An architect-designed, dog-friendly cottage that's full of cosy luxury, beautifully secluded near Cornwall's Helford River.
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathroom: 1
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights

You’ll find two-bedroom Daphne Cottage nestled in the heart of Mawnan Smith, an outrageously pretty Cornish village filled with chocolate-box scenery.

Ideally placed for exploring the windswept South West Coast Path, the cottage is also set temptingly close to the Helford River – perfect for tranquil strolls and watery activities of all descriptions.

Next door to the friendly village shop, Daphne Cottage is a former postmistresses cottage lovingly redesigned and hand-constructed by local craftspeople, to provide luxurious  and homely accommodation you won’t want to tear yourselves away from.  Better still, the dog is welcome too!

Equipped with sumptuous treats including Egyptian cotton sheets, fluffy towels, toasty underfloor heating and a Chesney log burner, you’ll find plenty of attention to detail throughout, all set against warm, soft-toned décor and high-end fittings.

Accommodation is generously spaced on ground level (with just a few steps that connect the lounge with the kitchen). The comfortable lounge features plush sofas you’ll want to snuggle in, as you get lost in a book, or catch up with your favourite shows on Netflix.

Cook up a storm in the well-equipped kitchen, with its electric range cooker and SMEG larder fridge. Not forgetting that all-important dishwasher, and the Lavazza coffee machine that promises to get your mornings off to an energising start!

The spacious bathroom is home to a walk-in rainfall shower, and a bathtub with gleaming Lefroy Brooks taps…all that’s left to do after a long day out is fill it up with decadent bubbles.

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At a glance

  • An architect-designed, dog-friendly former postmistresses cottage with two cosy bedrooms, secluded in Cornwall’s scenic Mawnan Smith, close to the Helford River and the South West Coast Path.
  • There is off-street parking for two cars, a furnished patio and a secure garden that’s ideal for children and the dog.
  • The cottage is all ground-level, however please note that there are some steps that connect the lounge with the kitchen.
  • Fluffy towels and Egyptian cotton bedding are provided, along with WiFi, underfloor heating and a Bluetooth speaker.
  • The cottage is just six miles from Falmouth, and is within walking distance of village shops, cafes and a local pub.


  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly


Sleeps up to 4, master double bedroom, double/twin bedroom, bedding & towels provided, bathroom, bathtub, separate shower, fully equipped kitchen, oven, hob, dishwasher, microwave, fridge, coffee maker, toaster, kitchen equipment, dining table & chairs, lounge area, wood burning stove, satellite TV, washing machine, dryer, iron & board, WiFi, heating, garden, outdoor grill, parking.

Local activities

The Eden Project, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, beaches, coastal walks, maritime museum, hiking, birdwatching, swimming, surfing, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, cycle trails, rock pooling, speedboat rides.

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After a conversation and laughter-fuelled evening, head for your deliciously cosy bedroom. The kingsize master features direct access to the terrace, while the second bedroom can be made up as a double or a twin as needed.

On sunny mornings, why not enjoy a hearty breakfast on The Boatshed patio, equipped with a barbecue, outdoor sofas and a dining table? The rear garden terrace is perfect for cocktails by sunset, and you’ll find the garden itself is secure and dog-proofed – ideal for your best friend and your little ones alike.

Now it’s time to absorb yourselves in the delights of the local area. That is, if you can decide where to start!

Hire a boat and glide along the sparkling Helford River, or take one of many tranquil, view-filled walks. You could also grab the passenger ferry to Helford Village, home to a fantastic local pub that’s perfect for watching the world go by.

Just six miles away is the harbour town of Falmouth, bursting with shops, restaurants, and sandy beaches. And of course, the South West Coast Path is begging to be explored.

But if you have trouble fitting everything in, don’t worry. We doubt your first visit to Daphne Cottage will be your last!

Things to note

Pets are permitted upon prior arrangement, check in from 4pm, check out from 11am. No smoking permitted. Minimum stay 3 nights Oct – Mar, 7 nights April – Sept.

Where you'll be staying

Mawnan Smith, Cornwall

What the guests of Daphne Cottage say

“What a fabulous week we’ve had. This cottage is truly beautiful, so tastefully decorated and with very comfortable and luxurious furnishings. Great shower, comfy beds and really well equipped kitchen. We love the Weber bbq and cooked Cornish monkfish on it twice this week – such a treat!  Garden also good for children. The location here is excellent for walking, beaches, boat trips and general exploring. We loved the boat trip to Helford village and lunch at the Ferryboat pub. We also recommend Falmouth to St Mawes boat trip.
Thank you for a wonderful holiday, we loved it!”

“Wonderful week here at Daphne Cottage! Such a beautiful cottage in a lovely setting in Mawnan Smith.  Appreciate the attention to detail in this cottage – it felt very much like home, greatly appreciate and I would love to make a trip back next time in the UK!
The Cove restaurant was fantastic. Enjoyed Trebah Gardens and a ferry ride to seaside pub for a glass of rose. The walk to Maenporth along the coast was spectacular. Lizard Point is a must, breaktaking views and the Red Lion pub was convenient and friendly.”

“We have really enjoyed our stay here and it’s been a pleasure to return to Daphne Cottage at the end of every day. Waymarker and Potager cafe near Constantine are worth a visit.  We would love to return and go on more of the many walks in the local area.  Thank you for the biscuits and provisions!”

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