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Penarvon House

(Ref. 922613)

Helford near Falmouth, Cornwall Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 4 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Four poster bed
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Seaside
  • Sky TV
  • Broadband / WiFi

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17 Customer Reviews

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our week at Penarvon House."

    Having not visited Cornwall prior to this week, we could not have picked a better spot to drink it all in. The views from the patio are spectacular and the charm and convenience of the little village of Helford down the hillside were exactly what we were seeking. Our only hitches were that the Welcome Email from Sykes did not specify the combination code for the key in the lockbox. We had a mild panic but after a few calls were able to sort it out with the housekeeper. The second hitch was we misinterpreted the description of the bedrooms being on the main level. They are not. We improvised and fashioned a bedroom for my mobility challenged mother in the laundry room and were able to wheel her down the yard and around to the lower level to shower, so it worked out. Just for future information if someone is not able to do any stairs, this is not the home for you. Again the experience at Penarvon was absolutely wonderful and I highly recommend it if you plan to cook any of your meals (which you will if you stay here because the Kitchen is absolutely wonderful!) I've never stayed in a vacation home with a better stocked kitchen which literally had EVERY tool, pan, knife, serving dish, etc. we needed. This is a 5 Star vacation home and I can't recommend it highly enough!

    Reviewed by Dawne4.4May 2023

  • "This was our 3rd visit, and everything was as we’d expected."

    Beautifully clean and well equipped. Storm Dennis kept us in for a few days but we were very content with the view behind the large picturesque windows. The log fire and candles were very comforting when we lost power for a while. We were 3 generations and the space suited us all very well. The roads around the area are very rural and very muddy and narrow. Our cars looked like we’d been rally driving! We had a fantastic Sunday roast lunch at the Shipwrights Arms. Overall, a great house in a lovely area of Cornwall. Wonderful family memories that we hope we can repeat again.

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Feb 2020

  • "This is a beautiful house in an unbeatable location."

    It sleeps eight very comfortably and provides every possible facility. There were three generations of us -and the dog- and, helped by almost perfect weather, we all had a great holiday..

    Reviewed by Bruce5.0Jul 2019

  • "Lovely house with stunning views, spacious and plenty of good size bathrooms."

    Sad to leave. Exceeded our expectations.

    Reviewed by Terri4.7Jun 2019

  • "Penarvon House All 8 of us agreed it was luxury we didn't expect, it's well worth every penny we paid."

    I always look for separate ensuites so we have our own privacy and it not only supplied us with our privacy there was a choice of Bath and shower with every bedroom. Dog friendly which I always look for and a massive garden, which my little yorkie, Reggie enjoyed very much. This is what sets Penarvon House separate from the rest, the VERY SPECIAL PANORAMIC VIEWS with yaghts trees houses. ( we didn't go out for the first 3 days because we didn't feel we had to ). My husband, two brothers and sister made good use of the snooker table, we all went down to the games room to watch, we had a really good laugh. It was sad when we had to leave all that behind.

    Reviewed by Ismena5.0May 2019

  • "We had a lovely stay the house was amazing, it could have been cleaner on arrival but no big deal, on arrival the heating was not working but fixed when we called the number for someone to help."

    The rubbish was not taken on Wednesday morning which was quite stressful as we left a day early and we were not sure what to do. The house keeper was very helpful. Would definitely recommend, it’s a really lovely place with amazing views.

    Reviewed by Rosemary4.4Oct 2018

  • "Gorgeous house in an idyllic setting."

    A family home rented out so full of everything you might need. The view from the comfortable bed upstairs is perfect. We rented a boat from Sail away and spent time exploring, fishing and swimming, hardly used the car. The little shop in Helford sells the most delicious bread, as well as wine, cheese and ice cream. Who needs more.

    Reviewed by L5.0Aug 2018

  • "There is no doubt that Penarvon House is a near perfect setting for a holiday."

    Two bedrooms, the main living space and the kitchen have fabulous views across the Helford. And I mean totally fabulous... why go anywhere else when Cornwall is sunny! This was a week-long break for us, our adult children, plus one partner and the mother-in-law, plus two dogs. Oh, and the World Cup was on, so a good space to watch the England games was a must. Sounds stressful, but this was a perfect rental for the group. The living space is huge, with plenty of room for the footie fans at one end, and others to play cards and games etc at the other end... and that's ignoring the Games Room downstairs. The dogs were well enclosed within the garden, and there were some lovely walks nearby, we'd have done more, but our older dog finds hills a bit tough these days. It's a short walk into the village, and also to the ferry for Helford Passage. Frenchmans Creek is also a short walk away. Helford village itself with it's little shop and a delightful cafe (Holy Mackerel) is charming. To be fair, Helford, and particularly Orchard Lane, is a little bit of a challenge for drivers unused to the tiniest of Cornish lanes, but there's also a sense of delight to have grass from the hedgerows brushing both sides of the car! I would recommend hiring a boat (if you're not a sailor) from Sailaway - they operate from the jetty by the pedestrian ferry, but make sure you ring to book in advance. It was a really fun day, and even the wobbly mother-in-law managed it. Another recommendation is the New Yard restaurant at Trelowarren... locally sourced ingredients in season - delicious. Penarvon House is very much the upper end of the rental market, hence the slight niggles, I'm afraid. Towels were included, but we were only left with the bare minimum number, and there weren't any hand towels left for the ground floor toilet, the utility room or the kitchen; and we were left with no tea-towels at all. It felt a bit odd to make do with a large bath sheet instead. Lovely as it is to have fabulous east facing views from the two main bedrooms, they also get a LOT of light through in the early morning. If it were my property I would ensure that the blind in the master bedroom and the curtains in the lower bedroom were effective at blocking the light. The fact that we found a sleep mask downstairs indicates that others have had the same issue. The worst problem though, I felt, was the difficulty we had making the toilet in the master ensuite flush - you had to keep pressing and pressing the button over and over again to get it to respond. It wasn't electric, but it was extremely reluctant. I also think the cracked floor tiles throughout the property slightly spoil the luxury edge. Sorry to have the niggles, but overall we had a lovely and very relaxing week.

    Reviewed by Nh4.1Jun 2018

  • "We have put in a complaint 62935 ,we have sent a email to you ,received no ..."

    We have put in a complaint 62935 ,we have sent a email to you ,received no feedback ,we are not going to repeat email, very dissatisfied an upset ,

    Reviewed by A2.5May 2018

  • "Yes for the more allergic among us there was a lot of feathers around the house in bedrooms and the lounge furniture and they did suffer somewhat , I think this should be made aware on the web site ."

    Also the roads leading to the property are very narrow and winding , not made clear till full payment is made . Despite the above we did have a good week there the house is great for a large group, we went with 3 generations and suited quite well.

    Reviewed by Denise4.1Mar 2018

  • "The house was amazing large & spacious."

    A very well equipped kitchen made cooking the Christmas dinner very easy . It was so nice to be will all the family in such a lovely house . We made some very special memories this Christmas X

    Reviewed by Paula5.0Dec 2017

  • "We had a fab time."

    The house is beautiful and the setting perfect. Just one minor annoyance. The house only had minimal cleaning materials, very little loo roll, no bin bags. I take renting cottages seriously and want to leave it as I find it. With 9 people staying you need to clean up. We had to drive to Helston to buy absolute essentials which the cost of renting really ought to cover. If I hadn't I couldn't have met the requests to leave it tidy. Quite annoying really!

    Reviewed by Mary4.8Nov 2017

  • "The space within the house, the garden, the peaceful surroundings, it was a joy ..."

    The space within the house, the garden, the peaceful surroundings, it was a joy to stay there and highly recommend Penarvon House

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Oct 2017

  • "The Location, Spaciousness, Cleanliness."

    Reviewed by John5.0Jul 2017

  • "Great location for us."

    Very much a location for walking . Narrow lanes maybe a problem in summer with traffic. Otherwise fabulous house.

    Reviewed by Alan4.4Jan 2017

  • "Absolutely wonderful place to spend time, really well equipped ,comfortable and with beautiful views."

    Reviewed by Pam5.0Sep 2016

  • "Lovely house and superb outlook but as non-boating people the house was a little remote."

    Reviewed by Valerie4.8Sep 2016

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  • Four bedrooms: 1 x first floor king-size double with en-suite bath, separate shower, basin and WC, 1 x lower ground floor four poster king-size double with en-suite bath, separate shower, basin and WC, 1 x lower ground floor king-size double with en-suite bath, separate shower, basin and WC, 1 x lower ground floor twin
  • Lower ground floor bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with open fire
  • Utility
  • Games room with 4 pull-out beds and snooker table.
  • Underfloor heating throughout and individual thermostatic controls for each room and open fire
  • Electric double oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, Smart TV with Sky Sports and BT Sport, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and all fuel for fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent, please bring own beach towels
  • Off road parking for 6 cars
  • Gravelled garden and lawned areas with terraces, BBQ and furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome (restricted to kitchen, dining and sitting areas by stairgates)
  • Additional dogs £50 per dog
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop, pub and beach 10 mins walk
  • Note: Please advise at the time of booking if you require a mooring during your stay
  • Note: If you require the pull-out beds, please advise at the time of booking
  • Note: Check-in 4pm
  • Please note - Maximum party of 8 including any children/infants
  • Please note - This property operates a refundable good housekeeping bond of £300 for bookings made after 6th August 2018
  • Note - No stag, hen or similar parties Check out time is 09:30
  • For every 30 minutes later, customers will be charged £100 from the Good Housekeeping Bond

The property

If you are looking for a truly special house for an amazing holiday then look no further.

Located in a stunning setting, proudly sat above the Helford Estuary, is the award-winning Penarvon House which was featured on TV’s Fantasy Homes by the Sea, and the minute you arrive you will understand why.

Driving down a private lane you reach the house entrance, passing through the electric gates and there, in front of you is a house that dreams are made of.

Completely private and enclosed you will notice terraces on both sides from where you get the most breathtaking views of the estuary.

Entering into the house is where you will sense the real WOW factor.

Passing the cloakroom and utility room, you enter into the massive light and airy kitchen and dining area with French doors leading out onto the patio terrace.

The superbly-equipped, fully-fitted kitchen features Neff appliances including a double oven.

Passing the large handmade dining table, four steps will take you into the wonderful 15 metre sitting room.

This spectacular relaxing room has amazing views every which way you look.

For cooler evenings, and for wonderful winter breaks, the large open fire will ensure cosy evenings sat in front of the fully-integrated 50” TV with family or friends in the comfy sofas and armchairs.

The bedrooms, again, are truly luxurious with three double bedrooms, all with en-suite facilities, and a twin bedroom with a large bathroom opposite; three of the rooms are on the lower ground floor as you enter the house but look out over to the rear gardens, whilst the master room is on the upper floor and commands superb views.

If you have children with you, they will no doubt be spending a great deal of time in the superb games room where they can even have the adventure of sleeping there as well as there are comfortable pull-out beds.

Just a few minutes’ walk down from the house, along a pretty private lane, you’ll find the picture postcard village of Helford with its excellent village store and the famous Shipwrights Arms thatched pub, which is situated right on the river.

The Helford Sailing Club offers temporary membership and a mooring is available with the house.

With so much going on based on the river, you could be tempted not to venture too far away but this is an area with beautiful walks, delightful beaches and creeks, famous gardens to visit and the whole of the amazing Lizard Peninsula to explore.

Penarvon House is THE perfect location for that special holiday or break whatever time of year, whether it’s in winter with the open fire, the underfloor heating system and the individual thermostatic controls for each room to give you all the warmth and comfort you need, or during the summer with the fantastic water-based activities on offer.

Note: This property has a refundable Good Housekeeping bond of £300.

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About the location


Helston 10 miles; Lizard 11 miles; Redruth 17 miles; Falmouth 18 miles.

Helford is a picturesque village on the south side of the Helford River popular for its beautiful setting, thatched cottages, and popular village inn, The Shipwrights Arms, set right on the edge of the creek with its waterside terrace. Just a short walk away is Frenchman’s Creek, immortalised by Daphne du Maurier. The Helford River Sailing Club is very popular and a regatta is held every August. In the summer a passenger ferry runs to Helford passage, the home of the Ferryboat Inn, and nearby to the gardens of Trebah and Glendurgan. The wildlife on the Helford River is diverse and a birdwatcher’s paradise.

Please note - Maximum party of 8 including any children/infants
Please note - This property operates a refundable good housekeeping bond of £300 for bookings made after 6th August 2018.
One well-behaved dog welcome (restricted to kitchen, dining and sitting areas by stair-gates).
Note - No stag, hen or similar parties
Check out time is 09:30. For every 30 minutes later, customers will be charged £100 from the Good Housekeeping Bond.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas