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The White Cottage


Port Gaverne, Cornwall

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Just a short stroll down the hill from Port Isaac is the charming and unspoiled inlet of Port Gaverne. A peaceful and relaxed place today, this was once a busy little port with an active pilchard fishery and boats landing lime, slate and coal. Nowadays the only boats you are likely to see setting out from the beach are a few small inshore fishing boats.

National Trust owns two of the four former fish cellars in Port Gaverne and one of them, the Union cellar, now houses the White Cottage. This cottage has come a long way since its original purpose, which was probably a salt store or salting house (holes in both interior and exterior walls, where poles would have been inserted to hold the large stones that pressed the pilchard catch, can still be seen today). The original slate floors, boarded partitions and low doorways give a particular historic character to this cottage, whilst the added benefits of a courtyard, delightfully secluded walled garden and comfortable living accommodation provide the perfect seaside holiday.

The quirky cottage is metres from the beach with fascinating rock pools and caves to explore at low tide, whilst at high tide it becomes an excellent diving beach. Step out of your door onto the coastal path and enjoy cliff walks along the most stunningly beautiful part of the North Cornwall coast. The hamlet has a lovely pub/restaurant just a short stroll from the cottage and Nathan Outlaw’s restaurant is just minutes from the cottage in Port Isaac.

Doc Martin’s Port Isaac is just minutes away with its narrow streets and alleys with rows of whitewashed fishermen’s cottages, restaurants and pubs and The Birdcage.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
Hall, utility/cloakroom with shower cubicle and lavatory, kitchen, sitting/dining room with solid-fuel stove, bedroom (double with 6' bed which can also be a twin on request).
First floor
Two bedrooms (1 double with 6' bed, 1 double with 6' bed which can also be a twin on request), bathroom with shower mixer attachment.
Visitor notes

Heating: Night storage heating, Electrorad eco heating and convector heating included.

Parking: Parking available for one vehicle outside cottage, with one additional space nearby.

Garden: Enclosed, private garden which is accessed from the French doors in the sitting room.

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

Bike/kayak storage: There is designated, secure storage for customers bikes and/or kayaks in a separate building approx. 100 metres from the cottage.

Logs/Charcoal: Environmentally friendly briquettes can be purchased at the time of booking or whilst at the cottages for use on the fire.

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.

Cottage details
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Dogs allowed
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  • Open fire / stove
  • Beach nearby
  • Pub nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • WiFi
  • DVD
  • Fridge-freezer
  • If you would like a copy of the access statement for this cottage please call the booking office on 0344 335 1287


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

  • A Neilson
    • March 2016
    • Bristol
    Made enjoyable..

    My stay at The White Cottage combined a mix of family and friends for my 40th Birthday and it was just perfect. In a rather teary moment I did think that if I had had to picture my most perfect Birthday weekend it wouldn't have differed in the slightest from my actual stay. Thank you so much. Even the sun stayed out - in March!

  • Stephen Greenwood
    • January 2016
    • Worcestershire
    Excellently equipped cottage

    Great to stay somewhere different - in this case almost next to the sea during some pretty awful weather (which was a great part of the holiday experience). The cottage was excellently equipped - we wanted for nothing - everything seemed to have been thought about.

  • S Barrett
    • December 2015
    • France
    Beautifully appointed

    The holiday cottage was beautifully appointed, very clean and comfortable. Lovely to come back to after a day spent out in the wind and rain! The position was amazing, I would like to return in the summer.

  • J Cross
    • November 2015
    • Somerset
    Beautifully presented cottage

    Beautifully presented cottage - wonderful to arrive and find the heating on and milk in the fridge after our journey. The welcome tray and card was another lovely touch. The cottage was spotless and the quality of furnishings and kitchen equipment etc was excellent not forgetting the fluffy white towels!!! Perfect position opposite the beach. Quite honestly the best cottage I have stayed in - thank you and well done to whoever cleans and maintains the property.

  • Anonymous
    • September 2015
    • .....
    Made enjoyable...

    The cottage was so immaculate & beautifully clean & we really appreciated the flowers & tea tray. We instantly felt welcome & 'at home'.

  • Anonymous
    • August 2015
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    Made enjoyable...

    Having somewhere lovely, clean and near the sea. This is the second year we have stayed at The White Cottage and have really loved it. We have also stayed in a cottage in St Just which we thought was so nice and hope to go back one day. The villages surrounding it are wonderful. Only that I wish I could come back sooner

  • Ms Hartley-Russell
    • August 2015
    • Unknown
    Made enjoyable by....

    Superb location. Comfortable cottage . High standards of cleanliness . Obliging caretaker .

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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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