Your perfect base for a fantastic self-catering holiday in North Cornwall
The Pink Cottage sleeps up to 8. With beautiful sea, beach and valley views, the cottage sits facing South and West in a secluded cove ideal for swimming and rock pooling, with a family-friendly pub and restaurant next door. Port Gaverne is in an ideal position from which to explore North Cornwall's magnificent scenery. Within minutes you can be surfing, walking along coastal paths or in wooded valleys, swimming, sailing, playing golf, windsurfing, riding, mackerel fishing from Port Isaac, or just lazing on a beach or in a pub garden.
The Pink Cottage is perfect for families, groups of friends or anyone who wants their own slice of Cornish seaside living for a week. We're a proudly dog-friendly self-catering cottage, so no-one gets left behind.
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Port Gaverne beach is right across the road, a literal stone’s throw from the front door of the cottage. At low tide it’s fantastic for exploring caves and rockpooling. It’s also an excellent safe swimming beach, sandy at low tide, and dogs are allowed all year round.
Daymer Bay beach is about 20-25 minutes' drive from the cottage, just beyond Polzeath. It’s a dog-friendly beach with a huge flat expanse of sand at low tide – great for playing games. Round to the North side of the bay the rocks and coves are great for beachcombers.
Polzeath beach is a blue flag beach 20 minutes' drive away. It's the surfer’s choice, but also a great family beach with shops, cafés and surf hire shops. In peak season flags mark a separate area for bodyboarders and swimmers. Dogs aren't allowed on the beach from Easter day to October 1st.
New Polzeath beach is a lovely sandy cove surrounded by steep cliffs. It’s a good secluded spot for families. On a low tide you can walk between this beach and Polzeath. No dogs from Easter day to October 1st.
Lundy Bay beach is a stunning secluded beach between Port Quin and Polzeath. The car park is found on the New Polzeath Road, and then the beach is a short walk away. Only visit at low tide (and ideally on a long tide). The beach is accessible by climbing over boulders.
Trebarwith Strand beach is a breathtaking spot around 20 minutes' drive away. Plan to go on a falling tide as there’s no beach at all at high tide. As the beach becomes accessible it opens up into a massive, rugged and beautiful sandy bay with steep slate cliffs, rock pools you can swim in and giant rock formations that are great for exploring. The beach has lifeguard cover during peak season. There are cafés and beach shops, and dogs are welcome all year round.
It doesn’t come much better for walkers. A beautiful coastal path runs all the way from Daymer Bay to Tintagel. Look at http://www.iwalkcornwall.co.uk/walks/near/port_isaac for some excellent suggestions for breaking up the stretch of coast into sections. There are a couple of inland circuits on the site too.
If you want a day’s walk from the cottage, try heading up the coast path out of Port Isaac to Port Quin. Be prepared for it to take a while! Once you reach the hamlet there’s a path that takes you cross-country to return to Port Isaac. Another shorter and highly recommended walk is the circuit around the headland starting at Pentireglaze farm (access from the New Polzeath road) and taking in New Polzeath beach.
TOWNS AND VILLAGES NEARBY:
Port Isaac village is just up the hill to the South. There are numerous ways to get down to the harbour including a coast path starting from the car park you come across as you walk up. Why not pick a road or path winding down into the village and explore?
Rock is a popular small estuary village a short drive away. If you’re thinking of driving over for a visit, we recommend parking near the ferry and taking a trip across to Padstow. The bustle of the town is fun, and it’s a great place for lunch (either fish and chips, or something pre-booked at one of Rick Stein’s empire of restaurants). We like The Old Ship Inn for its sheltered forecourt, and Embers is a good option if you fancy wood-fired pizza. When you want to escape, it’s a short walk from the harbour out along the peninsula to some incredible and pristine beaches.
On a rising tide, Polzeath is a first-class surfing beach. It's safe for all the family, and on a good day you can get long sets of waves. Wetsuit and board hire is available from several points on the beach front - we recommend Ann’s Cottage but all the hire shops have a good selection of boards for different ages and abilities. While it’s possible to surf at Trebarwith, this is usually an experts-only beach as the undertow can be strong and the waves very powerful.
About a 25-minute drive from the cottage (or a much longer, breath-taking coastal walk for the fit and ambitious) is the village of Tintagel. It’s well worth the trip to visit Tintagel Castle, a medieval fortification on its own peninsula, said to be the seat of the legendary King Arthur. It’s a beautiful spot and a great option if you're looking for a change from the beach.
THE EDEN PROJECT:
Around an hour’s drive away, closer to the more sheltered South East coast of Cornwall, The Eden Project is a fascinating day out for anyone interested in nature. Featuring the world’s largest rainforest ‘in captivity’ and numerous other gardens, it also hosts numerous arts and music events. There are play areas and trails for younger children too. Check www.edenproject.com to see what’s on.
There are a number of excellent options for eating out nearby. At the top-end, restaurant Nathan Outlaw in Port Isaac was awarded the number 1 spot in the Good Food Guide 2018, with a perfect score of 10. Rick Stein’s Padstow restaurants get rave reviews, and Paul Ainsworth’s Number 6 restaurant (also in Padstow) is another very highly-rated option with a Michelin star. For nice meals on a slightly lower budget, The Port Gaverne Hotel’s restaurant is well worth a try, as is The Old School Hotel and Restaurant in Port Isaac (although be careful at off-peak times of the year as they can stop serving food early). The Mill House Inn just up the valley from Trebarwith Strand beach is another really strong option for up-market pub grub.
There are many fantastic pubs within reach of the cottage, but here are a couple of our favourites:
- Right next door, the Port Gaverne Hotel has been a finalist in the Great British Pub Awards 2016 and 2017, and County winner in the National Pub And Bar Awards 3 years in a row (2016-2018). It's a really friendly local with low-beamed ceilings, excellent local ales and a good bar menu for sandwiches and more at lunchtime. Tucked away at the back, the restaurant is outstanding if you fancy a treat.
- The St Kew Inn (in the small village of St Kew) is a beautiful 15th Century pub with good food and a great beer garden. Ideal for lunch inside on a cold day or outside when it’s warmer.
- The Golden Lion in Port Isaac is a nice friendly pub looking out over the harbour.
Take away options are available in season. The Golden Lion does an excellent fish and chips and the Angry Anchovy at the top of the hill from Port Gaverne into Port Isaac offers take away pizza. The Smiling Sardine fish and chip shop in Port Isaac is also a good traditional option.