“Character Cornish cottage, beautifully presented” Arabia Cottage is a typical original Cornish cottage set into the hillside just above Port Isaac. It has been beautifully refurbished, with a traditional kitchen with Cornish slate worktop and floor, original fittings, stripped floors and a woodburning stove in the lounge area downstairs. Upstairs the bedrooms are simple and gorgeous, and the family bathroom is sleek and if the weather is a bit iffy, toastily warm with a huge towel rail and underfloor heating.
Outside and upstairs again is the 'studio', a light, airy room that is great as both a teenagers' hangout and a family lounge, with fantastic views down to the harbour. Up another couple of levels to almost the top of the cliff, there's garden furniture from which there are surely the best views in Port Isaac! The terraced garden is cared for and amazingly well stocked.
The cottage is very well equipped - dishwasher, plenty of crockery and cutlery, enough books to read for weeks, childrens toys and books, family games and beach 'stuff'.
It's not large, but perfectly big enough. It is delightful. Just mind your head when you go up and down stairs....
“A wonderful stay” Excellent,cosy cottage in a quiet location,everything within a few minutes walk and the added bonus of parking. Sea Holly cottage was spotlessly clean and extremely well appointed with everything you will need. Loved using the wood burner on cold evenings. Enjoyed evenings out at the golden lion.
“Perfect Location” This apartment was right in the town of Port Isaac so it was perfect for heading out for coastal walks, sight-seeing, restaurants, etc.
It's located on the top floor of a 3 storey building so it's a bit of a challenge to get your luggage up there, but so worth it once you're there.
The first and second floor flats are not well-kept so there was a little apprehension as we walked up the stairs. Flat 3 though was excellent. Nicely appointed and had everything we needed. On the small side but it packed a lot in and made great use of every inch of space.
The bedroom was cozy and great for 2 people. The living area was plenty big enough for 2 people but it was also great for entertaining when 2 of our friends visited for the afternoon.
The kitchen was small but mighty! All appliances we needed (toaster, stove, fridge, washer/dryer, etc.) and was perfect for cooking meals.
We had really good wi-fi access thanks to a hand-written note on the notice board that a previous traveller had left, providing a pass-code for access.
Port Isaac is a beautiful part of the rugged Cornwall coast, and yes, we did have our picture taken outside Doc Martin's house!
A small and pretty fishing village in Cornwall, perfect for hikers and strollers alike, with phenomenal coastal views and charmingly picturesque surroundings. Be sure to book your next holiday rental in Port Isaac for a quiet and delightful insight into traditional Cornish fishing culture, and some incredible sights.
About Port Isaac
Port Isaac is located reasonably close to other more developed Cornish towns, so it's an excellent base if you want to explore further afield too.
What to Do
See if you can catch a performance by Fisherman's Friends. This famous sea shanty singing group are based here and perform regularly. Well worth seeing if you get the chance!
Top Port Isaac Travel Tips
For a charming and quaint walking holiday amidst gorgeous traditional coastal settings, be sure to book your next holiday rental in Port Isaac.
Top Destination reviews
1A Fish Cellars, Port Quin
Run away to North Cornwall
This is an absolutely fantastic holiday apartment! Perfect position just above the plat in beautiful Port Quin. The apartment has everything you need with bedding and towels provided. Fresh flowers and milk also add a really lovely touch. Parking is 2mins away in the National Trust carpark very safe and secure. The sunsets are very special and Cornish air fresh and refreshing although Port Quin itself is remarkably sheltered. Port Isaac is 40 minutes walk across the fields or 3 hours via the coastal path. Lundy Bay is 25 minutes walk south along the coastal path south. Lundy is a beautiful sandy beach when the tide is out and perfect for a picnic and some fun in the surf. Trisha the owner is very attentive and available by email if any problems arise (none did during our stay). There is no mobile phone reception and WiFi is shared with the apartment above. This did not pose any issue for us and our 8 & 10yr old children. Armed with a laptop and some dvds they were more than content. If you choose to holiday in a quite Cornish cove you have to be realistic regarding expectations regarding these issues. In fact lack of immediate contact with the outside world was a major plus for us! We could not recommend this apartment more. …
The Old Bakehouse
A bit like coming home
The location is great, in the centre of the village within reach of the harbour. The flat is amazing, very well equipped with all the necessary working utensils en equipment and the landlord mr. Moates is very helpful.
It was the second time we stayed at the flat and it felt a bit like coming home. We had a great stay in a great flat and we will certainly visit again. …
Rose Cottage - Farm Cottage with Aga & Countryside Views
Fantastic pet friendly family holiday
Fantastic place to stay located on a working dairy farm great base to discover Cornwall.Beautiful very well equipped farmhouse very comfortable and homely,we were made to feel very welcome and this is a great place to stay with children,Rock,port Isaac and polzeath are a stones throw away making this an ideal base for a holiday …
Fantastic cottage and location with car parking included close by.
Cottage was very comfortable for 2 people. Great spot few steps away from harbour and cafes. Having car parking so close was excellent. Free wifi was very unexpected and marvellous with easy connection and great speed. …
very good house for our stay
We arrived at Atlantic view in Port Isaac on a lovely day and the house was easy to find but then we had to go round the one way system and drive up a very narrow road to park. The house itself was just what we wanted, we had friends arriving at different times of the week. The kitchen is excellent, beds are comfortable and the house was warm without the heaters being on. The village is lovely especially if you are a Doc Martin fan! Around the area we went cycling, walked the coastal path and visited several pubs in one place or another. A few points that may help others, it didn't say on the web page that you had to provide duvet covers and towels, we were told before our booking was accepted though. This didn't worry us or spoil the trip. The web page says 3 doubles and 5 singles, it didn't say that 2 of the singles are in a bedroom with a double, could be inconvenient to some but we were fine. Parking is an issue with space for 2 cars, we squeezed 3 in but the rest had to park just at the top of the road in a car park, £5 for 24 hours but be there early, must be a nightmare in the Summer? Apart from the minor issues noted the house was excellent for us, we would stay again and communication was really good, recommended if you want to stay in this part of Cornwall. …
Sea Holly Cottage ~ Port Isaac
Lovely, well equipped old cottage.
Lovely old cottage in central location, 2 minutes from the harbour. Having private parking was really helpful. The cottage was well equipped and had everything you need for a few days away from home. it was also wonderful to be able to take the dogs with us, however the garden is not secure, the fence is broken in 2 places. We managed and it wasnt but it does need repairing. …