Cornwall Living 2017

Harbour Loft, Port Isaac

This delightful cosy 15th century building, one of the oldest in the port, nestles in the very heart of this picturesque harbour of Port Isaac where the TV series Doc Martin was filmed.  The newly renovated Harbour Loft is literally a stone’s throw away from the waters edge and boasts arguably the best uninterrupted panoramic views of this exquisite bustling harbour and Cornish coastline.  Steeped in history, the Harbour Loft was originally two fisherman’s cottages which now take up the entire upper level of this enchanting building.  It retains much character with uneven floors and walls.

It is entered directly from the street with a low front doorway and narrow carpeted staircase leading straight up to the hallway.  The accommodation consists of a bathroom W.C. with hand basin, shower over the bath and heated towel rail, a snug/cot room with casual seating ideal for reading and two bedrooms in a simple relaxed décor.  There is a double bedroom at the rear with a 5ft bed beneath a skylight window, and the second smaller bedroom has 2ft 6in twin beds.

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At the far end of the hallway, a low doorway leads into a quaint living room that spans the width of the cottage enjoying panoramic views of the tiny harbour with its fishing boats and the dramatic coastline.  With the sound and sight of the sea close by and the sloping floors and ceilings you could almost believe you were on the deck of a galleon ship!  On one side, a step leads down to a part fitted bespoke kitchen with painted wooden floorboards and a small dining suite set next to the window making the most of its harbour side location.

On the opposite side, comfortable lounge seating overlooks the ever changing scenery and is an ideal vantage point to watch the St Breward Silver Band and the famous Fisherman Friends perform on the quayside in summer evenings.

It is possible to unload outside Harbour Loft and parking is in the car park at the top of the village.  Beneath Harbour Loft is a charming intimate restaurant serving fresh fish caught daily with lots of other varied dishes and fine wines.  On your doorstep, there is a choice of fish and chips, Cornish pasties, fishmongers and afternoon cream teas with freshly baked cakes.  There is also a local pub with a good selection of foods and a grocery store at the top of the village about a quarter of a mile away.

For a wider choice of amenities the market town of Wadebridge is about 9 miles.  Port Isaac and Port Gaverne have small stoney beaches at low tide and the glorious sandy beaches on the Camel Estuary, including Polzeath, Daymer Bay and Rock are all approximately a 15 minute drive.  The South West Coast Path meanders out of the village in both directions offering spectacular scenery and there are three golf courses within easy reach.