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Essentials

The important stuff

  • Check in is between 4pm and 6pm (other times may be possible by arrangement)
  • Check out is before 11am
  • Sleeping arrangements

Extra space available

Space for 1 pet no charge.

Kids & Pets

Children are welcome although there’s only the double bed. One dog may be brought.

Cooking

  • Two burner hob, small dualit oven
  • Fridge

Washing

  • Bathroom with double ended bath

Heating, lighting & bedding

  • Electric radiators in bedroom and living room
  • Towel rail in bathroom
  • Wood burner in living room
  • Electric lighting
  • All bed linen and towels provided (but bring your own beach towels!)
  • Plug sockets throughout

Entertainment

  • Playing cards and an assortment of board games in the wooden chest by the wood burner
  • Novels and plays in the lobby, as well as local guide books

Activities

At Halzephron House

Devise your own play and perform in Halzephron House's very own open air cliffside amphitheater, with only your partner to watch...

Places to Visit 

  • Lizard Point - 20 min drive - See the seals lazing on the rocks and visit the Lighthouse, then try the huge meringues at Polpeor Café overlooking the Point. If you’re lucky you might see the choughs too.
  • Cadgwith - a picture postcard village and harbour with small inshore fleet. Buy fresh fish and crab or visit the pub.
  • Porthleven - a working fishing port with many excellent restaurants, cafés and pubs.
  • Helston- an old stannary town, famous for the Flora Dance which happens every year on 8th May. Lovely old Georgian streets, Farmer’s Market on first Saturday of the month, cinema etc.
  • A trip to St Ives is an absolute must. It gets very busy during high season though, so you might be best off getting the train in at these times. Leave your car at Lelant Saltings and take in sweeping Carbis Bay with the beautiful pale sand dunes and turquoise sea. Visit the Tate and the best gallery in Cornwall for contemporary art, the Millennium. There are plenty of restaurants and cafés to choose from but Roger & Lucy recommend Black Rock, Hub for homemade burgers and the Porthminster and Porthemeor Beach Cafés.
  • Falmouth - your hosts' chosen town for eating and shopping. Stone’s and Baker Toms are both fabulous bakeries, Espressini is apparently the best café in Cornwall for coffee and hot chocolate, and try Providore for incredible, feisty, flavourful food. Or if seafood is your thing, try the Wheel House, but do check opening times first.
  • Penzance - visit Chapel Street and the Daisy Laing vintage shop and the Exchange gallery.
  • Further afield there’s Newlyn with the freshest of fish - the Bouillabaise at the Tolcarne Inn is well worth a try!
  • St Michael’s Mount - (20 minutes) - Magical place and great fun to arrive by boat or walk across the sound.
  • Flambards Theme Park in Helston (10-minute drive) - all the usual rides and a very interesting Victorian village display, complete with shops. Sit inside the cockpit of a Concorde and Britain in the Blitz experience.

Outdoor & Active

  • This is an area geared up to outdoor activity, and guests tend to spend their time on the beach, walking the coastal path, fishing, boating, rock-pooling, playing golf (Mullion Golf Club is a ten minute walk) and visiting local sights. Lizard Point (Britain’s most southerly) is a short drive away as is the Helford River and it’s glorious sub-tropical garden.
  • Walk to Porthleven, just over an hour, passing the beautiful Loe Pool and the Penrose Estate on the way, look out for migrating birds from the hides around the lake. Try and spot the unique Loe Trout or even sword Excalibur, rumoured to have been hidden in the lake.
  • For children over eight, and all adults, the Barefoot Surf School, a National Trust Ambassador business is located at the beaches at the bottom of the lane and caters for groups and individuals wishing to learn to surf or those aiming to improve existing skills.
  • You can book a massage treatment at the Cabin with local therapist Fiona Lockhart. Or unite the body, mind and spirit with an individual yoga session led by Tanya Strike on the lawn with the ocean as the backdrop.
  • Alternatively, there’s a local spa where you can spend the day lazing by the pool, indulging in organic beauty treatments and a delicious locally sourced lunch.
  • Halzephron House is perfectly positioned to reach many activities. Barry Mundy, a local fisherman in Mullion can take you out on a sea fishing trip or you could rent your own boat and spend the day pottering along the gentle creeks of the Helford River.
  • Visit Kynance Cove at low tide to see the double sided beach (this isn't possible at high tide). There's a National Trust café and incredible rock formations, and is frequently voted one of the best beaches in the world.
  • Why not try the ‘green gym’ created by the National Trust around Loe Pool? This is approximately a 20-minute walk away along the coastal path.
  • If you have a four wheel drive you can drive across the track through the middle of the golf course and on to Mullion. This takes 15 minutes of the journey and you pass three gorgeous beaches on the way! Please stop for golfers taking a swing though...

Food & Drink

At Halzephron House

There will be tea and fresh coffee, organic milk and homemade biscuits or cake provided when you arrive.

The nearest shop is Sainsbury’s 10-minute drive away on the outskirts of Helston but there are many shops in Helston itself and a Farmer’s Market on the first Saturday of each month.

The B&B is licensed and wine/champagne can be provided for you if you arrange this with Lucy in advance.

Pubs & Restaurants

There are plenty of wonderful restaurants that can be booked for you with some advance warning. This includes the famous Halzephron Inn (real ales, delicious local food and a warm welcome), which is just a 5 minute stroll into the village.

Lucy & Roger often eat at Newyard Restaurant, which serves fabulous local food with an excellent wine list, a 10 minute drive away through a beautiful estate.

Kota in Porthleven - one hour walk away on coastal footpath or 20 minute drive. Superb food, recently recognised by Michelin. Owner Jude influenced by his Maori/Malaysian heritage.

Kota Kai - same owner as above, but offering a more informal diner with tapas style portions, great for families.

The Square at Porthleven - gets great reviews from guests. 

Ben's Cornish Kitchen, Marazion - reasonably new with a great reputation.

Meet your hosts

Meet Lucy & Roger

Lucy and Roger have been at Halzephron House for 10 years. Roger is a film and installation artist who works from home and Lucy runs the B&B.

Wildlife & Environment

Right on the Cornish Coastal path, choughs, ravens, peregrine falcons, kestrels and buzzards have all been seen here. The coastal wildflower meadows are home to butterflies, bees and grasshoppers. From your ‘secret garden’ hidden on the cliff, you can look down over Halzephron Cove - if you’re lucky you might spot the resident seal, and even dolphins on a calm day. Be warned though - it’s a definite climb down to the Cove below, not a walk… Halzephron’s 4 acres are bordered by SSSI cliffs in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with the National Trust for neighbours. Halzephron House has 16 solar panels to help its energy use and carbon footprint.

1 Halzephron House and Cabin Aerial

Getting there

Halzephron House, Gunwalloe, Helston, Cornwall, TR12 7QD

By train

The nearest station is Redruth, 20 minutes' drive away, but Lucy and Roger recommend getting off at Truro as the last part of journey is very slow and you could reach the Cabin by the time you reach Redruth by train.

There is a bus stop in the village, 10 minutes' walk away, but with very infrequent service so it's best to bring a car!

By car

Take the ring road around the town and follow signs for The Lizard and RNAS Culdrose. About 2 miles outside Helston you will approach the entrance to Culdrose. Continue and 1/2 mile up the road turn right, signposted Gunwalloe. Continue down this twisty lane for approximately 2 miles into the village. Take the road to Church Cove, pass the Halzephron Inn and up the hill. Halzephron House is at the top of the hill with white castellations, unmissable. There is a large car park at the side of the cottage before the house. Please knock on the Halzephron House grey front door on the lane and Lucy will show you to the Cabin or Observatory.

***BEWARE*** If you're using a SatNav, please ignore once in the village as it will misdirect you and take you to the beach or the neighbours farmyard!

Booking Terms

Canopy & Stars low price promise
 
Book with us in confidence knowing you won’t find that place cheaper elsewhere. All of the prices we display are set and matched by our Owners. (In this world of foreign currency, we do have to say 'subject to exchange rates' for some of our European places.)

What does ‘from price’ mean?
 
Our ‘from price’ is based on a four night stay in low season and designed to help you to compare different prices across our collection. Some of our Owners vary their nightly rates and check in days throughout the year, so it may differ from the rate quoted below the calendar. It is quite common (although by no means universal) for places to charge a little more in peak season or for shorter stays, to cover changeover costs. Consider booking longer stays during the cooler months if you’re looking for the lowest nightly rates.

Agency Terms & Conditions

Except where otherwise specified, we Sawday’s Canopy & Stars Ltd Company No 09088366 of Merchants House, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RW act only as an Agent in respect of all bookings we take and/or make on your behalf. Sawday’s Canopy & Stars is part of the Alastair Sawday’s Group of Companies. We accept no liability in relation to any contract you enter into or for any services or arrangements you purchase (“Booking(s)”) or for the acts or omissions of any supplier(s) or other person(s) or party(ies) connected with any Booking. For all Bookings, your contract will be with the supplier of the Booking in question, and in most cases this will be the owner of the property you’ll be staying at (“Owner(s)”). When making your Booking we will arrange for you to enter into a contract with the Owner of the Booking. Your Booking with us is subject to these Agency Terms & Conditions and any specific booking conditions of the relevant Owner(s) you contract with. The Owner’s booking conditions may limit and/or exclude the Owner’s liability to you.

You may decide to make more than one Booking with us at the same time. The price charged in total for more than one Booking will always equal the prices charged separately for each individual Booking. All Bookings are available to be purchased separately at the same price as they are when more than one Booking is made. This means that any multiple Bookings do not constitute a package as defined in the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992.

By making a booking, you agree that:-

  1. you have read these Agency Terms & Conditions and agree to be bound by them;
  2. you consent to our use of your information in accordance with our Privacy Policy;

and

  1. you are over 18 years of age and where there may be age restrictions in place, you declare that you and all members of your party are of the appropriate age.

 

The Canopy & Stars online booking system enables Guests to make Bookings 24 hours a day. A Booking is confirmed on receipt of a 25% non-refundable deposit for all Bookings with check in dates of more than 10 weeks away. For all Bookings that have a check in date of less than 10 weeks before check in, payment for the Booking will be required in full and the entire Booking will be non-refundable. The Canopy & Stars telephone booking line is open Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm. When using the online enquiry form, for those Properties without online booking, please allow 24 working hours for us to contact you by telephone to confirm the Booking. If we are unable to reach you by phone we will attempt to contact you by email. We will contact you during Canopy & Stars working hours (Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm). Online or email enquiries will be dealt with in the order they are received, but please be aware that we cannot guarantee reservation of your selected dates until the receipt of suitable payment. Therefore, if possible, we do recommend that you book on the Canopy & Stars website using the online booking system.

 

1. Booking and payments

 

1.1 In order to confirm your chosen Booking, you must pay a non-refundable deposit as required by the Owner of the Booking in question (or full payment if booking within 10 weeks of the date of your check-in).

 

1.2 Your Booking is confirmed and a contract between you and the Owner will exist when we receive payment of the deposit and send you a booking confirmation on the Owner’s behalf. This booking confirmation will normally be sent out within 24 hours in the case of email and seven working days in the case of post, and will contain the details of your Booking and of payments made and due. If you have not received your booking confirmation within the specified time, please notify us as soon as possible by email (bookings@canopyandstars.co.uk). Please check your confirmation carefully and report any incorrect or incomplete information to us immediately. As we act only as booking Agent, we have no responsibility for any errors in any documentation except where an error is made by us.

 

1.3 We're sorry for any inconvenience, but payments can only be made by credit and debit cards. A 2% surcharge will be applied to credit cards. We do not accept American Express, cheques or cash.

 

1.4 Where a deposit has been paid, full balance payment will be due 10 weeks in advance of your check in date and a reminder will be sent to you two weeks prior to this date, where applicable, by email. We automatically take the balance payment using the same card as used to make the deposit payment. It is your reponsibility to advise us if we should use a different card and to contact us by telephone (0117 204 7830) to arrange for alternative payment method. If the balance payment does not successfully go through as there is a problem with your card, such as it expiring, then we will contact you to try and take alternative payment. If we have been unable to take payment after two weeks of the balance due date, then with regret, we will notify the Owner who may cancel your Booking.

 

1.5 Except where otherwise advised or stated in the booking conditions of the Owner concerned, all monies you pay to us for a Booking will be held on behalf of the Owner(s) concerned.

 

1.6 Credit Card payments are processed via Alastair Sawday’s Publishing Co. Ltd who provide merchants services facilities to Sawday’s Canopy & Stars Ltd.

 

2. Cancellation and Amendment by You

 

2.1 Any cancellation or amendment request must be sent to us by email (bookings@canopyandstars.co.uk) and will be considered and responded to within one working day of receipt. You are also advised to confirm all changes to our Customer Services Department by calling 0117 204 7830. Please ensure that you have received written confirmation of any changes to your Booking prior to travel. Whilst we will always try to help, we cannot guarantee that such requests will be met.

 

2.2 Amendments and cancellations can only be accepted in accordance with the booking conditions of the Owner of your Arrangements. The Owner may charge the cancellation or amendment charges shown in their booking conditions (which may be as much as 100% of the cost of the Arrangements and will normally increase closer to the date of departure). The Owner may charge cancellation or amendment charges in accordance with its own booking conditions, however for the sake of convenience only, we have outlined the Owner’s charges at clause 2.3 and 2.4 below. Please note that these are the Owner’s own cancellation and amendments charges, not Canopy & Stars’, and therefore the Owner may vary their charges as they wish, without notice to us. The correct charges will be notified to you at the time of your cancellation or amendments.  

 

2.3 Owner’s General Cancellation Charges:

2.3.1 Cancellation by you at any time will result in your deposit being forfeited, as all deposits are non-refundable.

 

2.3.2 All monies paid for a holiday (deposit and balance) are non-refundable within 10 weeks before check in date.

 

2.3.3 Cancellation of any holiday after it has been paid in full and at a date 10 weeks or more in advance of your check in date, will result in forfeiture of your deposit (or an amount equivalent where one was not paid as the holiday was paid in full) and the balance being returned to you. 

 

2.3.4  Cancellation insurance is available but will be a third party arrangement and not involve Canopy & Stars or the Owner in any way.

 

2.4 Owner’s General Amendment Charges:

2.4.1 Alterations to your Booking can only be made more than 10 weeks prior to the check in date, after which time alterations will be treated as cancellation. All alterations are subject to availability and may incur a £30 adminstration fee.

 

2.4.2 Differences in the total amount payable resulting from alterations will be refunded to you in the case of a decrease in price and paid by you in the case of increases in price.

 

Special note: Generally Owners will charge the above cancellation and amendment charges, however we must stress that these are a guide only and charges may differ from those shown here depending on the Owner. The exact charges will be notified to you by the Owner at the time of cancellation and/or can be found in the Owner’s own booking conditions which are available from the Owner on request.

 

3. Changes and Cancellations by the Owner

We will inform you as soon as reasonably possible if the Owner needs to make a significant change to your confirmed Arrangements or to cancel them. We will also liaise between you and the Owner in relation to any alternative Booking offered by the Owner but we will have no further liability to you.

 

4. Complaints

Because the contract for your Booking is between you and the Owner, any queries or concerns should be addressed to them. In the event that you have any complaint about your stay, please notify the Owner as soon as possible. If you don’t follow this procedure there will be less opportunity for the Owner to investigate and resolve your complaint and so make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Delays may also mean that amount of compensation you may be entitled to may be reduced. Whether or not your complaint is dealt with satisfactorily, please also contact us as we appreciate all feedback. It’s important to us and the Owner to know that you’ve enjoyed your stay or if anything could have been improved.

 

5. Pricing

Canopy & Stars reserve the right to amend advertised prices at any time on behalf of the Owner. We also reserve the right to correct errors in both advertised and confirmed prices.Special note: changes and errors sometimes occur.

 

6. Information & Accuracy

The information and prices shown on this website are varied from time to time and may change between the time you first view a property and make a Booking. You should check that all the details are as you expect prior to making a Booking. It is always possible that, despite our best efforts, some of the properties (including the features and extras available) may be incorrectly described and/or priced. If we discover this is the case after you have made a Booking, we reserve the right to contact you with details of the correct information and/or pricing and will give you the option to:

(1) proceed with the Booking based on the correct information and/or pricing, which may require the payment of an additional amount by you;

OR

(2) subject to availability, change your booking dates to dates when the pricing can be honoured ad so no additional charge to you. In the event that a lower price can be offered for alternative dates then the difference would be refunded;

OR

(3) cancel the Booking. If we do not receive your instructions within 5 days of contacting you, we reserve the right to cancel your Booking without liability to you.

 

7. Our Responsibility for your Booking

Your contract is with the Owner and its booking conditions apply. As Agent, we accept no responsibility for the actual provision of the Booking. Our responsibilities are limited to making the Booking in accordance with your instructions and acting properly in accordance with our legal duties as an Agent. We accept no responsibility for any information about the Booking that we pass on to you in good faith. However, in the event that we are found liable to you on any basis whatsoever, our maximum liability to you is limited to twice the cost of your Booking (or the appropriate proportion of this if not everyone on the Booking is affected). We do not exclude or limit any liability for death or personal injury that arises as a result of our negligence or that of any of our employees whilst acting in the course of their employment.

 

8. Pets

Not all properties accept pets. If you wish to take your pet on holiday, please advise us before booking and we can check whether pets are accepted at the property. You must obtain the prior consent of the Owner before taking any pets to the property. A nightly charge may be made by the Owner for each pet and additional terms may apply.

 

9. VAT

Many of the Owners of properties in the Canopy & Stars portfolio are not registered for VAT in which case no tax is payable. Where VAT is payable, the tax is included in the advertised holiday rental price.

 

10. Visa, passport and health requirements.

Unless you tell us otherwise, we assume that all members of your party are British citizens who hold or will hold full British passports valid for the entire duration of the Arrangements you chose to purchase. Information on visa, passport and health requirements, where given and applicable, is so given on this basis. Requirements may change and you are therefore strongly recommended to check the up to date position with the Owner of the Booking, Passport Office, appropriate embassy or consulate or your doctor as applicable in good time before the commencement of your holiday.

 

11. Insurance

You are strongly recommended to take out personal travel insurance for all members of your party. It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance you purchase is adequate and appropriate for your particular needs. Please read your policy details and take them with you on holiday.

 

12. Special requests

If you have any special requests (for example dietary requirements, cots or room location), please let us know at the time of booking. We will pass on all such requests to the Owner, but unfortunately, we can't guarantee that they will be met and we will have no liability to you if they are not.

 

13. Group Bookings

Not all Owners accept Bookings for a single sex group (for example, a stag or hen party). Guests wanting to make such a Booking should check with us beforehand to enable us to check whether the Owner is prepared to accept the Booking. We will then advise you accordingly. In event that an Owner does not accept this type of Booking then it is with regret, that the Booking may be cancelled and cancellation fees may apply. It is the Guest’s responsibility to enquire with Canopy & Stars and/or check on our website beforehand to make sure that this type of booking is permitted.

 

14. Maximum Numbers

Please note that except by prior arrangement confirmed in writing, only the number of persons specified on a booking confirmation may occupy  a property. Most owners reserve the right to refuse admittance or revoke a booking if this condition is not observed and you are unlikely to receive any refund.

 

15. Your Responsibilities

Please note that you have a contract with the Owner of the property. As such you are under a responsibility to behave in a proper, appropriate and legal manner whilst staying at the property with due respect to the Owner, the Property and other guests and their property. You are responsible for informing the Owner of any losses or damage to the property as soon as possible. Please note that you will be liable to pay the Owner for any losses or damage to the property caused by you or a member of your party (except reasonable wear and tear). Some Owners will also require damage deposits. You must also leave the property by the check-out time specified on your booking. If any guest behaves inappropriately or improperly (of which the Owner will be the final judge on their Property), or illegally, the Owner reserves the right to ask the guest and their party (at their discretion) to leave the Property before the end of the holiday period and/or refuse any future bookings from you.  Any refund for so doing will be at the entire discretion of the Owner. In addition, the Owner reserves the right to sue the guest for any loss, damage or injury caused to the Owner, the Property or to other guests and/or their property. As agent, we will have no liability to you in these circumstances. 

 

16. Governing Law and Jurisdiction

These terms and conditions have been drafted in accordance with and are governed by English law and the courts of England and Wales have exclusive jurisdiction in relation to any and all disputes arising out of these Agency Terms & Conditions.

 

17. Discrepancies

In case of a discrepancy between these Agency Terms & Conditions and any other Canopy & Stars literature, these Agency Terms & Conditions shall prevail.

 

18. Validity clause

In the event that a court finds that a condition in these Agency Terms & Conditions is illegal or void, the illegal or void provision will be severed from the remainder of the Agency Terms & Conditions, which will continue to be valid and have full force and effect.