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Unique Cottage, outstanding location overlooking harbour with outstanding view!



Updated: 06-Oct-2016
White House Cottage in Port Isaac, North Cornwall - Private Front Terrace (fabulous view), Log Burner, a Great Base for a Cornish Cottage Holiday

Sleeping 6, this wonderful 3 bedroom c17th fishermans cottage, completely rebuilt in 1983 and updated since. Occupying a unique position overlooking this famous, traditional Cornish working harbour with outstanding sea views. It is located, arguably, in "the" prime location. Just 30m from the lower village, beach, fish monger, pub, restaurants (one just awarded a Michelin Star!) and shops. Well placed for exploring more widely in Cornwall or if you prefer relax on the front terrace overlooking the harbour and simply people watch.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

Owned by 2 brothers who inherited the property maintaining the tradition and family links with Port Isaac. We both holiday here annually and continue to wish to share this unique property with others who we hope will love the cottage and enjoy holidays in Port Isaac for years to come.

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Guestbook comments from the manager

Nov/Dec 2011 - "Just wanted to say what a fantastic week we had at your cottage. Absolutely fell in love with the place and the village. I'm sure you get lots of feedback like this,I just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed it so thanks".

Nov 2011 - "Great time at WHC. I just wanted to drop you a note to say that we had a lovely stay at WHC. The property "ticked all the boxes" by way of location, comfort, facilities etc. Thank you".

New Visitor 2011 (by text on arrival) - "Paddy, ur place is the most gorgeous place I've ever been. The best property in Port Isaac & if u won't sell it me then I'm definitely coming back next year".

Regular Visitor 2010 - "We had a very relaxing time, amazing weather, and managed to bump into the Prime Minister playing cricket on the beach at Daymer Bay! What more could one ask for! For the first time in 4 years of holidaying both in the UK and South of France, we all came back brown!!".
Jul 2010
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3 Reviews

based on 3 holidaymaker reviews



  • 5 of 5

We brought all the family again this year, including the dog, and none of us were disappointed.Paddy had freshened the place up again with white paint and the new double glazed windows suits the cottage and keeps the place cosy. As usual the facilities in this cottage were of a high standard, and the little glass house makes a great retreat from the kids in the evening!! The cottage has always been spotless when we arrive and it;s next door but one to doc Martin.s house which is really interesting when they are filming. We bought fresh locally caught fish from the harbour and there.s a quaint little shop that sells Cornish pasties/cakes and essentials such as milk and bread. There's a fish and chip shop and a few places to go for a meal as well as the gift shops, sweet shop, pub and art gallery. There's a Co op store at the top of the village but Wadebridge is the nearest big town for shopping. Parking is a fair walk uphill and isn't cheap but we bought a permit before we left home and it was worth it to stay in such a lovely cottage and be so close to everything, including the beach where the kids had great fun. We wouldn't stay anywhere else in Port Isaac.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Yet another lovely stay here. Just can't get enough of the ever changing view - there is always something to see. Paddled every day, some times twice - down the hill to buy fresh fish, eggs or pasties. We only took the car out twice!! If it does rain just sit in the "greenhouse" and admire the view from there :) See you next year - and thank you very much.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 3 of 5

Have just returned from a lovely stay at this cottage but feel very sleep deprived. This cosy cottage is boiling hot at night and opening the bedroom window leaves you with a lot of unwanted noise starting very early in the morning; either the seagulls, fishermen or early refuse collection wakes you in the very early hours. The cottage itself is lovely and over looking the harbour with all the amenities you require for your stay. The bathroom is located downstairs and that was something new to us and took some getting used to. Having said that the only TV in the place is tiny and a bigger one is needed in the lounge, and the small one could be used in the main bedroom. The wi fi connection is fine downstairs but my I pad would not connect upstairs and I like to unwind in bed and watch some TV so that for me was a bit of a disappointment. The other thing is, the water pump located in the main bedroom makes the most horrendous noise every time the toilet is flushed or the taps/shower is used, if you had managed to get some sleep, this would certainly wake you up. I am not criticising for the sake of it, these are merely some advisories to consider if you intend to stay at WHC - none of them would make me not wish to return. The weather was dreadful when we arrived and the next day as well so we lost two days of our holiday which of course is nothing to do with the cottage, so we drove to other parts of Cornwall to do some sight seeing. Doc Martin was being filmed during our stay and it was lovely to meet the cast and crew and have a birds eye view of what was going on.

Some attention is needed in the garden as there are some gaps in the broken fence, it was evident a small dog had been staying previously as the garden furniture had been moved to block the escape routes. Like with the majority of properties in the village, the lack of parking is a pain and the steep climb every day to the car park at the top of the village did not get any easier.

In summary, White House Cottage is a lovely cosy place to stay situated in a prime spot over looking the harbour. I would recommend this property to anyone except if you have limited mobility, as the very steep and unsteady steps leading to the property would by hazardous under foot.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

Run as a holiday cottage for the last 40 years the cottage has been in the family for 400 years, we continue to make it available for rental throughout the year. "Grandad" was born and brought up in this cottage. Next door (The White House) is owned by an Uncle, and confusingly is also a Hambly.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Newquay at 18 Miles Nearest Ferry : Plymouth at 50 Miles Nearest Train : Bodmin Parkway at 24 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Nathan Outlaw Fish Kitchen (Michelin 1*), at 50 Metres Nearest Beach : Port Isaac at 50 Metres Car: recommended


Located in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Port Isaac has its own harbour and beach. The cottage lies on the coastal footpath and the walk up the hill provides breathtaking rugged coastal scenery. A short drive gets you to Polzeath, famous for it's surf, Daymer Bay (great for families), Rock and Padstow. To the north is Trebarwith, Tintagel and Boscastle. The Camel Estuary has sailing and watersports as well as the Camel Trail old railway bicycle trail.


It is recommended you visit by car as the nearest train station is Bodmin. Newquay is the nearest airport (25 miles) where car hire is available. Plymouth Airport is about 1 hr.

By car Plymouth - 1 hour; Exeter - 1 1/4 hr; Truro - 40 mins.


Wadebridge (Tesco) - 9 miles; Bodmin (Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury's) - 15 miles.

Polzeath - 4 miles; Tintagel - 7 miles;

Further Details:

Port Isaac has a small (but good) Co-Op, good quality restaurants and the pub does great food (& beer!!!). There are a number of tourist shops and galleries in the village selling a wide variety of nick nacks and pictures.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Half Term
21 Oct 2016 - 27 Oct 2016
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
End Oct into Nov
28 Oct 2016 - 24 Nov 2016
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
25 Nov 2016 - 22 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
23 Dec 2016 - 5 Jan 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £20

Booking Notes:
Please see the owners website (link below) for guest policy and booking terms and conditions (hover the cursor over the "home" link).

Changeover Day:
Tenancies begin on Fridays at 4:00pm and end on Fridays at 10:00am unless previously arranged in advance.

Notes on prices:
From 1 November - 1 March short breaks can be booked for a minimum of 3 nights. Please call me to discuss. This offer does not include the Christmas and New Year period.

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From the Owner

The cottage offers uninterrupted, outstanding views of the harbour, sea and coastline. It is a fantastic place to people watch and simply watch the world go by. Or, explore further afield as it is within about an hour of most of Cornwall's main attractions.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • DVD Player
  • Television


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...

Location Type

  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • waterfront


  • bay
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, The bathroom is downstairs
  • Family bathroom, slate tile floor with loo, sink, bath (shower over).


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 2 Single Bed, 1 Cot, Good quality single beds push together to make 6' double
  • Second Bedroom - 2 Single Bed, Good quality single beds push together to make a 6' double
  • Third Bedroom - 2 Single Bed, Good quality single divan with built in bunk over
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 - overlooking harbour. Double (convertible to twin). Bedroom 2 - overlooking harbour. Twin (convertible to double). Bedroom 3 - twin (single with bunk over).


  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website

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