The Boathouse

Manaccan, Cornwall
+44 (0)1803 752371

Contemporary boathouse for all the family. Find rock pools, a shingle beach and plenty of ozone in the salty Cornish air


14 beds


6 bedrooms


Sleeps 14

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

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.

The Boathouse Cornwall View out to sea from the outside seating area with wine, glasses and flowers on the table

We think you'll love

  • The flexible space - perfect for extended family holidays
  • Being on the water, especially if you’ve got your own boat
  • The secret cove setting
Cosy lounge with wood burner and a balcony offering views out to sea

You should know

  • Bathrooms are on the functional side
  • The exterior of the house is rather underwhelming


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Short breaks available in low season.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


Nightly price
from £107
Weekly price
from £750
Damage deposit
Reduced rates for groups and couples, from £750 per week.
1 House for 14
From £10714 beds6 bedrooms


The Boathouse is an absolute delight and a joy to return to such a luxurious well appointed and cared for property after a day spent sightseeing at The Lizard or Falmouth maybe, both within easy reach - or visiting local villages and secluded coves. The location is on the coastal path and the scenery can soon become beautifully rugged, inland the villages, like Helford, are just a treat to the eye, nestled on the banks of the river ! With the sound of waves lapping on the shoreline and views to die for, this is truly a gem of a property in a location to die for !

PHILIP, Bromley

Just to say thank you and let you know that we had the most wonderful weekend in your fabulous house! What an amazing place and so beautifully decorated and kitted out, you had thought of everything. The children especially loved being so close to the water and spent ages in their kayaks just messing about, it really was magical. In fact, we all loved our stay so much I wondered whether it might be possible to book for the same weekend next year?


What a lovely week we’ve had at the boathouse . Also the weather was fantastic and we were able to use our boat . The boathouse is fabulous, you’ve thought of everything. One little thing my husband noticed the waste pipe outside the kitchen has separated and is allowing water to go into side garden. Hopefully we can stay with you again later.


I loved The Boathouse on Flushing Cove with its little beach and views out to sea providing the setting for a perfect holiday. The beautifully furnished and equipped family home can equally suit those wanting a cosy couples escape or a large group of 14 and anything in between.Walkers, sailors, wildlife watchers and escapists can just relax and while away the hours here... sublime!

Valerie, Sawday's inspector

Just returned from a fabulous week in the Boathouse with family/ friends. What a great place to stay. Directly on the waters edge with great views out over the bay we had so much to see & do just outside the front door. We followed the coastal paths in both directions, walked out around the headlands at low tide & walked across to the other side of the creek without getting our feet wet. Lots of places within easy distance - Lands End, Lizard, Minack Theatre. Accommodation was great - very well equipped kitchen, comfy lounge with wood burner and very comfortable bedrooms. Highly recommended.

Zoe, London

We had a fab time thank you. You have a beautiful home and we thoroughly enjoyed our time there. Only complaint that it wasn’t long enough. Leonie and Neil cooked us an amazing meal on Saturday and we all dressed up appropriately. Thanks for the recommendation. Thanks once again for sharing your house with us.


The Boathouse is an amazing place, with a wonderful view over the sea and the beach below. The house is very spacious and comfortable with exceptional attention to detail. Two dishwashers was quite a talking point and very useful. We stayed as a family party of adults and young children and all loved the place. There are plenty of places to visit not too far away, but we actually spent most of our the time relaxing, enjoying the view and rock pooling on the beach with the children. Now working out how soon we can get back there.


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The neighbourhood

Coastal walks start from the beach and run along the banks on either side of house – famously accommodating local café Fat Apples is down the footpath in Saint Keverne, which has a butcher and a baker (though no candlestick maker) and a handful of sweet little shops and pubs set around a pretty square. The villages of Helford and Manaccan have more restaurants, including much-lauded South Café (scallops, mackerel, local veg).

Local points of interest from Suzy Goulding

  • Boat hire (sailing, motor, kayak) and moorings from St Anthony. Hired boats can be delivered to the beach or you can walk over at low tide.
  • 2 Tennis courts available for hire in Manaccan (5 mins by car).
  • The house is on the coastal path so there are fabulous walks from the doorstep.
  • Tate Modern. National Maritime Musuem, Seal Sanctuary, Flambards are all within an hours drive as are a number of stunning gardens including Trebah.
  • 2 High Chairs and 2 Cots provided upon request.
  • Owner provides a list of tried and tested recommendations of pubs, restaurants, places to visit and things to do in the immediate area when you book.


Suzy Goulding

Suzy Goulding and her two sons have tried and tested every inch of The Boathouse over the last 20 years, expanding and updating along the way to keep up with their ever-growing family. Suzy’s a keen sailor of dinghies and yachts and can recommend all the best places nearby for a pootle; when you book she’ll divulge all the best pubs, restaurants and ice cream shops, but otherwise you’re left to your own devices.