Port Isaac - ideal for a short break in Cornish cottages

Thursday, 12 January 2012 4:19 PM

If you're looking for a real beauty spot in which to spend a short break, consider booking into holiday cottages in Port Isaac. This pretty little town is situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is ideal for those who enjoy exploring the great outdoors.

North Cornwall has long been popular with holidaymakers and although small, Port Isaac is particularly appealing as a result of its picturesque setting. The settlement has risen to prominence in recent years after being featured as the backdrop to televised comedy drama Doc Martin.

Formerly a busy port, the town is a tranquil spot in which you can admire beautiful coastal views and sample delicious fresh seafood dishes. Fishing has long been an important trade in the area and has lived on since the demise of shipping stone, salt, ores, limestone and heavy commodities when the rail networks were established.

Port Isaac became a seaside resort in the early 20th century and, as a result, there are plenty of Cornish cottages available for rent if you want to spend a few days here. It's a great place to take the whole family - especially if you're fans of walking and hiking.

In fact, you could even bring your pet, as you'll find many dog-friendly cottages throughout the area. Canine companions are sure to love being able to run around in the wide open green spaces or along the beach.

Daymer Bay is suitable for families and dogs, boasting lovely sands where you can relax and soak up the sun. Meanwhile, the adjacent beach at Polzeath is renowned as being one of north Cornwall's best surfing locations, so if you fancy learning a new skill this could be the place to do it!

You can get active trekking along the coastal walking paths, where you'll be treated to picturesque views of the water, or perhaps you'd prefer to explore the countryside, as Port Isaac is situated in one of the valleys of Bodmin Moor.

Book a scenic or fishing boat tour out to sea, or wander through the town centre, where you can admire the pretty old 18th and 19th century cottages as you stroll down the winding narrow lanes.

Nature enthusiasts might decide to call in at some of the region's best-known gardens, such as Long Cross Victorian Gardens at Trelights. Here you can follow maze-like walkways, view the lake, admire the many herbaceous plants and shrubs and enjoy a tasty cream tea.


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