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Fantastic Dog Friendly Fishermen's cottage close to harbour & beach. Sleeps 2-6

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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About the property

Cottage in Port Isaac, North Cornwall, England - Quiet Location, 2 Minutes Walk To Harbour, Beach, Pubs And Restaurants

Sea Horses is a pretty, slate-fronted fisherman's cottage located in a quiet street in the heart of Port Isaac.

On entering the cottage you’ll find yourself in a beamed open plan living/dining area offering the perfect place to relax or dine. There is a 23" flat screen TV and DVD player, and a log burning stove, particularly appreciated by our out of season visitors.

The sleeping accommodation offers a spacious double room with 5ft king size bed, a pretty twin bed room and a bunk bed room which are bright and comfortable. There is also a well appointed family bathroom with an electric shower over the bath. The kitchen is modern with all the features you would expect including a range style cooker, microwave and dishwasher. Other facilities include fridge/freezer and washer/dryer.

Seahorses is situated just a 2 minute from the picturesque harbour and beach and the village's various pubs and restaurants.

Outside Space

At the back of Seahorses cottage, there is a small, pretty courtyard which joins the cottage to our utility area which houses the freezer and washing machine. The courtyard has a bistro table and 2 chairs, outside lighting and some tubs and boxes with plants. The space is approx 3 metres x 3 metres.

The cottage also benefits from its own garden with a table/benches and charcoal bbq, perfect for alfresco dining. In true Port Isaac fashion, the garden is separate to the cottage as it used to be an allotment. The distance from Seahorses front door to the garden is approx 30 metres.

Parking and Access

As with many Cornish fishing villages, Port Isaac has pretty lanes and alleys, and quaint cottages to explore. However, this means there is no parking close by and Seahorses doesn't have a parking space next to the cottage. It has a private parking space for one car which is located in the top part of the village, about a 10-15 minute walk away up the hill. This is free for our visitors to use. It is possible to bring a car to the front of the cottage to load and unload at the beginning and end of your holiday.

More Details

Tamzin Tye
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
24 February, 2017

About Tamzin Tye

We bought Seahorses in 2006 having fallen for the charms of Port Isaac ourselves some years earlier. We renovated the cottage to give it an authentic yet cosy feel and have been letting it ever since. Myself, my husband and our two children never tire of the cottage, Port Isaac and the surrounding area and always look forward to the times when we can enjoy it ourselves. Judging by the comments in our visitors book, it seems an awful lot of people feel the same way.

Tamzin Tye purchased this cottage in 2006

Why Tamzin Tye chose North Cornwall

We love it that the cottage is tucked away in a quiet lane and is very peaceful. At the same time, the harbour area with it's beach, cafes, pub and restaurants are a 2 minute walk away.

We can take a short drive to the beautiful, large sandy beaches at Rock, Daymer Bay and Polzeath and then come back to Port Isaac where there is a fantastic choice of places to eat and drink.

Or we can set off to explore the coastal paths along the North Cornwall coast with its stunning landscapes right from the doorstep.

Our 2 children have grown from babies to teenagers coming here and they love coming here to spend days on the beach (whatever the weather as we have a dog!), playing tag with the waves, or ball games, going body boarding, coasteering and, of course, taking surf lessons.

What makes this cottage unique

Port Isaac is also where the TV series Doc Martin is set, and has also been the setting of other movies in the past.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Sea Horses is a lovely cottage in the heart of Port Isaac. It is well equipped & catered for all our needs as a party of 4 for the whole week and 6 for part of the week (all adults) and a small dog. We cooked in the cottage some evenings but also enjoyed the local pubs, restaurants & shops. The parking space was useful and not too far from the cottage. The garden was also enjoyed, quite steep access steps (as described) but a great space and a real sun trap.

Our favourite Port Isaac restaurant was the Mote & we also loved the St Kew Inn. We enjoyed a trip to Daymer beach and also a visit to Padstow. Walks on the hills Port Quinn side and walks to Port Gaverne were also very enjoyable.

We would love to return & miss it already. We would definitely stay at Sea Horses again. Thank you

Aug 2016
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Excellent! 4.4/5 -
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  • 2 of 5

Having read the reviews we were expecting better:

We arrived to find a box of recycling outside the front door which we eventually removed

We entered the property and were met with a strong smell of fish (?) we cleaned and aired to refresh as much as we could

The backs and undersides of the sofa cushions along with the mat in front of the fire and the doormat were covered in dog hairs - some of which we cleaned ourselves

There was no welcome pack of logs

The welcome pack for the kitchen was very meagre - a pack of cheap biscuits and a couple of sachets of drinking chocolate. Milk and bread would have been more appropriate and appreciated. We're seasoned 'holiday-cottage-renters' and this is the meanest welcome pack, and probably the most badly maintained property we've ever stayed in - certainly not to the high standard that the write-ups and listings suggest

The fridge was switched off - we had to wait for it to kick-in to refrigerate our provisions

A good supply of cutlery and plates but a mishmash of cups and mugs some of which were chipped

Saucepans were dirty - we appreciate it was towards the end of the season but that's really no excuse

Cupboard doors all mis-fit

A couple of dishwasher tablets to start us off would have been useful - as would other cleaning stuffs have been

No iPod docking system could be found although it was listed

The fridge-freezer had some old food in it and water in the trays (probably still is) and it doesn't keep food frozen - a health hazard

We recognise that it is an old and uneven property but it's not right to balance drawers and cabinets on books

The light shade in the master bedroom - a paper one, is badly ripped

The bathroom had a strong smell of urine and needed some cleaning

Light bulbs need to be replaced in bathroom and outhouse

There was no bathmat, another health hazard - and such a huge light switch handle which kept getting trapped in the door

Having booked a ten day stay, we expected a linen change mid-way through but the sheets and towels had to last us ten days

I can't imagine that we are the only guests to have made these observations, yet there is no hint of anything untoward in previous reviews.

We did appreciate the garden which is a nice space and Port Isaac is stunning - unfortunately the property cannot just rely on the location.

We are still waiting for a refund, ironically for pet cleaning. We had no pets with us and had made this clear from the outset.

Property needs checking

  • Review Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comments and for bringing certain issues to our attention. The experience our guests have when they stay at Seahorses is of paramount importance to us and any substantive shortcomings pointed out that compromise this will be responded to quickly. While your comments came as a surprise (as you point out we are more used to 5 star reviews), I will try to answer as many as possible. 1. Recycling. While Port Isaac has a regular (almost daily) refuse collection, we can’t predict exactly when the collections take place. 2. Overall cleanliness. While we have never had any issues or complaints about the cottage cleanliness, we’ll take this up with the cleaner to ensure our usually high standards are maintained. 3. Logs. The cottage is made ready for guests with a fire already made up in the log burning stove. Should this not have happened, there is a large and obvious supply of logs in the utility room. 4. Welcome pack. This is just a small gesture recently introduced. It is primarily intended to give parents something to offer their kids when they first arrive and are unpacking. Having researched this a bit with other cottage owners it seems it is difficult to satisfy everybody. 5. Mis-fitting cupboards. As you point out, this is a quaint fishermans cottage. There are no straight lines so inevitably there will be some units that are not quite perfectly aligned. We have had no previous complaints about this. 6. Bathroom light pull. This is the first comment on this in 10 years. 7. Cleaning supplies. There should have been some supplies. We’ll check this. Ditto the bath mat. 8. iPod docking system. You’re right, it was stolen last year. There is no mention of it on the Owners Direct site but the main website needs updating. 9. The bedroom shade will be replaced w/c 24th Oct. Inevitably some things need replacing at the end of the season. 10. Linen change. As you know we charge for linen. If you’d requested a second set, one would have been supplied and charged for. 11. Refund. It’s a security deposit, not for dog cleaning and is managed by Owners Direct. According to their records it was refunded within 6 days. We’re confident Seahorses is a wonderful place for people to spend their holidays. We have seven 5 star reviews that suggest our confidence isn’t misplaced. In fact one of the 5 star reviews was from September 2016, as was your review! Why there’s such a disparity is puzzling but we’ll certainly look into the points raised.
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Sea Horses is a wonderful well equiped cottage central to Port Isaac village, and dog friendly too.

  • 5 of 5

Sea Horses is a well equipped cottage tucked away on a narrow lane a minutes walk from the centre of Port Isaac village and harbour slipway. In addition to the courtyard the cottage has an almost uniquely tucked away hidden grassed garden area with a BBQ table. There was three generations of our family who stayed and we all found the week went so quickly and intend to return soon. The Kitchen was very well equipped and to those who wished to dine in would find almost every utensil, pots and or pans to meet your needs. The only comment I feel we should make is with regard to the temperature of the hot water from the taps as it became very hot and care should be taken especially with younger visitors.

All in all 10 out of 10.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A lovely cottage in the heart of Port Isaac

  • 4 of 5

We had all we needed in this lovely cottage. We used the garden up the road from the cottage a couple of times. It is steep to climb the steps (as described) but a very pleasant area and a bit of a sun trap. The coutage has a well equipped kitchen, comfortable living room and bedrooms. The parking space was useful and as described. Lovely family holiday with up to 6 of us staying in the cottage. Missing it already.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Charming cottage in a Cornish fisherman's village

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely holiday cottage

  • 5 of 5

Seahorses is a lovely cottage in Port Isaac. We have stayed here several times and have never been disappointed! The cottage is always clean, well equipped and the wood burning stove makes it a cosy home-from-home for us and our dog. Having an allocated car parking space in the village is also a huge bonus. We love exploring Port Isaac and the surrounding areas, and have found Seahorses to be a great base. The owner is extremely friendly and helpful, and has always responded quickly to our enquiries! We're already planning our next visit!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Charming, peaceful and happy

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at Seahorses many times. It is a charming cottage, tucked away at the end of Middle Street. The location is great - a flat traffic free stroll through the cottages of Middle Street maybe two hundred yards to the harbour, and the path to the left of the front door takes you up the hill, or around the wonderful streets and passages, and up to the parking space. A parking space is a must in Port Isaac!

Very few day tourists seem to walk past the cottage, so it is always quiet which is great.

The cottage is equiped just as we need. There is nothing we miss. We only use two of the bedrooms - they are bright and comfortable. The bathroom is clean and tidy, there is LOADS of hot water and a decent shower. The open plan kitchen/dining/sitting area has everything you need. The cooker is an electric range, cooks very well, there is a dishwasher too. The little courtyard at the back of the cottage catches the sun well and we use it for drying the clothes (washing machine works well!).

Just up the path (detached from the cottage) is the garden. It is kept simply and tidy, is quiet and secluded, not overlooked with lots of sunshine. We have a few nice bbq's there each visit, or just lie out in the sun.

The owner is polite and helpful, we have never had cause to contact her whilst on holiday, but she helps get us booked in! The cottage is always well cleaned and prepared for our arrival.

Port Isaac itself is perfect. Obviously the Doc Martin thing - go and find all the venues etc. The pub is great - staff always friendly, well kept beer - and there are a surprising number of restaurant/bars to visit. The singing fishermen are a must see/listen down at the harbour. You can take your beers out there too which is nice. Some interesting shops - not all just trinkets (although there are some of them), some really good local produce and crafts too. Pasty/cake shops etc.

Some good easy coastal walks straight out from the village, and nearby places of interest to visit by car - Boscastle, Padstow etc.

We love it, the kids love it. I would recommend Port Isaac and Seahorses to anyone that wants an interesting family holiday in a place of charm and relaxation.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
17 FEB - 06 APRIL
17 Feb 2017 - 6 Apr 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
7 Apr 2017 - 20 Apr 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
21 APRIL - 25 MAY
21 Apr 2017 - 25 May 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
26 MAY - 01 JUNE
26 May 2017 - 1 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
02 JUNE - 06 JULY
2 Jun 2017 - 6 Jul 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
07 JULY - 20 JULY
7 Jul 2017 - 20 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
21 JULY - 1 SEPT
21 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 SEPT - 5 OCT
1 Sep 2017 - 5 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
6 OCT - 26 OCT
6 Oct 2017 - 26 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
27 OCT - 2 NOV
27 Oct 2017 - 2 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
3 NOV - 20 DEC
3 Nov 2017 - 20 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
XMAS 2017
21 Dec 2017 - 27 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
28 Dec 2017 - 4 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £20
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

We can supply bedlinen and towels at an additional cost of £13.50 per person for bed linen, bath sheet and hand towel. Please indicate if you need bed linen when you make your booking. We always supply tea towels and a bath mat for each booking. You will need to bring your own beach towels. If you don't want us to supply linen, the cottage is equipped with pillows and quilts for you to bring your own.

Booking Notes:
Please enquire for short breaks - we do offer them at off-peak periods which is usually October to March. During peak periods we can offer a short break if Seahorses is still available 2 weeks prior to the date you want to stay.
Xmas & New Year dates can be flexible - please enquire.

Changeover Day:
Fridays are our changeover days in peak season. We can be more flexible during quiet periods or for last minute bookings.

The security deposit is non refundable.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Port Isaac in Cornwall

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Electric shower over bath
  • Bathroom with bath and electric shower over.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot , This room can easily accommodate a travel cot
    Bunk room - Full sized bunk beds - but a small room for adults to stay
    Twin bedroom - 2 Single Bed , Not suitable for a travel cot due to size & configuration
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with cast iron 5' double bed. Bedroom 2 with twin beds. Bedroom 3 with adult size bunk beds.
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • children welcome
  • pets considered ...
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Outside: Terraced garden belonging to cottage is accessed by a path running along the front of the cottage. Top tier has garden furniture suitable for outside dining. Garden is very steep - not suitable for very young or infirm. There is also a small courtyard at the back of the cottage. Utility Room: Fridge freezer, washer-dryer, log store. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and towels are not included. They are available for an additional charge of £13.50 per person. Other: Dining area between kitchen and living area (all open plan) with table seating 6.

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