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Wish you were here? - mysterious but beautiful Port Quin

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms with all amenities, sea views

Situated in the secluded old fishing hamlet of Port Quin with rolling countryside behind, the property is enviably located at the top of the slipway and boasts sea and country views views from all rooms. The property was converted in 2005 to sleep 4 comfortably with one good sized double bedroom and a twin room. Both bedrooms have ample storage. The kitchen is well equipped with electric double oven, hob, fridge, small chest freezer, microwave and washing machine. The bathroom has both a bath and shower with hot water being on demand. Benefiting from double glazing there is central heating if required. We do have a steeply sloping meadow with a strimmed garden area containing a patio and rotary clothes airer behind the boathouse which is just around the corner and through the farm gate.

A Short History of Port Quin: The village has been known as Portquin, Porthqueen, Parquin, Port Guin, Porthquin and Porthquynne and actually takes its name from the last of a series of derivations of the Cornish word 'qwyn' which means white.

One of the earliest references to Port Quin is in 1327.

The size of the fish cellars indicate the prosperity of the fishing industry at its peak but there was also lead and antimony mining nearby. The population was about 100.

Rather sadly, it appears today, that Port Quin's main claim to interest lies in the fact that as a village it has died, and the circumstances of its demise are not clearly understood. There are many theories which range from the loss of the men in a sudden and violent storm whilst fishing, lost at sea attempting to 'molest' a vessel, drowned escaping from the Customs and Excise men or escaping from the Press Gang to the men emigrating to Canada en masse after a bad fishing season and the closure of the mines.

Perhaps the real mystery here is not how the village died, for as we can see there are many feasible explanations for this, but rather how can a community vanish so completely without notice being taken of it?

More Details

Trisha Yelland
Member since: 2010
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
24 May, 2018

About Trisha Yelland

I grew up in Wadebridge and still live there on the old family farm. My family also farmed at Port Quin and 2 of my brothers still do. My parents moved to Port Quin when they retired and there is a long family history associated with the area.

Trisha Yelland purchased this apartment in 1990

Why Trisha Yelland chose Saint Minver Highlands

Port Quin is one of the few places that has NOT been commercialised with just a scattering of cottages owned by the National Trust and just a few private dwellings. It is situated on the route of the North Cornwall coastal footpath and pasture land all around. My family have lived here for generations.

What makes this apartment unique

Unique because it is unspoilt and the sea is almost at your doorstep with rolling pastureland behind.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Saint Minver Highlands in Cornwall

Property Type:
  • apartment (semi-detached)
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • Ocean View
  • rural
  • waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Basic Soaps
  • Filtered Water
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Hot water available on demand and heated towel rail.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , Double wardrobe, 2 chests of drawers and 2 bedside tables
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , Single wardrobe, tallboy (7 drawers) and 1 bedside cabinet
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Deck Chairs
  • Garden
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
For wheelchair access there are two steps to negotiate in the porch.


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Wish you were here? - mysterious but beautiful Port Quin
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Fantastic location, fantastic accommodation

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful cottage in a beautiful location. The cottage has everything you need and more. could not have had a better host and holiday. Definitely will go back

  • Review Submitted: 08-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: And it was great having you, Sam and family as guests. Look forward to seeing you again.
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Wellingborough, Northamptonshire

Lovely cottage in beautiful, unspoilt location

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay at 1 Fish Cellars. The cottage is in excellent condition with everything you could need. Beautiful wildflowers waiting for us and the stove ready to be lit. Port Quin is a stunning place with unspoilt, beautiful landscape. We loved exploring the beach, it's caves and rockpools. It was wonderful to be so close to the sea and enjoy the view from the cottage. Just a few steps from the cottage and you're on the beach. Beautiful sunsets and only the sound of the stream, the sea and bird song. Watch the cattle wandering along the hill while you do the washing up! A short walk to the gorgeous coastal path in either direction where wildflowers grow and sea birds fly. If you need any groceries there is a farm shop at nearby St Endellion and our little boy enjoyed the digger and tractor rides there. We really enjoyed our stay and didn't want to leave. It feels like a privilege to stay in such a special place and we hope to visit again soon.

  • Review Submitted: 16-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

Had a glorious week at 1fish cellars...perfect for a relaxing and get away from everything holiday.

Everything you need is supplied...comfy and home from home feeling.

Look at the stars on a clear night (breath taking)! Listen to waves and relax...explore rock pools and caves...amazing coastal walks.

Owners Trisha and Barry lovely couple...made the holiday even nicer to have met them.

So if you want a totally relaxing time...this is the place :-) or if your energetic plenty of water adventures on your doorstep.

From a happy customer :-)

  • Review Submitted: 03-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Even better than we expected!

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful location, fields stretched out behind you, the sea right in front of you, we were escorted in by swallows ducking and diving down the narrow lanes. There's much to explore-without going too far if you don't want to.

The cottage is charming and really spacious, there were 4 of us and it never felt like we were 'on top of each other'. The beds were comfy, the shower was nice and warm. I particularly loved the window seat.

We had absolutely everything we needed, were spoiled with lovely flowers, even milk for our first brew. We highly recommend The Fish Cellar, Trisha has thought of everything so there's nothing to get stressed about, just relax and enjoy. Idyllic.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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West Yorkshire

Little gem in a stunning location

  • 5 of 5

If you like peace and quiet and enjoy the finer things in life, then this is the place to stay. The cottage is brilliant, spacious, cosy, quality furniture & very comfortable a real home from home. Everything you need is there. (Towels are provided but if you use more than 2 take some more)

The views are to die for! You can lie in bed listening to the waves lapping the shore, its so peaceful. There are the caves & rock pools to explore when the tide is out, and there are stunning walks to do, with plenty to see along the way.

We walked to Polzeath and back via the coastal path, and then walked to Port Issac where they offer a taxi shuttle service back home if you can't manage the walk back. Then at the end of a long day you can sit and watch the sunset over the bay - so beautiful.

There is also somewhere to park your car out of the way, and a private little garden where you can hang out your washing, or sit and have a bbq. It's a great spot to get to other places too. Tintagle, Boscastle, Wadebridge, Padstow to name a few are not very far away. A car is an essential for getting out and about.

We had no mobile reception, until we got about a mile away, but there is wifi if you feel you need to keep in touch with family etc. Trisha the owner is great to get on with via e mails, always a fast response.

Thanks Trisha for sharing this little gem, we wouldn't hesitate to recommended this place to friends and family.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Sep-2013
  • Date of Stay: September 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We always strive to please and welcome all feedback from our guests.
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Fish Cellars apartment 1A

  • 5 of 5

We actually stayed in the apartment underneath Fish cellars 1, but it too is owned by the same people. We stayed in apartment 1A which is classed as a one bedroom apartment. It doesn't have the views of apartment 1 but we knew this as that is made perfectly clear in the listings description and is reflected in the price of the apartment when compared to the price of apartment 1.

However, we loved where we stayed and would highly recommend it. You only have to step outside your door and you have all the beautiful views of apartment 1. The apartment is classed as a 1 bedroom, but the living room is spacious and has a futon in it which my 2 children slept in at night time.

The kitchen/ diner also has a sitting area in it, so my husband and I would sit there in the evening to let the kids sleep. There is no TV though which at first I thought I would miss, but ended up enjoying the peace and quiet and read a lot more than I otherwise would have!

The apartment was clean, tidy well organised and contained all the essentials.

The location of the apartment was good for us. You do need a car to get around, but the famous surfing beach of Polzeath (where my kids spent hours body boarding every day)is only a 10 min drive away, and the famous 'Rock', 15 minutes away. We would recommend taking the ferry from Rock to Padstow for the day as it is such a picturesque place with lots on and lovely shops to visit and great food to be found.

There is a beautiful coastal walk literally on your doorstep too, which is well worth walking.

If you have any questions before your visit, the owners always get back to you quickly via e-mail and offers helpful, useful advice. We love Cornwall and would not hesitate to book this beautiful, quaint cottage again. We would like to Thank the owners for our lovely stay.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jul-2012
  • Date of Stay: July 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
19 Miles
Newquay Cornwall
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Longcross Hotel
Nearest Ferry
46 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
St. Enodoc
Nearest Train
17 Miles
Bodmin Parkway
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
A30 at Bodmin
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Longcross Hotel
Nearest Ski
45 Miles
Dry ski slope Marsh Mills, Plymouth
Nearest Beach
20 Metres
Port Quin
Car: necessary

Secluded Port Quin on the Cornish coastal footpath nestling between Port Isaac, Polzeath, Rock and Padstow. Ideally located for all types of water sports such as swimming, snorkelling, fishing, kayaking and coasteering from Port Quin, swimming or surfing at Polzeath, sailing, windsurfing and waterskiing at Rock and yet within easy reach of Eden Project, Falmouth Maritime Museum, Newquay Aquarium and Zoo for those not so sunny days. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery from the coastal footpath that runs past the front door or have a round of golf at St. Enodoc or any of the other courses close at hand. Enjoy fine dining at Nathan Outlaw's new restaurant at St. Enodoc, Rock, Rick Stein's Seafood Restaurant at Padstow, Jamie Oliver's Fifteen at Watergate or Nathan Outlaw at Port Isaac. Finally for the shopper there is the market town of Wadebridge.

Other Activities: Kyaking, coasteering

Golf: There are a number of golf courses in the area including St. Enodoc, Roserrow and St. Kew.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Saint Minver Highlands, West Country

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
26 May 2018 - 1 Jun 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid june
2 Jun 2018 - 6 Jul 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Pre season
7 Jul 2018 - 20 Jul 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
21 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Sept
1 Sep 2018 - 7 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid September
8 Sep 2018 - 14 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn half term
20 Oct 2018 - 26 Oct 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Xmas/ New Year
22 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £25
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Please note that changeover is SATURDAY. (Entry from 3 p.m. and departure by 10 a.m.)
Rates include linen, towels and electric.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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