Cornwall LivingIssue #95

Up the creek

There is so much to be discovered in the secret creeks that snake through the Duchy.

The ebb and flow of the tide, the cry of the curlew, the electric-blue flash of the kingfisher — this is what defines Cornwall’s creeks. You can explore these magical places by kayak, stand up paddleboard or small boat, and they can be amazing for wild swimming. A retreat by a creek is never to be forgotten.

Roselyn Cottage, Fowey river

Tucked away up a tributary of the famous river Fowey is Lerryn, one of Cornwall’s best-kept secrets. This ancient village is a tranquil place and the area is reputed to be the inspiration for Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows. It is home to Roselyn Cottage, a contemporary creek-side retreat that boasts its own Finnish wood-fired hot tub. Two kayaks come included, so you can paddle yourself all the way to historic Fowey and then back home — which can be done easily in a day.

Little Wood, the Helford

Cutting into the side of the Lizard peninsula is the iconic Helford river, a haven for wildlife, mussel and oyster beds, and (leisurely) watersports such as sailing. The river is spacious, so you can find plenty of quiet places to walk, reflect and go for a swim. Frenchman’s Creek is here – the setting for Daphne du Maurier’s famous novel of the same name. Nestled on the river’s south side is the picturesque village of Helford and Little Wood cottage. Stylish and modern, this retreat is new to Forever Cornwall’s portfolio and perfectly positioned to explore the Helford’s waterways.

The Gem, the Gannel

On the western edge of Newquay, the Gannel flows out past the well-known and award-winning Crantock beach. The estuary is characterised by golden sand that reaches far inland, making it a great place to explore by foot at low tide. Overlooking this paradise is Pentire headland, home to The Gem Luxury Cottage. With private access to the sands this retreat is easy-going and chic, and offers a unique perspective on this famous holiday destination.

Forever Cornwall has a handpicked selection of cottages located in coastal and creek-side places just like these. So, make sure to book your 2020 escape today and experience everything that Cornwall’s creeks have
to offer.



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