Part of me wants to keep Bishops Quay as a treasured secret, but the other part wants to say don't hesitate to book your stay here right now.
Bishops Quay is a gorgeous property right on the Helford River with a balcony that gets the sun from morning till it goes down at night. It has its own very private garden with table and chairs looking straight out over the private quay. Visitors have the use of a small motor boat (at a very reasonable cost) plus a little rowing boat and canoes and kayaks and even a sailing boat if you know how.
Bishops Quay feels very private. It is hidden away at the end of a lane and it is very peaceful: you can't hear any road noise and you can't see any other houses. There aren't even many other boats going by.
If you don't know the Helford River, it is a magical place with ancient woodlands leading right down to the water. It is an estuarine river and one of the joys of staying here is siting on your balcony and watching the tide go in and out. As the water recedes egrets, shelducks, curlews, gulls and the odd cormorant fly down to enjoy the rich pickings on the mudflats. There are even binoculars provided so you can get a closer view of the spectacle.
The house is really comfortable and well equipped. The sitting room looks out onto the balcony and the river beyond. There is everything you could want in terms of entertainment, including flat screen TV, Sky Plus and DVD player. The kitchen has everything you would need and there is a little outhouse with washer dryer and freezer.
The master bedroom is huge with a bay window and window seat where you can perch and look down on the river below. There are windows on all three sides of the room and it almost feels like you are hanging out over the water. It is incredibly quiet at night and the bed is large and very comfortable. You will sleep very soundly indeed.
Now as if this wasn't enough what makes Bishops Quay stand out from the rest are the owners, the lovely Kate and Ben Kirby. On arrival we were greeted by a freshly boiled kettle , a tea set all laid out with delicious cakes and biscuits baked by Kate who is a very, very good baker. There were also fresh eggs from Kate's chickens and a jar of her homemade blackberry and apple jam. For the fish eaters among you (like me) there is also the joy of being able to buy fish straight from Ben's fishing boat as it lands at the quay. Monkfish and dover dole this week: absolutely delicious.
I can't recommend this place highly enough. This is the second time my husband and I have stayed. It is without doubt the best rental property we have stayed in and the welcome from Kate and Ben couldn't be warmer.
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