Helston, Cornwall
The exterior of Powders, Helston, Cornwall
The exterior of Powders, Helston, Cornwall
The exterior of Powders, Helston, Cornwall
The sitting room at Powders, Helston, Cornwall
The kitchen at Powders, Helston, Cornwall
The double bedroom at Powders, Helston, Cornwall
The twin bedroom at Powders, Helston, Cornwall
The view from Powders, Helston, Cornwall
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At-a-glance details

  • Guests 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Preferred changeover day Monday
  • Minimum stay 3 nights
  • Number of dogs welcome 2
  • Acorn rating 5 What's this?
  • Reference 011093

About Powders

A sophisticated wood cabin peeking through the pine trees, on the edge of Frenchman’s Creek.

Retreat to this stylish, 1930s wooden bungalow for a week of calm next to the water’s edge. Its name is taken from its former owner, Powders Thurburn, a sailor and artist who settled here after years of adventuring the seas. You can see why he chose this romantic spot, amongst the whispering pine trees, where Frenchman's Creek meets the main Helford River. Inside the two-bedroom bungalow reveals a chic interior with wooden floors, a large double-bedroom and a modern kitchen area. 

Its woodland garden provides impressive views over the glistening waters and a connecting path leads you down to a private quay. Walk across the headlands for the riverside pub and post office in Helford village. You can also hop onto the ferry from here for trips across the river.

The aqua-coloured waters of Kynance Cove and The Lizard are just a 30 minutes’ drive. Here you can hop onto the South West Coast Path for walks along the most southerly point of the UK.

Why book with us?

  • Unrivalled locations
  • Free entry to our places
  • Award-winning customer service
  • Help us care for nature, beauty and history

Our Covid promise

  • Postpone or refund with no admin fee
  • Enhanced cleaning regime
  • Discover more about our Covid promise

Features and facilities

  • Cot & high chair available
  • Microwave available
  • Fridge available
  • Freezer available
  • Dishwasher available
  • Washing machine available
  • Tumble dryer available
  • Telephone available
  • Television available
  • DVD available
  • WiFi* available
  • Open fire / wood burner available
  • Garden available
  • BBQ not available


Ground floor facilities

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  • Ground floor

    Large sitting/dining room with wood-burning stove, kitchen, two bedrooms (one double, one twin) both with en-suite bathrooms with showers over bath, utility/cloakroom with lavatory.

Notes for guests

Cottage approach: A path extends through the little gate to the left of the cottage. This path forks after about 20 metres with the right fork taking you up to a small unfenced pond which often fills with moss and leaves and may be difficult to spot.

Telephone: There is a payphone on the premises.

*WiFi: This is now available, but please note that intermittent connection problems can sometimes occur and should not be relied upon. We are pleased to provide free WiFi at this cottage which is supported by BT.

Access: The accessibility guide is for guidance only. For up to date photos, please see the images on the webpage.

Powders is down a path from the parking area and there is a number of steps down to the property.

Offers: Guests will benefit from a late Sunday checkout of 4pm at this cottage.

Free parking at all National Trust car parks on Lizard on production of booking details

Logs: Supply of seasoned beech and ash logs from a local National Trust plantation available: £5 for one night, £10 for two, £15 for three or £20 for an unlimited supply for the duration of your stay.

Local suppliers: Guest discount offered to National Trust guests by Lizard Adventures and Dan Joel Surf School

Please note: The cottage sits on the banks of a river and care must be taken. Young children should not be left unattended in the garden.

The lower path leading to the quay gives immediate access to very deep water when the tide is in and a very sharp drop onto the beach if the tide is out. Please note the quay is currently out of use.

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About the Acorn rating

To help find the best cottage for you, we have created our own quality rating system for our holiday cottages called the Acorn rating. Ranging from 1-5 Acorns, the rating gives you an indication of a property’s facilities, fixtures and fittings, with five being the highest quality level. The Acorn rating is not connected to any other industry rating system that may be used for holiday cottages and is only to be used as a guide that covers location, style of interior and the facilities you may be looking for. We do not set our cottage pricing based on the Acorn rating we have given a cottage as all our cottages are of an individual nature. Therefore, we recommend that all factors are considered when making your choice. In addition, some of our cottages are curated to be sympathetic to their time period. This means that they might not have all of the aspects of modern living, but impress in so many other ways.

1 Acorn: simple living accommodation with basic furniture and fixtures fit for purpose and clean. Running water and a toilet are provided. There could be some limitations to heating and washing facilities – details of these will be stated clearly on the cottage's webpage. Bedding, linen and towels are supplied with a few exceptions, which are again clearly stated). Facilities for basic catering and living are provided. In general, a 1 Acorn cottage does not have WiFi.

2 Acorn: a mid-quality range of furniture and fittings. Bathroom facilities are basic or there may be a high number of guests to bathroom ratio depending on the size of the cottage. Very few 2 Acorn cottages have WiFi and the kitchen white goods and washing facilities are basic. Bedding, linen and towels are supplied in all 2-5 Acorn cottages.

3 Acorn: a good, standard offer. Generally it is correctly proportioned for the number of guests but could have a few compromises, for example a small kitchen, or a lower bathroom to guest ratio. The variety of white goods available will be better than a 2 Acorn cottage.

4 Acorn: these cottages have more premium furniture, fittings and lighting. Additionally the ratio of bathrooms to guests is likely to be higher, and the bathrooms would be more likely to have separate and spacious showers instead of showers over baths.

5 Acorn: a luxury accommodation offer with very few limiting factors. This is the highest offer available. It is well-equipped and has spacious facilities throughout the cottage or is set within an extraordinary location or building. The furniture is of a high standard, and has real comfort for modern living.

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