About the boathouse

About the Boathouse

The Boathouse faces South looking across the Helford River. As you sit on the sundeck overlooking the beach, all you hear is the water lapping on the shore, the wind rustling the leaves of the ancient woodland behind you and seagulls, oystercatchers and buzzards calling.

History around the Boathouse

Captain William Bligh, before he went on his adventures in the Bounty, was surveying the river for the Admiralty, putting Pedn Billy on the admiralty charts, when he was apprehended at Frenchmen's Creek, as a suspected French spy! Just out of sight, towards Gweek is Tremayne Quay which was especially built in anticipation of a visit from Queen Victoria. Towards the west you can see Frenchman's Creek where Daphne du Maurier's novel was set. Much of the granite for the embankment in London came down the river from Port Navas. SOE (Special Operations Executive)  requisitioned the main Pedn Billy house during WWII, so there was much clandestine activity off the beach, especially leading up to the D-day landings.



Relax and enjoy the house

The ground floor is a spacious open plan with dining area, well equipped kitchen, sitting area and separate WC and wash basin. A patio door leads to the sun deck overlooking the beach and another onto the fully enclosed lawned garden. The first floor has one double and one twin bedroom, each with spacious wardrobes. There are two extra beds that can be put in either bedroom or downstairs, if required. The bathroom has a bath, wash basin and WC. There is a separate shower cubicle.

You have magnificent views over the river from every room.

If you need further accommodation, Swallow Cottage is available to let. This is a fully equipped cottage that sleeps 4, in one double and one twin bedroom, across the courtyard from the main Pedn Billy house - a short walk up from the beach.

Modern facilities

The property is fully winterised with electric heating in all the rooms.  It is insulated to a very high standard and has Class A double glazing in all windows and doors. Domestic hot water and electricity are well augmented by solar thermal and photovoltaics which are sympathetically integrated on the nearby owner's boatshed roof.

Plans and layout