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Rising up out of the higgledy-piggledy of old Port Isaac, now famous for the Doc Martin series, the Grade II-listed Birdcage is a remarkably charismatic building. Two centuries old, pentagonal, three-stored and with a terrace reached through the bathroom, this former cobbler's shop has tiny rooms and a staircase that slims down to just over a foot wide in places. If you're looking for an unusual and extraordinarily picturesque cottage with views of the harbour from the bedroom and sitting room, then The Birdcage is for you.
Heating: Night storage heating included, convector heating and free eco logs for the stove included.
Garden: Enclosed, pretty terrace with views over the wall to the sea. Access to the terrace is through a low door from the bathroom.
Parking: Access to cottage is by foot - there is no adjacent parking.
Parking available in the village lanes or in one of the public car parks at the top of the village.
For information on long stay car parking at New Road, Port Isaac, please visit the website. You can also call 0300 1234 222.
Please Note: This gem of a cottage is small and compact. It has a very steep, narrow staircase 43cm at the narrowest point.
Offers: Free admission to Tintagel Old Post Office subject to seasonal opening hours.
For any 2 night stay starting on a Friday, or 3 nights starting on a Thursday, guests can benefit from a late departure time on the Sunday of 6pm, at no extra charge.
Accessiblity: The Birdcage is unsuitable for those with impaired mobility.
Local Suppliers: Guest discount offered to NT guests by outdoor activity providers Cornish Rock Tors www.CornishRockTors.com and Outdoor Adventure www.outdooradventure.co.uk
Due to very steep, narrow stairs we feel this cottage is not suitable for children.
The South West region is probably England's most well-known holiday hotspot, being home to some of the most famous seaside resorts. Pretty villages and harbours in Cornwall, many with sweeping sandy beaches, such as St Ives, Polzeath and Port Isaac to name but a few, give way to sophisticated seaside resorts in Devon and Dorset which include Bournemouth, Torquay and Ilfracombe. The history of this region is unrivalled; Wiltshire's spectacular downland and the stone circles at Avebury and Stonehenge, through Hardy's Dorset, dramatic Dartmoor and gentler Exmoor, to the mining landscapes of Cornwall and West Devon, which are now recognised as being of international significance, having been awarded World Heritage Site status in 2006. The Trust protects 370 miles of the coastline in Devon and Cornwall and, wherever you are in the two far western counties, you're never more than 25 miles from the sea. As well as this peninsula, the Trust also cares for much of the countryside in Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset and a wide array of fascinating properties to visit and explore. Not surprisingly, perhaps, this area is also home to the widest selection of National Trust holiday cottages.
The north coast is where the tremendous force of the Atlantic Ocean crashes against the mighty cliffs of Cornwall. With waves incessantly beating against the rocks below, the coast path provides some of the best walking in Europe and dramatic views.
North Cornwall also boasts several fine, sandy beaches, with the same massive rollers providing some of the best surfing in the country. The Trust has 22 holiday cottages and apartments in this wonderful part of the county including three at Park Head, a remote headland just a mile to the north of Bedruthan Steps but only six miles from Padstow, and three at Pentireglaze, close to the sandy beach of Polzeath. Further round the coast are the dramatically situated Doyden House and Castle and the picturesque hamlet of Port Quin. Port Isaac, Port Gaverne and Boscastle are all charming villages with lots of atmosphere and perfect as holiday bases.