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Waterside, Unique, Wonderful Views, October, November and New Year Available

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Last updated: 09/27/2015
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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

This unique, quiet, historic, holiday house is equally popular with couples as with larger groups. There can be up to four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a cloakroom with loo and basin, two balconies. However, when a smaller group is staying, the large extra en suite bedroom wing, which is part of the house; need not be taken. This is the arrangement for the rents given. Enjoying the use of the extra space increases the rent by one third and allows up to six adults and two children to stay. When you decide your holiday plans, just let us know your requirements.

Well away from the world, Bishops Quay; a romantic holiday house, stands on a centuries old privately owned quay. Hidden down a pretty, quarter mile lane, that winds past river meadows; only passing yachtsmen and boat users know it's here. See yourself sitting on the balcony, observing the river birds as they go about their day. Or later, you could be relaxing on the waterfront patio, with a glass of wine, the barbeque sizzling. The gradual reshaping of the tidal creek will relax and restore.

Throughout the year the house is always welcomingly comfortable and private. Being away from the road, there are no passing cars, just the brief, interesting activity of our one fishing boat, 'New Harmony', setting off to sea and returning from day trips on the neap tides.

An exceptional atmosphere; peace or activity, you choose. A successful holiday home since the early 1990's. News and photos regularly feature on our lively, easily accessible, public Bishops Quay facebook page.

A choice of boats are waiting for you; a motor bass boat 'EmmaSam', a wooden rowing dinghy 'KT' and a sailing dinghy 'Swallow'+ 2 canoes and 3 kayaks (two are single, the other a double). You can explore the Helford River during the four hours either side of high water.

Inside Bishops Quay, each window has quiet river views of boats, gardens, fields and ancient oaks. This home from home is comfortably furnished with antiques, original art, and masses of reading. Logs for the open fire, from our fields supplied free and as frequently as needed.

When enjoying the boats and quay, we lend a full range of sizes in life jackets for you to select. There is a charge for the motor boat's fuel. From Nov - Easter. the sailing and rowing boats are put away and refitted. For winter parties the bass boat stays afloat off the jetty. We are happy to advise on boating trips with help to get you going.

Do come and stay beside an ever changing work of art, created by nature!

There are excellent local pubs and restaurants locally, including two recently refurbished and extremely popular pubs within a couple of miles; 'The Ship Inn', in the nearest village of Mawgan in Meneage and 'The Prince of Wales' in Newtown St. Martin. The famous 'Trengilly Wartha Inn' is nearby, ten minutes or so drive. It would be possible to visit the 'The Shipwrights Arms' by boat.. The Port Navas Yacht Club is also a good watering hole to motor down to by boat.

Our fresh fish is landed on the quay according to the tides. There is a pretty waterfront garden and terrace just for Bishops Quay guests. Lightspeed fibre broadband is installed throughout, it is really fast. There is also a 32' Samsung smart TV. This is a property of great interest: unique, quiet, a very much loved holiday home. Happy guests return time after time.

Short breaks, reductions, flexible arrangements. Short breaks are available out of season (November until Easter) or very near to a time shown as un booked, always by arrangement. Prices for short breaks are discussed at the time of booking. Bishops Quay is definitely ' Dog Friendly' - Well behaved dogs are more than welcome .

Sometimes we can arrange ten day stays or other part weeks, please ring us to discuss your requirements. If you are considering a last minute booking, please ring us to discuss the price, we can often make a reduction for a very last minute decision. We also advertise Special Offers on this site as and when they are available.

Out of the main seasons (November until Easter) a reduction of £50 per week is offered to a couple booking the house, excluding short breaks.

Contact details and making a booking: To book or enquire about the house either email us or telephone 01326 221 297. We are quite happy to chat to you on the phone, respond to answer phone messages, from around 9am to 9pm. Any queries can then be quickly explained. We would be pleased to send you further information by post, a letter, brochure and photos, if you let us know your postal address.

Deposits are 1/3 of the total price with the balance due six weeks before you arrive. You can pay by credit card through this site, paypal, cheque or bank transfer. Just let us know which method you would prefer. Last minute bookings are payable in full 5 days before by cheque, or on arrival in cash.

The large extra bedroom suite can be taken at the time of booking or later, just ask us about the use of this suite. Sometimes friends may ask to join you and this is an excellent way of using the 4th bedroom suite offered. It is pleasantly private for them. During peak weeks we give preference to bookings that include this room.

Bishops Quay was recently awarded Four Stars after an inspection by the Quality in Tourism organisation. It was also judged Pet friendly and Family friendly. An access statement, fire safety statement and all up to date certificates for the house (insurance, gas and electrical) are available on request, together with a floor plan.

We will do everything we can to make your holiday easy and enjoyable.


Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome:

    Smaller children who cannot swim must be supervised at all times....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    one or two well behaved dogs are welcome...moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    We regret that the stairs and steps make it impossible for wheelchair access to be created....moreless

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6

  • Master bedroom: 1 king


  • Bunk room: 2 twin/ single


  • Twin room: 2 twin/ single


  • Bedroom 4: 1 king

    To take this room increases the rental by 1/3...moreless

  • 1 double with King Size Bed, One Twin with two 3' singles, One Bunk bedroom, 1 cot. Also - If you wish to spread out, maybe 3 couples or teenage children there is a large extra bedroom on offer to add to the accommodation. The light and airy extra bedroom (20’ x 11’) is just a step across from the main door into and has a king size bed, en suite bath, shower and loo, tv+ dvd, nautical and fiction library, hot drinks facilities, separate outside door and a balcony with views up and down river. Choosing to take this extra room would enable three couples to stay. without using the bunk beds. This room can also be accessed internally from the main holiday house. It has proved useful and popular. The extra bedroom suite is available most weeks, the cost is 1/3 of the total over the normal weekly rental price.It is not let separately. This suite cannot be used to accommodate a larger number of guests. Six adults/children plus a small baby are the maximum that can stay here....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Main bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Cloak room: toilet


  • Bathroom 3

    This is the ensuite bathroom with the large extra bedroom....moreless

  • The bathroom upstairs has a large hand basin, mirror, shaving point, heater, 2 heated towel rails, loo, bath with wall rail and electric shower over. The downstairs cloakroom has a hand basin, mirror and loo. If you take the extra bedroom it also has a bathroom with corner bath, electric shower over and loo, heated towel rail and radiator. The water is hot 24/7 and runs from the oil fired boiler. There is an immersion heater for emergency back up. Light and airy the main bathroom has a window as does the cloakroom. The en suite bathroom has a fan. Many bath and hand towels, also mats are provided with more in the airing cupboard if needed....moreless

Other Amenities

  • All beds are made, household requirements in place, with welcoming flowers and baking. Fresh eggs from our own hens too. We can take in your online shop or other deliveries before your arrival. The busy Mawgan village store/PO, two miles away, has the best of locally grown veg. In the living room - the 26' flat screen tv with free view. Bishops Quay is always warm as you wish, with efficient central heating at your control. There is a cosy traditional open fireplace with a supply of dry logs from our land, all cut, split and dry ready to use. There are plenty of books, current magazines and games. The river is just a few paces from the door. The canoes/ kayaks/ motor/sailing/rowing boats, also, for whenever it suits. A housekeeper will visit for longer bookings. Extra tidal info when planning boat trips, help in emergencies? We, as neighbours, are alongside, yet not overlooking....moreless


  • Books:

    Extremely well stocked shelves, a particularly substantial collection of local interest books, novels, coffee table books for browsing....moreless

  • Books For Adults
  • Books For Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:


  • Games:

    A large chest full of board games, cards etc...moreless

  • Games For Kids
  • Music Library:

    a few family cds...moreless

  • Radio
  • Stereo:

    Bose and Bose ipod dock...moreless

  • Television:

    largish flat screen tv, three years old...moreless

  • Toys:

    Age specific toys can be offered (we have grandchildren)...moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Library


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Nude Beach
  • Playground
  • Pond
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Large locally made pine table with wraparound bench seating and individual chairs, dining and Windsor carver. Practical easy to clean carpet, man made in the living room, dining are, no need to worry....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace:

    Logs, coal, kindling, supplied. the wood comes from our own land and is dry and plentiful. We supply as many logs as you need. The fireplace is open....moreless

  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    24/7 efficient oil fired central heating, radiators in every room. Towel rails in the bathroom....moreless

  • Internet:

    Fibre broadband up to a maximum of 16.5Mbps download and up to 2.6Mbps upload,...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided:

    All beds made up, plentiful towels and kitchen linen provided. For bookings of longer than a week, a maid service is offered - all linen and towels changed....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Comfortable seating for 6 adults - big dining table seating up to ten. Samsung smart tv, Bose music centre, ipod dock, open fireplace etc...moreless

  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking:

    Up to 2 cars on the quay under the house, or park a little way along the drive by the gate, one more car possible....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Yes we are down a 1/4 mile track....moreless

  • Telephone:

    An unlisted land line number - two phones, one in the living room and another by the bed in the large upstairs bedroom....moreless

  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided:

    Bath towels, hand towels and kitchen towels. No beach towels....moreless

  • Tumble Dryer:

    A small tumble drier, racks fo airing and a washing line available....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Beko automatic under a service agreement, all usual cycles....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    This fibre broadband is considered very efficient and quick....moreless


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker:

    A Bodum glass cafetiere eight cups size....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    A hand whisk, a small mixer, a stick blender and a jug blender. Many saucepans, a steamer set, frying pans, casseroles....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Crockery enough for 15 guests at least, Denmark china, a vintage tea set, many extra pyrex and earthenware lasagne dishes, vegetable dishes, mixing bowls, jugs, everything you would expect and more....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    The Miele Dishwasher is to the right hand side of the sink and draining board....moreless

  • Freezer:

    The freezer is in the utility room, just by the kitchen. Ice trays are in here....moreless

  • Grill
  • Kitchen:

    The cheerful kitchen has two stools at the worktop for casual snacks, keeping the cook company. There is a pretty dresser with cupboards for dry goods, shelves for sauces, condiments, other dry goods....moreless

  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave:

    Yes the microwave is on the worktop to hand....moreless

  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven:

    The oven is under the hob, an all in one cooker set up with grill as well....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Enough glasses to suit a very large party, celebrations, champagne flutes, all in the pantry. Dry condiments supplied such as salt pepper, spices....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    An under worktop larder fridge is in the kitchen, a freezer with ice trays in the utility room together with a small extra drinks fridge....moreless

  • Stove:

    The hob has four burners and is powered by calor gas. A close down lid ensures safety and cleanliness....moreless

  • Toaster:

    Dualit toaster....moreless


  • Balcony:

    Two balconies if you take the whole house, one leading down to the garden from the living room. Views across the water, fields and quay....moreless

  • Binoculars
  • Boat:

    A motor bass boat, a rowing dinghy, a sailing dinghy, all ready for you to enjoy. life jackets for all sizes provided....moreless

  • Boat Dock
  • Boat With Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio:

    Waterfront terrace with seating, table, barbeque, views across the creek....moreless

  • Golf:

    Nearby Mullion Golf Club welcomes guest players. The course overlooks the beach and is sandy, cliff front....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    5 kayks, canoes, paddles and life jackets ready and waiting....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Small private riverfront garden filled with seasonal flowers, roses, honeysuckle, shrubs, pots of colour arranged around. A gate and a wall around....moreless

  • Motorboat
  • Outdoor Grill:

    Gas or conventional charcoal can be provided....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Sailboat
  • Tennis:

    There's a tennis club at Manaccan with courts to hire, we have contact details for that. ...moreless

  • Terrace
  • Walkway To Water

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional

Property Descriptor

  • Detached


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Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Early Autumn 2015
Oct 3 - Oct 23, 2015
7 night min stay

October Half Term
Oct 24 - Nov 6, 2015
7 night min stay

Autumn 2015
Nov 7 - Dec 18, 2015
3 night min stay
Christmas/New Year 2015/2016
Dec 19 - Jan 2, 2016
7 night min stay


Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee £50
  • Taxes Not included


Short break prices are agreed by discussion or email, telephone 01326 221 297 All household costs are included in the fee. Only a small charge for fuel is levied when the motor boat is used. Dogs are charged at £50 per week extra. BQ can be booked through cards on HomeAway. You can pay by cheque, bank transfer, cash on arrival for a late booking. A further bedroom suite can be booked for + 1/3 .

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Last updated: 09/27/2015
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30 Miles
Nearest Airport
Newquay airport
1.4 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Mawgan Village
70 Miles
Nearest Ferry
6 Miles
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Nearest Train
115 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1.4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Mawgan Village
4 Miles
Nearest Beach
Gunwalloe Fishing Cove

Car: Recommended

The house is situated on a private quay in a hamlet of four houses, at the end of a private lane. It is set beside the Helford River on the Lizard peninsula on the southern coast of Cornwall. The nearest Villages are St. Martin and Mawgan in Meneage, and the nearest town is Helston (6 miles). The Cathedral City of Truro is 20 miles away and the busy port of Falmouth is about 15 miles away. Interesting local places to visit include Trelowarren, Helford, St. Anthony, Helford Passage, Trebah Gardens, Glendurgan and Trevarno. Also the Penlee Gallery at Penzance, The Tate at St. Ives, the Maritime Musuem at Falmouth and St. Michaels' Mount. Wonderful cliff walks along from Gunwalloe to Loe Bar, around Mullion, The Lizard and Kynance Cove. Nearby Gweek has a Seal Sanctuary- Helston has a Museum also amuch enjoyed theme park called Flambards. There are many small art galleries, some at Marazion, others in Falmouth and Truro, as well as in the more local area. Excellent food nearby too.

Other Activities: Rowing from the house; +use of a motor boat and sailing dinghy, 3 Kayaks,also 2 canoes. Fishing from the quay or motor boat. Hiking from the house.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1948

About the owner: Hello from Kate and Ben Kirby. We live alongside the holiday house and so are lucky enough to enjoy the place all year around. Ben is a fisherman who works from the quay. All our family are grown now - luckily they have settled nearby and so we see them and our four grandchildren regularly. We have two Show Springer Spaniels, Boris and Morris, and thirty happy hens in our meadows. I have lived here for over forty years, Ben has spent his whole life here, firstly living in the house we now let, when it was his family home. We built ours (The Kiln, on the site of an old lime kiln here) when we married. We garden up in the meadows, walk the dogs, I read, Ben listens to country music. We have good friends locally who we see for meals and get togethers. Life is busy but satisfying, we work hard and relax when we can, it is a very special life here on the Helford River.

Why the Owner Chose Falmouth:
Some houses are purpose built for holidays and so are great bases for a week's stay. Bishops Quay house is more of an experience, an enchantment, history, mood, beauty, all set to catch at your imagination, tempt you to fall in love with a place that so many come back to decade after decade. More rewarding and memorable to set off along the creek in a kayak, row away from the jetty, sail from the harbour, motor down river or quietly sit watching the tides and birds, no other house in sight. Dreamy evenings on the balcony, the garden patio, atmospheric slips in and out of the everyday; a magical moment when the bright kingfisher dives, the little white egret gawkily takes off, the heron squawks, the curlew call; all as familiar as back yard fowl to those staying at this most unique of destinations.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Off the beaten track, away from cars, all rooms facing the river, the only passing traffic being a quiet splash of oars, a gentle chugging put put of a motor boat, a stealthy sail change whispering across the creek. Rooms full of the intriguing past and the comfortable relaxing present. More to discover, revisit and to happily enjoy on every visit; a safe base to set out on adventures from and a warm welcome ready on your return.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • As you arrive....

    As you arrive....

  • A serene autumn sight

    A serene autumn sight

  • Welcome to Bishops Quay! Flowers in the fireplace for sunny days.

    Welcome to Bishops Quay! Flowers in the fireplace for sunny days.

  • A home full of nautical history on The Helford River

    A home full of nautical history on The Helford River

  • Wonderful views from warm and comfortable beds

    Wonderful views from warm and comfortable beds

  • Setting sun from big bedroom bay window

    Setting sun from big bedroom bay window

  • Granny's dressing table

    Granny's dressing table

  • Looking down on the  lawn and patio by the creek

    Looking down on the lawn and patio by the creek

  • Crabbing from the quay is fun

    Crabbing from the quay is fun

  • The old house from the waterfront garden

    The old house from the waterfront garden

  • A nearby beach walk at Gunwalloe on a dramatic day

    A nearby beach walk at Gunwalloe on a dramatic day

  • Bishops Quay from the air

    Bishops Quay from the air

  • The 'New Harmony', our family fishing boat comes home to BQ  with a fine catch.

    The 'New Harmony', our family fishing boat comes home to BQ with a fine catch.

  • Stormy skies, birds on the beach opposite.

    Stormy skies, birds on the beach opposite.

  • The generous, locally made table, seats up to ten guests in comfort.

    The generous, locally made table, seats up to ten guests in comfort.

  • Cheery kitchen for cooks

    Cheery kitchen for cooks

  • Beds, boats, birds and books..

    Beds, boats, birds and books..

  • Lovely old family furniture

    Lovely old family furniture

  • Flowers grown in the riverside meadows to decorate the rooms for your holiday

    Flowers grown in the riverside meadows to decorate the rooms for your holiday

  • Afternoon in March on The Helford at Bishops Quay

    Afternoon in March on The Helford at Bishops Quay

  • The large extra bedroom suite has its own bathroom tv, balcony and river views.

    The large extra bedroom suite has its own bathroom tv, balcony and river views.

  • The private 'lady's' garden overlooking the water, a popular spot for a barbeque

    The private 'lady's' garden overlooking the water, a popular spot for a barbeque

  • Stunning skies seen from the house. BQ has the sun on her face until sunset.

    Stunning skies seen from the house. BQ has the sun on her face until sunset.

  • Bishops Quay House, Helford River, with blue balconies, and rowing dinghy.

    Bishops Quay House, Helford River, with blue balconies, and rowing dinghy.

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