Trelissick Garden
- Tranquil varied garden in fabulous position, with a superb collection of tender and exotic plants
- Ancient and atmospheric house and garden set within an historic estate
- East Pool Mine
- Impressive Cornish beam engines and industrial heritage discovery centre
Comments from past visitors
- January 2014
- December 2013
Judy and Alan
Dave & Lynn, Mark & Emma Dickinson
What it will cost
- VAT at the current rate
- Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
(not included in the price table above)
- A non-refundable £10 charge is not included, and will be added to the total price of your holiday to cover the cost of accidental breakages
- Unfortunately we cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire about future cottage bookings and reservations.
- As part of the annual pricing review of all its cottages the National Trust reserves the right to move individual cottages up or down the price bands and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for certain 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.