The Helford River, Mellinzeath and Lorelei

The Helford is a picturesque spot in south Cornwall which is very popular with locals and tourists and home to two wonderful gardens, Glendurgan and Trebah Gardens, a number of pubs, like the Ferry boat and Shiprights, a passenger ferry service that has been in existence for over 300 years and has been immortalised by one of Daphne Du Maurier books.

The Helford River sits between the west side of Falmouth and the east side of the Lizard Peninsula offering the hustle and bustle of the popular harbour side town of Falmouth a short drive away from this tranquil landscape. Popular with walkers, birdwatchers, sailors and divers you can relax on one of the many small beaches, explore the rocky shores or hire kayaks to spot crabs, starfish, seals and many other wildlife in this area of scientific interest and outstanding beauty.

Fed by seven creeks –  Ponsontuel Creek, Mawgan Creek, Polpenwith Creek, Polwheveral Creek, Frenchman’s Creek, Port Navas Creek, and Gillan Creek its shoreline is over 50km long and is home to five main settlements – Gweek, Port Navas, Helford village, Helford Passage and Durgan. Gweek is the largest of areas on the river and is home to the Gweek Seal Sanctuary, a wonderful place to visit with the family to see Seals and learn about the rescue and rehabilitation work the sanctuary carries out in the Cornish waters.

Forgotten Houses have two houses in the Helford area, perfect for getting away from it all in this beautiful part of Cornwall. The first house is Lorelei, an impressive holiday home overlooking the beautiful river, with waterside acess via a sweeping garden and room for up to 10 people it is a perfect for a catch up with friends or a family get together. Just look at those views.

Our second house is the romantic Mellinzeath, a beautiful chocolate box cottage nestled in the countryside near Constantine and perfect for up to 4 people or a romatic getaway with the other half. Boasting a large open fire, utter peace and quiet and a very rural location.

Mellinzeath Holiday Rental Cottage