Or snuggle up in front of the flame-effect woodburner
Cosy sofas to relax in after a long day out
Plan the day ahead
Good sized lounge/diner
Dining for 2
Perfect place to cook up a good meal
Convenient kitchen area
Light and airy kitchen space
Double bedroom approach via cottage-style stairs
Bathroom with spacious shower
Enjoy the morning sunshine with a coffee
Shared garden
View towards the cottage
Nearby Port Isaac
1 / 14  Or snuggle up in front of the flame-effect woodburner
2 / 14  Cosy sofas to relax in after a long day out
3 / 14  Plan the day ahead
4 / 14  Good sized lounge/diner
5 / 14  Dining for 2
6 / 14  Perfect place to cook up a good meal
7 / 14  Convenient kitchen area
8 / 14  Light and airy kitchen space
9 / 14  Double bedroom approach via cottage-style stairs
10 / 14  Bathroom with spacious shower
11 / 14  Enjoy the morning sunshine with a coffee
12 / 14  Shared garden
13 / 14  View towards the cottage
14 / 14  Nearby Port Isaac

Little Tern

Port Isaac (5mls S), Cornwall
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Sat
No Dogs
4 star
Downstairs bathroom
Internet access
Beach within easy reach
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Charming character cottage a few miles from Port Isaac
  • Walk the South West Coast Path around some of the best scenery in North Cornwall
  • Take fishing boat charter out to sea and bring back the bounties of the ocean
  • Walk in footsteps of actor, Martin Clunes on the real life set of Doc Martin at Port Isaac
  • Get cosy by the wood burner effect electric fire
  • Perfect holiday retreat for romantic couples


Property code: LTERN

Welcoming cottage retaining many original features including low beamed ceilings and slate hung roof. A few miles away from the impressively jagged and beautiful North Cornwall coast.

Sitting five miles inland from the idyllic fishing village of Port Isaac is the delightful Little Tern. A romantic retreat with an inviting four-poster bed to return to at night, it offers the perfect opportunity for a blissful escape to the coast. Wake up to the sounds of birdsong, cook up a hearty breakfast bought from the local farm shop (just 3 miles away), then plan your day; be it out and about, or just relaxing in the shared garden.

From the characterful low-beamed ceiling to an open inglenook-style fireplace with wood burner effect electric fire, you won't want to leave the homely little lounge. A cosy warm interior throughout gives a home-from-home ambience, with comfortable sofas and a romantic four-poster bed, yet a bright shower room and light-filled country kitchen will make sure that you haven't left modern life behind.

Head to the coast to walk in the footsteps of TV's most famous medic, Doc Martin. Port Isaac's narrow winding streets are full of shops and restaurants, and you can even visit the set. Or drive to the small seaside resort of Polzeath, 6 miles away, and the affluent Rock, 9 miles away. Head ten miles north to Tintagel Castle, or journey 16 miles south to the delightful foodie paradise of Padstow. Take to the sea with a fishing boat charter from Boscastle, 14 miles north and bring back some tasty seafood to cook later that night at home.

  • 1 bedroom – 1 double
  • 1 shower with WC
  • Kitchen - electric oven, halogen hob, fridge, microwave and dishwasher
  • Smart TV
  • Wood burner-effect electric fire
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Electric and night storage heating
  • Regret no pets
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Beach 4 miles away, pub and shop 2 miles, farm shop 3 miles, golf course 3 miles away
  • Close to South West Coast Path and Port Isaac

This property is personally managed by Natalie.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 17 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Scott 17th August 2019

Little Tern is a very well equipped, beautifully clean and quaint cottage ideally situated for exploring mid / north Cornwall. We really loved the property. The settee and armchair are quite small, so it's difficult to lounge and get really comfortable. A car is absolutely essential, as there in nowhere to walk within close proximity of the cottageRead more. Thank you for the cream teas left upon arrival! Hide

Reviewed by Carsten 20th July 2019

The cottage is small but nice, cornish, oldfashioned as we like. There is what must be for two people.

Reviewed by David 13th July 2019

The cottage was much smaller than it appears in the online photos, but it is a lovely little cottage and ok for just the two of us.

Reviewed by Alan 29th June 2019

Quaint cottage in a quiet location which was not far from a lot of locations an ideal cottage for 2 people who want to get away from it all

Reviewed by Geoff 22nd June 2019

Owner lovely and was always at the end of the phone to answer any queries. Scones, jam and cream on arrival very much appreciated. Netflix and Internet a big plus. Cottage in a very remote location; this is fine if you want peace and quiet. Nearest pub two miles walking distance but was always closed whenever we visited. Nearest town was a 20 minutRead moree drive which has some good eating places. Shops and all amenities catered for. Arrival time to access the cottage could be earlier than 3 pm. Hide

Reviewed by Jo 18th May 2019

Lovely , cosy, little cottage, perfect size for 2 people. the lovely owner of the property had left a cream tea for our arrival which was a lovely touch! The cottage itself was spotless and well equipped. Good location, very peaceful and quiet with stunning views. lots of great places for visiting within a short drive; Port Isaac, Wadebridge, PolzeRead moreath, Boscastle to name but a few! St Nectans Waterfall is a must!! The local pub, The Red Lion, well worth a visit as the food is excellent. Hide

Reviewed by Douglas 27th April 2019

We had a great few days in the cottage. It was a little smaller than we thought but big enough as we were out most of the time. The stairs to the bedroom are quite steep and the toilet and bathroom are downstairs so it was a bit awkward for 80 year olds for nighttime visits ,but we coped ok. The bathroom and shower were excellent but the settee andRead more chair could have been a little more comfortable. However we would go back again if we had another holiday in that area. The pub at Kew was very good. Hide

Reviewed by Paul 22nd December 2018

If you require a quiet getaway break/holiday this is the perfect place for the individual traveler3!

Reviewed by Colin 22nd September 2018

Little Tern is perfect for two people and has everything needed for a relaxing stay. We enjoyed sitting out at the front of the cottage on sunny evenings listening to the silence and then later looking up at the stars - there are advantages to having no street lighting. Wed certainly come again as the location is great for exploring the Cornish coaRead morest, the Camel Trail, Tintagel etc. PS On the third day we found the little tern looking down on us. Hide

Reviewed by Chris 15th September 2018

The cottage was very convenient location wise as it was close to beaches and national trust properties which ever direction you went in . It was a very quiet and peaceful area.The cottage had an electric fire which warmed it up very quickly.

Reviewed by Patricia 8th September 2018

Really nice little cottage, very well equipped. Good location within easy striking distance of most amenities.

Reviewed by Bernard 11th August 2018

Cosy, comfortable well equipped cottage. Lovely quiet surroundings. Ideal location for visiting north Cornwall area.

Reviewed by Kirstie 30th June 2018

Comfortable cosy cottage just a few miles from Port Isaac. Quiet surroundings, all you can hear are cows mooing and birds singing! A lot of ducking under the beams if you are tall though! Great location - not far from main villages and lovely beaches. Visit Crackington Haven and Trebarwith Strand for lovely rockpools.

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Or snuggle up in front of the flame-effect woodburner
Cosy sofas to relax in after a long day out
Plan the day ahead
Good sized lounge/diner
Dining for 2
Perfect place to cook up a good meal
Convenient kitchen area
Light and airy kitchen space
Double bedroom approach via cottage-style stairs
Bathroom with spacious shower
Enjoy the morning sunshine with a coffee
Show 2 moreShared garden


Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

North Cornwall

Embark on clifftop wanderings along the South West Coast Path to discover ancient myths and legends; King Arthur at Tintagel Castle, or the giant at the Bedruthan Steps. Surfers flock here to ride the famous swell that carved the dramatic coastline, and Bude and Newquay are havens for the sport. From sandy bays and beaches to the seafood delights of Padstow or thrills of Camel Creek Adventure Park, North Cornwall is brimming with things to do; trails to trek, cream teas to gobble, and adventure to be had.

West Cornwall

Let the history, romance and raw beauty of West Cornwall whisk you through time, into rocky coves and along sweeping sands to Land’s End where the UK slips into the Atlantic. Discover an oasis of flora owed to the rare geology of the Lizard peninsula. You can kayak around Godrevy Island, wander the galleries of St Ives, catch a performance at the open-air Minack Theatre, and still make it to Marazion for dinner: St Michael’s Mount makes the ultimate backdrop.

South Cornwall

Tucked away from the swell of the Atlantic pretty fishing harbours sleep, and lush carpets of greenery roll up to craggy cliffs. Discover the fishing and smuggling history in Kingsand and Cawsand, or walk the South West Coast Path from Fowey to the tiny tidal beach at Readymoney Cove. Sample local ales in St Austell before visiting Charlestown’s tall ships, the enchantments of the Eden Project, or The Lost Gardens of Heligan. From vibrant towns to secret beaches and exhilarating days out, the south has it all.

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