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Hillside Cottage

Port Isaac, Cornwall (Ref. 1080605)


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  • 7 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No

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  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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7 Customer Review(s)

  • Helen

    “Beautifully decorated home, but it is a bit more style than substance.”

    The main concern being safety on the stairs, I appreciate old buildings and all their quirks, but the stairs up to the top bedroom are narrow and very steep, and the treads are varnished and so slippery. Would definitely recommend having them either carpeted or grips added. The facilities could do with updating for the price you are paying, for example the fridge and freezer are rusting, the oven symbols are eligible and the oven knob is fixed with duct tape. The wooden cooking utensils in the ...

    The main concern being safety on the stairs, I appreciate old buildings and all their quirks, but the stairs up to the top bedroom are narrow and very steep, and the treads are varnished and so slippery. Would definitely recommend having them either carpeted or grips added. The facilities could do with updating for the price you are paying, for example the fridge and freezer are rusting, the oven symbols are eligible and the oven knob is fixed with duct tape. The wooden cooking utensils in the drawer were mouldy. The property is slightly confusing when it comes to the kids. It really is not child friendly, we couldn't let the kids go up and down the stairs alone due to the nature of the stairs. The living room has a lovely slate, however with a toddler the floor and hearth were a nightmare, we ended up bringing down the two rugs in the bedrooms to try and minimise accidents. An easy fix for this would be an option of baby gate, and a rug in the living room. I do note that not all properties are child friendly and understand that, however the top bedroom is geared up especially for children. The hot water was used up one day, unfortunately the controls are in a locked cupboard in the attic, therefore the tenant is unable to boost the hot water and needs to wait until the next day for hot water. It would be beneficial to be able to boost it yourself. The washing machine/dryer was useful, and there is a basket of pegs, but no airer. In the winter months this would be very useful. The property was clean, but could do with a deep clean. FYI the front outdoor light is not working. The only other note which is likely due to the nature of the property, but it is a shame to have a property that sleeps 8 but only seats 3 on the sofa, and 4 at a table. With all that said, please do not think we are being negative, we had a lovely stay, and the property inside and out is beautiful. The linen was very comfortable, and the welcome hamper went beyond expectations. Our kids loved the top bedroom, and it's beanbags with TV. We had a great week.

    - Helen, December 2023

    Hi Helen – thank you for your feedback, although disappointing at the start of the review (which impacts our rating hugely). However, I am glad to see that you finished your review with ‘We had a great week!’ As owners of the cottage, all our details are in the property welcome booklet for you to reach out to us, at any time, with any issue. Our phones are on 24/7 to assist our guests. We would have immediately assisted you with your issues to improve your experience, had you contacted us at any time during your stay. We pride ourselves on the quality, cleanliness and overall experience of Hillside Cottage, hence the very generous welcome hamper and open communication. We always go the extra mile for our guests. We have never had a complaint about cleanliness before, again, if this had been flagged to us, we would have sent our housekeepers over immediately to assist you. I would like to address a few comments on your feedback, so all current and potential guests can understand. The outside light works. There is a switch you need to use, it is not sensored, as otherwise it would go off all the time with passing people, cars into the village and in the period of darkness would shine light into the cottage. The treads to the stairs for the top floor have an anti slip varnish, it is better than carpet which would reduce the depth further. Yes, they are narrow, but it’s the attic of an old grade 2 listed fisherman's cottage. We carpeted the top floor to provide further comfort and sound proofing. The oven had a guest who left the grill on during their stay and it melted the knob slightly, however everything is working and all symbols are eligible. The fridge and freezer are not rusting and we personally checked them as soon as we saw your review. Mouldy utensils – I have found no evidence of this. If you reached out during your stay we would have been over immediately, as we live in the neighbouring village. The cottage being confusing for children - I am unsure how? We’ve had custom cabins made on the top floor which is a dream for children. We constructed it for our 4 children when they were 10 and 12 at the time and we converted the top floor to give children their own amazing space, with beanbags and a giant TV and soft toys. The cottage is a small 18th century fisherman's cottage and every ounce has been designed and thought about throughout to create an amazing living experience. There is an airer in the kitchen cupboard and also an outside fixed airer in the tiered garden. The slate floor is part of the history and with it being a Grade II listed cottage, something that is expected for a property of this age/nature. We fitted underfloor heating and re-laid the slate tiles in the kitchen to bring comfort and extra warmth to the guests. The dining table sits 6 people comfortably, 8 if you wished to used the additional stools in the kitchen. There is also further storage under the custom bench seating that has custom cushions made. Unsure why you felt it only sat 4 people? The property is advertised at sleeping 7, not 8. Even though there are 8 beds, we don't advertise this, due to the living space. The sofa comfortably fits 4 adults but with the size of the property we felt adding a further sofa would impact the lounge, so guests tend to use the arm chairs around the dining table, or the bench seating. There is a 42 inch TV on the top floor also with DVD, bean bags and is a haven for children and adults. So there is two TV/social areas within the cottage which is usually plenty of room for our guests. Helen – I am sorry you felt the need to outline your issues in a public review rather than reaching out to us or John bray. Your review does impact our rating and we are saddened to read it. We only wished you reached out during your stay, as we pride ourselves on every single one of guests having the most wonderful experience. If you wish to reach out, please do via John Bray or directly to Anouska Scott 07961 837260 Property Owner


  • Over three floors
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double with sea and harbour views, 1 x single, 1 x second floor room with 4 built-in single beds
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Open-plan dining and sitting room
  • Summerhouse.
  • Electric heating, underfloor heating in sitting room
  • Double oven, induction hob, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer, Nespresso coffee machine with one box of capsules, welcome hamper, 2 x smart TVs, DVD player, WiFi
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent (except beach towels)
  • Power inc. in rent
  • Private parking for one car
  • Elevated lawned garden/terrace with summerhouse, outdoor furniture, fire pit
  • Shop, pub and harbour <1 mile
  • Note: Blackout blinds fitted in all bedrooms
  • Note: Meet and greet service available, please enquire.

The property

For a boutique-style, coastal family holiday to remember, Hillside Cottage is a dreamy self catering fisherman’s cottage located less than a minutes walk down to Port Isaac's vibrant harbour side, shops, galleries, pub and restaurants including the Michelin Star Nathan Outlaw Fish Kitchen - just at the bottom of the hill. Recently refurbished by Nouska Design, this boutique-style holiday cottage offers luxury family accommodation set over three floors, sleeping 4-7 guests across three bedrooms with one bathroom and the benefit of private parking for one car. Climb up to the elevated garden area via slate steps to admire the most outstanding coastal and harbour views as you sit around a crackling fire pit - the perfect spot to enjoy the sunsetting over Port Isaac harbour. From the moment you step in the door, you are greeted with rich interiors in which every detail has been beautifully considered by its London interior designer. The ground floor is the main hub of the cottage with a stunning handmade kitchen with quartz worktops, equipped with a Nespresso coffee machine, double oven, induction hob, fridge and freezer. The open plan living area is a great space to enjoy your fresh fish from the harbour followed by a relaxing evening watching a movie or playing games in front of the fire. After a busy day on the coast head upstairs to the master bedroom beautifully arranged with a vintage double bed, dressing table and views over the harbour. A vibrant single bedroom room and shower room share the first floor with access up the stairs to the top bedroom. Here you will find a dormitory complete with three bespoke-built cabin beds set under the vaulted ceilings along with a smart TV and DVD Player for some in house entertainment. A door on the first floor landing provides access out to the landscaped rear garden that has been beautifully terraced to provide a practical space for dining outdoors, while make the most of the harbour views. Spend a day enjoying the gentle comings and goings in the harbour, rockpooling on the beach or lose yourself in the quaint narrow streets of the centuries old fisherman's cottages with their gorgeous slate roofs and whitewashed walls. If you're feeling energetic, a few miles west lies Port Quin; just a short drive or a spectacular walk over Lobber point past the rocky cove of Pine Haven, then Varley Head, along Reedy Cliff then Kellan Head and finally dropping down into this pretty National Trust owned cove. A lovely spot for swimming, kayaking, rock pooling or fishing. With cycling, golf, tennis as well as a wide variety of watersports on offer, as well as stunning sandy beaches at Rock and Polzeath and historic villages to explore - there is bound to be something on the North Cornwall coast to suit all members of your party. Ground Floor: Open plan Sitting/Dining Room Kitchen First Floor: Bedroom 1: Master bedroom with a double size bed and views to harbour and village Bed 2: Single bedroom Family shower room with W.C and Basin Second Floor: Bedroom 3: 4 x Built in single beds with a Smart TV and DVD player Terraced gardens with summerhouse, views over the harbour and out to sea.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Polzeath 6.5 miles; Padstow 16 miles

Port Isaac; one of the true Cornish treasures. A beautiful fishing village nestling in a steep sided valley, the old village in the valley remains unchanged from its days of fishing, slate export and smuggling in the previous century. An abundance of small character properties complemented by larger cliff-top retreats, can be found with easy access to the numerous restaurants and shops of the village. The sandy harbour provides an abundance of rock pools as the tide retreats. There is ample parking at the top of the village and the village is a popular tourist destination with plenty of attractions including the dramatic Doyden Castle, the beautiful Lundy Bay and the famous Doc Martin's clinic. There are also plenty of pubs, restaurants, and shops in the village. Just a short drive from the beaches of Polzeath, Daymer and Rock, it is perfect for romantic and family holidays alike.

Please note: There are steep steps to the terraced garden so care should be taken with children, the elderley and may not be suitable for people with mobility problems.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas