Budock Vean Lane, Helford -  Guide Price £850,000

Helford House, Budock Vean Lane, Mawnan Smith TR11 5LH

Idyllic ‘New England’ style house on the Helford River Estuary with private pontoon

  • Large open-plan living room with wood-burner

  • Kitchen

  • Utility

  • Cloakroom with WC and wash-basin

  • 3 bedrooms (1 en suite)

  • Bathroom

  • Private driveway and parking area

  • Wooded gardens

  • Timber deck

  • Private jetty/pontoon

  • Established holiday letting income

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Located on one of Cornwall’s most desirable private roads but hidden from view on the banks of Port Navas Creek behind its own private pontoon, this pretty detached property is a real holiday hideaway. Budock Vean Lane is one of the area’s exclusive residential addresses, usefully sandwiched between the wooded creek and the Budock Vean Hotel resort, spa and golf course.

The creek itself is a tributary of the beautiful Helford River estuary. The charming village of Port Navas comprises a handful of stone cottages at the head of the creek, beside its very own village hall and yacht club with restaurant. Once home to the Duchy Oyster Farm, a historic stone quay sits opposite the house and plays host to the annual Port Navas Regatta. In the 1800s granite was exported from here for London's Tower Bridge. The nearby villages of Constantine and Mawnan Smith provide a good range of shops and amenities, including the Constantine Stores wine and spirit merchants, whilst the university and harbour town of Falmouth is about 5 miles away.

The Helford River river has a number of deep-water moorings, and is home to the Helford River Sailing Club and Helford River Children's Sailing Trust. There are two local waterside pubs: the thatched Shipwrights Arms on the south side of the river and the Ferry Boat Inn on the north side. This part of Cornwall is blessed with one of the mildest climates in the UK, and this is illustrated perfectly at Trebah Gardens and Glendurgan above the north bank of the estuary.

Road links to south Cornwall have much improved in recent years and the A30 dual carriageway just to the north of Truro connects to the M5 motorway at Exeter. Truro has a railway station on the London to Penzance mainline with overnight sleeper service. Newquay Airport provides daily flights to London Gatwick.


Approached by a steep path from the private parking area down through the trees, which adds to the magic of the setting, it is only as you descend and are nearly at the front door that you can really appreciate this very special house. The raised wooden deck accessed from the sitting-room is a great place to dine when the weather is good, and when you want to get closer to the water, there is a riverside patio in the lower garden which also gives access to the private jetty/pontoon, which is a rarity in itself. Designed to make the most of this amazing location across the river from Port Navas, Helford House is a very special ‘one-off’ holiday home.

The large sitting/dining-room with wood floors is a great space for entertaining and with double doors opening onto the decking and a wood-burner for those cooler evenings. The spacious master bedroom also enjoys the waterside views and the bunk-room up the hall is ideal for your little explorers. The second double room, overlooking the front garden, has a charming, sloped ceiling which, although compact, has space enough for two and a built-in en suite shower.


The small boathouse on the foreshore to the left of the house is owned by the neighbouring property and not part of the sale.


Port Navas Yacht Club – about 250 metres by boat, Constantine – 3.5 miles, Helford Passage – 1.5 mile, Falmouth – 5 miles, Truro – 14 miles (mainline railway station), Newquay Airport – 33 miles (daily flights to London) (all distances approximate).