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The Boat House

(Ref. 976403)

St Winnow, near Golant, Cornwall Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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51 Customer Reviews

  • "We love coming here."

    It’s so peaceful and the family are so welcoming every time! A wonderful place to visit in the world - we’ll be coming back for years to come.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Feb 2024

  • "Thank you both for another relaxing and refreshing break at the Boathouse ."

    ...Come rain or shine she never disappoints ..We spotted two seals on this visit and the Kingfisher ....We had daily walks to Lerryn and the bunny field and spent the rest of the day watching the tide roll in and out ....

    Reviewed by Su5.0Nov 2023

  • "Our 4th visit to this magical place."

    Stephanie and Frank are great hosts. As far as we are concerned, the place is perfect.

    Reviewed by Julia3.8Oct 2023

  • "We had a great week, window views amazing."

    Comfy beds. Well stocked kitchen pots, pans and baking equipment, we even made apple crumble. The owners are so helpful. We are excited to come back next year.

    Reviewed by Esther4.4Oct 2023

  • "This is a gem of a property, which offers an idyllic, peaceful view of the Fowey estuary and the chance to really get away from it all."

    We found the facilities well maintained and clean and the accomodation cosy. The owners are pleasant and helpful - when we expressed concern our dog might squeeze under the main gate, this was rectified within the day. We would certainly think about returning in the future.

    Reviewed by Tessa5.0Sep 2023

  • "Well presented accommodation with fantastic views."

    Our hosts where warm and welcoming. The visit from the seal is a wonder. Roll on our next visit.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Jul 2023

  • "Wonderful, as always."

    Looking forward to our next visit.

    Reviewed by Hilla5.0Jul 2023

  • "We had a wonderful holiday at The Boathouse."

    The weather was lovely and our hosts, as always, friendly and helpful. We enjoyed day trips to other bits of Cornwall and fabulous walks, but our favourite part of the holiday was sitting outside The Boathouse watching the river and listening to the birds. Perfect peace in a little slice of heaven.

    Reviewed by Rosemary5.0May 2023

  • "If you want peace and quiet to recharge your batteries then look no further."

    The Boat House is very comfortable and warm, and has everything you will need. It really is a beautiful spot. If you get up early enough, around 6.00am you should see 2 seals on the pontoon as we did. I can't speak highly enough of this place, so much so that I've booked it again for next year. A big thanks to Stephanie the owner for having us, and see you next year..

    Reviewed by Daniel5.0Apr 2023

  • "Wow , what a fabulous location , watching the wildlife and constant changing of the tides on the estuary was a real joy."

    The house was comfortable ,clean and for a 400 year old boathouse was very well maintained . There is even an outside hose to clean the dog after running in the estuary. Loved the large windows overlooking the estuary. The owners were pleasant and very helpful and the cake provided was really good . We really enjoyed our stay here and will return in the future.

    Reviewed by David5.0Mar 2023

  • "The Boat House is a wonderful place to stay."

    The only thing we would change would be the single bed upstairs. The one we used was uncomfortable.

    Reviewed by Elaine4.7Mar 2023

  • "The perfect place to sit back and relax"

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Mar 2023

  • "Thank you all 4 another relaxing away from it all holiday at the Boat House ."

    ..The seal was very much in evidence this wk ...We had some lovely walks along the river and we shall be back again 4 another visit in the autumn ..

    Reviewed by Su5.0Mar 2023

  • "This is a wonderful place to just relax and breathe."

    If you want to just get away from the stress of life, take walks, swim in the river, watch the wildlife..especially the seals... if you are lucky...painting, writing or just curled up with a good book and watch the river flow in and out...it really is the most wonderful place to be. And so picturesque! Could not speak more highly of our hosts so friendly and helpful. The cottage is warm and cosy. The kitchen is well equiped and the bedrooms are well furnished and comfortable as is the livingroom. Altogether very welcoming all round. Thank you for an amazing week!

    Reviewed by Annette5.0Dec 2022

  • "Amazing, well equipped and comfortable cottage in a beautiful location."

    Lovely to just sit and watch the wildlife. A very tasty cake awaited us upon arrival, which was most welcome after a long journey. Owner very friendly and helpful with advice on places to visit in late November. Our dog Alfie loved the cottage and local walks as well. We're looking forward to a return visit as soon as we can, and preferably at a different time of year, so that we can experience the property in all seasons.

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Nov 2022

  • "Absolutely beautiful home"

    Reviewed by David5.0Nov 2022

  • "We came for the weekend ."

    The location was marvellous the cake was lovely and it was just so relaxing ..The property was exceptionally high standard and I would re commend that any one wanted a stress free break this was the place to be.

    Reviewed by Monica5.0Oct 2022

  • "We had a fantastic time , the hosts were perfect & couldn’t do enough to ..."

    We had a fantastic time , the hosts were perfect & couldn’t do enough to please, you couldn’t ask for better, cottage & views was spectacular , going to book again Xx

    Reviewed by Kay5.0Oct 2022

  • "An amazing place, a hidden gem."

    The perfect place to stay if you want to get away for some peace and tranquillity. Great for dog walking too.

    Reviewed by Zoe5.0Sep 2022

  • "The cottage was well presented."

    The owners are dedicated to ensuring you have the best stay That you could ever have. The location absolutely amazing. Will and have booked again.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Jun 2022

  • "We always have a wonderful time at the Boathouse."

    ...It is peaceful and set in the most perfect of locations.....Its just us, the dogs,the birds,the river and this week the sunshine

    Reviewed by Su5.0Mar 2022

  • "What a peaceful place, lovely to sit and watch the wildlife and the river."

    It’s simple, comfortable and tranquil. On arrival there was a lovely fresh baked cake, all was warm and welcoming. Thank you for a lovely escape.

    Reviewed by Betti4.7Nov 2021

  • "We have waited for two years to return to the Boat House ."

    ....We have developed a knack for rebooking into the nxt lockdown !!! It was soooo worth the wait....It is incredibly peaceful and beautiful here with the birds, and, the ever changing vista of the tidal river ....So,if you love peace, quiet and bird life, this is the perfect location for you....We will be back for sure ....We cannot wait .....

    Reviewed by Su5.0Oct 2021

  • "The Boathouse is a real gem for getting away from it all."

    The owners are really welcoming and the house is perfect for unwinding and watching the river life and tide coming in and out. There are lots of lovely places to walk and visit locally and the house is lovely and cosy for those cooler evenings when you want to curl up in front of the TV with a glass of wine.

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Sep 2021

  • "Our third stay at this beautifully situated cottage."

    Need I say more?

    Reviewed by Barry4.7Sep 2021

  • "The pure tranquility of the surroundings and the boathouse."

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Jun 2021

  • "Beautiful property in a beautiful location."

    Would love to return!

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jun 2021

  • "Beautiful location and obviously fantastic if you have a kayak or canoe and a tide timetable."

    The house is well thought out and it felt that everything had been considered in terms of facilities, furniture and kitchen needs. Friendly and helpful owners near at hand. This is a place layered with history and a sense of continuity. Cheers and Thanks for a sublime stay down by the ever-changing riverside.

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Apr 2021

  • "Perfect location for peace and tranquility and watching the water come and go with plenty of birds to watch and hear."

    Reviewed by Katy5.0Apr 2021

  • "The Owners of the Boat House[Frank and Stephanie] were exceptionally helpful in imparting useful 'local knowledge' on the River Fowey,and were very generous in facilating our water activities."

    And tricky tidal conditions on this stretch of the river. The new makeover of the Bathroom had a distinct 'WOW' factor, whereas the Sitting Room with the large panoramic view of the River Fowey+ the patio garden hasleft lasting memories. Hope to return next year! William Montgomery 6 Nov2020

    Reviewed by W4.7Oct 2020

  • "Will seriously consider returning."

    It's a lovely location. For those with a boat it worth mentioning there is a slipway right by the side of the house.

    Reviewed by Robin4.4Oct 2020

  • "The Boat House is situated in a unique location and we thoroughly enjoyed the day to day rhythm of staying on a tidal river."

    The house itself was very comfortable and the wi-fi better than we expected. Our hosts were really helpful sharing their local knowledge of local walks and activities as well as providing some extra dog proof security so that we could enjoy sitting on the patio with the dogs. We couldn't have asked for more. In addition to making us very welcome, we felt very comfortable with their Covid-19 procedures and were able to thoroughly relax. We enjoyed ourselves so much that we have already booked our return visit next year. Thanks for a very relaxing and unique holiday.

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Sep 2020

  • "We love visiting the Boat House and have been coming here since 2002."

    It is incredibly peaceful and set in a beautiful location. The owners, Stephanie and Frank, are always on hand if needs be. It is a very special place for us as a family.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Jul 2020

  • "Great walks, fantastic views a very peacefully."

    Reviewed by Adrian4.4Dec 2019

  • "Absolutely beautiful house filled with all of the essentials."

    The location is amazing on the river Fowey with views that can be watched all day. Thankyou Steph and Frank were coming back next year.

    Reviewed by Kate5.0Oct 2019

  • "Our second stay at The Boathouse and as wonderful as we remembered."

    This is a special place, so peaceful but the view keeps on giving, every day something different on the water and shore. AND, the joy of St Winnow church next door, not to mention those delicious scones and burgers etc so close by! We really didn't want to come away.

    Reviewed by Shirley4.7Oct 2019

  • "It’s a delightful cottage set in a spectacularly scenic position."

    A restful and interesting location where one would never tire from gazing out at the ever changing views. Suitable for children and adults alike. Responsible awareness a must due to the tidal river flow beside this property. Loved it x

    Reviewed by Gemma4.7Aug 2019

  • "We love visiting the Boat House."

    The owners Stephanie and Frank are incredibly helpful and friendly. The area is lovely and we never get bored of looking at the view of the river. Thank you!

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Jul 2019

  • "We would give the setting and location of the Boathouse 10 out of 10."

    Owners friendly - hence we didn't leave any negative comments in the guest book. The house itself, however, was a huge disappointment. Downstairs being just one long room doesn't work - it needs separating doors for the lounge. Other problems were the absence of a toilet upstairs. There is room for one on the landing. Second major fault with the property is the bathroom downstairs. Far, far too small and grubby. Needs extending if possible but, in any event, needs ripping out and a new one installed. There's no point in having a bath if there's insufficient room to lie in it. Better to have a giant walk-in shower. Otherwise, the downstairs bedroom should be made into a bathroom. Bathroom spoiled our stay as no one wanted to go in it! Insufficient seating. The house appears set up to accommodate 6 persons, yet the lounge/dining room/outside table only cater for 4. Small tv in bedrooms would have been nice, & a 2nd tv in the kitchen diner too - though not essential.

    Thank you for your feedback following your stay at The Boat House. We are sorry to hear you were not happy with the layout of the house, the photo's on line along with a detailed description explains the layout very well. We would like to reassure future guests that we plan to refurbish the bathroom in January, however it is a fully functional if not slightly dated bathroom in the meantime. We provide additional seating for the dining table, we are sorry to hear you did not find these extra chairs. We feel 1 TV is sufficient for a property of this size. Despite the points raised we are pleased you enjoyed the location of The Boat House. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Graham2.8Jun 2019

  • "A truly delightful location and our host, Stephanie, was very kind and thoughtful."

    We will be back!

    Reviewed by Barry4.7Jun 2019

  • "We love St winnow and staying in the Boat House made it even better."

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0May 2019

  • "A comfortable cottage in an beautiful location."

    The boathouse itself has everything you’ll need for a relaxing break but the views are what makes it perfect. Sitting in the enclosed garden watching the river flow and listening to the birds and distant sheep, idyllic. Our dogs loved the garden, which is completely enclosed, as there is plenty of grass. The owners are friendly and welcome you with flowers and yummy cake. This is our second visit and hopefully we’ll be back next year.

    Reviewed by Dianna5.0Apr 2019

  • "It is a wonderful cottage to stay in if you enjoy the water: the birds, the ebb & flow of the tides, the proximity of the river for launching any size boat (there is a full launching facility should you choose it)."

    It is also extremely quiet & peaceful. There is the occasional walker with dog alongside the river when the tide is low; otherwise, you are all to yourselves. Strong recommendation!

    5.0Apr 2019

  • "The boat house was perfect."

    .a totally relaxing place to stay. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and look forward to returning soon.

    Reviewed by Jean5.0Mar 2019

  • "Fabulous location, lovely accommodation, warm welcome snd bonus welcome treats for both humans and pets!"

    Peaceful and tranquil but not too far away from nearby towns. We will be back!

    Reviewed by Beth5.0Dec 2018

  • "It is difficult to express in words the amazing peace and tranquility of the boat house and it’s constantly changing location ."

    ...The river is so beautiful,it is surrounded by trees and full of birds ....The tide turns over and over again making a constantly changing vista....you are nowhere near any roads and the peace is wonderful .....We had a great time ....walks galore ....and lots of coffees outside listening to the receding water....Lovely cosy cottage with several window seats and pretty private garden ....We will be back .....in fact I think I may book now with my voucher ....Thank you Sykes

    Reviewed by Su5.0Nov 2018

  • "The owners of the cottage are extremely welcoming and friendly."

    Reviewed by Sara5.0Oct 2018

  • "This is our second time at this delightful venue at St Winnow."

    For us it is a piece of paradise as the cottage is set in the most beautiful setting and is extremely well appointed. The owners are always helpful and caring of their tenants. Nothing is too much trouble. It is wonderful, after having undergone a long journey to get there, to be met with flowers and a cake. It is a very tranquil and private place. Sitting in the window watching the tide go in and out and seeing the visiting birds, listening to the geese is a very lovely experience. Sitting in the garden in the sunshine is also beautiful in the outlook. The house was impeccably clean and welcoming. the beds are very comfortable and the kitchen is very well equipped. We hope to return to this very special place.

    Reviewed by Frances5.0Sep 2018

  • "Timeless and tranquil."

    Wonderful views of the estuary and lots of walks to enjoy. Very comfortable and quirky cottage with helpful owners . Never tired of sitting in the window seat watching the changing scene.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Sep 2018

  • "Our holiday at The Boat House was idyllic and peaceful."

    It is a beautiful setting and whilst feeling away from it all is close enough to amenities. Lovely hosts too. Plan to return.

    Reviewed by Rachael5.0Aug 2018

  • "The Boat House is in an incredibly special place."

    It takes a couple of days to realise how peaceful and beautiful the Hamlet of St Winnow is. The owners were perfect hosts and I really don’t have anything negative to say.

    Reviewed by Peter4.7May 2018

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin, 1 x ground floor childrens bunk room
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living area, with sitting area with electric fire, kitchen and dining area.
  • Electric fires
  • Microwave, fridge-freezer, washing machine, TV with DVD, WiFi, Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair available on request
  • Off road parking for two cars
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome, Sorry no smoking
  • Note: Wifi is intermittent and suitable for emails/browsing only
  • Note: Bunk room is suitable for children only
  • Note: A maximum of 6 people including babies permitted

The property

The Boat House is in an idyllic location on the bank of the beautiful, tidal River Fowey estuary in St Winnow.

This much loved, detached, 440-year-old cottage on two levels is situated on the owner's working farm and boatyard where boat storage is available.

Wonderful for carefree family holidays.

Cloakroom (for coats/boots); bright open-plan living/dining and kitchen area with electric flame-effect fire, floor-to-ceiling window looking over the river and door to garden.

Downstairs bunk bedroom (children only)and family shower room.

Stairs up to two more airy bedrooms under the eaves with sloping ceilings and beams, both with views to the river – a double and a twin.

There is a private garden and terrace with garden furniture overlooking the river, just right for al fresco meals or a bit of wildlife spotting.

The little town of Lostwithiel is just a few miles away with shops, pubs, cafes and ancient Restormel Castle to explore.

A cosy cottage in a fabulous location for those who like walking, cycling or messing about on the river.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Perched on the river Fowey, Golant is a quaint Cornish waterside village offering a Fisherman’s arms Pub, the Cormorant Hotel and Restaurant and a retail art gallery. This charming village, due to the stretch of the River Fowey Golant sits on, has inspired many writers including the author of “The Wind in the Willows”. Why not enjoy this picturesque river first hand and book a kayaking trip? 3 miles away is the famous yachting village of Fowey which is bursting with character. Walk down the enchanting cobbled streets accompanied by Georgian historic buildings. This unique village is home to an array of shops, pubs and restaurants, with plenty to offer for everyone all year round. There are many family attractions in the area, including Mevagissey and Charlestown harbours, the Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan.

Note: Ten shallow steps from parking area down to front door.

Note: Wifi intermittent. Suitable for emails/browsing only.

Note - A maximum of 6 people including babies permitted

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas