Places to stay

The Water Tower

The garden and exterior of The Water Tower © National Trust Images/Andrew Butler

The garden and exterior of The Water Tower

This extraordinary tower is Trelissick's icon, and it's about as distinctive a holiday cottage as you could wish for. Four storeys high, the Water Tower has fifty internal steps as the narrow spiral staircase winds up past each circular room. It was built in about 1865 and resembles the legendary tower of Rapunzel.

New Lodge

Front view of New Lodge © NT

Front view of New Lodge

New Lodge was built around 1860, when a new entrance was created to give a grander approach to Trelissick House. With its rounded chimneys and latticed windows, this is a fascinating example of the Victorian picturesque style of architecture. The lodge is surrounded by its own garden and has beautiful views over woods and countryside.

Quay Cottage

The ferry provides access to the lovely Roseland peninsula © NT

The ferry provides access to the lovely Roseland peninsula

You can experience the thrill of living right on the water's edge in this handsome cottage. Quay Cottage is on King Harry Quay, where there has been a ferry crossing of the River Fal for centuries. The ferry provides access to the Roseland peninsula. You have your own private quay so bring your own small boat or hire one locally.

The Engine House

Front view and garden of engine house © NT

Front view and garden of engine house

In the heart of the Trelissick estate, the Engine House provides comfortable accommodation in a wonderful setting. Built in the same era and with the same workmanship and attention to detail as the Water Tower, it used to house the generator for pumping water from the tower to the main house.

Old Lodge

Sheltered position in a wooded glade make this a perfect place to relax in © NT

Sheltered position in a wooded glade make this a perfect place to relax in

Old Lodge is the original lodge at the entrance to the old drive to Trelissick House. It was built in around 1825 in a delightful neo-Greek style, with its miniature grand columns reflecting the giant ones on the front of the main house, both were the work of the same architect.

Ferris Cottage

Mr Ernie Ferris lived here and now gives his name to the cottage © NT

Mr Ernie Ferris lived here and now gives his name to the cottage

Surrounded by lush woodland, Ferris's Cottage nestles at the eastern edge of the Trelissick estate, not far from King Harry Ferry. This charming traditional whitewashed cottage, built in the late 18th century, has its own partially enclosed garden. Its view is of a lovely lush part of Trelissick garden.

More details

The Water Tower

Fall asleep in this round room within the Water Tower © National Trust Cottages

The Water Tower is a very individual cottage with amazing round rooms.

Ground floor: bathroom with whirlpool bath (reached via outside door by porch).
First floor: double bedroom.
Second floor: sitting room.
Third floor: kitchen/diner with bat cam.

Quay Cottage

Enjoy the daily activity and tranquility next to the River Fal © NT / Mike Henton

Quay Cottage has a lovely outside area with outstanding views of the river Fal.

Ground floor: large sitting/dining room with stove, kitchen, back porch, lobby area and outside utility area adjoining the house. First floor: two double/twin bedrooms (one large en-suite bathroom -  shower room, separate bathroom.

The Engine House

Accessible bathroom in the Engine House © National trust

The engine house is only one level so great for accesibility.

Ground floor: hall, sitting/dining room with open fire, galley kitchen, bathroom (including large shower cubicle with folding seat and bath with removable seat), two bedrooms (1 double, 1 single), cloakroom with lavatory.

The Helford River

Across Falmouth Bay from the Fal River is the equally delightful Helford River. From the handsome Bosloe House overlooking the mouth of the river to an old school right on the beach there's something for everyone.

Things to see and do during your stay

  • Great nights out at Trelissick include jazz, murder mystery evenings and burlesque dinners
  • Activities for kids include our 50 things adventure trails
  • Try out Nordic Walking with Walk Kernow

Explore by ferry

Fal River Enterprise ferry

Fal River Enterprise ferry

Explore this area of Outstanding Natural Beauty without impacting on its delicate natural environment. Park the car and do all your travelling by river. Use the hop-on hop-off ferries to visit Falmouth, Truro and all points between. You'll find more information on the Fal river website including timetables, the Fal Mussel Card, and discounts in the local towns.