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The Boat House

St Winnow, near Golant, Cornwall (Ref. 976403)


(32 ratings)

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  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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

Reviews & Ratings

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32 Customer Reviews

  • "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 MichaelJun 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 SueMar 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 BettiNov 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 SueOct 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 LouiseSep 2021

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

    Need I say more?

    Reviewed by BarrySep 2021

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

    Reviewed by MichaelJun 2021

  • "Beautiful property in a beautiful location."

    Would love to return!

    Reviewed by SusanJun 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 SimonApr 2021

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

    Reviewed by KatyApr 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 WOct 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 RobinOct 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 LouiseSep 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 HelenJul 2020

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

    Reviewed by AdrianDec 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 ShirleyOct 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 KateOct 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 GemmaAug 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 HelenJul 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 GrahamJun 2019

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

    We will be back!

    Reviewed by BarryJun 2019

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

    Reviewed by RebeccaMay 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 DiannaApr 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!

    Apr 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 JeanMar 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 BethDec 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 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 fact I think I may book now with my voucher ....Thank you Sykes

    Reviewed by SueNov 2018

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

    Reviewed by SaraOct 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 FrancesSep 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 SarahSep 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 RachaelAug 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 PeterMay 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.

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.


1st FloorGround Floor

Kitchen Dining Area Lounge Bathroom Bunk Bedroom

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.

Region Information

Note: Ten shallow steps from parking area down to front door. Wifi intermittent. Suitable for emails/browsing only.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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