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The Birdcage


Port Isaac, Cornwall

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Rising up out of the higgledy-piggledy buildings 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 a quirky and extraordinarily picturesque cottage with views of the harbour from the bedroom and sitting room, then The Birdcage is for you.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
Kitchen with door leading to bathroom.
First floor
Sitting room with multi-fuel stove.
Other floor
Second floor: double bedroom.
Visitor notes

Children: Due to very steep, narrow stairs we feel this cottage is not suitable for children.

Heating: Night storage, Electrorad eco heating, convector heating and free eco briquettes for the stove included.

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.

Garden: Enclosed, pretty terrace with views over the wall to the sea. Access to the terrace is through a low door from the bathroom.

Accessiblity: The Birdcage is unsuitable for those with impaired mobility.

Offers: Guests will benefit from a late Sunday checkout of 4pm at this cottage.

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 entry to Tintagel Old Post Office on production of booking details subject to seasonal opening hours.

Local suppliers: Discount offered to National Trust guests for these outdoor activity providers offering kayaking, surfing, coasteering and much more Cornish Rock Tors and Outdoor Adventures.

Not suitable for children
Cottage details
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Dogs allowed
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  • Open fire / stove
  • Beach nearby
  • Pub nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Romantic
  • Unique
  • Television
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • WiFi
  • DVD
  • Fridge
  • If you would like a copy of the access statement for this cottage please call the booking office on 0344 335 1287
  • No children allowed


Things to see and do nearby

A magnolia blooming at Trengwainton Garden, Cornwall © Stephen Robson

Cornwall may be steeped in Celtic history yet it also offers the uncomplicated joy of a day spent by the sea. From the picture-box charms of the villages and towns of St Ives, Polzeath and Port Isaac to the raw natural beauty of the coast, one trip to this part of the world is often just the start of many more. Remember to pack some good walking boots and you will be set for life!

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place to visit
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  • South West Coast Path
  • Wadebridge
  • Bird watching
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • horse riding
  • walking
  • coasteering
  • kayaking
  • surfing.
National Trust places to visit
Tintagel Old Post Office
Tintagel Old Post Office One of the Trust's most delightful medieval buildings, enhanced by a cottage garden
Boscastle Picturesque harbour and village on the north Cornish coast
Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps
Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps Dramatic coastline with views over massive rock stacks
Lanhydrock Magnificent late Victorian country house with extensive servants' quarters, gardens and wooded estate
Trerice Elizabethan manor house with fine interiors and delightful garden
Lawrence House
Lawrence House Beautiful Georgian town house


Comments from past visitors

  • Mr Maughan
    • January 2017
    • Kent
    Well looked after property

    Great location, perfect well looked after property.

  • Miss Keel
    • January 2017
    • Bristol
    Great location

    The location was great. The fact of the unusual buildings are owned by the National trust. We would have never have found this place with out them. The quality of the place, and every thing was 10 out of 10. Just wish we could have stay longer than a week end. A great place to spend my 45th birthday.

  • Anonymous
    • November 2016
    • Unknown
    Well equipped cottage

    Cottage was exactly as described and there were lots of little extras we weren't expecting that made it all the more special. I.e. Fuel for fire and rucksack with walking map, flask & sandwich box. The cottage was well equipped and everything was good quality so it looked nice and there wasn't anything really flimsy to worry about.

  • Alicia Troth
    • April 2016
    • Kent
    Excellent location

    Unique, historic property in an excellent location. Very clean, lovely welcome note with tea, coffee, biscuits and Easter eggs (a nice touch as it was good Friday when we arrived), free wifi, free set of logs with first fire set and ready and good information folders made a great start to our holiday.

  • Mrs Allen
    • March 2016
    • Hampshire
    Made enjoyable...

    We particularly enjoyed being in such a unique property. The logistics of getting meals up to the sitting room from the kitchen via the tiny staircase made an everyday task fun. Being cosy & snug around the wood stove whilst the wind howled outside made for a perfect winter break.

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What it will cost

Prices include:

  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
  • We cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email to enquire about future bookings and reservations.
  • The National Trust reserves the right to move cottage prices up or down and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.


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