Here are some of the questions we get asked quite frequently:
Are the gardens totally dog proof?
Interesting question, it really depends on the dog. There are adequate fences, walls and hedges to keep the vast majority of dogs in but if you have one those really determined, escapologist types then you need to be mindful as you would anywhere else.
Can I leave the dog on their own in the cottage?
Unfortunately not, for the sensible reason that your dog is in a strange environment and may behave unpredictably. We tend to take our dog with us and leave him in the car. However we have installed large outside kennels at each property which gives you more flexibility. Some of our guests bring a crate for their dog so that they can be left safely which is fine with us. Check our dog code for more info.
Can we walk to the pub?
The walk to St Breward is mostly up hill but is only about 1.5 miles. You can always get the local taxi firm to collect you and walk back! There are pubs in the nearby villages of St Teath, St Tudy and also in Camelford, all walkable for the keener amongst us.
Are there any dog friendly places to eat locally?
Yes lots, our favourites are the the Old Inn in St Breward, the White Hart in St Teath, the Blisland Inn at Blisland and the Port William in Trebarwith.
How far is it to the beach?
Nearest beach is Trebarwith, which is about 20 minutes drive, its dog friendly and has a great pub, the Port William. See our beaches section for more information.
Is there any livestock on the land?
There are no animals on our land except guest’s dogs. We have changed the way we manage the land so that we don’t need it to be grazed by cattle and sheep which makes it ideal for our guests and their dogs. There is often livestock in neighbouring fields which we have no control of but there is good fencing on all boundaries. When the grass gets longer we cut tracks through to make it easier for you.
Can we swim in the pond / river?
We don’t advise it for humans, dogs are fine in the river. One of our guests said that their dog got into difficulty in the pond because of the weed, but that is cleared annually. Our advice is only to let your dog in the pond if you’re sure they are a strong swimmer.
Will my mobile phone work on site?
Yes it will, not always right at the bottom of the hill but in and around the cottages has good coverage.
Is there Satellite TV?
All the TVs in the cottages have access to Freeview channels through built in digiboxes or through Sky boxes which get 80+ channels of TV and radio. Unfortunately as far as Sky are concerned we qualify for hotel rates on their packages and the prices are ridiculous!
Is there internet access on site?
We have a dedicated office building with internet access which is accessible to all guests, the wifi password is provided in our guest book. The challenges of passing the wifi signal through granite walls means that we cant share it effectively to all the properties. Cornwall is still in the process of upgrading the old copper network to fibre and as soon as it does this at Helsbury we will be able to implement a site-wide solution. Most pubs, cafes and restaurants offer free wifi for when you are out and about.
Are there DVD players in the cottages?
Yes there are and there a few DVDs knocking about, but feel free to bring your own and do remember to take them with you when you leave!
How far are you from Eden Project?
Eden is about a 40 minute drive, it’s south west of Helsbury, the other side of Bodmin. It’s signposted from the A30.
What’s the phone number for Rick Stein’s?
01841 532700 – you can also book online at http://www.rickstein.com
When’s the best time to fish?
Fishing the river Camel on Helsbury land is really best at the back end of the year when the river is fuller. There are sea trout running from late summer, the salmon tend to start a bit later. It all finishes on 15th December.