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Tangle Belle | Luxury Self-Catering Cottage | Helford, Cornwall

Wander into the leafy woodlands of The Long Valley near Helford in Cornwall’s wildest, remote corner and emerge through the trees to a magical clearing which wouldn’t look an ounce out of place in the pages of a fairytale. Knotted botanicals, a babbling stream and an enchanting cottage you’ll want to keep all to yourself, Tangle Belle is the peaceful escape you’ve been longing for.

Self-catering holiday cottage, Helford River


Far from the cries and noise of inner city living, this luxury home nestled in the arms of nature is the perfect escape for couples and families longing for tranquillity. Just a short drive from the idyllic Helford River to the east and the rugged Lizard Peninsula to the south, this self-catering home is wonderfully placed for both gentle, shaded days with toes dipped in the burbling river and heart-thumping hikes along the South West Coast Path.

Bedrooms and Bathrooms

There are two sunny bedrooms at Tangle Belle; throw open the double doors in the king-size bedroom and enjoy the sound of the woodland as dappled sunlight streams in through the canopy of trees above. The bright twin bedroom flaunts wooden floorboards and wood clad walls, and shares the Jack-and-Jill family bathroom with the king-size bedroom.


The cottage’s private gardens offer enough beauty and serenity to quell the busy mind, and with a sunny decking and riverside seating, you’d be forgiven for not venturing beyond the borders of the grounds. If one does leave, a wealth of Cornish riches await just a hop, skip and a jump from Tangle Belle; swim in the turquoise waters of paradisiacal Kynance Cove, visit sub-tropical gardens thriving in the balmy south Cornwall climate and put-put along the quiet waters of the Helford River with not a care in the world other than where to stop for lunch.

For Relaxation

Sit with feet swinging just above the river on the stone clapper bridge which leads to the cottage, book in one hand and steaming cup of tea in the other, and laze the day away to the sound of birds chattering overhead. By night, cook a fish supper fresh from the owner’s boat and watch the stars come to life against midnight skies.


There is off-road parking for two cars. The approach to the property is a rural lane and can prove difficult for low-slung cars; when the river runs high it may not be possible to drive through the ford to park next to the property, but alternative parking is available. There is an electric Aga, dishwasher, washer and dryer.


  • SleepsUp to 4 guests
    From £950 per week, £695 per short break
  • Alternative Group OptionUp to 2 guests
  • Your Home Stay IncludesLinen, towels and logs for the fireDigital Property GuideDiscover what else you can look forward to...
  • BedroomsDoubles: One king size bedroomTwins: One twin bedroom
  • BathroomsOne Jack-and-Jill family bathroom with shower over bath
  • FamilyIn-house babysitting (on prior request)Children: Yes, children are very welcomeCots: One cot is availableHighchairs: One highchair is available
  • BBQA charcoal BBQ is provided as well as a fire pit
  • PetsTwo well-behaved dogs are welcome
    Each pet is charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Mod Cons43" Smart TV with Netflix and DVD player, Bluetooth digital radioInternet & Communications: Superfast Wi-Fi internetMobile Signal: Check reception maps
  • Arrivals & DeparturesArrival Day: FridayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • Other InformationProperty terms and conditionsFrequently asked questionsRecommend to a friend

Style: With a pared-back inspired-by-nature interior, neutral hues and natural linens combine in this tranquil woodland abode

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Our Take

Property Curator Jess says

The welcoming open-plan interiors and high ceilings create a great sense of space at Tangle Belle; I adored the stylish rusticity of the cottage and loved the fact that the owners even offered us the freshest catch of the day from their fishing boat.

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Out & About

Discover places to see and things to do whilst in and around St Martin, Cornwall to truly enhance your stay come rain or shine!

Insider Info Beyond the woodland lies the Helford river and its many famous and beautiful creeks (including Frenchman's Creek of Daphne du Maurier fame) and the nearby Tremayne Quay. Both of these are National Trust and can be explored by foot or boat. Local traditional fishing coves such as Cadgwith, coastal paths, sandy beaches, quaint villages such as Coverack, or the oft photographed Kynance cove are all just a short drive from Tangle Belle on outstanding Lizard Peninsula.

Exploration Opportunities Within the estate there's plenty to explore - within a mile of the property you'll find a Victorian folly, The Mound; the highest point on The Lizard, an Iron Age Hill Fort, a river formed by the Ice Age and 18th century gardens.

For Little Ones Visit the famous Cornish theme park 'Flambards'- a day out kids of all ages will love. Test your nerves on the rollercoasters, or go back in time and dress up in period costume to make for a unqiue portrait for the family album! 

The Cornish Coastline Don't forget your walking boots- the rugged and wild Cornish coastal path is a rambler's delight! There are numerous stunning beaches and beautiful coves to explore- plenty of opportunity for surfing, water-sports and dolphin spotting!

Historical Trails Follow in the footsteps of 18th Century tin miners on an atmospheric tour of Poldark Mine. Situated in the picturesque Wendron Valley, now a World Heritage Site, once the scene of intense industrial activity; the site's attractive surroundings and gardens belie its industrial past. 

Nearest Beaches St Anthony 3.6 miles (sandy), 5.38 miles to Porthwallow Cove (pebbly), 5.9 miles to Gunwalloe.



There is a great farm shop just a short distance from the property, selling everything from homemade marmalade to award-winning pasties, scrumptious cakes and lots more! Owner Ant is a fisherman and lands the freshest catches of the day from the Helford River (weather and tides permitting), so ensure you get your order in early. The cosy country kitchen complete with electric Aga makes for an authentic self-catering experience.

In-House Catering

If you'd rather spend your break indulging in the little luxuries, let an in-house chef prepare a mouth-watering meal for you and your party (on prior request and subject to an additional cost). 

Eating Out 

Amelie's At The Smokehouse, Porthleven (20 minutes away) is well worth a visit. The New Yard Restaurant is also excellent and a mile's pleasant woodland walk away. Do ask the owners for their favourites and they will happily indulge you with their insider knowledge!

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Disclaimer: These particulars, whilst believed to be accurate, are set as a guideline so should not be relied upon as a statement of fact. The photographs show aspects of the property at the time they were taken and it should not be assumed that the property remains precisely as displayed. If there are points of particular importance that need clarifying before you book, please ask our team.

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