A warren of winding, narrow streets, where traditional whitewashed cottages jostle for space around a harbour with colourful fishing boats moored in turquoise waters. Port Isaac is the quintessential Cornish fishing village, offering visitors an enchanting slice of Cornish life.
We recommend starting your day at the large car park at the top of the hill. From here, enjoy stunning coastal views – and maybe even glimpse a basking shark – as you take the short stroll along the South West Coast Path into the heart of Port Isaac. Rounding the headland, take in the picture-postcard beauty of the village as it stretches out below you. Used as the on-screen locations for ITV’s series Doc Martin and Rosamunde Pilcher’s The Shell Seekers, Port Isaac really does have film-star good looks.
Port Isaac is a maze of narrow alleys and (or opes as they are known in Cornwall) and a whole day can easily be spent wandering through the many backstreets nestling inland from the harbour. It really is worth getting off the main street to see a quieter and less-explored side of Port Isaac, discovering a peaceful courtyard or a hidden treasure.
If all this exploration has worked up an appetite, Port Isaac has plenty to satisfy even the hungriest tummy. Michelin starred chef Nathan Outlaw has recently opened two new top-class eateries in the village, and perennial favourites The Old School House and The Slipway Hotel continue to offer excellent menus and wonderful views. In the evening, relax with a drink and watch the sun go down from the balcony of the Golden Lion Inn, an historic 17th Century pub in the heart of the village.
Here at Forgotten Houses we have outstanding properties available for self-catering holidays in the Port Isaac area as well as across Cornwall – perfect for getting to know this most charming of Cornish villages.