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Unique Cottage, outstanding location overlooking harbour with outstanding view!

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

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. A wonderful self catering holiday cottage overlooking the historic working fishing harbour of Port Isaac in Cornwall and available for private letting all year round. Surrounding the picturesque harbour, Port Isaac nestles in a narrow sheltered valley where white washed cottages crowd the narrow streets and alleyways and is the perfect example of the traditional Cornish fishing village. It remains a working harbour with a small fleet of boats working all year and Port Isaac's Fisherman's Friends perform on Friday evenings on The Platt (please see their website on the Locally tab for performance dates).

At low tide the sheltered beach has rock pools to be explored. Admire the view by climbing the the breakwater wall or within a short stroll you are on the coastal path with some of the most breathtaking coastal views in the country. Port Isaac boasts a number of excellent restaurants, one recently awarded a "Michelin Star", and the local pub. One can also buy fresh and locally caught seafood from the fishmongers at the heart of the old village. Popular with film-makers for many years Port Isaac has most recently been the setting for the film ‘Saving Grace’ and TV series ‘Doc Martin’.

Based on a Tudor building and in the same family for over 400 years, White House Cottage had to be completely re-built in 1983 and has been kept up to date since. It is now very comfortable with all the modern facilities one would expect. Over looking the harbour White House Cottage is not quite 50m from the old village with its narrow alleyways to get lost in (one so narrow it is affectionately nicknamed ‘Squeezy Belly Alley’).

It has an entrance porch, kitchen, lounge/diner and bathroom and 3 bedrooms upstairs , sleeping 6 comfortably. It is in, argueably, the prime location in the village overlooking the harbour and old village. Outside the front garden has a slate picnic table and greenhouse for eating in or storing all those surfboards, bikes and holiday toys!!! Not many cottages in Port Isaac can boast they have their very own cave. White House Cottage has two!!! The front garden is fabulously positioned to people watch or watch the world go by whilst maintaining your privacy. A great place to base your self for a village holiday or to explore further in N. Cornwall.


More Details

Property Manager
Paddy Hambly
Member since: 2010
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
2 December, 2017

About Paddy Hambly

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.

Why Paddy Hambly chose Port Isaac

Run as a holiday cottage for the last 40 years the cottage has been in the family for 450 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.

What makes this cottage unique

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.

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Port Isaac in Cornwall

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • waterfront
  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 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). WE ARE REALLY SORRY BUT LINEN IS NOT, REPEAT NOT, PROVIDED WITHIN THE WEEKLY RENTAL PRICE. ONE'S OWN LINEN CAN BE BROUGHT OR ORDERED THROUGH OUR RECOMMENDED LOCAL COMPANY FOR DELIVERY TO THE COTTAGE ON YOUR DAY OF ARRIVAL. IF ORDERED, BEDS WILL BE MADE UP PRIOR TO ARRIVAL BY THE HOUSEKEEPER.
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • 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


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Unique Cottage, outstanding location overlooking harbour with outstanding view!
average rating of 4.3333335 based on 7 reviews

Superb location and wonderful little cottage

  • 4 of 5

A great place for couples or families to stay and enjoy this wonderful part of the world.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely little cottage!

  • 5 of 5

Great cottage in the heart of Port Isaac. Family friendly with a cot and high chair. Lovely location, would recommend and stay again.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Unique village accommodation with outstanding views

  • 4 of 5

Whitehouse Cottage

Lovely, tastefully renovated cottage.

Great outlook over the port.

In a very narrow street. Our Volvo XC 90 was too big to drive up Roscarrock Hill. Best to drop off luggage etc at the fish co-op or up the hill at the old school.

Bonus for us was a concert by the Fishermens' Friends on the beach on the Fri night we arrived. Had the best seat in the house!

Huge seagulls in Port Isaac, so watch your cheese platter when you're in the garden!

The walk to the Co-Op for groceries will take at least 15mins (uphill).

A number of scenic coastal walks close by. (Think scenes from Poldark). Try the pub at Port Gaverne for dinner.

Treat yourself to a meal at either of Nathan Outlaw's restaurants but book well in advance. (The Fish Kitchen is only a minute or two from the cottage).

Numerous gift shops, galleries, fish co-op (excellent value for fresh seafood), afternoon tea shops ('Cream Teas'), ice cream parlour, restaurants & of course pubs. All within an easy 5 min walk from the cottage.

Taxi/shuttle is available if the walking is too much & like us you have to park a fair way out of the village. ( Two car parks - one is £5 per day, the overflow car park is £10 per day so best to choose wisely. This can be paid online for weekly convenience).

Very friendly & helpful landlord.

Phone signal is very patchy but best on the front garden terrace.

WiFi available in the cottage.

Expensive garbage collection, so take recyclables to the collection point at the car park near Restaurant Nathan Outlaw (Top of the hill).

In summer you might get to see filming for Doc Martin, but best to avoid the village on those days. It gets very crowded with fans.

Take £1 coins for the power meter. We used about £3 over 2 weeks in June. (Ie. Did not require heating)

Pay phone is also available in the cottage. Local calls are free.

Linen hire is expensive.(Atlantic Linen). Cheaper to buy/bring your own & launder onsite. There is a dryer but the glasshouse is also a good option for drying laundry on a fine day.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 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: 05-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: March 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: 22-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Our WHC stay

  • 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: 20-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Nearest Ferry
50 Miles
Nearest Train
24 Miles
Bodmin Parkway
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Nathan Outlaw Fish Kitchen (Michelin 1*),
Nearest Beach
50 Metres
Port Isaac
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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Port Isaac, Cornwall

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.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.