Pennant Farm has always been an important site at the head of the small valley that runs in from the fishing village at Port Isaac on the north coast of Cornwall. Port Isaac was chosen as the setting of the TV series, Doc Martin, because of the beauty and interest of the seaside village, cliffs, scenery and beaches of Cornwall. There was once a great mediaeval farmstead at Pennant, which moved up hill, with replacement 18th century farm buildings.
Josiah’s Cottage was built in 1772 (the date is low on one corner) with stones and timber from earlier buildings to an ordered design by a landowner wishing to show his improving status. He did a good job and made a lovely little building. Rows of pigeon holes for winter food are set around the top within thick walls, under a grand slate roof. The building was later extended by a wing to the north and is now at the west end of a lane with six separate old buildings and a small horse pond. The main farm has moved away to the east and the working farm is separated from the row of old buildings. The owners live on the site.
The Port Isaac area is one of the most popular places in Cornwall. There is plenty to do on the cliffs, and on the beaches, either at small sandy coves or the more well known ones like Polzeath. There are bistros, restaurants, good pubs and a sense of history, place and community. There is lots to do elsewhere but the house is also a comfortable and intriguing retreat.
Josiah’s Cottage has thick stone walls, narrow windows, with reused Tudor stone under a double hipped great rag and scantle slate roof. Two bedrooms, one bathroom (shower over bath). The ground floor door leads to a small hall. The main entrance is up old steps to the living room on first floor with high open roof, & curved braces from the 1772 rebuild. TV; DVD and CD Player. The kitchen/diner at one end of the living room has electric oven & hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge & washer/dryer. The decoration is plain & simple. Wood floor to first floor. Oil fired central heating. Sitting room has windows looking over farmland and farmyard. Long drive with good views of coast leads to house with enclosed walled/fenced garden & own parking off old farm yard. Garden furniture. Dogs allowed.
Could be taken with Waggon House to sleep 12. There is also camping on the farm.