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Poplar Cottage

Port Isaac, Cornwall (Ref. 1080560)

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  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
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  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
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  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

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5 Customer Review(s)

  • “Poplar Cottage is a very pretty, charming cottage which is one street away from the harbour.”

    It made for a great location for Port Isaac itself. ...

    It made for a great location for Port Isaac itself. We booked Poplar Cottage, on the understanding that there was parking for one car. We weren’t aware, until receiving the check in details, that the car would be parked a few streets away, at the top of a very steep hill. Whilst the parking is very secure, it isn’t suitably located for those with mobility issues - as you cannot get close enough to on/off load items. We recommend packing light, and taking a case with wheels. This wouldn’t be an issue normally, but one of us was sporting a fractured knee and had we known in advance we may have opted to stay elsewhere. An improvement in clarity of description is needed. Having read the previous reviews, we contacted Sykes to establish if the points noted in the most recent reviews had been addressed. Having been assured that the heating was working and breakages replaced, we felt reassured. Unfortunately, on arrival this wasn’t the case - and we had to reach out to the local agent for assistance with the heating downstairs. This was needed as it was November and wet. The maintenance engineer tried their best, but could not get the Economy 7 heater to work. They returned 24 hours later with electric heaters. The house book which I understand usually has instructions has been removed due to COVID-19 protocols. Rather bizarre given that there are novels in the house to read. To help guests with their stay I would recommend these are reinstated in some form, even an online link to it would be better than nothing. This would’ve helped given the heating isn’t the typical gas boiler system most commonly found in homes. We love a fire in the autumn, and given the heating wasn’t working downstairs, we resorted to using the log burner. However, there were no fireside tools to assist us and as we couldn’t park close to the house so we had to carry logs and kindling from the local store, as nothing is provided. If a log burner is available, suitable fireside tools should be available and I suggest these are put in place to aid guests. The house itself was very clean, but it is clear that the property has received heavy use over time and therefore some of the soft furnishings are now very grubby, and have definitely seen better days. The carpet down stairs is also very dirty and definitely needs a clean or replacement. However, I should stress the bedrooms, bathroom and the kitchen are spotless. In summary, I would say that we enjoyed our stay at Poplar Cottage but there are a few minor tweaks to make this a better stay for guests - particularly around clarity of check in (WiFi code provided was incorrect), instructions for the home and cleaning of soft furnishings. In addition, there is no welcome pack such as small amount of tea, coffee or sugar compared to other rental properties in this price bracket, a few small touches may have been nice.

    - Miss Hector, November 2021

The property

Poplar Cottage is a beautifully presented self-catering holiday cottage offering a superb coastal retreat in Port Isaac, a working fishing village and the home of the Doc martin series on the North Cornwall coast. Tucked away in Dolphin Street, Poplar Cottage sleeps up to 5 in three spacious bedrooms, one with an en-suite bathroom making it the perfect getaway for families with the picturesque harbour just a short stroll away. Choose from two gardens in which to relax, after a long day exploring the rugged coastal paths, with an evening tipple listening to the evening’s ambient village life. There is an allocated parking space for one car approximately 200 yards away from the cottage. Please ask us if you want to chat about this before booking. This charming holiday cottage retains its beamed ceilings and the traditional Cornish stone fireplace now housing a log burner. Upstairs on the first floor separated by the light filled landing are a double and single bedroom (accessed through the double bedroom) and family bathroom. The second floor boasts a spacious master bedroom with luxury en-suite bathroom. The traditional kitchen and dining/ living room are the central hub of the house where you can relax around the log burner reminiscing on the day’s adventures and planning the next. Poplar Cottage is but a stone’s throw from the hustle and bustle of village life offering a very short walk to; the beach for some rockpool rambles, enjoy a glass of wine or a pint of local ale next to an open fire in the local pub or pay a visit the various café’s, potteries and art galleries etc. The superb creations of one of the most renowned chefs in the country, Nathan Outlaw, can be enjoyed in one of his two restaurants within walking distance from the cottage. If this isn’t enough for you and you want to fully immerse yourself into Port Isaac village life you can take a ‘walk and talk’ tour hosted by John Brown, a member of the famous shanty singing group the Fisherman’s Friends who coincidently can be found on the Platt during the summer months performing. For those water lovers, Polzeath is a short drive away whilst the place to go for boating, sailing and various water sport is most definitely Rock where you can also catch the ferry across to Padstow, a bustling harbour town. Ground Floor: Kitchen Dining and Living area First Floor: Bedroom 2: Double bed Bedroom 3: Single bed (accessed through the double bedroom) Bath/Shower/WC Second Floor Bed 1: King size bed, en-suite Bath/WC 1 Pet welcome by arrangement. Please note that care should be taken with children and the elderly on the raised garden.


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Ground Floor


  • Three bedrooms: 1 x second floor master double with en-suite bath, basin and WC, 1 x double, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with bath and shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Open plan dining area and sitting room with open fire.
  • Electric heating
  • Electric oven and hob, multi fuel stove, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV/DVD player, WiFi, telephone incoming calls only
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Secure parking for 1 car
  • Enclosed garden with patio, furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop, pub and harbour <1 mile.

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

About the location


Polzeath 6 miles; Padstow 9 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. Only ten minutes drive from the beaches of Polzeath, Daymer and Rock, it is perfect for romantic and family holidays alike. There is ample parking at the top of the village.

Please note: The single bedroom is accessed through the double bedroom.

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