Cornwall at its most quintessential: tucked into a little cove on the southern bank of the River Helford, just a kayak’s paddle away from Frenchman’s Creek and the hamlet of Gillan. The Boathouse is the nearest thing to a boat without actually being on the sea – but with the waves lapping at the deck you won’t have far to go to dip a toe in Cornish waters.
Bring your own craft along for a holiday and use the private slipway, or walk over to the neighbouring village of St Antony at low tide and hire for the week – they’ll deliver direct to the beach. You may be hiring the house but you’ll want to spend most of your time outside, messing about with fishing nets, rockpooling and leaping in and out of boats (the drying room for wetsuits comes in handy).
Owner Suzy designed the house for big family gatherings: a pot big enough for lobsters, a huge games room, two dishwashers for efficient clean up after home-cooked dinners. But smaller groups and families – even couples – will feel right at home taking just one floor. Outside it’s real Swallows and Amazons stuff, but inside there’s a log burner and superfast Wi-Fi.