Port Isaac is just the prettiest fishing village imaginable. Excellent walks, stunning scenery, and flowers everywhere. The harbour is seconds away and full of attractions - lifeboat station, excellent coffee shops, restaurants and a proper pub!
The cottage is wonderful in every respect; very well appointed with all the facilities one needs on a self-catering holiday. The interior is really tastefully decorated and extremely comfortable. The bedroom is a good size and it's very easy unpack and store clothes so you don't need to live out of a suitcase. The smaller bedroom can be used to overspill luggage if you are not someone who travels light!
We slept very well in a comfortable bed - and you get used to the seagulls - you're at the seaside so what do you expect?!
There are some lovely shops in the village, which is quite busy during the day as folk come to stroll about and take pictures of every angle of Doc Martin's surgery. They go away quite quickly however and from late afternoon the village is fairly tranquil.
It's easy to unload stuff on arrival and then turn back to the car park on the road to Port Gaverne. You book this online for the week and pay about £40. There were always plenty of spaces. The walk down/ up is steep but you get very used to it and there are wonderful health benefits. If you want a stunning view of the coastline, walk into the village along the cliff.. its actually much easier walking up from the cottage that way but longer and definitely wimpish!
Other stunning places are nearby, such as Padstow, Tintagel and the Camel Valley Vineyard is a must!
We stayed for a week and didn't manage to do half the things we wanted , so we'll be going back.
It is such a relaxing place for a holiday, i cannot recommend it strongly enough! Bark House is like home from home only better!
Our week stay in this cottage was beyond expectations, we had everything there that we could possibly want to make our stay enjoyable and comfortable. The bed was exceptionally comfortable and we found everything very pleasant.
The location was amazing and we did book into Fisherman's Kitchen and also had a lovely Sunday lunch at Port Gaverne Hotel all which was within walking distance.
The cottage was extremely clean and tidy and the decor was lovely, we went on this holiday for our silver wedding anniversary and it turned out to be a brilliant choice. Would recommend this stay to anyone.
Our holiday in Port Isaac surpassed all expectations, it is a magical place and the accommodation has been perfect. The house is cozy and quaint and only seconds away from the sea, the pub, lovely shops, breathtaking views and Nathan Outlaw's Fish Kitchen! The accommodation is well equipped and clean with freshly laundered bedding and towels. It is a perfect base for sight seeing and if you don't fancy cooking there are plenty of fantastic places to eat within walking distance. A great experience all round. Thank you.
Our 4th visit to a very special place for us. The cottage is lovely, a previous review mentioned a few little issues but we didn't see these. Water was fine, cottage was clean, there was a slight musty smell in the utility cupboard but as we didn't sleep in there we didn't care felt very comfortable and cosy, just love the place. Setting is perfect, nice pubs/restaurants,gift shops, beach perfect for treasure hunting as our 2 year old advised. Krab pot do the BEST sandwiches and cream tea. All in all we'd highly recommend the cottage and Port Isaac.
I have recently visited the bark house for the 8th time, and will continue to do so. The house is tastefully decorated, charming and fits in perfectly with the historic surrounds which it is set in. It is 300 years old and just beautiful and full of character. The location is ideal, seconds from the beach and a stumble from the pub! Seagulls have become associated with relaxing happy times to me, I love how untouched the village is and wouldn't change a thing. think previous reviewer must have got wrong house?! I will long continue to be a guest and love it here. Thanks for another fabulous break :)
Lovely location and a lovely renovation - once. But well overdue for some TLC now. Door handle falling off the master bedroom door, fridge compartments fall out when you open the door, heated towel rail doesn't go, a really musty/damp smell from the kitchen cupboard and no hot water in kitchen, or bathroom handbasin (shower ok due to power shower unit) - reported this to the agency who acted surprised. Promised to sort it but we never heard from the agency again. We now realise from reading other reviews (the people that stayed after us had the same issue - and undoubtedly the people that stayed before us did also as the hot water was out from the day we arrived), that this was probably an ongoing problem that the agency simply responded to with a 'really - oh, thank you for telling us. Have you checked the fuse?'. Either that or the owners are unmotivated to look after their guests who are paying good money to stay there - we stayed over the bank holiday period so paid top end.
The location was brilliant however - so close to the harbour that we got to see the Fishermans Friends twice and Sunday night bands. And the beds were very comfortable.
However, if we stayed in Port Isaac again we would find another place to stay. There is a feeling of 'no care' by the agency and/or the owner. If you are taking money for a service - you should provide it!!
PS: The compendium gives you info about Padstow - not Port Isaac. Not helpful when we wanted to recycle. And the sofa actually smelled. Overdue for a steam clean - but that's being kind - it needs replacing!
The cottage is very central to pubs, restaurants and the harbour. Bed very comfortable and hotel standard linen. A few things let it down slightly though, not all of which can be avoided. There is no parking in the village and quite a steep walk to the car parks. We had absolutely no mobile phone coverage and were told there was a phone in the cottage. This we discovered on arrival could only take incoming calls. It would have been helpful to have known this in advance. There were no instructions how to get hot water - in fact the rental agent had to contact the owner. The timer seemed to be faulty. Directions where to find wifi router would have been helpful. The bottle shelf in the fridge was broken so when we put milk in it it fell out - would have been messy if we had the wine there first! Towel rail had a push button to turn it on but this did not work so damp towels. Downstairs was cold and damp - could benefit from a low output heater of some kind on all the time. It was thoughtfully and attractively furnished however and these few things did not detract from a pleasant stay.