Mays Cottage is the perfect bolthole.
The sitting-room is wonderfully light and airy.
The dining-room enjoys views over the front of the cottage.
The kitchen is well-equipped and presented to a high standard.
The cottage has three gorgeous bedrooms.
The kitchen is light and airy, and enjoys views over the back garden.
The house has a lovely open feel, with the sitting-area leading off from the kitchen.
The hatchway through to the dining-area makes it easy to serve up at mealtimes.
The dining-area leads off from the sitting-room.
After a day out exploring all that this wonderful part of Cornwall has to offer, come back to May's Cottage to snuggle up in front of the open fire.
Enjoy views overlooking the garden.
There are lovely touches throughout.
The master bedroom is beautifully styled...
...and enjoys views over the garden.
The pretty twin bedroom.
This bedroom has a lovely bedstead, and enjoys views over the front garden.
The cottage is surrounded with open countryside.
The family bathroom.
The garden at the back of the garden is a lovely spot to sit out, relax and unwind.
The delightful garden.
This way to the St Kew Inn!
The St Kew Inn has a great reputation and is well worth a visit.
Mays Cottage is not far from the beach at Trebarwith, and Polzeath is just down the road.
The lovely valley leading down to Trebarwith Strand.
Polzeath beach is great for surfing.
The beach at Polzeath.
Rock beach.
Polzeath at low tide is spectacular.
Polzeath beach is just down the road.
The enclosed garden is beautiful, and there is plenty of room to play and even have a barbecue!

Mays Cottage

2914

2.6 miles SE of Port Isaac / Sleeps 6 + cot*

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The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.

Nearest pub

The Cornish Arms, Port Isaac (¾ mile)

A traditional 16th Cornish pub situated in the pretty hamlet of Pendoggett. Food is home made locally and locally sourced. The well kept gardens are delightful and perfect for summer dining.

Nearest beach

Port Gaverne Cove (2 ¼ miles)

Due to its sheltered nature this narrow cove is very safe for children offering a small sandy beach with rock pools to explore at low tide. In a peaceful beach-front village around the headland of Port Isaac, the beach is overlooked by high cliffs on either side with amenities close to hand.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Beckett July 2021

Great for family members of all ages.

A relatively sheltered and safe bay with its own pub, restaurant and water sports centre. Great for Stand Up Paddleboarding and Coasteering, or just paddling with the kids or fishing off the rocks.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Compton August 2019

Pretty

We loved this little bay. Lovely to explore the little beaches and caves when the tide is out. Great place to hire paddle boards and kayaks. Can get very busy.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Reinhartz June 2019

Lovely views

Port Gavern with Doyden Castle is a magic place. From here you can start your walk to Port Isaac or to Polzeath. Or just enjoy the surroundings and have a delicious sandwich from the salt pig.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Mann June 2009

Pretty and safe beach for children

We spent a lovely day on the beach at Port Gaverne - exploring rockpools at high tide and paddling in the safe shallow sandy waters at low tide. Finished off with a beach barbeque and grilled some fresh mackerel landed from a friendly fisherman's boat. Perfect.

Nearest walk

St Kew Round Walk (1 ½ miles)

Take this five and a half mile ramble from St Kew to the villages of St Endillion and Tregellist. The walk takes in a woodland path and country lanes. Pop in to Trevathan fruit farm en-route. Take a look at the iwalkcormwall website for further details and other lovely walks in the area.

Nearest town

Port Gaverne (2 ¼ miles)

This sweet harbour village is a near neighbour of the better-known Port Isaac; it has just as much classic Cornish character yet remains relatively free of crowds in the summer. At low tide a small sandy beach is revealed along with rockpools that trap countless crabs, shrimps and tiny fish, providing hours of entertainment for children. Away from the beach, the whitewashed Port Gaverne Hotel tempts visitors with local seafood cooked to perfection.

Also nearby

St Kew Inn (1 ½ miles)

This 15th Century village pub was once home to the masons and craftsmen who constructed the nearby church of St James the Great. Today, you will find a welcoming bar and restaurant, with blazing fire in the winter, and a large beer garden for those balmy Cornish summer evenings. Look out for the resident ghost.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Haywood June 2021

Sue

Due to COVID, we booked the St Kew Inn well in advance of our stay at the Carriage House.
The pub is within walking distance from the Carriage house, down hill all the way, but consequently up hill all the way back!
The food was delicious, service extremely good, and a bonus for us was meeting our waitress, Faye, who happily gave us some suggestions as to what to do whilst visiting Cornwall. The first was to cycle the Camel trail from Wadebridge to Padstow. It was a truly stunning way to visit Padstow. And on our second visit to the pub Faye suggested we could visit Charlestown. Again, we are so grateful for that advice. We wouldn’t have experienced either had it not been for Faye.
The ‘fish of the day’ was well worth it too!
We felt very safe, and all the measures to ensure that guests met the government guidance were in place. Thank you to all at the St Kew Inn.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

May 2021

Hidden Gem

We had two meals at St Kew Inn whilst on holiday in Cornwall and thoroughly enjoyed both meals. The service was attentive but not intrusive, the food was absolutely delicious and there is a good choice to choose from. Good beers and good prices too, if we go back to Cornwall we will definitely be booking a meal at St Kew Inn.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

October 2020

St Kew Inn

Excellent food and friendly service to our party of six. Would recommend fish meal of the day.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

October 2020

P Boorman

excellent food very friendly staff


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Close January 2020

Very good food

Lovely food. Service was a little slow at lunchtime but they were aware of this, apologised and tried to resolve.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Howlett August 2019

So good we visited twice

Superb food, varied menu, good service. We were a group with 4 vegans and 2 carnivores and we all thought this Inn was top notch.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Roberts July 2019

A must visit

Fantastic pub, great menu for veggies, beautiful garden and loads of space


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Ingram May 2019

Excellent Food

The St Kew Inn does excellent food. It is not cheap but very good value for money. My wife said that the hake she had one evening was the best fish she had tasted for many years - cooked to perfection. You need to book early to get a table in the restaurant, but can also take pot luck in the bar where the tables are not reserved. The staff are very friendly and helpful.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

May 2017

Best pub in the arae

Excellent pub food. Best in the area. Good real ale and great pub food consistent performance and very popular so need to book in season.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2012

idyllic country pub

A warm welcome and helpful staff. The food was great - the haddock kedgeree was worth the trip alone.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Mann June 2009

Great country pub

Great atmosphere and food. Nice seating inside and outdoor summer barbeque.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

February 2009

Beautiful and Atmospheric

Picturesque 15th Century village pub serving beer from wooden barrels and excellent homecooked food prepared to order by hosts Paul Ripley and Sarah Allen. One of the most beautiful and atmospheric pubs in Cornwall.
- Mr and Mrs Whitten

Port Isaac (2 ¼ miles)

When you think of a Cornish seaside destination, images of Port Isaac will come to mind. A quintessential Cornish fishing village, it is a popular holiday destination so there are plenty of self catering cottages in Port Isaac to choose from. With fisherman’s cottages forming narrow winding streets leading steeply down to the stone walled harbour, dotted with colourful vessels of all shapes and sizes. In fact many of the streets here are so traditional and narrow, including the aptly-named ‘Squeezebelly Alley’, a car is not an option so leave it behind while you take to exploring the architecture by foot. Many of the old buildings are listed as being of historical importance and certainly add to the ambience. The fishing industry is still at work here, left over from its days as a busy coastal port in the mid-19th Century.
Port Isaac cottages and Harbour Coast path near Port Isaac
The inspiration for many a painting, there are plenty of photo opportunities to be had with the lobster cages and wooden rowing boats along the harbour wall. Set down on the seashore, the surrounding area is very hilly and steep, which allows for far reaching views, and several pretty streams wind their way down to the waterfront. Take a boat trip for a spot of sea fishing or just a scenic float-along during the holiday season or walk along the coastal path for panoramic sea views and dramatic cliffs.

The village of Port Isaac, is now most recognisable as Port Wenn, thanks to being chosen as the setting for the television series, Doc Martin. However, many other movies and tv programs have been filmed here such as ‘Saving Grace’ (again, starring Martin Clunes) and ‘Amy Foster’ with Sir Ian McKellen. It was also frequently used as a set for the Poldark series. The locals are very welcoming and are a tourist attraction in their own right with the formation of Port Isaac’s Fisherman’s Friends - a group of Cornish shanty singers with a strong following.

A holiday in a Port Isaac cottage will be an excellent way to explore the north coast as there are many good beaches nearby such as the surfing beach of Polzeath and the family-friendly wide stretch of sand at Daymer Bay, which is also dog-friendly. It’s only a short drive to bigger towns such as Padstow, famed for its Rick Stein dominated restaurants, and Tintagel with the historic castle ruins. Being on the north coast, it is close to the Camel Trail which follows the River Camel to Padstow, an excellent cycling, walking or horse riding route.
The coast around Port Isaac

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

August 2021

Boaty speedboat

Excellent trip along the coastline


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Mitchell September 2012

Just like it is on the telly!!

Port Isaac is truey lovely to visit whether you are aware of the Doc Martin show or not, but if you love the show a visit here is a must!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Mann June 2009

Doc Martin Filming in Port Isaac

They are presently filming a new series of Doc Martin in Port Isaac so keep your eyes open for Martin Clunes and the rest of the cast and crew. And when you get home it's great fun to spot the scenes you saw being filmed!

St Kew Pottery (1 ¼ miles)

Feeling artistic? Try your hand at some pottery, still life or life drawing classes with potter Jon Whitten. Jon, whose work can be found in collections in Europe, Japan, New Zealand and the US, specialises in contemporary, wheel thrown pottery, a large collection of which is on display here, and is available to buy.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2017

If the weather is not so good!

I should have said whether the weather is good or bad an interesting couple of hours learning the art of pottery with your host Jon. Can even take your works of art (or otherwise!) back home with you. Thank you, Jon.

Trebarwith Strand Beach (4 ¾ miles)

Made up of half a mile of soft, golden sand backed by rock and cliff, Trebarwith Strand is a National Trust-owned beach near Tintagel. Easily accessible, at low tide a huge expanse of sand is revealed whilst at high tide the sea covers nearly all the beach. Lifeguarded in summer, Trebarwith Strand is a popular spot amongst people of all ages.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

October 2021

Ms Harrison

Something for everyone.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

October 2021

Ms Harrison

Something for everyone.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2021

rock pools galore

nice beach with life guards. Loved going there at high tide to watch the sea crashing against the rocks. Great place to go to watch the sun set. Tasty Cornish pasties from the beach cafe


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Warrington May 2015

Trebarwith Strand

We walked along the cliff tops to discover this beautiful stretch of dog friendly beach. It is accessed by a rocky plateau but once on the beach there is a long stretch of golden sand with plenty of room for all to play. Lots of body boarding & surfing to be had with places to hire equipment. It's a lovely unspoilt area with a couple of cafes, tourist shops & a pub. Definitely worth a visit.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Wood September 2014

Fantastic beach

We were recommended Trebarwith Strand as one of the nicest beaches along this stretch of coastline. It was beautiful. We visited at lowtide, so lots of sandy beach available. The entry onto the beach is past a few cafes (we had an amazing cream tea in one of them = yum) and over a rocky area, before you reach the sand. The rocks themselves are fascinating. The beach is a good size, with rock pools and caves and plenty for all to explore. Some of the roads approaching Trebarwith are steep and narrow - as is often in this part of Cornwall.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

February 2014

Hidden Gem!

Found the beach by accident whilst staying at Port Isaac and visiting Tintagel.
Beautiful sandy beach,reached by clambering over rocks . Really nice Cafe serving burgers and chips etc. Wish we had time to return another day!

The Melia Family


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

The Ward Family January 2013

An absolute classic!

Trebarwith Strand lies at the end of a narrow lane that descends through a wooded valley to this beachside hamlet. A vast beach at Spring low tides, its only downside is at high tide it is reduced to a modest rocky plateau. Armed with a tide table, however, there is no excuse for at least 6 hours a day on this deeply charismatic beach. Surrounded by an impressive cliff-scape this beach offers caves, huge sand flats, streams and rock pools big enough for the kids to safely swim in. Great surf as well including surf hire and lessons.When the tide does gently nudge the family up onto the rocky plateau, lovely in its own right, there is always the Port William pub overlooking the beach or a variety of cafes and a couple of quirky gift shops to keep everyone entertained. This is also a great place to access the coastal path heading North East to Penhallic point and Tintagel castle or South West to Tregardock beach and Port Isaac. It can get busy in the high season but never on the Polzeath scale and out of season it is usually very peaceful.

The Mill House Inn (4 ¾ miles)

A former 18th century corm mill now transformed into a traditional coaching inn. You can enjoy warming real fires in winter and outdoor seating in warmer summer months.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2021

you wont leave hungry

We ate here twice, mid week and Sunday Lunch. Huge portions! Service great. The restaurant decor was a bit bland, was expecting to find an Olde Worlde atmosphere. This room is obviously used as a function room. Maybe it had something to do with social distancing due to Covid. Having said this, it suited our needs and we had a great meal - both times.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

November 2019

Excellent Sunday lunch, need to book.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Ms Hazell September 2019

Delicious Sunday lunch

Our second visit to this wonderful rustic pub. A warm welcome, great service and lovely food - only advice - make sure you’re hungry ... the Sunday roast is enormous but so tasty!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Martin June 2019

Great old Pub

Great old pub fantastic food and good choice of Ales staff very friendly.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

May 2013

This delightful converted traditional mill house offers the best of both worlds: an excellent pint of Cornish Ale in a worn leather armchair, maybe a live band, maybe a fire in the hearth...then next door a crisp gastro-pub style fine dining experience all within a stones throw from the fabulous Trebarwith strand.

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