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Wildwood Holt | Luxury Self-Catering Cottage | Helford, Cornwall

Wildwood Holt

St Martin, Helford, Cornwall, UK

Enveloped in birdsong and cradled by scrambling blooms, Wildwood Holt sits at the heart of a deep Cornish valley near the Helford River on the Lizard Peninsula. With its own babbling brook, enchanting secret gardens and interiors designed to let the wilderness flow throughout, this rustic-luxe self-catering retreat is a true escape to nature, where getting lost in the woods has never been so appealing.


Set amidst an impressive private estate near Cornwall's illustrious Helford River, this luxury self-catering cottage was designed to celebrate the romantic woodland setting in which it hides. Peeking out from the propped-up-by-trees porch covered in clambering vines, the powder blue front door is a welcome sight for weary travellers, presenting an escape so far from city dwelling that one could almost forget such things exist. Accessed via a footbridge over a crystal clear babbling brook and with fragrant rose bushes, delicate cosmos and climbing clematises at every turn, here is a home where all of the senses can be satiated. Pretty, charming and all-encompassing, there’s idyllic, and then there’s Wildwood Holt.


Exposed wooden beams foraged from the neighbouring woodland crisscross every bedroom, stairway and nook, while crooked branches hanging from thick garden twine dry bunches of wild flowers and sweet-scented herbs. Much of the furniture inside the cottage, including the kitchen bench and children’s cabin bed, has been handmade by the owners and their family, ensuring love and care has gone into every inch of this bucolic abode, while a cleansing palette of soft whites, muted florals and sun-bleached wood channels the atmosphere of elaborate garden rooms, where all attention is focused on the swaying greenery outside the hand-carved oak windows.


Oriental magnolia, vibrant azaleas and twisting rhododendra flow through Wildwood Holt’s potager garden which, even on the freshest of spring mornings, invites al fresco coffees and games of Pooh sticks over the footbridge. A rustic pergola, smothered in creeping ivy and topped with glowing festoon lights, encourages long summer suppers which linger well into the night and the lush lawn calls for afternoon siestas atop blankets, South-Cornwall style. Tempting as it is to stay within this stolen slice of Eden, the azure waters of the Helford River and golden sands of Kynance Cove await sandy adventures, Kingfisher spotting and rope swinging galore.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 8 guests from £5,450 per week
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsThere are three double bedrooms on the first floor of Wildwood Holt (one with an en suite shower room) along with one twin bedroom perfect for children, featuring one sleigh bed and one cabin bed. The family bathroom includes a freestanding rolltop bath and walk-in shower and there is a separate WC on the ground floor.
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  • PetsSorry, no pets
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: FridayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10amTimes may vary due to Covid-19 requirements, please refer to your booking.
  • FamilyYes, children are very welcome. A cot and highchair are available.
  • PracticalitiesThere is parking at Wildwood Holt for three cars at the end of a country lane (unsuitable for low-slung cars) by the footbridge. The kitchen includes an electric Aga, electric oven and hob, toaster, microwave, coffee grinder, dishwasher and an American style fridge-freezer. There is a separate utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Due to the open woodland, the stream running through the garden and steep drops, parents are advised to supervise children at all times. Owing to the charming nature, age and location of the property, although perfectly safe, due care is to be taken in the house and grounds.
  • Homestay includesLuxury welcome hamper of local produce, Smart TV with Netflix, Bluetooth speakers, record player and vinyl, WiFi internet, coal barbecue, recipe books, logs and kindling to get you started...House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
  • Additional extrasA handpicked selection of unique experiences are available at this property.
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Wildwood Holt´s open-plan living area is perfect for coming together in
A rather tempting spot for a quiet afternoon cup of coffee

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Down towards Cornwall´s Lizard Peninsula, Helford´s hidden creeks, harbour sunsets and country homes will charm guests seeking a peaceful retreat, with the river, valley and woods forming a naturally beautiful backdrop.

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Getting there

  • On the Map The cottage is situated near Helston, within close proximity to the Helford River.
  • By Car Wildwood Holt is sat in Cornwall's remote Lizard Peninsula, just under six hours' drive from central London; 
  • By Train The closest train station is Falmouth which is a 40 minute taxi ride from the cottage (please note that advanced booking is essential).
  • By Air The closest airport is Newquay, a 90 minute drive away.

From the owner

“This is the perfect place to relax and unwind from the stresses of modern-day living. Only a short drive away are surfing beaches, quaint Cornish fishing villages, the incomparable Helford river and the countless treasures to be discovered on the Lizard Peninsula.”

From the owner

Built in 1800 for the then Governess of the Trelowarren Estate, Wildwood Holt is situated at the end of a long, winding lane in a deep valley near the Helford River. When we first bought the house over 30 years ago it had none of the modern facilities you would expect in the late 1980s, and the previous owners used to get their water from a well up the road!

We spent our first six months here cutting and burning the laurel which had covered the garden before discovering what lay beneath. We then planted it with all the beautiful flowers you see today, making it a real secret garden hidden within the woods.

Wildwood Holt is our much-loved family home. We have raised our children here and gone through all the ups and downs of life with this as our base. It is a real home in a fairy-tale setting, amidst enchanting woodlands with a magical stream running by. The jumping fish and darting dragonflies are your neighbours. Birdsong provides the background music and by the evening, as the moonlight glows through the trees, the babbling stream sings your lullaby. 

Jane and Anthony

Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in Helford with an insider’s perspective.

Kynance Cove
To Do

Kynance Cove

Golden sands and turquoise waters make Kynance Cove close to Lizard Point one of the UK´s most beautiful and infamous beaches. Wander the coast path, dip in the sea and grab a slice of cake from the notorious café.

Frenchman´s Creek
To See

Frenchman´s Creek

Touted as one of the most romantic spots in Cornwall, this pretty creek on the Helford River was the inspiration behind Daphne du Maurier´s novel of the same name (and makes the perfect picnic spot!).

Roskilly´s Farm
To Eat

Roskilly´s Farm

Wander the farm which famously produces one of Cornwall´s favourite ice creams. Watch the Jersey cows being milked, browse the pottery and gallery and amble around the ponds with a double cone in hand!

The Poldark Trail
To Do

The Poldark Trail

Follow in the footsteps of 18th century Cornish tin miners on an atmospheric tour of Poldark Mine in the Wendron Valley, now a World Heritage Site.

Unique extras

Enhance your stay with a unique experience from one of our preferred suppliers. From professional in-house chefs to luxury at-home spa therapists and wine delivered to the door, see what’s on offer for your bespoke escape.


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