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Woodpecker Cottage

(Ref. 959062)

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Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Highchair available
  • Broadband / WiFi

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55 Customer Reviews

  • "Clean, comfortable and well equipped."

    This cottage is in a lovely quiet rural setting well placed to explore the Lizard and further afield for the whole of West Cornwall. Our only concern was that the hot water was scalding hot and young children would definitely need to be supervised.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Oct 2023

  • "This is a very peaceful and quiet country cottage in a quiet part of the county yet only a few miles from the town of Helston."

    Well equipped. Very comfortable and plenty of room. Lots of parking. Nice views. Cottage garden to enjoy. Many beaches and little villages nearby. A nice area to explore.

    Reviewed by Bronwyn5.0Jun 2023

  • "Lovely cottage and surroundings."

    Owner very friendly and helpful. Ideal place to stay for a relaxing time away from it all

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Jun 2023

  • "A gorgeous cottage set in the best location in Southern Cornwall."

    It's position is perfect for access to all of the A roads that lead to all of the historic and coastline resorts. The cottage is set in the most beautiful of places with amazing gardens full of shrubs, plants, flowers and trees. You will lose count of the species of birds including woodpeckers! Wild rabbits and horses in the fields beyond. The cottage has everything you could possibly want or need with very comfortable layout, a huge kitchen, very comfortable beds and a huge ingle nook fireplace. Best of all is the stunning view that greets you each morning through the windows. Hosts Gill and Carl are ever so friendly and will jump through hoops to ensure your stay is perfect. We have stayed there twice now a fortnight at a time, all thanks to Sykes Cottages and have already bought and paid for two weeks next year!

    Reviewed by Kevan5.0Apr 2023

  • "Hosts are lovely people who were welcoming and very helpful."

    Location is idyllic - extremely quiet and ideal for getting away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The property was absolutely fine overall. Somewhat cold in the evenings for a while, but the electric heaters allowed us to eventually get warm when combined with the eventual central heating kicking in. Some wood/coal would have been beneficial each night although I recognise we weren't visiting in the winter. There were a few things that required attention - the hot tap in the ensuite (main bedroom) not fixed in place, a leaky radiator (perhaps affecting temperature in the main bedroom) and mattress not especially firm, but these did not stop us enjoying the property overall, which was very clean and in a great location with very nice owners. Thank you very much Carl and Gill for your hospitality.

    Thank you for your feedback, I supply a basket of logs in the winter months, the tap in the main bedroom was installed on the quiff by the plumber, visitors tend to try and straighten it up which makes it loose. We are glad you had a nice stay at Woodpecker Cottage. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Pierre3.4Apr 2023

  • "This is a lovely cottage in a beautiful, quiet location."

    The owner Gill welcomed us on our arrival and was always on hand to help us if we needed anything. A truly lovely lady. She even gave us help with lighting the wood burner, so cosy in the evening to sit by. This is a great area for walk’s in the countryside around the Helford river and creeks and only a short drive to the stunning coastal paths and beaches of the Lizard peninsula. Gweek Seal Sanctuary is on the doorstep and we’ll worth a visit. We hope to go back again as soon as we can.

    Reviewed by Stephanie5.0Oct 2022

  • "Lovely cottage with everything you need for a holiday and very welcoming owner."

    Very peaceful location down narrow country lanes with no amenities nearby so great if you want a peaceful get away from it all holiday, with lovely views.

    Reviewed by Carolyn5.0Sep 2022

  • "Woodpecker Cottage is a unique experience."

    To be able to stay in a property of such character and with all the modern facilities inside is a privilege. The peace and quiet was truly amazing and exactly what we wanted. Our hosts were extremely lovely people. Friendly and accommodating.

    Reviewed by Dyan5.0Sep 2022

  • "Lovely stay, made us feel welcome Peaceful location, ideal for families but close enough to local attractions and amenities."

    Would visit again.

    Reviewed by Daniel5.0Aug 2022

  • "This must surely be the most beautiful chocolate box cottage we have ever had the pleasure to stay at."

    We have stayed in several before, all via Sykes and some of them were in Cornwall, but none/nothing compares to Woodpecker Cottage. It is perfect and it's setting is nothing short of paradise! The number of different wildlife and multiple species of birdlife that dwell there is incredible! From wild rabbits to horses, chaffinches to woodpeckers and rooks, plus the most gorgeous gardens and their plants, shrubs, flowers and trees. The owners Gill and Carl are so friendly and approachable. Their sense of humour and fun is right up our street. From the moment we arrived we struck up a fabulous friendship. For any would be guests reading our feedback? If you are wondering if this is the place for you? We still have 2 nights left out of 14, and we have just rebooted and paid in full for same time next year! We don't like this cottage...we absolutely love it!

    Reviewed by Kevan5.0Apr 2022

  • "Wonderful cottage would love to stay again amazing location."

    Reviewed by E5.0Mar 2022

  • "Lovely old granite house that is easy to feel at home in."

    But the shower facilities are a bit cramped with tiny shower trays & poor water pressure. The kitchen cabinets are really budget & bland & don’t reflect the heritage of the house. But great range cooker, great fire place, lovely sash windows in such a peaceful setting. Wonderfully calm location. Would go back.

    Reviewed by Adrian3.8Oct 2021

  • "A very comfortable cottage and a warm welcome"

    Reviewed by Jake5.0Oct 2021

  • "The owners of the cottage where fantastic hosts, friendly and made us feel at home,."

    Reviewed by George4.7Sep 2021

  • "Fantastic location, extremely peaceful and relaxing."

    The hosts went out if their way to make our stay comfortable and we’re happy to make recommendations about where to go during our stay. The cottage was spotless and comfortable with everything you need. Looking forward to our next visit, we had a great week and would highly recommend

    Reviewed by Richard4.7Jul 2021

  • "Everything was wonderful."

    Gill and her son, Carl went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable and happy and Carl even made a little wooden bridge (with a hand rail) over some crazy paving stones on the path to the cottage which stuck up a bit and were dificult for our friend who came with us to negotiate confidently. That really was so kind.

    Reviewed by Rosalind4.7Jun 2021

  • "Fantastic location away from hussle and bustle great base to explore Cornwall."

    Reviewed by Andrew4.7May 2021

  • "Very comfortable cottage and friendly owners."

    Everything we needed without being over cluttered

    Reviewed by Janet5.0May 2021

  • "The cottage, and owners Jill and her son (and Rimmy their dog)were fantastic, probably in our top 3 of all of our holidays."

    . It was Sykes who let us down as they removed the NHS discount which under current circumstances was unfair after all the tireless hours we put into dealing with the pandemic, other companies are only to happy to give us a discount Bearing that in mind it we still had a great holiday.The cottage was in a beautiful,quiet location but central for all the local places to visit like St Ives and falmouth .Lots of National Trust gardens to see in the surrounding area and beautiful beaches to take advantage of the great weather Thanks Gill,really well done

    Reviewed by Neal4.7Apr 2021

  • "A perfect cottage, peaceful and well placed to visit various attractions."

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Oct 2020

  • "The reception from Gill was so welcoming, not to mention the scones and clotted cream waiting for us."

    Everywhere was spotless and so comfortable and there was everything we could possibly need to make our stay just like home from home. Even when the weather changed it didn't matter we were so cosy! Gill and Karl were so friendly and we had lots of lovely chats. So thank you Gill for letting your lovely cottage to us and giving us a break in these troubled times. Just for a week we managed to forget the rest of the world!

    Reviewed by Evelyn5.0Sep 2020

  • "The cottage was not easy to find, but one cannot blame the narrow lanes of Cornwall for that."

    The owner was friendly, helpful and not intrusive. The kitchen is every holiday cook's dream. The cottage was a treat to enjoy for a week, being well appointed, kitted out, and also situated for the sights of western Cornwall.

    Reviewed by Roger5.0Sep 2020

  • "Me , my husband and 2 small children absolutely loved our stay at woodpecker cottage, it is the most idyllic cottage."

    When you have a busy job and hectic life it was the perfect place to switch off and watch wildlife for a week. Gill and Carl were absolutely lovely and more than welcoming, nothing was too much trouble and the children were made to feel welcome and had a whole huge garden to play football. Surrounded by trees, flowers and wildlife you can’t find anything more peaceful, inside was lovely as well we all slept brilliantly and felt very at home. Thank you for a wonderful stay!

    Reviewed by Sophia5.0Jul 2020

  • "We really enjoyed our New Year break at Woodpecker Cottage."

    We go away every year and this cottage is probably one of the best that I have visited in terms of facilities and location. Gill and Carl were very welcoming and friendly and were not too overbearing on our stay even though they lived next door. We stayed warm thanks to the wood burner in the lounge and the lovely thick, comfortable duvets on the beds. The kitchen was well stocked with all equipment we needed and the cream tea a lovely surprise after our 5 hour journey. We would definitely go back!

    Reviewed by Julie4.7Dec 2019

  • "Cosy cottage in a lovely, peaceful location."

    Our host was very friendly and helpful. Nothing was a problem if we had a question or two. We would highly recommend!

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Sep 2019

  • "The cottage had everything we needed a biger than average kitchen and so well equiped."

    The lounge was cosy with very comfortable settee's. We didnt need the log burner but i could imagine on a cold day its lovely. The bed was a little soft for us but we slept well never the less. We were very unlucky with the weather and spent more time in the cottage than we intended this was made easier by the excelent facilities. We only have one negative about woodpecker and that was the TV reception it was very poor and we were unable to watch many channels. The location of woodpecker is ideal to visit cornwall and the lizards many beaches and attractions we enjoyed a day at st micheals mount all be it wet and had a lovely few hours walking the beach and costal path at Praa sands. All in all a lovely week The owner Gill is on hand if you need anything and makes you very welcome

    Reviewed by Jennie4.7Sep 2019

  • "We have stayed in quite a few of your cottages this is the first one that did not supply a hair dryer also it had a log burner fitted in the lounge so that you could keep nice and cosy on the colder nights ,what it did not mention was that you had to go and buy the logs yourself, the shower in the twin room was pityfull."

    The cottage was in a lovely location and the owners were very friendly but for over£600 pounds in Sept we think that it was not really up to your normal high standards.

    Reviewed by Michael2.8Sep 2019

  • "Great location, lovely cottage and setting."

    Had everything needed for a holiday. Lovely warm owners and even a cream tea ready in the kitchen.

    Reviewed by Rachael5.0Aug 2019

  • "We had an amazing time - the cottage was everything we hoped for."

    The lanes to the cottage are very narrow but we coped. A peaceful haven away from the hustle and bustle of life. Will definitely go back.

    Reviewed by Shaun5.0Aug 2019

  • "Cottage location was fabulous, close to everything but secluded and tranquil too."

    Very comfortable accommodation. We felt very welcome by the owner Gill. Helston is a beautiful area to explore with wonderful coves to explore. Recommend this cottage 100%

    Reviewed by Marcia5.0Jul 2019

  • "It was a great location, the owners were amazing and we are well looked after."

    Cottage was beautiful and clean with great well kept gardens and lovely views.

    Reviewed by Faye5.0Jul 2019

  • "Lovely cottage in a tranquil setting."

    Gill and her son, Carl, were perfect hosts - very welcoming and informative about the local area. Had some long funny chats with them both. The cottage is comfortable, well equiped and clean - it is ideally placed for visiting attractions on both the south and north coast. An added bonus was the weather, which was perfect.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Jul 2019

  • "Woodpecker cottage is a superb example of a Cornish cottage and exactly how it should be."

    Beautifully appointed and comfortable with the traditional cottage style maintained to a high standard. The owner who lives on site couldn't have done more to ensure we had a great holiday, very peaceful, and enabled us to recharge our batteries.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Jun 2019

  • "The owner Gill and her son were extremely welcoming and very, very helpful."

    We found them to be two of the nicest people we have ever met. Having got lost which was our fault in the Cornish country lanes we had an hilarious journey to get to meet them having a good laugh on arrival. The cottage was very comfortable and situated in beautiful gardens. We would recommend woodpecker cottage - lovely week in peaceful surroundings full of wild life and great for birdwatchers.

    Reviewed by M5.0Jun 2019

  • "Absolutely wonderful area and setting."

    The cottage was exactly as described and the best sleep I’ve hard in years. Highly recommend

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2019

  • "Owner extremely helpful and friendly."

    Location perfectly central for our exploring. Recommend visit to beautiful Kynance cove. Also cafe at Lizard point fabulous food whilst enjoying beautiful views. Would definitely book the cottage again

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Apr 2019

  • "Lovely warm farm cottage, would be a great spot for families in the summer, owner very welcoming and friendly, ideal for visiting Lands End and St Ives."

    Reviewed by David4.4Dec 2018

  • "Woodpecker cottage and Gill (who runs it) exceeded my expectations."

    Little things like, salt and pepper, washing up liquid...….. dishwasher tablets, you name it and it was provided (things I always forget!). The local supermarkets deliver and the postcode is well known to the delivery persons. Set in silent countryside, 3 miles from the nearest pub! Beautiful walks (weather permitting) and lots of places of interest nearby. A car is recommended but not obligatory. The bed was the most comfortable I've ever slept in and the décor is perfectly in tune. Both bedrooms being en-suite and the views are gorgeous. On arrival I was greeted with milk in the fridge, tea bags on the table and a plate of fresh scones (or is it scones?) with clotted cream and jam. In front of a log burning fire! I wish Gill and her son Carl all the very best and aim to see them again early next season...…. and cant wait to see Rinny again, their 4 year old Alsatian with the most beautifully relaxed temperament.

    Reviewed by Iain5.0Dec 2018

  • "Woodpecker cottage: A pretty cottage in beautiful surroundings."

    It is well-equipped. The owner and her son are both genuinely friendly and helpful. The narrow lane to it could be alarming if you don't like reversing! The wood-burner is excellent! The radiators are rather temperamental - hence can be a bit 'fresh' in cold weather. The cottage has great character. Good restaurants in the vicinity - e.g. Wheal Dream (on road for Redruth), Crafty Slice Café (café / craft shop in Mullion); Post office / shop/ café in Ruan Minor - et al! Fabulous place for Cornish Pasties near A!S tyres in Helston. Remarkably beautiful 9and friendly) me3dieval church in Mullion. ,

    Reviewed by Christopher3.8Oct 2018

  • "First experience of self catering really enjoyed it."

    Reviewed by Sheena5.0Sep 2018

  • "Lovely cottage and very warm welcome from Jill, the owner ."

    Comfortable beds and nice bathrooms. The full Cornish cottage experience. Take dvds with you for evenings as reception on tv is poor as it's in the countryside. Highly recommend this cottage if you are looking for a quiet retreat.

    Reviewed by Freda5.0Sep 2018

  • "Great service - we needed a second confirmation e-mail which was supplied very quickly and everything else was spot on, with confirmation of monies due/paid."

    The cottage was delightful, off the beaten track, very quiet and peaceful and there was plenty of room in the cottage too. We received a very warm welcome from Gill the owner, and pleasingly there was milk in the fridge and a cream tea waiting for us! There was an excellent folder explaining the "ins and outs" of the facilities at the cottage as well as information on local facilities. We would thoroughly recommend it.

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2018

  • "We loved Woodpecker Cottage."

    It is a delightful old fashioned cottage in the heart of the countryside. It was very clean and comfortable and we were welcomed with a Cornish cream tea and fresh milk. The ownerJill was friendly and helpful. It was very peaceful and relaxing and we returned home refreshed from our holiday.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Sep 2018

  • "Woodpecker Cottage is a lovely cottage with many wildlife visitors every morning, we ate breakfast watching the woodpecker, squirrels and many other lovely birds from the breakfast table, the owner Gill is a lovely lady that wants your stay to be exactly how you want it."

    We really enjoyed our stay in this lovely cottage that is located in a beautiful area. Location wise it is far enough away from everywhere to be peaceful but only 15 minutes from Helston and easy reach to everywhere we wanted to go. Thank you for a fantastic holiday our boys had a really good time.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2018

  • "It is a beautiful cottage, in a very quiet place."

    Very well equipped Very nice owners

    Reviewed by Ilona5.0Jul 2018

  • "Cottage and setting with tremendous character."

    Reviewed by David5.0Jun 2018

  • "Lovely cottage with far reaching view over open countryside."

    Made to feel very welcome by owners on site.

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Jun 2018

  • "The cottage was exactly as expected and our host Gill was super."

    The beds were the most comfortable we had slept in and I took a note of the make of ours thinking of changing ours at home. The location was great so peaceful and though getting there was down 1 lane road with passing places it wasnt far off main road and well worth the journey to get there. We are all talking about making a return visit as it was so good and in a week we did not do all the things that there are in the area. thank you once again Gill, Carl and not forgetting the dog Rinny.

    Reviewed by Jean5.0May 2018



    Reviewed by Ann4.7Apr 2018

  • "We had the most wonderful week at Woodpecker Cottage."

    The owners were friendly, welcoming and always happy to chat! The cottage was the most comfortable we've ever stayed in... especially the beds! The surroundings were peaceful and the wildlife abundant. I will miss my morning cuppa, sat outside watching the birds. Many thanks x

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Apr 2018

  • "Lovely cosy cottage set in beautiful surroundings clean and comfortable with a cream tea to welcome us."

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0Mar 2018

  • "Lovely location, watching the birds and squirrel each morning feeding."

    Gill the owner was very friendly and looked after us well keeping us updated with the road situation prior to going due to the heavy snowfalls the week before. Lovely gardens around and would be wonderful to sit out in the morning watching the sun tide over the Lizard.

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Mar 2018

  • "On arrival we were met by the friendly owner and shown to the cottage, which is set in lovely grounds with great views."

    Very clean and spacious. Well equipped kitchen (biggest cooker I've ever used!!). Loved staying here and would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Glyn5.0Sep 2017

  • "Communication was both clear and frequent and I had no need to chase any details up"

    Reviewed by Graeme4.6Sep 2017

  • "Such a beautiful cottage."

    The silence was amazing.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Sep 2014

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  • Over two floors
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite shower room and WC, 1 x Twin (super king-size on request) with en-suite shower room and WC
  • Open plan sitting room with dining area
  • Kitchen.
  • Central heating and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Patio and lawned garden
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Pub 3 miles, shop 3 miles
  • Beach 5 miles.

The property

This delightful stone built cottage sits in a tiny hamlet just a short drive from the wonderful scenic Helford area and the town of Helston.

With Cornish charm in spades, a tucked away location and features such as the traditional inglenook fireplace this cottage represents an opportunity to live the Cornish dream.

Woodpecker Cottage has plenty of room for four guests with its lovely large sitting room complete with a beautiful inglenook fireplace and spacious kitchen on the ground floor.

Upstairs are two really generous bedrooms, one double and one twin (which can be zip and linked to create a king size on request) Both bedrooms offer an en-suite shower room.

All rooms overlook the very pretty garden and the green fields beyond whilst immediately in front of the cottage is a private terrace.

Supplies for your holiday can be collected in nearby villages: Gweek and Constantine, both of which are home to good pubs.

Local town Helston has a number of supermarkets and all conveniences, while fabulous Falmouth is within a short drive for those after a more cosmopolitan day out.

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About the location


Porthleven 3 miles; Falmouth 12 miles; Penzance 14 miles.

Helston lies at the western gateway to the Lizard Peninsula, a large area of downland fringed by a beautiful and spectacular coastline. Helston is a pleasant busy market town famous for its Flora Day Festival and the many stories and legends about the "Furry Dance" are told in the fascinating Helston Folk Museum. Nearby is the Poldark Mine, one of the best underground experiences in the south west and which tells of the widespread mining heritage of this area. Nestled in a tranquil setting is the National Seal Sanctuary on the Helford River, where there is plenty of entertainment watching seals play and feed. If it is thrill rides that excites you, then Flambards theme park will keep you amused all day and also has excellent living history experiences. Further afield is the harbour town of Falmouth to the east and Land's End to the west. Helston is a wonderful holiday destination offering plenty of attractions for the whole family.