Welcome to Cistus Cottage.
Cosy up in the cottage sitting-room.
The delightful kitchen/dining-room.
The vaulted ceiling gives the main bedroom a wonderful sense of space.
Enjoy meals outdoors in the best of the Cornish sunshine.
Prepare your holiday meals in the delightful kitchen.
The kitchen is simply beautiful to look at.
The wet-room leads off from the kitchen/breakfast-room.
The bi-fold doors really let the light flood into the dining-area.
The styling throughout perfectly complements the age of the cottage.
The interiors are utterly delightful.
The bi-fold doors from the dining-area lead out to the back garden.
On chillier days fire up the wood-burner, it makes Cistus Cottage a wonderful retreat all year round.
Enjoy holidays movies and catch up series on the internet TV (terrestrial is not provided)
The stairs lead up from the sitting-room to bedroom 1.
It's a very charming cottage.
Step inside this delightful cottage.
The stylish wet-room is situated on the ground floor, and also houses the washing machine and tumble-drier.
The drench head shower will set you up for the day.
The double bedroom sits at the top of the stairs.
Breakfast in bed - why not, you are on holiday!
Distant views of the Cornish countryside.
The owners have created a wonderful holiday home for you to enjoy
Younger members will be thrilled with the bunk bedroom.
Lovely touches throughout.
The bunk room is accessed through bedroom 1.
The sunny garden will delight young and old alike.
Delabole slate surrounds the fire-pit barbecue - it's a great spot to gather.
The front courtyard garden basking in the Cornish sunshine.
Ride the waves and go rock pooling at nearby Trebarwith Strand.
Enjoy tasty delights at Seaview Farmshop and Cafe.
The view from the cafe is quite spectacular.
The pretty coastal village of Port Isaac is well worth a visit.
Polzeath beach is a surfers' paradise.
The village of Boscastle is picture perfect.
This stretch of coastline is quite stunning.
Nearby Tintagel is steeped in Arthurian legend.

Cistus Cottage

5427

5.5 miles NE of Port Isaac / Sleeps 4 + cot*

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

Nearest pub

Located in the village of Delabole and just a mile away from the north Cornwall coast, The Bettle and Chisel Inn is a traditional pub serving home made food. There is outside seating here for warmer months and dogs are welcome.

Nearest beach

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

October 2023

Our favourite beach

A beautiful place to visit, we love it here.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

June 2022

Great dog friendly beach

Fabulous sandy beach with life guards that is also dog friendly all year. Good facilities - toilets, pub and shop selling icecream and beach stuff - make it the complete package but mind the tide times!


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

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

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

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.

Nearest walk

A five mile walk starting from Camelford car park and taking in pretty riverside views and woodland. Take a look at the iwalkcornwall.co.uk website for further details about this lovely walk or others in the area.

Nearest town

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Camelford is an ancient Cornish market town through which the Camel river runs on its way to the coast at Padstow. The town itself has a good selection of pubs, cafes and restaurants, but it is perhaps Camelford’s surroundings that are the real draw here. Walkers are in heaven when they venture just outside Camelford to explore the moorland and climb two of Cornwall’s highest points, the tors of Brown Willy and Rough Tor; an extinct volcano. For the less energetic, a stroll along the river banks through Enfield Park is a lovely way to spend an afternoon.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2021

Lovely Fish and Chips

Fish and chips from here was lovely

Also nearby

In a stunning setting, this pub offers wonderful views over Trebarwith Strand, excellent food and fine Cornish ales. A popular place for walkers, there is also a surf school nearby.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

October 2023

Fantastic food with a view

A fantastic place for food after a beach walk. Enjoyed our lunch watching the sea, excellent menu. We'll definitely eat here again.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2023

Proper pub

Good pub food, lovely staff, very accommodating to two large dogs.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

June 2023

Fantastic pub

Fantastic views and great food
A lovely walk from Upton mill


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

February 2022

Stunning view

Fantastic view of the sea
Good food but not much choice on the menu


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

December 2020

Best place for watching the storm

Friendly and welcoming. Enjoyed a couple of winter sunsets.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

August 2019

Mussels to die for

Superb meal here. Service was a little slow but the food was worth waiting for.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

June 2019

Great food

Great food, warm welcome good choice of Ales


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

October 2013

A real gem.

We stumbled across the Port William at Trebarwith Strand one evening on our way back from Port Issac. When we arrived the sun was setting, the tide was high and the waves roaring! The pub sits on part of the cliff which looks over the bay of Trebarwith, offering stunning views of this part of the coastline. We had a drink whilst sat on one of the picnic benches outside and watched the sunset. Bliss! We then returned to the Port William for lunch later in our holiday and the food was very tasty 'pub grub'. The staff were very welcoming and the pub is child and dog friendly and our two sons enjoyed looking at the huge fish tank that resides in the main bar!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

May 2013

An exceptional place to watch the sun set over Trebarwith Strand either with a pint of fine Cornish ale, glass of wine or a robust pub feast. Great food and a recently added contemporary extension to the dining area with outstanding sea views.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

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

July 2023

Great Meal

Lovely quaint country pub with excellent menu, our food was excellent, great service and we would definitely go again.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2022

Trying to be something it's not

Lovely traditional pub but not serving traditional pub food.
Expensive and menu more suited to city restaurant.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2022

Hot day

Lovely sheltered garden under trees.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

May 2022

Excellent pub

The food was very good and the staff friendly and efficient. It is in the middle of the country so you need a car to get there. You need to book to be sure to get a place.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

October 2021

Fantastic Dinner

We went to the St Kew for dinner, and what a dinner! Lovely atmospheric rabbit warren of a building, warm and smokey (check the menu!). Food and drink were both excellent, and the staff friendly and helpful


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

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

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

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

July 2019

A must visit

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


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

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

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

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

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

October 2022

Quaint

Lovely little place, well worth the visit.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2022

Lovely village

Very interesting and lovely to see all the places from 'Doc Martin' TV series, and learn how it had helped the village with funding. Got quite busy and didn't find any nice tearoom for a coffee, the only one was full.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

October 2021

Would recommend!

Coastal walk to Portquin is very strenuous but excellent on a clear day!

Would recommend Nicky Bs pasty shop rather than others!

Obviously is a tourist trap so can get very busy and parking is a significant walk from the harbour.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

August 2021

Boaty speedboat

Excellent trip along the coastline


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

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

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!

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

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 4 out of 5 stars

October 2022

Awful!

Called in to book a Sunday lunch after reading some reviews, what a let down. The pub was virtually empty, 3 people having food, ourselves and what appeared to be 3 members of staff , 2 of these seemed to be in rotation for having a cigarette outside. We realised quite quickly that there was no chance of us booking here for food as everywhere was dirty. Feel free to visit and judge for yourselves, we think you might agree with our review


Rated 4 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 4 out of 5 stars

November 2019

Excellent Sunday lunch, need to book.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

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 4 out of 5 stars

June 2019

Great old Pub

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


Rated 4 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.

Explore the magnificent Lanhydrock House. Steeped in history and encompassed by flowing grounds, the castle allows visitors a sneak peek into the lives of both the aristocracy and the servants who lived there. Bikes can be hired to explore the ancient woodlands and peaceful riverside paths, too.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

October 2023

Lanhydrock

Very interesting Victorian house in lovely surroundings. The guides and volunteers were very knowledgeable and helpful. A very enjoyable visit.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2023

Amazing!

Beautiful preserved stately house and garden. Staff helpful and so well run by the National Trust. Well worth a visit.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

August 2022

Excellent Dog Walks

The walk through the woods from The carpark at Respyn to Landhydrock house for a coffee is excellent. Our dog enjoyed the river and the shade of the woods.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

June 2022

Mrs French

Fantastic place to spend a day


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

May 2022

Beautiful gardens

The guides in the house were very friendly and knowledgeable. The gardens in spring are beautiful with bluebells everywhere and the spring bushes in full bloom.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

June 2021

Beautiful and interesting

Well worth a visit. The National Trust as usual have brought this lovely house and gardens to life making it an interesting place to visit


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2020

Very interesting visit

Excellent for walks and bike trails .
Close to Bodmin but unless you like the steam railway nothing there.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2019

Great place, nice house

Top!!!!!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

May 2019

A good day out

Lanhydrock House and Gardens are well worth a visit. The house is interesting and well presented and the gardens were a mass of colour when we visited. There are also plenty of woodland walks for those who like to be energetic


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

April 2016

So good we went twice :-)

We're NT members so usually visit nearby sites when on holiday. Highlight of this property was the amazing mountain bike trails. We'd brought bikes with us, but did hire mountain bikes for some. Friendly and helpful staff and well marked trails made it the highlight of my 7yo's holiday! We also enjoyed gardens (including Easter egg trail) and house


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the historic Lanhydrock House. First we used the cycle paths which the children (aged 5 and 8) really enjoyed. We then visited the house and gardens and were taken back in time. The children loved following the trails and it kept them entertained. The staff were extremely helpful. A great place to visit.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

November 2014

Well worth a visit

Lanhydrock has something for everyone. The house is really interesting and the friendly guides are knowledgeable about its history. Although I didn't visit the formal gardens on this occasion, I did join an organised estate walk, which was led by rangers who were most informative and, again, very friendly. We had lunch in the restaurant, which was tasty and fairly priced. We would certainly recommend a visit.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

March 2013

Lanhydrock House and Estate is between Bodmin and Lostwithiel The National Trust House provides a wonderful insight into local history and you can also walk the estate, free of charge, by parking in the car park down by the river, close to Respryn. River side footpaths take you through wooded areas which are covered with wild flowers.
After a good walk you can drive towards Lostwithiel, on the back lanes, to the Duchy Nursery for lunch. Not only is it a pleasure to wander among the plants and trees but the shop and restaurant are designed to add ambience to the whole experience. 5 star


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

April 2012

The house and grounds are beautiful, quite a sight as you walk down the drive from the car park. The grounds themselves offer lots of different walks, but the one that goes down to the river then back through the woods is my favourite.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

October 2008

Lanhydrock

Magnificent late Victorian country house with expensive servants' quarters, gardens and wooded estate near Bodmin.
Visiting this house entails a drive, but it will provide you with a full day out. The house itself is fascinating, mostly because it has been wonderfully Victorianised in every detail - the kitchens, dairy and pantries are extensive - and the history of house, as well as that of the last generation of Robartes to live at Lanhydrock, gradually unfolds as you move around the house (with, of course, the help of National Trust volunteers). There are various options for lunch (picnic, cafe, restaurants) and the grounds are a joy to wander around afterwards. There are quizzes for children and the option of driving right up to the gate if a member of your party can't manage the walk down the drive.

- J Wallwork


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2008

Popular Lanhydrock

Well worth a visit for the grounds as well as the house. The kitchens are a real eye opener with all the old utensils. Walk down through the grounds to the River Fowey and the beautiful old Respryn Bridge. If you prefer you can drive down and park beside the bridge. Lovely walks beside the river.


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