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Make a holiday cottage in Port Isaac, Cornwall your home away from home

Port Isaac sits idly along the rugged and expansive coast of the Atlantic Ocean, on the North Cornish Coast of Corwall. The stunningly charming little village, used as the setting for the TV drama "Doc Martin", will instantly capture your heart, with its port centre, tiny, winding streets and idyllic shops and local art galleries.

Places to holiday in Port Isaac, Cornwall

Beyond rolling green hills, Port Isaac sits in a small valley next to the harbor with whitewashed buildings, holding charming narrow streets. Streets are so narrow locals refer to some as “Squeezebelly Allies.” Much of the community is reminiscent of its records dating back seven centuries with lobster pots sitting next to its coastal waters. So timeless is this seaside community that it was the backdrop for the popular television series Doc Martin.

Ocean waters are full of opportunities to take in this seaside environment while fishing and sailing, as well as water skiing and on strenuous treks. Simply relaxing in any of Port Isaac’s guest homes and self catering cottages is a great way to enjoy the environment.

Local restaurants have fresh seafood caught and delivered daily. Port Isaac pubs are an enticing way to sip a pint while sharing the day’s adventures. Port Isaac is also home to several galleries showcasing the work of local artisans who beautifully reflect the community in paintings. Other galleries display the pottery of community artists.

Things to do in Port Isaac, Cornwall

Longcross Victorian Garden, the only garden with public access on this part of the coast, grows unique species of plants due to its salty seaside environment. A maze design wanders through the garden. History outside the garden is no further away than Tintagel Castle. This castle sits on an island which is visible from many parts of Port Isaac, giving it a mystical appearance. Dating back to the late 1130’s, local legend states this was the location of King Arthur’s conception.

Coastal waters are also enjoyable while listening to the activity of fishing boats in the harbor or relaxing in any of Port Isaac’s guest houses and self catering cottages. Beaches like Port Gaverne are restful at low tide with a small area of many rock pools. Port Quin is equally popular, not as a sunbathing beach but an area which provides respite while enjoying a picnic or sitting on the coastline. This same coastline is equally enjoyed when chartering a boat. Riding on the water is a wonderful way to take in the communities stunning views.

For a bit more mystery, consider the village of Port Quin, referred to by locals as “the village that died.” Legend says the entire population of men disappeared in the 1800’s, creating an interesting visit. Take a coastal drive to the other small neighboring communities of Rock, Polzeath, Wadebridge and Padstow.

Weather in Port Isaac, Cornwall

A long and expansive coastline, in combination with the Gulf Stream, gives Port Isaac a very temperate climate. Given its position as a coastal community it typically sees no snow or frost. During winter months the waters of the ocean become their most active with crashing waves. During summer months the oceans waters become calm.

Flights to Port Isaac, Cornwall

Newquay Airport (NQY) is under an hour from Port Isaac and Exeter Airport (EXT) is a little more than an hour. Both airports are served from across the UK by Air Southwest.

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                                                                                                  Fantastic week in Port Isaac

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                                                                                                  Our party of two families (including a dog) stayed at Geranium Cottage for a week in August 2016. The cottage is extremely comfortable and has everything you need to relax. There was plenty of space - we all sat round the table at meal times and on the settees in front of the TV to watch the Olympics after a day out. It was great being so close to the centre of the village, meaning it was really easy to wander to the fishing harbour, shops, pub and restaurants. Be prepared for a 10 mins uphill walk to the car park or the well stocked Co Op, but this helped to get the exercise levels up and wandering through Port Isaac is very pleasant in any case. Overall it provided an excellent base from which to explore. We had a fantastic week and would all thoroughly recommend it.
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 15-Aug-2016
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                                  Charming cottage in a Cornish fisherman's village

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                                                                                                  We have now stayed in Seahorses two years running and don't doubt that we will stay there for many years to come. On both occasions we have found the cottage clean and well- maintained and the owner Tamzin very friendly and helpful.The cottage is well located in Port Isaac in a secluded position but still very close to the harbour and village. For us, the two main positives are that we can take our dog with us and there is a lovely little garden belonging to the cottage just up the lane; I suspect this is a very rare feature in Port Isaac. Another bonus is that the cottage has its own parking space, although visitors should be aware it is a short walk away from the property. The seaside village itself is beautiful. We particularly like to eat in the Old School House, The Golden Lion or the Chapel Cafe. We also love to listen to the St Brewards band on the Platt on Thursday evenings and The FIshermen's friends on a Friday evening. If you like surfing, Polzeath beach is a short drive away. We are very glad to have found this cottage and feel sure that others would have a lovely holiday there, too.
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                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                                  Lovely family house in Port Isaac

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                                                                                                  We stayed in The Manor House in the first week of August 2016. There was plenty of accomodation for two adults and three teenage boys (who were grateful to have a room each) and plenty to do in and around the village. Navigating the tight roads in the little seaside port was interesting, with small crowds of tourists gathering at strategic positions to watch the car turn a corner, but parking in the grounds of The Manor was easy. The boys were in the water most days, kayaking in Port Gaverne and surfing on Polzeath beach were particularly good. The House has every amenity and is clearly well looked after by the owner. A lovely spot.
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                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016