The Helford River is one of the most attractive rivers in southern England. Much of the surroundings are owned by the National Trust and are covered with footpaths linking unspoilt villages and coves along its shores. It was the setting for Daphne du Maurier’s romantic novel Frenchman’s Creek but nowadays is better known internationally as one of the best sailing areas in Britain.

The Helford hamlet was part of the Trelowarren Estate. It rose in prominence as a trading port with France, unloading rum, lace and tobacco. Later, the hidden creeks and wooded moorings of the estuary were used by smugglers.

It’s in this setting that Kipling Quay, a three-bedroom 1940s house is for sale for the first time in 30 years. It has its own slipway, and views up and down the estuary and long water frontage. Adjoining the house is a level slate-paved terrace for dining out. And beside the drive is a small beach capable of mooring 4 small boats.

The village of Helford has an inn, post office, store and sailing club. The town of Helston is better endowed with shops and schools. The house is for sale through Jackson-Stops & Staff Truro office 01872 261160 with a guide price of £1.65 million

For more coastal properties, look out for our special Coastal Property Section in Country Life May 28

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