Right in the heart of the famous village of Port Isaac, this little cottage is just a few steps from the harbour. Full of character, with low ceilings and bijou rooms, this is a proper old Cornish cottage! Fisherman's Cottage has the advantage of TWO free parking spaces just 150m away!
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This small but atmospheric cottage is just a few steps from the harbour in the heart of the famous village of Port Isaac. The living room / diner and separate kitchen are both limited in size and headroom but that is all part of the charm of staying in a cottage such as this in the middle of such a wonderful village. The bedrooms are both twins (due to the difficulty of getting large furniture upstairs) and located on the first and second floor.
Stepping out of the stable door onto Middle Street is like stepping into pure Cornwall! A lovely narrow lane leading to the charming harbour and beach that Port Isaac is so famous for. The Slipway Hotel, the pubs, the coffee shops and of course Doc Martin's house are all here. Please bear in mind that Fisherman's Cottage is an old cottage with narrow steep stairs, low ceilings and of limited size.
Ground Floor: Compact living room and dining room. Small fully fitted kitchen.
First Floor: Twin bedroom and bathroom.
Second Floor: Twin bedroom with sea glimpses from the window.
Facilities & Services
Heating is via night storage heaters. The kitchen has a range of equipment. There is an electric oven and hob, a microwave, toaster, kettle and fridge with freezer box. The sitting room area has a flatscreen digital TV & DVD player and CD. There is an iron & ironing board. WiFi is available at the property.
Electricity, heating, bed linen & towels are all included but you will need to provide your own beach towels. Regrettably no smoking or dogs are allowed. There are 2 free, dedicated parking spaces 150m away at the Old School Hotel. Visitors are able to drive up to the cottage for the purposes of loading and unloading luggage.
General Booking Information
Arrival / Departure is normally a Friday.
Short breaks are available during quieter periods.
£100 pre-authorised to your credit or debit card as a security deposit is required.
Port Isaac, tucked away on the North Coast between Padstow and Boscastle, has recently been home to the television series 'Doc Martin' with Martin Clunes. Although previous years have seen the series Poldark film here and in nearby Port Quinn. Much of the village is 18th and 19th century and there a wonderful narrow streets and alleyways to explore. It is a maze of narrow lanes and pathways known as "drangs" with only one road through, along which traffic is discouraged. The houses are traditional stone built, slate hung cottages. As with many places in Cornwall, once having relied heavily on fishing and fish processing, the village now caters for many visitors with plenty of shops and eateries for the frequent visitors. In the heart of the village are a pub, two hotels, two cafe / bistros. There are other pubs and a cafe at the top of the village. There is a bakery, delicatessen, fishmongers and a well stocked Coop supermarket. Fish may also be bought from the local fishmerchants in the fish cellars by the harbour. There are also the usual art and craft shops.
Those interested in fishing may hire a local boat and fisherman. Kayaking may also be arranged in the village. The National Trust coastal path runs through the village and provides spectacular walks over the cliffs. Many places of interest are in easy reach: Pencarrow House, Tintagel, The Eden Project, the Lost Gardens of Heligan along with many others. Padstow is close by with its many restaurants and attractions. It can be visited by the foot ferry from Rock and trips may be made out to sea, with puffins on the nearby islands at the right time of year. At Rock there are excellent beaches and boats may be hired from the sailing school along with windsurfers. Other good sandy beaches are at Polzeath and Trebarwith, both of which cater for windsurfing. There is also Daymer Bay, a famous windsurfing spot. From Daymer, it is just a short walk to St. Enedoc church where Sir John Betjeman is buried. Wadebridge has shops of interest and makes a pleasant wander round.
Guest from Hornchurch stayed for 3 nights.
We loved the location of the cottage Port Isaac is beautiful, the fishermans cottage is very small but has a lot of character however the furnishings are very old and tired the beds on the first floor are an absolute joke, the headboard on the lert hand bed leans at 45 degree angle and the bed feels like it will break, our second and third nights we slept in small beds on the top floor. The fact that there is no shower in the bath room made our stay even more unplesant as we did not feel happy useing the bath, this cottage is in need of a total makeover these issues have already been raised in previous reviews which I wish I had taken note of.
Thank you for your review. As you say, the cottage is in an ideal location, just yards from the harbour, with lots of character. There is only so much that can be done with a centuries old cottage in a Conservation Area. Plumbers are reluctant to install a shower, which I agree would be a advantage. The bed you mention is being replaced over the winter. Regards Christine Dawson
Guest from Birmingham stayed for 7 nights.
Our short stay in Cornwall was complimented by being able to stay in Fishermans cottage which was full of character with it's sloping floors and low ceilings, a real taster of what it would have been like to live in such a building all that time ago. The beds were comfy and the cottage was fully equiped with all that was needed for our stay. The only small thing that we feel could have been improved on, was the tv reception which was on some occassions impossible to watch because of interference. But as we were on holiday and not wanting to stay in watching telly, it was not much of an issue. On the whole, it was a lovely experience! Thank you!
Many thanks for your kind review. We love Port Isaac and have had the cottage for some 35 years now. Sadly we cannot get down as often as we would wish. We will be down in a couple of weeks. My husband will look at the tv. This has happened in the past occasionally. It works on a different channel to the ones up country. People occasionally change it, to the disadvantage of the following visitor. I am sorry that you were disadvantaged.
Guest from Maidstone stayed for 6 nights.
The cottage was ok - very small - as expected - can do with a bit TLC, the beds can do with an upgrade - new ones please also the bath is big, can require all the hot water - for one bath, also no shower or hose in the bath !!, just the bath and hot & cold taps
Thank you for your comments. The beds in the first bedroom are on the list for renewal over the winter. We had the builders in re roofing last winter and that made it inconvenient. I have asked plumbers on two occasions about replacing the bath. It is, as you say, large and cast iron. No one wants to carry it out and down the stairs, space being tight. Similarly when asking for a shower, they suck their teeth and that is an end to the request. I have had a couple of hoses, but they tend to be round ended. The taps are oval ended and large. Hoses will not fit. I will keep trying, the problems with very old cottages, Regards Christine Dawson.
Guest from New York stayed for 3 nights.
The Fisherman's Cottage in picturesque Port Isaac was lovely in every way. Situated steps from the harbor, in the center of this beautiful fisherman's hamlet, we were treated with gorgeous sunsets, finest sea food, delicious beer and the miracle of Cream Tea. The cottage is small, the ceilings are low, as one would expect in such a village where space is a premium, but this only adds to the authenticity of the experience. We lucked out with the weather, clear skies and very warm days, but the cottage cooled down and we slept soundly with the music of sea gulls and waves riding the fresh sea air. My only regret was that our stay was too brief. I look forward to returning to capture more of the Cornwall essence, and The Fisherman's Cottage would be my first stop!
Guest from Bromsgrove stayed for 3 nights.
No shower in the bathroom the bathroom roof lacks if it rains . To small for a family of four or more
Guest from Alton stayed for 7 nights.
This was our third stay at Fisherman's Cottage in succesive years which is the the only time in our lives we have returned to the same venue twice. Port Isaac is a lovely village, though quite busy - presumably because it is the place where Doc Martin is filmed. We shall have some lovely memories of our earlier stays there but on this occasion we did have some minor issues and had to contact the owner as the caretaker did not return our calls after 48 hours. The cottage is well equiped and comfortable and warm and cannot be faulted for its wonderful loaction. Relucantly we have to say that the property is in need of some love and attention and while some might argue that it adds a degree of "atmosphere" to the cottage, and while a lot of folk would not have been as overly concerned at the nocturnal "visitors" in the kichen that we were, we were rather puzzled by their access and, for us, these "attractions" were not something we bargained for - although they were completely free of charge! I hope the owners - who were sympathetic to our concerns and did try and resolve our issues to a degree - are able to resolve the areas of concern that we have brought to their attention separatley, and I am sure that the issues we had will not be repeated, and will once again mean that the cottage will be brought up to the standards that we enjoyed in our two previous stays and which we heartily recommended first and second time around.
Guest from Bristol stayed for 7 nights.
A small but quaint cottage right near the harbour. For me personally, the only negative was no shower, but you get by. Vehicle access not for the faint hearted with a 'one road' village.
Guest from Brighton stayed for 7 nights.
Fisherman's Cottage was just what we expected! It was small and very cozy! Everything was stocked very well... The kitchen had everything we needed! The owner was kind enough to send a technician to sort out the WiFi, which was very much appreciated! We both have never slept so well... The cool breeze and the sound of the stream lulled us to sleep every night. The only problem was a rather musty smell, but I guess that's to be expected in a cottage by the sea that's a few hundred years old! We very much enjoyed our time, and miss our little home in Port Isaac!
Guest from Alton stayed for 7 nights.
Excellent all round with it's position within the village and proximity to the quay an even better advantage and with the parking facility close by a real bonus.
Guest from Leicestershire stayed for 7 nights.
The directions to the cottage were inadequate. The cottage was OK and clean and the beds comfortable and whilst dated and very small the kitchen was adequate. The toaster didn't work. But it was a good location.
We're sorry to hear you were unhappy with the directions, this is the first time we've had a problem with them. We are reviewing them with the owner. The owner was unaware the toaster was not working and is replacing it.
Guest from Swavesey stayed for 7 nights.
Perfect for those wanting a break in the centre of the beautiful village. Very clean property, homely feel and it was cosy and warm to return to after a long day out walking. Easy access to Tintagel, Trebarwyth Strand and Boscastle.
Guest from Cornwall stayed for 7 nights.
We had a very pleasant stay at the cottage.It is small ideal for two people.Would have benefitted with a shower.It was very well situated right by the harbour and cosy and warm.
Guest from Hook stayed for 14 nights.
this is a perfect holiday cottage if you want to be in the middle of a perfect fishing village. it is small and traditional, yards from the harbour and beautiful location. There are uphill climbs to get anywhere, including parking space and the roads are very thin, but this is the reason why we love Port Isaac. it is like going back 50 years, to a time when everyone is polite and hospitable, no one rushes around and life seemed more fun. dogs on the beach, climbing rocks and jetty's music on the hard, very few cars, busy, vibrant and lovely. the cottage just added to the experience, we are going back next year, the kids loved this more than going abroad all inclusive. there is loads to explore and fantastic beaches within 15 miles, something for everyone. If you want 5star luxury and everything laid on, stick to the package holidays. if a perfect setting for exploring and relaxing, with or without kids, is what you want then this is ideal.
Guest from Cambridgeshire stayed for 7 nights.
The cottage and facilities were exactly as described and perfect for our stay. There were two adults and one child in our party and we felt comfortable. We would stay there again.
Guest from Mansfield stayed for 7 nights.
The location was excellent and the cottage was very comfortable we really enjoyed our stay! We would recommend the cottage and would like to stay there again.
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