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The Old Kiln

Helford River
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Pets: welcome
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  • Balcony
  • Dishwasher
  • Garden
  • Mooring
  • Parking
  • Patio
  • TV
  • WiFi
  • Woodburner
  • Seaview
  • Waterside


A stunning, south facing, waterside home with a fascinating history.

The Old Kiln was built around and atop an 18th Century Lime Kiln, which remains visible to this day at ground level. The building was commissioned by letter, in 1968, by Miss Shaw, who at the time was working in Africa as a missionary. After lying vacant for five years, the current owners have lovingly restored this post-modern building, creating a truly exceptional, boutique holiday home for up to six.

A striking property of architectural merit, a distinctive wave-form roof caps a wall of glazing, allowing for 180-degree views of the waterside. Floor to ceiling windows within the vast open plan living area bring the activity of the creek into full view. You’ll delight in watching the world of nature go by from indoors, or from the extensive balcony that runs along the front of the building.

Enjoy languishing in the sublimely beautiful interior, from sumptuous, panelled bedrooms to luxurious, Fired Earth bathrooms. With underfloor heating in the living area and a wood burning stove, toasty toes are guaranteed.



The entrance to the house is via a lane down the side of the Yacht Club, through the Old Kiln garden door and up the lit garden path.

Large open plan living area

The unique wave form roof is supported by floor to ceiling windows, opening onto the full length balcony and breath-taking creek views. Sitting room area with comfortable seating centred around the wood-burner. Dining area with six chairs.


Gas hob, electric oven, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and ample cooking space.

Master bedroom

King size bed (5ft), bedside tables, lamps, clothes storage and beautiful tree lined outlook towards the creek.

Shower room

with shower cubicle, wash hand basin, wc and heated towel rail.

Twin/double bedroom

Super-king (6ft) zip and link beds, which can also be made up as a twin room. (Please state which you require on booking). Bedside tables, ambient lighting and clothes storage.

Family bathroom

with bath, shower cubicle, wash hand basin, wc and heated towel rail.

Lower floor double bedroom

Bijou bedroom with double bed, bedside lights, original 1968 cupboard and drawers full length glazing onto the water

En-suite cloakroom

WC, hand basin, washing machine and tumble dryer.


Dedicated parking for two cars immediately opposite the house, and space for one small car in ‘Old Kiln’ car port.

Woodland garden and balcony

Prepare yourself for some serious relaxing on the vast balcony. The gentle hubbub of activity on the creek, the captivating bird life and southerly aspect make for the most prefect deck chair moments. Ample seating and a barbeque. There are also two secluded seating areas on the other side of the house for the morning sun and a third viewing deck on the upper tier of the garden giving views out over the water and surrounded by wonderful trees and shrubs.


There are two kayaks available for you to hire at the property, the charge is just £100 per week for both. Please note these are to be used at your own risk and to bring your own buoyancy aids.



The quay at Port Navas Yacht Club and The Old Kiln were part of a thriving river business in the 19th Century. Ships brought in lime which was fired in the kilns to be used on the fields as fertiliser, whilst cut granite was shipped from here back up to London and elsewhere. Cut granite from Port Navas and local quarries in the area made up the base for Nelson’s Column, and large parts of London Embankment. The wall nestled between The Old Kiln and Port Navas Yacht Club was once part of the gantry used to put granite into the holds of waiting ships.

Hustle and bustle is now a thing of the past in Port Navas, and it’s industrious former life exists only in traces within buildings and words within textbooks. To be in Port Navas today is to be within one of the most peaceful idylls of Cornwall, where ancient woodland and water meet in a hush of tranquil sounds. The ebb and flow of the tide, the wind through leaves, the gentle pacing of an egret along the shore.

During your stay the fantastic Port Navas Yacht Club is your port of call for food and drink, calling ahead to book on 01326 340065 is recommended.

20 minutes from Falmouth Town, with it’s eateries and coffee shops, Port Navas is also within easy reach of either Constantine or Mawnan Smith village both with local shops and pubs. Nearby you’ll also find the Trengilly Wartha Inn serving delicious pub lunches.



Fantastic location with stunning views and superb interior design. The property was very well appointed with several high quality luxurious touches (quality of bed linen, wine fridge, underfloor heating, log burner, and numerous charging and plug points). Wonderful interior design which is in danger of being spoilt by addition of little ornaments (Metallic squirrel / pine cones / random paintings / gold floor lamp) which seemed out of place and not in tune with the original design concept. The cleaning upon arrival was to a very high standard and could not be faulted. (Water container was full from condenser and so initially the tumble drier wouldn’t operate until it was emptied and we noticed filter needs cleaning). The decking and outside areas were great and again well appointed with plenty of comfortable outdoor chairs etc. The gardens were much bigger than we imagined from the blurb but could have done with a little TLC prior to our visit (paths swept and some of the overgrown shrubs cut back). Kitchen was very well equipped (possibly could have done with a few more mugs, and a salad spinner).


Very helpful and constructive feedback, thank you. We will ensure that there are a few more mugs and a salad spinner in the house for your next visit. The gardens are tended to regularly, however as I am sure you can appreciate one windy night and a sweep is required once again. The owners, housekeepers and team here are so pleased you enjoyed the wonderful Old Kiln and we look forward to welcoming you back there in the spring.
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Arrival from 5pm.
Departure by 9am.
Bed linen included.
Tea towels included.
One set of bath and hand towels per person included, please bring your own beach towels.
Central heating inclusive.
There is no telephone at this property, and mobile signal is variable.
Wi-Fi inclusive.
No smothing
Security deposit, £200, returned within two weeks of departure.

For two cars in a pull in, and one (Mini/Fiat 500 sized) in the small garage. Any additional cars must park in the village, 400 metres away, but please note there is very little free parking in the village, so this is not guaranteed, especially during the summer months.

One well behaved, house trained, dog over the age of one, welcomed @ £20 per week. Please do not leave your dog unattended in the house and ensure they do not sit on the furniture or go in bedrooms. Muddy paws to be cleaned outside please.

One basket of logs provided from October to Easter. Further logs and kindling can be found in the shed in the garden, using the honesty box, at £7 a bag.

Caution: apartment unsuitable for those with mobility issues and very small children.

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