Penny Cottage

Port Isaac, Cornwall
The exterior of Penny Cottage, Port Issac, Cornwall
Views of Port Gaverne, near Penny Cottage, Port Issac, Cornwall
Views of Port Gaverne, near Penny Cottage, Port Issac, Cornwall
The exterior of Penny Cottage, Port Issac, Cornwall Views of Port Gaverne, near Penny Cottage, Port Issac, Cornwall Views of Port Gaverne, near Penny Cottage, Port Issac, Cornwall

At-a-glance details

  • Guests 2
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Preferred changeover day Thursday
  • Minimum stay 3 nights
  • Number of dogs welcome 1
  • Acorn rating 2 What's this?
  • Reference 011070

About Penny Cottage

Penny Cottage is a cosy hideaway for two at the heart of Port Gaverne: one of Cornwall’s most picturesque coastal villages.

Along with its neighbour Port Isaac, Port Gaverne is best known as the filming location of the fictional village Portwenn in the TV series Doc Martin. There’s plenty of history in these streets, and the cottage itself forms part of the old Rashleigh Cellars where fishermen would have once stored gear and processed their hauls of pilchards. Today it makes a comfortable place to stay with plenty to explore locally, while still feeling you’re away from the crowds.

Inside the cottage is all on one level, with three steps from the garden up to the front door. Entering via the back door leads you into the kitchen, with a door into a small sitting room complete with a woodburning stove. Next comes a hallway which opens first onto the double bedroom followed by the dining/reading room and shower room/WC, before completing the circuit back at the kitchen. Outside you’ll find a secluded garden at the front of the cottage, and an open car port at the back with room for one vehicle.

This is the ideal base for walkers as the South West Coast Path runs through the village, offering stunning walks in either direction. It’s also only a 500-yard stroll to Port Gaverne beach: a sheltered little cove with plenty of rockpools and sand at low-tide, and a beach-side café. Port Gaverne also has a pub, or you can stroll half a mile up the hill to Port Isaac with its pub and art galleries. Don’t forget to explore the ‘platt’ (harbour) which has often hosted gigs by local shanty singers Fisherman’s Friends.

The nearest town is Wadebridge about nine miles away, offering supermarkets and eclectic independent shops. The towns of Rock and Padstow are also within easy reach – the latter is a haven for foodies. Keen surfers can catch a wave at Polzeath beach 5 miles from the cottage, while nearby Pentireglaze offers stunning cliff-top walks around the iron age fortress of Rumps. Also worth a visit is Boscastle about 12 miles up the coast – a picturesque fishing village with scenic riverside walks and a National Trust café and shop.

Why book with us?

  • Unrivalled locations
  • Free entry to our places
  • Award-winning customer service
  • Help us care for nature, beauty and history

Our Covid promise

  • Postpone or refund with no admin fee
  • Enhanced cleaning regime
  • Discover more about our Covid promise

Features and facilities

  • Cot & high chair not available
  • Microwave available
  • Fridge available
  • Freezer available
  • Dishwasher not available
  • Washing machine available
  • Tumble dryer not available
  • Telephone not available
  • Television available
  • DVD available
  • WiFi* not available
  • Open fire / wood burner available
  • Garden available
  • BBQ not available


Ground floor facilities

View accessibility guide (PDF 966 KB)


  • Ground floor

    Kitchen, dining room, shower room, double bedroom and sitting room.


Notes for guests

Access: The accessibility guide is for guidance only. For up to date photos, please see the images on the webpage.

Heating: Electric heating  is included.

Garden: Fully enclosed garden space. Grassed area with a small table and two chairs. BBQs are not permitted.

Parking: One space is provided in an open car port immediately outside the kitchen door.

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


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About the Acorn rating

To help find the best cottage for you, we have created our own quality rating system for our holiday cottages called the Acorn rating. Ranging from 1-5 Acorns, the rating gives you an indication of a property’s facilities, fixtures and fittings, with five being the highest quality level. The Acorn rating is not connected to any other industry rating system that may be used for holiday cottages and is only to be used as a guide that covers location, style of interior and the facilities you may be looking for. We do not set our cottage pricing based on the Acorn rating we have given a cottage as all our cottages are of an individual nature. Therefore, we recommend that all factors are considered when making your choice. In addition, some of our cottages are curated to be sympathetic to their time period. This means that they might not have all of the aspects of modern living, but impress in so many other ways.

1 Acorn: simple living accommodation with basic furniture and fixtures fit for purpose and clean. Running water and a toilet are provided. There could be some limitations to heating and washing facilities – details of these will be stated clearly on the cottage's webpage. Bedding, linen and towels are supplied with a few exceptions, which are again clearly stated). Facilities for basic catering and living are provided. In general, a 1 Acorn cottage does not have WiFi.

2 Acorn: a mid-quality range of furniture and fittings. Bathroom facilities are basic or there may be a high number of guests to bathroom ratio depending on the size of the cottage. Very few 2 Acorn cottages have WiFi and the kitchen white goods and washing facilities are basic. Bedding, linen and towels are supplied in all 2-5 Acorn cottages.

3 Acorn: a good, standard offer. Generally it is correctly proportioned for the number of guests but could have a few compromises, for example a small kitchen, or a lower bathroom to guest ratio. The variety of white goods available will be better than a 2 Acorn cottage.

4 Acorn: these cottages have more premium furniture, fittings and lighting. Additionally the ratio of bathrooms to guests is likely to be higher, and the bathrooms would be more likely to have separate and spacious showers instead of showers over baths.

5 Acorn: a luxury accommodation offer with very few limiting factors. This is the highest offer available. It is well-equipped and has spacious facilities throughout the cottage or is set within an extraordinary location or building. The furniture is of a high standard, and has real comfort for modern living.

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