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East Lodge

near Helston, Lizard Peninsula, West Cornwall

Ground Floor Accommodation
Sleeps: 4
7 nights
£1735 - £2250
Available from a minimum of 2 nights


  • Sleeps four
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • One super king, one twin bedroom, both en suite
  • Suitable for a baby (travel cot and highchair available)
  • Children are welcome
  • Sorry, no pets allowed
  • Cottage garden
  • Private heated hot tub
  • Barbecue, sun loungers and garden furniture
  • Summerhouse
  • Welcome hamper, linen and toiletries
  • Ample parking
  • Covid-19 measures* (see Visitors' Notes)

Property layout

  • Ground Floor Accommodation:
    Large open plan living area comprising:
    Sitting/dining area with wood burning stove, Smart TV and round dining table seating four; well equipped breakfasting kitchen area with island seating four and bi-fold doors onto the garden.
    Super king bedroom with a 6’6″ bed and an en suite with slipper bath, walk-in rainfall shower and twin sinks.
    Large twin bedroom with 3’6″ beds, a spacious separate dressing area and en suite with rainfall shower and twin sinks.


  • Electric panel heaters, wood burning stove
  • Electric oven, ceramic induction hob, Tassimo coffee machine, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer
  • 43″ smart LED TV
  • Wireless internet access*
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Hot tub
  • Sun loungers, garden furniture and barbecue
  • Selection of books
  • Ample parking


  • All the accommodation is on ground level in a peaceful setting.
  • Furnishings are modern and tasteful and luxury equipment enables guests sharing to enjoy considerable comfort.
  • There are two large bedrooms, both en suite..
  • Beds are equipped with fine cotton sheets and duvets as well as mattress toppers for ultimate holiday comfort.
  • Short breaks of two nights are available.
  • The comfortable accommodation for one or two couples or a family provides an ideal setting for breaks at any time of the year with ample parking.
  • Surrounded by a lawned garden with hot tub, summerhouse, sun loungers and garden furniture, providing a space for alfresco entertaining.
  • As well as the exclusive privacy of their own, guests can enjoy the 20 acres of Bonython Estate gardens at any time during their stay.
  • The proximity of several typically Cornish coves, world-renowned beaches, cliff top walks and fishing villages are a great draw for those who want to explore further.
  • Though many parts are now rightly famous – Southern Cornwall retains quiet places, even in the height of summer.
  • Close to shops and amenities in the small towns and villages nearby. The Wheel Inn is within a 10 minute walk.
  • All the Poldark locations are easy day trips from Bonython.

Floor Plan

East Lodge, is one of five exquisite holiday cottages we offer set in the tranquillity and seclusion of the magnificent Bonython Estate. Guests can enjoy the renowned Bonython Estate Gardens beyond the cottage’s own courtyards. Situated six miles south of Helston, the cottage is close to the magnificent beaches and coves of The Lizard Peninsula. Eight minutes' drive brings you down to Poldhu Cove and the wonderful coastal paths.

East Lodge is detached and surrounded by its own gardens, complete with a bubbling hot tub for moments of ultimate relaxation. The cottage overlooks farmland and is accessed from a private estate road – offering quiet seclusion and peace – the perfect getaway for four with two en-suite bedrooms and style equivalent to a 5-star hotel! Newly restored in a classic ‘New England’ style, it is principally on one level – with traditional cladding and decorated in restful tones with a tasteful simplicity.

Each bedroom has en suite facilities – with a slipper bath for romantic couples in the main bedroom as well as rainfall showers in both. The bedrooms are of similar size – the main with a super-king size bed, and the second bedroom with two single beds. The beds have luxurious Egyptian cotton sheets with down duvets and all pillows and towels are of the finest grade. There are heated towel rails and under floor heating in both bathrooms..

The open plan living area comprises a sitting and dining area with wood burner and a breakfasting kitchen area with bi-fold doors onto the garden and paved seating area. The kitchen is equipped with everything you need for a luxurious holiday stay. There is also a separate utility area and boot room equipped with laundry facilities including a washing machine and tumble dryer.

There is wireless internet access and a Smart TV in the sitting room. All principal rooms have fine, limed-oak flooring and the best, solid wood, ‘Plantation’ style shutters. Coffee, tea and milk - plus soaps and cleaning materials are provided for guests, of course. WiFi is provided free of charge. A cot and high-chair are always available. East Lodge is very hard to beat for style, luxury and location.

East Lodge is completely private and surrounded by a tranquil garden. You'll find two sets of tables and chairs and a charcoal barbecue for alfresco meals. A bubbling hot tub awaits to the side of the property for moments of ultimate relaxation, plus two sun loungers for soaking up the afternoon rays. Cosy inside-outside living awaits in the summerhouse, with a coffee table and sofa..

Rated as one of the ‘Great Gardens of Cornwall’, Bonython Estate Gardens comprise 20 acres and offer excitement and surprises, with colour and interest in all seasons. Remodelled in recent years to include a contemporary water feature behind the delightful Georgian house, stroll through an eighteenth century Walled Garden, a traditional Potager Garden and an orchard of Cornish variety apple trees, on through parkland to a series of three small lakes, each with different atmosphere and planting with a stream cascade in a sheltered valley.

Bonython is a traditional, mixed agricultural Cornish estate with the 18th century Manor, farm and woodland stretching almost from one side of the peninsula (the Helford River) to the other (the beach at Poldhu Cove) with each shore just over a mile away.

For those who want to explore further, the magic of The Lizard Peninsula is close by with world-renowned beaches such as Kynance Cove and Kennack Sands, coastal paths, historic coves and numerous fishing villages such as Mullion, Coverack and Cadgwith. Mullion (2 miles), the largest village on the Lizard, is famous for Cornish crab and lobsters. Its many amenities include shops, convenience stores, inns, cafes and restaurants, craft shops and art galleries.

Our other four properties on the Bonython Estate are Bonython Farmhouse (sleeps 10), Mews Cottage (sleeps 6), which adjoins St Corantyn Cottage (sleeps 4) and Spring Water Barn (sleeps 2). Please check out their links for more details.


With so much to see, it’s hard to do the Lizard Peninsula justice! You can click here to read our blog post ’12 great reasons to book a Lizard Peninsula holiday’ which spreads the word about this unique region.


The beautiful and renowned Bonython Estate Gardens are available to guests to enjoy the tranquility beyond the cottage’s own courtyards.


The closest beaches are:

Poldhu Cove Beach (2.7 miles). Visit The Marconi Centre and discover the fascinating historical advances made in transatlantic radio communication.

Polurrian Cove Beach (3 miles).

Mullion Cove Beach (3.5 miles). Walk along the thick harbour walls dramatically surrounded by tall stacks of black volcanic rock.

Gunwalloe Church Cove Beach (4.5 miles). Visit St Winwaloe Church located right on the beach, dating from the 13th century and also, due to its location, known as the Church of Storms. Scenes from ‘Poldark’ of the terrible shipwreck at night were filmed on the beach.

Cadgwith Cove Beach (6 miles).

Dollar Cove Beach (6 miles).

Kennack Sands Beach (6.8 miles).

Kynance Cove Beach (7.3 miles).

Coverack Beach (7.6 miles).

Loe Bar Beach (7.7 miles).

Porthleven Beach (7.8 miles).


Apart from the magnificent gardens at Bonython, there are plenty of other gardens in the area which are open to the public:

Bosahan Garden, Manaccan, Helston (6.4 miles).

Trebah Garden, Mawnan Smith, Falmouth (10.7 miles).

Godolphin House & Estate, The National Trust, Godolphin Cross, Helston (11 miles).

Glendurgan Garden, The National Trust, Mawnan Smith, Falmouth (11 miles).

Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, Gulval, Penzance (17.2 miles).

Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, St Ives (19.8 miles).

Trereife House & Gardens, Newlyn, Penzance (20.4 miles).

Trengwainton Garden, The National Trust, Madron, Penzance (20.4 miles).

Trelissick Gardens, The National Trust, Feock, Truro (21 miles).

Trewidden Garden, Buryas Bridge, Penzance (21.2 miles).

Tresco Abbey Garden, Tresco, Isles of Scilly (boat trips to the Isles of Scilly from Penzance).

The Eden Project, Bodelva, St Austell (40.3 miles).


MULLION (2.2 miles) is the largest village on the Lizard. A great spot for fishing with a number of boats for hire that can take you out for a few hours or an entire day. Walk along the thick harbour walls dramatically surrounded by tall stacks of black volcanic rock. Mullion is the largest village on the Lizard and has shops, convenience stores, inns, cafes and restaurants, craft shops and art galleries.

GWEEK (5 miles), on the north bank of the Helford river, is a pretty village and home of the Cornish Seal Sanctuary. It has a very good Pub, The Black Swan.

HELSTON (5.8 miles) is a pleasant busy market town famous for its Flora Day Festival and the many stories and legends about the “Furry Dance” are told in the fascinating Helston Folk Museum. The Blue Anchor is an historical pub in the centre of Helston dating back to the 15th century. Explore the Penrose Estate (National Trust) and take a ride on the Helston Railway.

CADGWITH (6 miles) is an attractive fishing village on the Lizard with two small east-facing shingle beaches either side of a rocky promontory.

LIZARD VILLAGE (6.2 miles), situated on the most southerly point of England, has an old Lifeboat Station, Lizard Lighthouse and lovely walks to Kynance Cove or Cadgwith and pretty Landewednack Church Cove.

HELFORD (6.4 miles) is a pretty village nestled around the creek. A foot ferry takes passengers to the delightful gardens of Trebah and Glendurgan. Hire a motor or sailing boat and explore the still meandering creeks and inlets of the Helfords waters. There are beautiful walks up river to Frenchman’s Creek.

COVERACK (7.4 miles) is a picturesque Cornish fishing village with a small sand and pebble beach on the eastern coast of the Lizard peninsula.

ST KEVERNE village (7.6 miles) is one mile inland from the coastal path and has a beautiful church, whitewashed cottages, two public houses, restaurants and shops clustered around the village square which really comes alive at the annual festivals of the Ox Roast, Carnival and Rodeo.

PORTHLEVEN (7.7 miles) is one of south west Cornwall’s hidden, coastal gems. The iconic clock tower sits on the harbour entrance and the pubs, shops, cafés and restaurants, including the new Rick Stein’s, cluster around the historic inner harbour, where there is plenty of boating and marine activity.

MARAZION (14.6 miles), is home to the iconic castle, St Michael’s Mount. Mounts Bay and Marazion Marsh are home to hundreds of species of wildlife.

FALMOUTH (14.8 miles). Attractions include Pendennis Castle (English Heritage), the multi award winning National Maritime Museum Cornwall and the award winning Falmouth Art Gallery (free entry). Ferries criss-cross the water connecting Falmouth with the charming harbour town of St Mawes and the city of Truro.

PENZANCE (19 miles) has many shops, pubs and restaurants as well as cinema, bowling and laser quest. there is easy access to the beautiful Isles of Scilly by ferry. Have a wander around Morrab Gardens near the seafront. Art galleries include Penlee House Gallery & Museum and The Exchange Gallery.

ST IVES (21 miles) has a thriving art scene – the cobbled streets are filled with quirky shops, galleries and lots of fabulous restaurants. Attractions include the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden and Tate St Ives.

TRURO (22.6 miles). Cornwall’s one and only city, with Truro Cathedral taking centre stage.


Poldark Tin Mine & Gardens, Wendron, Helston (8.5 miles).

King Edward Mine Museum, Troon, Camborne (14 miles).

East Pool Mine, The National Trust, Pool, Redruth (16.2 miles).

Cornwall Gold – Tolgus Tin Mill, New Portreath Road, Redruth (17.4 miles).

Geevor Tin Mine Museum, Pendeen (26.8 miles). Geevor tin mine is one of the largest preserved mine sites in the country and a Cornish Mining World Heritage Site.



Check out our blog on Poldark filming locations, all easy day trips from Bonython. The closest, just a mile from Bonython, is Church Cove, Gunwalloe, next to Dollar Cove. Other locations include: St Breward and Charlestown to the east; Porthcothan, St Agnes Head and Wheal Coates to the north; and Botallack, Levant and Porthgwarra to the west. All the coves and beaches are quite as beautiful as they look on screen, but all are deceptive, changing from sunny, peaceful places to dreadful deathtraps for ships on a lee shore when gales howl.


Bonython Manor and its estate gardens were the location for the Rosamunde Pilcher ZDF film adaptations ‘The Prime of Life’ (Blüte des Lebens), ‘Summer of Awakening’ (Sommer des Erwachens) and ‘Anwälte küsst man nicht’ (loosely ‘Lawyers Do Not Kiss You’).

Rosamunde Pilcher’s name has long been synonymous for outstanding entertainment, both for her novels – which have sold over 30 million copies all over the world – and for the ZDF small-screen adaptations of her works. Some of the actors who have been at Bonython are Esther Schweins, Jan Sosniok, Hugo Egon Balder and Edmund Kente. A treehouse was built for one of the films, and retained as a feature of the garden.

In Germany, Rosamunde Pilcher is a household name, because of her position in German TV ratings for over 20 years where the ZDF films of her books are watched by around six million people. The first ZDF Pilcher movie, ‘The Day of the Storm’, was screened in 1993 to over eight million viewers, and more than 100 films have been made since. Bonython has been chosen as a location for several of the films.

Rosamunde Pilcher was born about 15 miles away from Bonython in Lelant, and she says that that it all started here in Cornwall, “on the beaches, sitting on the rocks and making up little stories in my head, a long time ago.”

For more information, check out our blog on Rosamunde Pilcher filming locations.


Goonhilly Earth Station, Goonhilly Downs, Helston (2.9 miles). Please check the web site before your visit as the Visitor Centre may still be closed for refurbishment.

Flambards, Culdrose Manor, Helston (5.5 miles). A large selection of rides and indoor attractions and exhibitions to suit everyone.

Roskilly’s Farm Ice Creams, Tregellast Barton Farm, St Keverne (7.7 miles).

Chysauster Ancient Village Iron Age settlement – English Heritage, New Mill, Penzance (19.6 miles).

Lanyon Quoit Chambered Tomb, Madron (22 miles).

The Mermaid of Zennor, Zennor (23.3 miles).

Tregiffian Burial Chamber (English Heritage), near St Buryan (26 miles).

Porthcurno Telegraph Museum, Porthcurno, nr Penzance (28 miles).

Minack Theatre, Porthcurno (28.3 miles). Cornwall’s world famous open-air theatre, carved into the granite cliff and set in glorious gardens overlooking the spectacular panorama of Porthcurno Bay, shows both local and national productions.



5 St Piran’s Day, Penzance (19 miles).
The St Ives Feast – Hurling the Silver Ball, St Ives (21 miles).
Falmouth Spring Festival, Falmouth (14.8 miles).
The Truro Festival, Truro (22.6 miles).


Falmouth Spring Festival, Falmouth (14.8 miles).
The Truro Festival, Truro (22.6 miles).
Trereife Easter Food and Craft Fair, Trereife House, Penzance (20.2 miles).
Porthleven Food and Music Festival, Porthleven (7.7 miles).
Trevithick Day, Camborne (14.6 miles).


St Ives May Day, St Ives (21 miles).
Helston Flora Day, Helston (5.8 miles).
St Ives Literature Festival, St Ives (21 miles).
Fal River Festival, Variety of venues around the Fal River, Falmouth, Truro, Roseland.


Fal River Festival, Variety of venues around the Fal River, Falmouth, Truro, Roseland.
Penzance Literary Festival, Penzance (19 miles).
Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival, Falmouth (14.8 miles).
Golowan Festival, Penzance (19 miles). The two main events are Mazey Day and Quay Day.
Murdoch Day, Redruth (15.5 miles).


St Buryan Rally, St Buryan (24.2 miles).
Marazion Carnival, Marazion (14.6 miles).


St Keverne Ox Roast (7.6 miles). Usually taking place on the first Wednesday of August, the whole of the village celebrates with brass bands, entertainment, stalls, refreshments and of course an ox roast. The first slice of beef goes to the highest bidder.
Falmouth Week, Falmouth (14.8 miles).
Helford Passage Regatta, Helford (6.4 miles).


St Ives September Festival, St Ives (21 miles).


Falmouth Oyster Festival, Falmouth (14.8 miles).


Montol Festival, Penzance (19 miles).
Tom Bawcock’s Eve, Mousehole (23 miles).

Things you need to know about East Lodge if you’re thinking of booking a holiday there:

  • Smoking is not allowed inside any of our properties
  • Sorry, no pets are allowed at this cottage
  • Minimum stay 7 nights Friday to Friday during Summer High season
  • Minimum stay 2 nights at all other times except Christmas and New Year which is 4 nights
  • There are areas of unfenced water on the Estate, and the farm lane is uneven. Children and infants must be supervised on the Estate
  • * Covid-19 measures for this property:
    In full compliance with the hospitality industry cleaning protocols and safety guidance.
    Intensively cleaned and sanitised.
    Contact-free check in and check out.
    Complete privacy and exclusive use of the cottage during your holiday.
    Date changes for all existing and new bookings if the lockdown measures are extended or re-imposed.
    Naturally isolated.

*Internet access is offered at this property for recreational purposes only and is not meant for business use. Speed/service may vary depending on the package obtained by the owner which is provided to guests free of charge. Should guests experience difficulties or loss of use, neither the owner nor the agent will be held responsible.

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