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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
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


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:
21 September, 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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Port Isaac in Cornwall

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
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
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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Fantastic Dog Friendly Fishermen's cottage close to harbour & beach. Sleeps 2-6
average rating of 4.4375 based on 17 reviews

a cozy cottage in the centre of Port Isaac

  • 4 of 5

More than adequate for 4 - would have been a squash with 6!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Lovely old cottage.

Has everything you need for an enjoyable stay.

Would recommend this cottage.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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fabulous house in a wonderful location. beautifully decorated and truly dog friendly

  • 5 of 5

The house was charming, and well thought out. The space was used really well. Lovely bathroom with a shower that worked and very comfortable beds! Everything we need apart from a cafeteria and Doc Martin DVDs, but we coped!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Seahorses is a charming little cottage, perfecty situated in the heart of Port Isaac.

  • 4 of 5

It also had the added bonus of a garden 'attached' to the property which was brilliant as we had some great weather. Also the allocated parking space was a big plus! It is a well equipped property, clean and comfortable we had a fantastic week away and will definitely be returning to Seahorses again in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely property right in the village

  • 5 of 5

Lovely, comfortable cottage in village location. All 6 of our party enjoyed the cottage and its facilities. The parking space was a bonus in Port Isaac and we actually managed to park 2 cars in the allocated space (not small ones either). Have stayed there before and hope to in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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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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Car: necessary


2 minute walk to Port Isaac harbour and beach. 10 minute drive to Polzeath/Daymer and Rock beaches.


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

Further Details:

Close to the beaches at Polzeath, Daymer Bay and Rock as well as nearby Wadebridge and Padstow.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Port Isaac, Cornwall

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
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
3 night minimum stay
for 3 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
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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