Why move to the Helston and Falmouth Area?

Helston is an ancient and vibrant market town with cobbled streets, cafés, pubs and weekly markets, and an interesting history. There is a traditional Cornish feel to this south coast town that stands at the gateway to the Lizard peninsula with its beautiful beaches, villages and coastal paths.

The town has a good mix of independent and high street shops to suit every need, including lovely clothing and gift shops (and, of course, ice cream and pasty shops) and nearby supermarkets.

The town boasts a heritage railway, cinema, leisure centre, theatre group and lots of community activity as well as the nearby National Trust Penrose estate, home to Loe – the largest natural lake in Cornwall. Helston is a lively, friendly place with plenty going on; in May, residents celebrate the end of the winter with their traditional Flora Day. From morning til night, we dance in the streets to banish winter and welcome the new season.

Falmouth is a gem of the south coast; blessed with golden beaches, azure seas, quaint streets, and surrounded by glorious countryside – it is an idyllic place in which to live. Then there is the Cornish, slower-paced lifestyle that knows very little of traffic jams and rush. But Falmouth is no sleepy seaside town; the university lends vibrancy, colour and diversity all year round.

Falmouth is bustling with mainly independent shops that provide everything you need without having to leave the town, from hairdressers to fashion and shoe shops as well as the art and craft and surf shops come with the Falmouth lifestyle. The town also boasts a Marks and Spencer, New Look, Specsavers and other staple high street stores.

Falmouth has a glorious history of welcoming traders and visitors from around the globe. The town has held a strategic place in the country’s wartime defences with two magnificent castles built by Henry VIII to watch over the sea and Carrick Roads Fal estuary. It is a big sailing town and many of the town’s businesses are focused around this; there is the National Maritime Museum, Falmouth Marine School, and yacht and boat building and repair businesses. Falmouth Week, held in August, is the biggest sailing regatta in the south west with a lively programme of shore-side events and regular visits from the Red Arrows.

Food and drink

There are plenty of great places to eat and drink in and around Helston and Falmouth.

Helston is the town is home to the Blue Anchor, one of the oldest original inns in the country, where they still brew their own ale. In Helston itself there is Henly’s – a popular bar and restaurant and Boo Koos does great burgers, and in Porthleven you can visit Rick Stein’s seafood restaurant.

And in Falmouth, notably Rick Stein’s fish and chip restaurant, The Cove at Maenporth beach, Italian, Indian, Chinese and Thai places as well as independent and chain coffee shops. Breakfast at the family-run, award-winning Gylly beach café is a special way to start the day.

The local schools

Without exception, Helston and its surrounding area has good primary schools. These include the Ofsted-rated ‘outstanding’ Parc Eglos, Nansloe Community Primary, St Michael’s C of E Primary, Trannach Community Primary, Porthleven Primary and Garras Community Primary. The town’s secondary school, Helston Community College, is also a good school and has a thriving sixth form.

Falmouth School is a good secondary school with a sixth form; Penryn and Truro also have good schools with sixth forms and are easily accessible by train, car and bus. Marlborough Primary School, in the town, has been rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, other local primary schools are good in the town and in the surrounding villages. There are good independent schools in nearby Truro.

Great transport links

Helston covers the most southerly tip of mainland Britain but is on the main road to Falmouth and Penzance, and the city of Truro is just half an hour away.

The nearest mainline railway station is at Perranwell, around 25 minutes away; this line goes through Cornwall and on to Plymouth, Reading and London Paddington and connects to cross-country services to Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow.

There are three railway stations serving Falmouth; Penmere, Falmouth Town and Falmouth Docks, all of which run services to Truro for connections to Reading, London Paddington and cross-country services to Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow.

The city of Truro is only 15 minutes away by car.

Newquay Airport is less than an hour away with routes to UK and Irish airports as well as European destinations.

Get your property valued

Millerson is the leading estate agent in Cornwall and our well-trained Helston and Falmouth staff are warmly enthusiastic about where they live. Whether you would like to get your property valued, find out the rental value of your home or are interested in moving to the area, call our experienced and knowledgeable team for a no-obligation chat.

A range of property types on offer

Millerson Sales and Letting Agent is pleased to offer a range of period and contemporary homes in and around the Helston and Falmouth area, including small holdings, houses, bungalows and apartments in waterfront, town, village and rural locations to suit most budgets.

Millerson is the leading estate agent in Helston and Falmouth. You will find our staff have extensive local knowledge; the branch also covers the area surrounding the town, including the villages of Porthleven, Gweek, Mullion, Constantine, Godolphin Cross, St Keverne and Helford village, Lizard and villages on the Lizard Peninsula, Mylor Bridge, Mylor Creek, Mylor Harbour, Mawman Smith, Stithians, Constantine, Ponsanooth and Flushing all of which have road and bus links into Helston and Falmouth.

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