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

At-a-glance details

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Preferred changeover day Monday
  • Minimum stay 2 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 Cover 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.

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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 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: 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.

Barbeque: Provided on request.

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

We have applied a 1-5 acorn rating to each cottage to be used only as a guide that covers location, style of interior and facilities you may be looking for. The range runs from 1 Acorn at a more basic level such as Bird How which due to its stunning yet remote location doesn’t have a caretaker through to 5 Acorns at the highest level – such as Shute Barton.

Cottage pricing is not judged on the Acorn rating alone and as all our cottages are of an individual nature we recommend that all factors are considered when making your choice.

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