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If you’re looking for a truly idyllic setting for your cottage holiday then look no further. Port Isaac is a charming fishing village, set in a rural position on the North Cornwall coastline. Although a popular tourist destination, the village retains much of its original character and showcases more than 700 years of history.
Once a busy coastal port, from the Middle Ages right up until the mid 19th century, this small village comprises of up to 90 listed buildings, displaying its rich heritage. Today, there are still fishermen who work from the port with fresh fish caught daily and this can be tasted in the variety of restaurants throughout Port Isaac.
The astounding natural beauty of the village has attracted numerous TV and film productions, the most recent being the comedy drama series Doc Martin, starring Martin Clunes. You may recognise Port Isaac’s scenery as the fictional village of ‘Port Wenn’ where the story is set and on further inspection you may be able to find the doctor’s home, Fern Cottage.
What to do in Port Isaac
One of the main draws to Port Isaac is the harbour and a great way to make the most of this and the breathtaking coastline is by taking a boat trip. There is a variety on offer, and you can even try your hand at fishing, a trade still very much alive in the village today.
Try some of Port Isaac’s locally caught delicacies with a trip to the Fresh From The Sea restaurant, where you can enjoy crab, lobster and much more! Other fish restaurants include the Mote, with views overlooking the harbour, and Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen in its seaside setting.
During the summer, nearly every Friday evening at 8pm, the local sea-shanty group, the Fisherman’s Friends, perform on the beach. Having previously performed at the Great Albert Hall and Glastonbury Festival, this is an opportunity not to be missed.
Where to visit whilst in Port Isaac
Although you may be staying in a relatively secluded location, there is still plenty to see and do in the surrounding area. The village is linked by a bus service, which usually runs five times a day, stopping at popular Cornish towns and villages such as Boscastle, Tintagel, Rock and Padstow.
Just four miles away, you’ll find the village of Polzeath, which is renowned as being one of the best surfing beaches in North Cornwall. If you fancy a long walk, you can even venture to Polzeath from Port Isaac via the picturesque South West Coast Path. Just a mile further from here, lies Daymer Bay, which is a family friendly beach and allows four-legged friends all year round.
The nearest town is Wadebridge, which is said to be the gateway to the Camel Trail. Visit the market town or instead head for a relaxing cycle ride through some of North Cornwall’s most beautiful coastal scenery and countryside.