Cosy, sleeps four, heating throughout, open fire, phone, WiFi, dishwasher
About Jacki Kynaston
We are a Devon based family and love to escape to Cornwall whenever we can. We have two young adult boys (now 23 and 22) and have been enjoying Cornish breaks with them since they were born, initially starting off in a caravan. Our older children love it too and have started to introduce it to their own children.
Jacki Kynaston purchased this Cottage in 2001
Why Jacki Kynaston chose Port Isaac
We fell in love with the ruggedness of Port Isaac on a day trip from the campsite we were staying at when the boys were babies. We decided we would like to own a house in the harbour and completely fell in love with Temple Cottage as soon as we stepped inside. We have owned it for 19 years.
What makes this Cottage unique
The cottage is cosy and peaceful and on a winter's night there is nothing better than getting a good fire roaring. There are 2 TV's and wi-fi to keep you in touch with the outside world if necessary! The sound of seagulls and the crashing waves and the smell of salty sea-weedy air is a real tonic, as are the cliff walks and stopping for a drink and a chat in a local pub.
Minimum age of primary renter:25
Max guests:4 (sleeps up to 4 adults)
Shoes off in the cottage please
Doggie guests to stay downstairs and off the furniture please
Strictly no smoking in the house
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
The Temple Cottage was everything we imagined it would be. Wonderful location in a historic village along the north Corwall coast. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here during our visit to Port Issac from the U.S.
Thank you Jerry for leaving your kind review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay in Temple Cottage and hope that Nancy celebrated her special birthday in style in Port Isaac. Safe travels back to the U.S. and we hope to be able to welcome you back again one day. Best wishes, Jacki
Difficult parking and smells
We arrived to strong fishy smell combined with a damp smell in addition the kitchen area smelt fatty. On opening the oven this became stronger. In spite of this there was no visible sign of fat and the rooms upstairs were clean and roomy. The lounge was crowded and would have done better without the big mat with curled edges
. The designated parking space was hard to get into being on a busy corner which passed over part of the entrance to it as well another car in front of the garage was pulled in to obstruct the entrance. We ended up paying for parking at the public car park
Hello Marilyn, I am so sorry to hear that you were disappointed with various aspects of your stay and I am glad that you have brought these things to my attention. However if you had let me know at the time, I would have arranged for my housekeeper to visit the cottage to see if anything could be done about the "fishy smell" (probably the last guests had done some adventurous cooking using fresh fish from the fish cellars on the harbour). Unfortunately due to the age of the harbour cottages, there can sometimes be a faint smell of damp when the cottages are left empty and without heating for a few days - this usually disappears very quickly upon occupancy and with heating and airing. I have been to the cottage in the meantime and everything is fine. As for the private parking, I am sorry that you experienced difficulties getting into our space and if a car was illegally parked in front of the space, had I known I would have made arrangements to have had it removed. I will have a sign made to deter future illegal parkers. In the meantime I do hope that you found our cosy cottage comfortable and that you enjoyed exploring the very picturesque Port Isaac. Kind regards, Jacki
Nice little cottage, very central
Beautiful coastal village of port Isaac. The cottage is very central just behind the main Street. Not suitable for people with mobility problems as very hilly and you need to park your car 10min walk at top of hill. Could do with a new hairdryer in property as current one in the bathroom is very old.
Thank you for your review and we are pleased that you enjoyed exploring Port Isaac. I think you will agree that the hilly nature of the village meandering down to the harbour adds to its charm. This resulting tricky accessibility and the parking situation away from the cottage is explained in the cottage details for potential guests. We agree that the wall mounted hairdryer may be a bit old but we haven’t removed it as we find it comes in useful for those who have forgotten their own. We hope you had a safe journey home and enjoy the rest of the summer. Best wishes, Jacki
Wonderful visit. Beautiful town, friendly and welcoming. Could have spent days reading and relaxing at the cove. Live having the parking space for our rental. We had a couple of issues with picking up the key but they were quickly resolved. Since our phones did not work in UK our only contact was thru email. Luckily the house owner was quick to respond. Had slight issue with toilet and that too was quickly resolved in less then 24 hrs.
I would stay again absolutely. Two things that would have improved our stay. More hooks in bathroom. We had 3 people. And maybe some folding chairs to take to the cove for relaxing !!
But Really it was a perfect first overseas visit.
Thank you for taking the time to write a review and we are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay. We are lucky enough to have a good maintenance team who respond to any repair issues quickly and are glad that you were not too inconvenienced. I have noted your comments for improvement and will address the points raised - although there were previously fold up chairs in the cupboard under the stairs - I will check to see if they have gone missing!
I am so pleased that you were able to experience the filming of Doc Martin during your stay and to see the Fisherman's Friends on your last night.
I hope you enjoy the rest of your travels in the UK.
Best wishes, Jacki
The best cottage
We had a wonderful time the cottage in port issac was so cozy built a fire it was very calming like being at home recomend it to anyone. Hope to use this place in the future.
We are so pleased that you had a wonderful time and thank you for taking the time to write a kind review.
We hope to welcome you back to Temple Cottage again one day :)
Very quaint cottage in a perfect location
Doesn’t influence our view of the cottage but It was a bit of experience arriving whilst Doc Martin was being filmed, let’s just say the unloading was not an enjoyable one due to the amount of crew/people around!
Anyway, the cottage could not have been in a better position to sample the delights of Port Issac, literally minutes from everywhere!
Squeeze belly alley is obviously an attraction so we had a lot of pedestrian “through traffic” but this was fine as were not sat out the front of the cottage that often.
Overall would highly recommend this cottage as a place to stay to explore this beautiful little village.
Thank you so much for finding the time to leave your review. We are delighted that you enjoyed staying at Temple Cottage and found the location to be ideal for you. It’s certainly quite a lively atmosphere when the Doc Martin crew are filming but they are usually very helpful and considerate of the needs of Port Isaac’s holiday guests and locals when they are there so I hope you weren’t too inconvenienced. We hope you had safe travels home. Jacki
Port Isaac is a picturesque unspoilt working fishing harbour, situated in a small cove between steep cliffs, on the north coast of Cornwall. The village has narrow alleys and streets of whitewashed cottages and the beach is safe for swimming, crabbing and rock pooling. There are traditional pubs selling local beers and good food, and several restaurants of good local reputation, as well as gift shops, a pottery, a fudge/ice cream shop, a Cornish pasty shop and an excellent fresh fish cellar, with a small aquarium run by the fishermen.You can relax on the beach and watch the fishermen bringing in their day's catch, or you may even like to join in with them singing their popular sea shanties on the beach on a summer's evening. For the more energetic, you may enjoy the many cliff top walks, taking in the beautiful rugged scenery. Local attractions include surfing at Polzeath, the calm waters of Daymer Bay, sailing at Rock, a ferry to Padstow, and Tintagel, Boscastle and the Eden Project.
Other Activities: Cycling on the Camel Trail (a disused railway), Coasteering, Kayaking
Temple Cottage is located in the quiet pedestrian only Dolphin Street and is only seconds from the beach/harbour. On reaching Port Isaac on the B3267, you will see a Co-op on your right (a good place to get supplies), then turn left down into the harbour. Follow the road right down to the bottom and around to the right in front of the cafe and find somewhere to temporarily park and unload. The cottage is at the end of SqueezeBelly Alley (which is to the left of the cafe) on the right, or walk up Middle Street (next to the Lifeboat Station) and turn first left into Dolphin Street, passing 3 houses on the left.
Our parking space is at the top of the village in the old garage which is opposite Trelawney Garage on the road towards Port Gaverne. Our space is outside and to the left of the building and is signed. It is only a short walk from the cottage and can be reached by walking up the road past the shops or by the cliff footpath and then through the council car park.