Helford holiday cottage dog friendly sleeps six

Little Wood on the Helford

Stylish and contemporary riverside family holiday home

Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms (+ cot) Saturday Arrival One well behaved dog welcome
The Retreat

A spacious contemporary holiday home offering versatile accommodation sleeping six guests — looking out through trees across the iconic Helford river, and moments from Helford village along a private lane. Little Wood welcomes one well-behaved dog and has ample parking for four cars.

You will access Little Wood via winding Cornish country lanes and as you approach the house you’ll be greeted by dramatic views of the iconic river. The house is set in a large garden on the beautiful wooded banks of the Helford. It offers relaxed open-plan accommodation, a kitchen that will inspire the chef in you, three welcoming bedrooms, and beautifully fitted modern bathrooms.

The house was built in 1986 to take full advantage of the riverside setting, and has been owned by the same family ever since. They have completely renovated and refitted the house in 2019 with new kitchen, beds, furniture and soft furnishings to create a contemporary holiday haven on the Helford. Little Wood is all laid out on one floor with the living area at one end of the property and the bedrooms and bathrooms at the other. The main garden is to the rear and is south-west facing making it an ideal space for al fresco dining and outdoor living. The front garden faces the river and has mature planting and trees — as well as giving private access to the village on foot in around two minutes. Here you’ll find an excellent waterside gastro pub, village shop and deli — and of course the magical river.

Sitting Room inside Little Wood On The Helford holiday cottage

Inside Little Wood

Stepping inside Little Wood and through the entrance hall you are greeted by an open-plan living area, dining space and kitchen. In the living area you have comfortable seating, an open log fire for winter evenings, and a 43 inch smart TV. You have a formal dining area for six, and adjacent to this a beautiful galley-style kitchen with 90cm classic Rangemaster with convection hob as well as an excellent range of appliances, like a Nespresso machine, a 4-slice toaster, and plenty of utensils to bring out the creative chef in you.

The living space connects with the generous conservatory — a bright and pleasant space giving something of a ‘tree-tops’ view of the garden and surrounding area. It has a sofa and easy chairs, making it the perfect space for conversation and family board games. Along the corridor are three comfortable bedrooms. The master bedroom has a king-sized bed and a lovey fully-tiled en suite with a walk-in waterfall shower. The second bedroom is a super king-sized zip-and-link that can be separated into a twin, and the third has a double bed. There is also a beautifully appointed family bathroom — and a cloakroom and separate WC complete the accommodation.

Outside and in the area

In the garden you have outdoor dining for six on the patio, a classic Weber barbeque and sun lounge chairs. The back garden is gated and very private, but please note that it is not totally dog secure as much of its boundary is made up of hedge and shrubs rather than fencing.

Little Wood is ideally positioned for people who want to enjoy the riverside amenities of Helford but who will also value the space and privacy that is afforded by a location set a little back from the heart of the village. The walk into Helford down this private lane takes approximately two minutes at a stroll, and the only traffic you are likely to encounter might be the postman’s van once a day. The lane brings you out just along from the very excellent Shipwright’s Arms — which sits right on the river’s edge almost at the very end of this tidal creek. The village is one of the most picturesque in Cornwall and along with the pub comprises a scattering of pretty cottages, many of which are thatched, a little bridge as well as a ford, and the village shop and deli.

In the wider area there are excellent footbaths and coastal path walks including a ramble round to Frenchman’s Creek and to Kestle Barton with its internationally renowned small art gallery. You can also cross the Helford by foot ferry to the opposite bank (Helford Passage) where there is another great riverside pub (The Ferryboat) and where the coast path continues past the fabulous gardens of Trebah and Glendurgan and along the coast to Falmouth. Within a radius of ten miles you have all of the amazingly diverse Lizard Peninsula, with things to do and places to visit ranging from classic family-friendly or surf beaches, tiny fishing villages, ‘secret’ coves accessible only from the coast path, rare plants and seabirds, astonishing geology, farm shops, and of course mile after mile of some of the most breath-taking coastal walking anywhere in the world.

Things we love about Little Wood

We love the peace and quiet of this location — it’s a hidden away corner of Helford village that you really wouldn’t know was there — and there is a deep pleasure in being able to stroll down your own driveway and emerge right in the hearty of the village. This corner of Cornwall is all about river, creeks and coves. One of our favourite walks anywhere is from the village, up the footpath over fields and along the magical wooded banks of Frenchman’s Creek — then a stop-off at Kestle Barton gallery (open from Easter to end of October) to see what’s on and get a coffee or Roskilly’s ice cream, then back through more fields and woods to Helford. Another joy is eating on the outdoor tables at the Shipwright Arms late at night on a high tide, watching small boats come and go on the little pontoon. Or wandering down to the village, buying morning-fresh Vicky’s sourdough loaf and taking it home for breakfast. Ah the simple pleasures to be had at Little Wood!… the perfect base for a relaxing Helford holiday.

What a fantastic retreat!
What a fantastic retreat! We've had a delicious week tucked away watching the worst of the weather from the cosy sofa, but lucky enough to get out and enjoy some fabulous walks over to Cadgwith, Kynance and Coverack. Particularly loved the walk down to Frenchman's Creek — stunningly beautiful. Thank you for providing such a spotlessly clean and comfortable home. Excellently equipped and a great escape.
Sharon, Steven & Bill — January 2023

Retreat Features

  • A great base for exploring the Lizard Peninsula with its coves, beaches and coastal path
  • Surrounded by great walks including Frenchman's Creek and Helford River
  • Large garden and plenty of open-plan living space — ideal for families
  • Just a two minute stroll to the fabulous food, drink and atmosphere of The Shipwrights Arms by the river
Principal bedroom: king bed with en suite
Bedroom two: super king bed (can be made into a twin upon request)
Bedroom three: double bed
All bed linen and bath towels provided

All bed linen provided
Large well equipped kitchen
Fridge freezer
Rangemaster with induction hob
Nespresso coffee machine
Dining area with seating for six
Living room with comfy sofas and chairs
43 inch Smart TV
Conservatory with sofa and easy chairs
Books and rainy-day games
Free wireless broadband
Family bathroom with bath and walk-in waterfall shower
En suite bathroom with walk-in waterfall shower
Cloak room WC and basin
Bathroom towels provided
Large enclosed lawned garden
Large south-west facing patio area with outdoor dining area
Weber barbeque
Front garden with mature shrubs and trees
Private lane to village
Ample private parking for several cars
Travel cot (no linen) and high chair on request
One well behaved dog welcome
Washing machine
Electric heating and open log fire (one basket of logs included)
Saturday standard changeover
Check in after 4pm
Check out before 10am
Exterior steps with handrail
Single floor property
Not suitable for wheelchairs
Please contact us for more accessibility information


To the west of Falmouth forming one side of the Lizard Peninsula, the Helford River is one of Cornwall’s most beautiful and dramatic areas. Here you will find scenic wooded creeks, typical Cornish villages, award winning sub-tropical gardens and access to some of the quieter beaches of Cornwall. The river has a rich history and has long been one of the most important in Cornwall. A few fishing boats still head out to sea from here and it’s a haven for leisure boating and yachts – as well as for wildlife. There are mussel and oyster beds here too, and rich farm land, giving the area a great reputation for food and drink.

Travel times

  • Little Wood is about 17 miles from the nearest mainline station at Camborne. Regular and convenient services run from all over the UK.
  • A short stroll from Frenchman’s Creek, Little Wood is situated near the picturesque village of Helford, just 25 minutes away from the market town of Helston. Driving time from London is five and a half hours in normal traffic while Exeter is around two and a half hours away. We’ll send you detailed route information before your departure.

Things we love

  • Helford village is one of Cornwall's prettiest villages and has a great gastro-pub by the water (the Shipwrights), a village stores and deli, and a licensed cafe
  • This is a quiet and secluded location, ideal if you want to get away form it all
  • Perfect if you like to be by the water — with a foot ferry to Helford Passage on the far side, with more coastal paths, another great pub (The Ferryboat), and the fabulous gardens of Trebah and Glendurgan all within walking distance
  • Helford is a great base for exploring the Lizard Peninsula with its coves, beaches and miles of spectacular coastal path
Guests Say
  • What a fantastic retreat!

    What a fantastic retreat! We've had a delicious week tucked away watching the worst of the weather from the cosy sofa, but lucky enough to get out and enjoy some fabulous walks over to Cadgwith, Kynance and Coverack. Particularly loved the walk down to Frenchman's Creek — stunningly beautiful. Thank you for providing such a spotlessly clean and comfortable home. Excellently equipped and a great escape. Would have to come back and see the changes in the landscape in autumn.

    Sharon, Steven & Bill — January 2023
  • The perfect home from home

    We have had a fabulous, quiet, relaxing New Year here in Little Wood. Although we have visited Helford many times before, this is the first time we have stayed here and we have loved its beauty, tranquility and discovering the numerous footpaths we did not know existed. Little Wood has been the perfect home from home – warm, comfortable, very well equipped and spotlessly clean. It has been the best place to return to after a muddy walk to do a jigsaw, play scrabble, read a book...and just enjoy. Thank you owners and housekeeper, and Happy New Year!

    Dina, Chris & Tolly — New Year 2023
  • Heavenly

    Beautiful house in a superb setting. Could not have wished for more on my birthday. We have been coming to Cornwall for over 40 years, but never discovered this heavenly part — such a surprise. A walk round Helford Village — so quaint — and up the hill to St Anthony in Meneage, hilly, but worth it. We have very much enjoyed our visit to Little Wood. It was everything we asked for and more. The peace and quiet was so good we slept like logs. Thank you housekeeper for an immaculate house.

    The Tolley Family — November 2022
  • The McCarthy & Hutchens families — September 2022
  • Lovely accommodation

    Lovely accommodation in a beautiful area. Highlights include: walk to Bosahan Cove, swimming in the river there, boating down the river, daily drink/snack stop at the Shipwright's Arms, walk round Frenchman's Creek, Trebah Gardens and visiting local beaches. Thank you for having us.

    The Higmans — August 2022
  • Love love love it here!

    Wow, another wonderful visit to Little Wood. Second visit within the year; this time not only did Arthur our golden retriever come who absolutely loved it, we also bought other family members who could understand why we love love love it here!!! It's home from home and the housekeeper here does an outstanding job of keeping it so very beautifully clean — cleanest holiday cottage we have ever stayed in. See you next year.

    Lawlie, Nick, Arthur & family — August 2022
  • So peaceful

    Little Wood is so peaceful with everything you could ask for in a holiday home. We kayaked and fished along the river, finding some lovely coves to snorkel and fish from. Thank you.

    Maree, Ross, Jack, Fletcher & Ozzy — August 2022
  • Our second family stay

    This was our second family stay at Little Wood and we've loved it again. Can really recommend the stand up paddle-board adventure with Koru Kayaking on the Helford river. We were able to take the ferry directly to Budock Vean hotel which had great food for after. Had a lovely walk to Manaccan; the New Inn was great and we highly recommend 'Penny's Pies' (shop in Manaccan).

    Jane, Steven, Jonathan, Shona & Bella — June 2022
  • So special

    Our second visit to Little Wood for our New Year getaway. We love everything — the house, the location, the local people and the peace and quiet. We will definitely be back for a third visit at some point! Thanks to all that made Little Wood so special.

    Jenn, Paul & Nick — New Year 2022
  • Christmas retreat

    Such a beautiful place to stay. Enjoyed a few walks in the waterfront town but didn't mind staying in either! Couldn't have asked for a nicer Christmas retreat.

    Joseph, Anne-Marie & Olivia — Christmas 2021
  • Such a beautiful and magical place

    Absolutely loved it here! Such a beautiful and magical place. We loved it so much, we've already booked to come back!

    Patrick, Abi & Monty — December 2021
  • Already booked to return!

    We discovered the magic of Helford a couple of years ago but this is our first stay at Little Wood. It's a beautiful, well equipped and very comfortable home and we have already booked to return! We had glorious weather for this time of year and went swimming (wetsuits on) on the 1st November at Poldhu Beach. Have made the return to walks around Frenchman's Creek and Dennis Head which were even more stunning at this time of year with very few fellow walkers.

    The Simkins – November 2021
  • Well worth the visit

    Finally made it to Little Wood after a handful of postponed attempts! It was well worth the visit and we made the most of a 400 mile trip from North West England. We spent three days on various parts of the Lizard Peninsula and three days further afield including Helston, Geever Mining Museum and an outstanding performance at the Minack Theatre. The property is excellent — well equipped, clean and very well located for The Shipwrights Arms which we visited several times. Thanks very much.

    Michael & Susan — October 2021
  • A truly super house!

    What a truly super house! We've loved staying here as you've thought of everything, thank you! We were blessed with fantastic weather and sitting by the river enjoying the good food at the pub – bliss. The ferry trip and walk to Glendurgan are well worth doing. We only went out by car twice!

    Carrie & Mark — October 2021
  • Very pleasant, homely cottage

    Very pleasant, homely cottage in an excellent location. Local walks and the village meant we only used the car twice. The coastal path from the village car park to Bosahan Cove is challenging but worth it! Kennack Sands is worth a visit too and everywhere appeared to be dog friendly. Very relaxing week in a beautiful part of the country. We would recommend Little Wood and the Helford to family and friends.

    Cheryl, Dave & Maisie (the dog) — October 2021
  • Everything that you need

    We have spent a great two weeks relaxing in this lovely house. Plenty of room and everything that you need. Loads to do and see — Porthleven, Church Cove, Gunwalloe, Coverack and many more. We enjoyed taking the ferry over to Helford Passage and scenic walks in each direction. Thank you.

    The Gilberts — September 2021
  • A good base for exploring the Lizard

    We've had a lovely relaxing week here at Little Wood. Great location and a good base for exploring the Lizard as well as more local attraction such as Trebah Gardens. This holiday has reminded us why we love Cornwall so much! Thank you.

    The Galloway Family — August 2021
  • Super house

    Little Wood is a lovely light home with great views of the Helford River. We have stayed in this area for many years. This is a super house, although we haven't been able to use the garden due to the rain, it looks like a great summer space. We always bring our dog Tehya, and she is welcome in the local pub (which we highly recommend). Great food and beer! Super views, at low tide you can walk back via the beach to the ferry boat jetty, then along the path and back up the hill.

    Pam, Ian, Carli, Deb & Tehya — March 2020
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