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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.
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.
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!