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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 0 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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23 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely, spacious holiday home for the 6 of us for the week plus our cavapoo."

    Kitchen has everything you could ever need plus more. Thank you for a lovely stay

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Nov 2023

  • "Another great stay at Fairholme."

    An ideal location to walk into the village of Port Isaac and down to Port Gaverne. John Bray great service as always.

    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay at the property once more and look forward to hopefully welcoming you back again in the future - John Bray Cornish Holidays on behalf of the owner. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lisa4.4Sep 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at this Fairholme, a lovely cottage."

    It is ideally located to explore the beautiful village or Port Isaac and the surrounding areas.

    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay at Fairholme. We do hope that we get the opportunity to welcome you back to Cornwall in the future. John Bray Cornish Holidays on behalf of the owner. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Aug 2023

  • "2nd year staying at Fairholme and loved it once again."

    Beds brilliant, firm mattress and lovely bedding too. Great equipped kitchen and love the lounge in the middle. One tiny thing....please please provide enough toilet roll for a weeks stay. With 4 teenagers and 3 toilets in the house we needed to run to the Co-Op by day 3 to re stock. Surely its not too much to ask. As I say love staying here. Thank you

    Thank you so much for your feedback. We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay and would love to welcome you back anytime in the future! Regarding the toilet rolls, as the properties are self catering we give you one roll in each bathroom to start your holiday off. - John Bray Cornish Holidays on behalf of the owner. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tina5.0Jul 2023

  • "A lovely property let down by poor housekeeping - the house hadn't been properly ..."

    A lovely property let down by poor housekeeping - the house hadn't been properly cleaned and we didn't use the garden because the grass had not been cut and the borders had not been trimmed

    Thank you for your comments. We will investigate these with housekeeping and maintenance teams here at John Bray Cornish Holidays. We hope you enjoyed your stay regardless of these and would love to welcome you back in the future! - John Bray Cornish Holidays on behalf of the owner. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephen2.8Jun 2023

  • "Fairholme was a great choice for our weekend stay for five people."

    The house was perfectly positioned in a quiet spot with a lovely sea view. We loved the style of the house, with its gorgeous woodwork, iron work and stained glass. Fairholme was perfectly equipped - we found absolutely everything we needed - and it was beautifully clean and tidy. It was really useful having separate shower facilities for each room, it made getting out in the morning easy and stress-free! We had a wonderful time and loved the property, thank you very much!

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review on your recent stay Fairholme, we are so glad you enjoyed the property and we do hope to welcome you back to North Cornwall again soon. John Brays Cornish Holidays on behalf of owners. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jacqui5.0May 2023

  • "A beautiful, characterful property boasting an ideal location for the Sea Shanty Festival which we were attending."

    The accommodation offered high levels of comfort and cleanliness. I would highly recommend staying there.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, we are so glad you found the property to be comfortable and well equipped for your stay and we do hope to welcome you back to North Cornwall again soon. John Brays on behalf of the owners. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Apr 2023

  • "This is one of the best John Bray cottages we've stayed in (and we've stayed in a few)."

    Spacious, well furnished, ideal for a family of 5 with 3 teenage sons. The views are beautiful and the parking is a real benefit. The kitchen was well equipped and we really enjoyed the upstairs living room. An ideal location in the village, the pubs and restaurants are only a 5 - 10 minute walk. I think my only negative would be the same as others have commented on the website; the bed in the main bedroom. The mattress is not the greatest, it's pretty hard and could benefit from an upgrade and I also have a few bruises from knocking my calves on the wood that sticks out on the ends of the bed. Comment for website: Excellent, spacious, well equipped holiday cottage. Ideal for more than one family sharing with en-suite facilities to all bedrooms. The conservatory is a bonus, especially if you enjoy rambling and want a separate entrance to sit down to take off boots, coats etc. Having stayed in several John Bray cottages in Port Isaac, this has been the best cottage for parking, in a quiet, private road, with two car parking spaces to the side of the house. Beautiful views and a short walk to the village and shops. Ideal base whether you are enjoying a relaxing break or more active holiday

    Thank you for your feedback! We're glad you had the chance to make the most of the property and the local amenities! We appreciate you bringing the issue of the mattress to our attention. We will have this looked into promptly. John Bray on behalf of the owner. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lisa4.4Dec 2022

  • "Lovely cottage with quirky decor."

    The parking needs to be stipulated that it ISN’T behind the large gates they show; it’s literally on the track outside the house. Needs tiny little things done, door painted larger door mat on entrance, etc BUT this is not a bad point as the cottage is great! The bath shower needs adjusting as it literally didn’t work and there was no guest book

    Thank you for your comments on Fairholme. We will look into the couple of items that you have raised. John Bray Cornish Holidays on behalf of the owners. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nicola4.4Nov 2022

  • "Beautiful Cottage, good location and parking outside the property is a big bonus."

    As other people have mentioned, a welcome pack would be really advantageous, as we didn't have any hot water for 2 days, and no instructions on how to use use various appliances. The number given for the caretaker didn't work, so I had to ring Sykes in the end, however, they dealt with the issue very quickly getting a maintenance engineer out to us straight away. The bed in the main bedroom upstairs has sharp corners and I caught both of my legs on these, maybe they need rounding off or packing put over them?

    Thank you for taking the time to feedback on your stay. We're very sorry that you had to experience these issues during your visit but thank you for your patience and understanding whilst we sorted them for you. Your comments have been passed on to the team at John Bray Cornish Holidays. We hope to welcome you back to north Cornwall in the future. - John Bray Cornish Holidays on behalf of the owner. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Maria4.7Sep 2022

  • "A beautiful house in a perfect location in Port Isaac, very clean, lovely kitchen area, comfortable lounge and beds."

    The only criticism is that there were no scissors in the kitchen and the garden was overgrown, but other than that, we loved the house.

    Thank you so much for your feedback. We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay and would love to welcome you back anytime in the future. - John Bray Cornish Holidays on behalf of the owner. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joanne3.8Aug 2022

  • "Like others have said."

    A few little welcome items would be good. Tea bags, milk, extra toilet rolls. The garden although small was perfect but would benefit from a couple of chairs that could be moved to catch the sun rather than the static wooden bench which you can't sit at, relax in or move easily.

    Thank you for taking the time to feedback on your stay. Regarding the welcome items, our properties are of a self catering nature so these are not guaranteed to be inlcuded. Your comments have been passed onto the team at John Bray Cornish Holidays. We hope to welcome you back to north Cornwall in the future. - John Bray Cornish Holidays on behalf of the owner. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tina4.4Aug 2022

  • "Simply Beautiful."

    Well presented and very well equipped. Loved every minute of our stay . Would recommend to everyone for a comfortable relaxing holiday.

    Thank you so much for your kind words. It's great to hear that you had such a fabulous stay at Fairholme and had the perfect base to explore the north Cornish coastline from! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jul 2022

  • "We had a fantastic stay at Fairhopme, property was in a great location of Port Issac, walking distance to the harbour, Co-op supermarket 2 minute walk away."

    The property itself was stunning, very roomy, comfy beds, fully equipped kitchen. Highly recommend and shall look forward to staying again.

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Jul 2022

  • "Lovely stay at Fairholme, perfect location."

    House lovely and comfortable. The garden could do with a bit of a tidy, grass needed cutting and plants tidying.

    Reviewed by Andrea5.0Jun 2022

  • "We have stayed in this cottage four times now and always enjoyed it."

    As we have said before, it is in a great location, is a good cottage and we always enjoy our stay there. We would welcome some small additions on arrival, especially a few tea bags, milk etc. Which would not cost much to provide but after a long journey down would make quite a difference.

    Reviewed by Barry4.4Jun 2022

  • "A beautiful, quirky house, well situated on the North coast."

    Small but we'll tended garden that fitted the bill perfectly and was very safe for my little Jack Russell Cross. I would love to have given a 5 rating, but for a few issues. We had no internet all week. We tried several times a day to link in to the WiFi, but no joy. This could be to do with the provider of course. Also, there was no welcome pack, so we didn't have a clue how to get anything working. i.e. the heating. We eventually worked most things out, (except for the hob), but it really shouldn't have been so difficult. The power shower in the master was a bit of a handful too. The master bed has "sticky out bits" on the corners...I have the bruises to prove it, so just be aware. All that said, we loved this quirky house. It has charm and character. There are so many good things about it. There's a small co-op, walking distance down the road, very handy. And normally, a shuttle service that will take you in and out of Port Isaac, it's a very tough walk down and even harder coming back up. There's nowhere at the seafront to park. Very easy to get to Padstow, Tintagel etc. Would definitely stay here again.

    Reviewed by Lisa4.7May 2022

  • "Fairholme is a lovely property, albeit a bit quirky with the lounge upstairs, and we enjoyed our stay although we did have a few general issues, some down to maintenance and others caretaking issues."

    The front entrance door and area where the key safe is sighted, is disgraceful. It’s covered in leaves and debris and obviously hasn’t seen a broom for quite some time and I wouldn’t suggest you wipe your feet on the mat, unless you were leaving! The cloakroom in the entrance hall was the only one with a full toilet roll and liquid soap. The other 2 bathrooms did not have soap, and only part rolls. These are not luxury items they are a necessity especially when we are all being told constantly to wash our hands and we certainly didn’t expect to have to go out and buy toilet roll. We arrived late afternoon, the temperature was 17degs which is very unusual for end of March so first thing to do was let some fresh air in as the heat was quite overpowering especially in the conservatory. Only 1 window would open, with a little force, and we struggled to find the key to open the door. After much searching we did eventually, find it on the same keyring as the kitchen door key in the kitchen door lock!! Two of the roof blinds would not close but fortunately the wind open/close roof vent worked fine. At 5.00pm the heating came on and not knowing anything about the wi-fi system controlling it, other than that it requires a pin number, we rang Sykes. The lady answering the phone spoke to the local agent and we were told that someone would call around that evening and adjust it for us. Nobody came around or contacted us during our stay but it was obviously adjusted magically in the ether as it didn’t come on again that evening and then only for an hour in the morning, when it was cold, and an hour in the evening. In the master bedroom the heated towel rail burst into life every now and again but never long enough to dry wet towels or warm the bathroom up. The kitchen is very nice although the centre island does take up much of the room but it has an abundance of cups/plates etc, everything you need to cook a meal. Unfortunately the dishwasher had run out of salt and rinse aid so there was a bit of a spicy smell when the door was opened and sadly there was not a coffee machine of any sort despite one being shown in the photos on line. Whilst we take care of anywhere we stay, we also think that having a half decent vacuum cleaner would help. The vacuum supplied was next to useless; although it did try its best. There wasn’t a Welcome pack either, a packet of teabags, coffee, a few biscuits and a carton of milk would have been most welcome and something we’ve come to expect. We have been self-catering for years so we do appreciate that nowhere is ever perfect but we do expect enough toilet roll and don’t expect to have to strip the bed linen off the bed especially when pillows and mattresses can leave a lot to be desired. In this case the duvet in the master room has most certainly seen better days! And yes we appreciate COVID is responsible for a lot of extra work but there is a limit. In summary, we think a welcome pack, with info about the local area, places to visit etc as well as leaving the info about the kitchen appliances to hand would not go amiss. We appreciate that the owners need to provide this, but perhaps a little nudge in their direction might be helpful.

    Reviewed by Susan3.8Mar 2022

  • "Sadly we can’t give this property the much higher rating that the building deserves."

    The house is very interesting architecturally and very well placed in the village, but it is badly let down by the lack of attention to detail. We arrived for a family Christmas with our grandchildren to find that the owners had no intention of supplying any Christmas decorations. There was no welcome pack at all, no information on the property or area and the clean bedding was just dumped in a laundry bag in the dinning area. The beds were not made and the heating was controlled remotely. Not a good start. After complaining to both Sykes and the local handling agent a Christmas tree was supplied but no decorations for either the tree or the room, and the heating was adjusted. If we had known this we could have either taken our own or not booked this property. In different circumstances and with better attention to the management and housekeeping this could be a superb holiday cottage.

    ​I am very sorry to hear about the problems you encountered during your stay. We have spoken to the caretaker of the property to ensure that this issue doesn't arise again. The heating system uses a Nest Thermostat which is indeed WIFI controlled, but can be overridden by the visitor by manually adjusting the thermostat knob at any time. As for the tree, I apologise for this. I had understood customers usually decorate it themselves and this would be the first year the house has been rented over the Christmas period so didn't realize the customers' expectations. This will not happen again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by John3.8Dec 2021

  • "Loved our stay in this beautiful cottage, there's always top class service with John Bray."

    Never had a bad cottage or experience with them. Thanks again.

    Reviewed by Philip4.7Nov 2021

  • "Thank you for a wonderful and much need few days away by the sea."

    The property was spacious , clean and comfortable and in an ideal location. We enjoyed staring out at the sea from the upstairs lounge and master bedroom. The master en-suite was a nice little luxury too. It was very handy having the shop just a few minutes away too. We would definitely love to stay again. The only suggestion would be to sharpen the knifes in the kitchen or buy a new vegetable knife as dinner prep was a bit tricky with the knives there.

    Reviewed by Daniella4.4Oct 2021

  • "The beds in the third bedroom are very noisy when used for adults one of our party spent the week on the mattress on the floor ."

    Besides this everything else was good

    Reviewed by Steven3.4Aug 2021

  • "Great size home for six, plenty of room for everyone."

    Well equipped kitchen though perhaps a flat baking tray would be useful especially as difficult to eat out at present. House was spotlessly clean and well kept. Had read previous post complaint house was dirty but don’t know where they were actually staying, certainly not Fairholme. Good position for walking into Port Isaac without problem if narrow streets and very convenient to get to best beaches of Rock, Daymer Bay and Polzeath. Very quiet area at night. Would certainly recommend.

    Reviewed by Heather4.7Aug 2021

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This property is part of the John Bray Cornish Holidays collection.
John Bray Cornish Holidays offers some of the best located self catering cottages and holiday homes in North Cornwall’s loveliest locations including Rock and Daymer Bay, on the Camel Estuary, and Polzeath and Port Isaac on the Atlantic coast.


  • Three bedrooms: 1 x ground floor twin room with shower and wash basin, 1 x ground floor double room with shower and wash basin, 1 x first floor king-size double room with shower and en-suite bathroom with bath, shower, WC and basin
  • Ground floor WC and basin
  • Kitchen with archway through to dining area
  • Dining room with woodburning stove and adjoining conservatory
  • First floor sitting room.
  • Oil central heating, woodburning stove
  • Double oven, electric hob, microwave, integrated fridge-freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV, DVD player, WiFi
  • Electicity and heating included in rent
  • Bed linen and towels included in rent
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • Enclosed garden with picnic table
  • One small well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub <1 mile
  • Harbour <1 mile
  • Note: Care should be taken with children on open tread stairs
  • Note: Care should be taken on the steep step out of the twin bedroom shower cubicle.

The property

Situated in a peaceful area of Port Isaac on the North Cornwall coast, Fairholme is a characterful and spacious holiday home retaining many of its charming original features.

Offering comfortable accommodation for up to six guests and benefiting from two private parking spaces, this family-friendly holiday home is within easy reach of Port Isaac’s harbour, pubs and restaurants. Prepare indulgent family feats in the well-equipped kitchen with a sociable central island, making self-catering a pleasure.

Head into the spacious dining room that’s full of character and charm, where you can exchange memories of your holiday while cosying up by the impressive fire, perfect for warming up after an exhilarating day exploring Cornwall’s coastline. Pop into the charming conservatory to kick back, relax and enjoy a coffee with your favourite book whilst overlooking the garden.

Rest sleepy heads in the two comfortably furnished ground floor bedrooms - the first with twin beds and the second with a double bed, each including their own shower and basin, and sharing a separate WC.

Head up the elegant, open tread wrought iron staircase to the first floor, where you can relax and watch TV or take in sea views from the living area. For a peaceful night, the first floor master bedroom boasts a king-size bed, en-suite bathroom, separate shower and sea views for total relaxation. Spend clear days outside in the enclosed rear mature garden, which offers a space to relax and enjoy an alfresco meal, or to star gaze at night. Situated in a quiet location at the top of the village, the local grocery shop and Port Isaac Harbour are both within a short walking distance, offering a range of popular bars, restaurants and shops. Enjoy all that this stunning region has to offer by exploring the rugged coastline on foot, taking in sights of rare birds and occasionally seals or dolphins, or embark on a ‘walk and talk’ tour of the village to learn more about filming spots from the popular ‘Doc Martin’ TV show or ‘Fisherman’s Friends’ film. Offering spacious and charming accommodation, Fairholme is perfectly positioned for those looking for a peaceful retreat within walking distance of all that pretty Port Isaac has to offer.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Polzeath 6.5 miles; Padstow 16 miles

Port Isaac; one of the true Cornish treasures. A beautiful fishing village nestling in a steep sided valley, the old village in the valley remains unchanged from its days of fishing, slate export and smuggling in the previous century. An abundance of small character properties complemented by larger cliff-top retreats, can be found with easy access to the numerous restaurants and shops of the village. The sandy harbour provides an abundance of rock pools as the tide retreats. There is ample parking at the top of the village and the village is a popular tourist destination with plenty of attractions including the dramatic Doyden Castle, the beautiful Lundy Bay and the famous Doc Martin's clinic. There are also plenty of pubs, restaurants, and shops in the village. Just a short drive from the beaches of Polzeath, Daymer and Rock, it is perfect for romantic and family holidays alike.

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Please note: Care should be taken with children on the open tread stairs to the first floor.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas