LIVING IN PORT ISAAC

A picturesque fishing village since the early fourteenth century, Port Isaac is best known for its narrow, winding streets, lined with white-washed cottages and traditional granite, slate-fronted Cornish houses, many of which are listed as having architectural or historic importance. Right up until the middle of the 19th Century, Port Isaac was a busy port handling various imports and exports, including coal, timber, pottery and Delabole slate. After the advent of the railways, it became principally a fishing port, and unsurprisingly, the village is now known for its seafood, with renowned chef Nathan Outlaw owning two restaurants here; Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen by the harbour and the two Michelin star Restaurant Nathan Outlaw at the top, both serving responsibly sourced locally landed seafood.

PROPERTY IN PORT ISAAC

This quintessential Cornish fishing village has a wealth of utterly charming traditional cottages in all shapes and sizes, providing an excellent opportunity to purchase at all levels. In recent years the hit TV series Doc Martin and Poldark have added a sprinkling of stardust, drawing visitors to this locale from far and wide. Older, characterful properties dominate in the lower conservation area of the village giving easy access to the harbour and shops. At the top of the village, larger properties enjoy views over the harbour and become more contemporary in style.

St Endellion Parish Council in North Cornwall covers the villages of Port Isaac, Port Gaverne, St. Endellion, Trelights and the surrounding area. According to Right Move in the last year Port Isaac saw an overall average price of £550,121. The majority of sales in Port Isaac during the last year were terraced properties, selling for an average price of £460,625. Semi-detached properties sold for an average of £359,738, with flats fetching £835,000. Despite house prices increasing 25% year on year, Port Isaac remains more affordable than Polzeath (£919,818) and Rock (£1,038,630). Broadly speaking Port Isaac offers the constant buzz of coastal life with inspiring sea views, undiluted Cornish seaside charm and exciting letting potential thrown in for good measure.

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LOCAL INFORMATION

TRANSPORT

Rock Heliport (7.5 miles)

Bodmin Parkway Station (15.9 miles)

Cornwall Airport Newquay (21.3 miles)

NEARBY SCHOOLS

Port Isaac Community Primary School 

St. Minver Pre-School

Happy Days Nursery & Preschool

St Minver Primary School

Wadebridge Secondary School

St Josephs, Launceston

Truro Prep School

Truro Senior School

Truro High School for Girls

LOCAL BEACHES

Port Isaac 

Port Gaverne

Port Quin

Tregardock

Trebarwith

LIFESTYLE

A traditional fishing village nestled in a steep sided valley that retains its charm by remaining relatively unchanged from its days of fishing, slate export and smuggling. This picturesque village has narrow winding streets and whitewashed cottages that lead down to the harbour where you can watch the local fishermen land their daily catch of fish, crab and lobsters. Larger cliff-top houses command majestic views and all have easy access to the plentiful restaurants, pubs, cafés and shops of this vibrant local community. Port Isaac is only ten minutes drive away from the beaches of Polzeath, Daymer and Rock while just next-door lies the tiny, peaceful cove of Port Gaverne. Once a thriving trading port itself, it has a pub and beachside cafe with breath-taking views overlooking a pretty pebbled beach that is perfect for wild swimming, kayaking and stand up paddleboarding.

Food & Drink

FOOD & DRINK

Chapel Cafe

Port Isaac Pottery, Roscarrock Hill, Port Isaac PL29 3RG

A beautifully restored chapel that serves home made cream teas and coffees along with hearty breakfasts and lunch. Have a cup of tea while being surrounded by local made pottery and art.

Port Gaverne Hotel

Port Gaverne, Port Isaac PL29 3SQ

Found in an idyllic setting, serving ultra-fresh and coastal style food within a Cornish style pub.

Stargazey Inn

1 The Terrace, Port Isaac PL29 3SG

A B&B and restaurant that is featured in the well-known TV show, Doc Martin. Serving high quality food which includes local fish from the boats and lobster from the pots, served against a backdrop of sea views.

The Mote

9 Fore Street, Port Isaac PL29 3RB

Serving the local sea food, The Mote is well known for their high-quality food and service. Nestled in the centre of Port Isaac, only a stone’s throw from the harbour.

The Golden Lion

10 Fore Street, Port Isaac PL29 3RB

A popular 18th Century pub set overlooking the harbour with a balcony to take full advantage of the views. Full of character and plenty of areas to enjoy a drink or traditional pub food.

The Old School Hotel & Restaurant

Fore Steet, Port Isaac PL29 3RD

Open to residents and the public, this restaurant offers local produce from the land and sea, changing the menu according to the seasons.

Outlaw's Fish Kitchen

1 Middle Street, Port Isaac PL29 3RH

The oldest property in Port Isaac, offering high-quality unique seafood dishes in a cosy and splendid environment.

The Co-Op

31 New Rd, Port Isaac PL29 3SD

Situated at the top of Port Isaac, The Co-Op is the convenient mini supermarket with all the groceries you will need for your own kitchen.

Longcross Hotel & Restaurant

Trelights, Port Isaac PL29 3TF

Situated just outside of Port Isaac, the ideal place for a coffee or a glass of wine while enjoying the panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Pilchards

Beachfront, Port Gaverne, Port Isaac PL29 3SQ

Located at the edge of Port Gaverne’s beach, Pilchards is set in a picturesque setting, ideal for al fresco dining or to enjoy a beer of glass of wine. Serving everything from tapas to gourmet Sunday brunch.

The Angry Anchovy

10 New Road, Port Isaac PL29 3SB

The Angry Anchovy produces freshly made pizza along with yummy sides and offers gluten-free bases.

Fresh from the Sea

18 New Road, Port Isaac PL29 3SB

Serving the upmost fresh local produce from their own boat, Mary D. Friendly service who make you feel welcome from the moment you arrive.

Trevathan Farm Shop

St Endellion, Port Isaac PL29 3TT

A family friendly farm shop situated just outside of Port Isaac. Offers local produce along with coffees, cakes and lunches made from the local produce. Ideal for the whole family with seasonal berry picking available and generous play areas along with some friendly farm animals.

Restaurant Nathan Outlaw

6 New Road, Port Isaac PL29 3SB

Serving impeccably high-quality seafood receiving great reviews. Perched on an elevated position in Port Isaac where you can fine dine while overlooking the Cornish coastline.

The Krab Pot

12 Fore Street, Port Isaac PL29 3RB

Dog friendly café, serving home-made scones, cakes and an array of sandwiches, pasties and local crab dishes.

May Contain Nuts

44A Fore Street, Port Isaac PL29 3

A friendly pasty and coffee shop along with other home baked goods that hits the spot after exploring the harbour.

Things To Do

THINGS TO DO

Coastal Walks

Explore the Cornish coastline by going up to Tintagel or down to Lundy Bay and Pentire Point. No matter the weather, the Cornish coastline can always take your breath away.

Cornish Rock Tours

Old Fish Cellar, Port Gaverne, Port Isaac, Cornwall, PL29 3SQ

Lead by an experienced team offering a variety of activities such as coasteering, sea kayaking, stand-up-paddleboarding and open water swimming.

Doc Martin Tours

If you are a fan of the TV show, Doc Martin, you can take a guided tour of Portwenn aka Port Isaac and the locations you see on the TV. Tours of Doc Martin’s house are included in the tour, lead by locals who have been involved in the filming.

Crabbing in the harbour

Port Isaac being one of the best places to go crabbing, it is a perfect opportunity for families to enjoy the day out in the harbour catching all sorts of sea life.

Fisherman's Friends

A singing group of Fishermen who have become widely popular and have performed locally since 1995 and perform every summer on the Platt in Port Isaac.

Cornish Coast Adventures

Scarrabine Farm, Port Quin, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL293ST

Taking you on adventures on the Cornish waters. They accommodate everyone from schools, to stag and hen dos, as well as adult only tours, family tours, classic kayak tours and SUP sessions.