The Birdcage

Port Isaac, Cornwall

At-a-glance details

  • Sleeps 2
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Preferred changeover day Friday
  • Minimum stay 2 nights
  • Number of dogs welcome 0
  • Acorn rating 3 What's this?
  • Reference 011084

About The Birdcage

A quirky three-storey cottage in one of Cornwall’s most iconic villages, Port Isaac.

Rising out of the higgledy-piggledy lanes of Port Issac is this Grade II-listed, former cobbler's shop. Pentagonal shaped and three stories high, it peeks over its neighbours to provide views of the harbour. Its interiors are just as intriguing too, with its snug rooms, exposed beams and a narrow staircase that slims down to just over a foot wide in places. 

You’ll be able to kick back on its terrace and listen to the chime of fishing boats on the harbour and the hum of tourists as they start arriving for day ahead. Winding lanes will lead you down to upmarket fish restaurants and a small shingly beach with aqua-coloured waters. 

Away from the bustle of village, the South West Coast Path can be hopped onto from here, where you’ll be on the pathway to the rest of North Cornwall. Head west to Port Quin, Lundy Bay and surfing beach Polzeath. 

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Features and facilities

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


Not accessible

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  • Ground floor

    Kitchen with door leading to bathroom.

  • First floor

    Sitting room with multi-fuel stove.

  • Second floor

    Double bedroom.

Notes for guests

Access: This access statement is for guidance only. For up to date photos please those images in the main website page.

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.

*WiFi: This is now available, but please note that intermittent connection problems can sometimes occur and should not be relied upon. We are pleased to provide free WiFi at this cottage which is supported by BT.

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

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

This gem of a cottage is small and compact. It has a very steep, narrow staircase 43cm at the narrowest point.

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

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 at Cornish Rock Tors and Outdoor Adventures. These outdoor activity providers offer kayaking, surfing, coasteering and much more.

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About the Acorn rating

We have applied a 1-5 acorn rating to each cottage to be used only as a guide that covers location, style of interior and facilities you may be looking for. The range runs from 1 Acorn at a more basic level such as Bird How which due to its stunning yet remote location doesn’t have a caretaker through to 5 Acorns at the highest level – such as Shute Barton.

Cottage pricing is not judged on the Acorn rating alone and as all our cottages are of an individual nature we recommend that all factors are considered when making your choice.

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