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Poplar Cottage

Port Isaac, Cornwall (Ref. 1080560)



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  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
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5 Customer Reviews

  • "Poplar Cottage is a very pretty, charming cottage which is one street away from the harbour."

    It made for a great location for Port Isaac itself. We booked Poplar Cottage, on the understanding that there was parking for one car. We weren’t aware, until receiving the check in details, that the car would be parked a few streets away, at the top of a very steep hill. Whilst the parking is very secure, it isn’t suitably located for those with mobility issues - as you cannot get close enough to on/off load items. We recommend packing light, and taking a case with wheels. This wouldn’t be an issue normally, but one of us was sporting a fractured knee and had we known in advance we may have opted to stay elsewhere. An improvement in clarity of description is needed. Having read the previous reviews, we contacted Sykes to establish if the points noted in the most recent reviews had been addressed. Having been assured that the heating was working and breakages replaced, we felt reassured. Unfortunately, on arrival this wasn’t the case - and we had to reach out to the local agent for assistance with the heating downstairs. This was needed as it was November and wet. The maintenance engineer tried their best, but could not get the Economy 7 heater to work. They returned 24 hours later with electric heaters. The house book which I understand usually has instructions has been removed due to COVID-19 protocols. Rather bizarre given that there are novels in the house to read. To help guests with their stay I would recommend these are reinstated in some form, even an online link to it would be better than nothing. This would’ve helped given the heating isn’t the typical gas boiler system most commonly found in homes. We love a fire in the autumn, and given the heating wasn’t working downstairs, we resorted to using the log burner. However, there were no fireside tools to assist us and as we couldn’t park close to the house so we had to carry logs and kindling from the local store, as nothing is provided. If a log burner is available, suitable fireside tools should be available and I suggest these are put in place to aid guests. The house itself was very clean, but it is clear that the property has received heavy use over time and therefore some of the soft furnishings are now very grubby, and have definitely seen better days. The carpet down stairs is also very dirty and definitely needs a clean or replacement. However, I should stress the bedrooms, bathroom and the kitchen are spotless. In summary, I would say that we enjoyed our stay at Poplar Cottage but there are a few minor tweaks to make this a better stay for guests - particularly around clarity of check in (WiFi code provided was incorrect), instructions for the home and cleaning of soft furnishings. In addition, there is no welcome pack such as small amount of tea, coffee or sugar compared to other rental properties in this price bracket, a few small touches may have been nice.

    Reviewed by KellyNov 2021

  • "Nice little cottage."

    Quite a hard place to find and hard to unload within a few hundred meters. It was a little tired in places. Can see where the the investment has been ie bathrooms but no matching glasses, many chipped cups and crockery.

    Reviewed by RichardOct 2021

  • "There were no instructions about the heating and we were unable to turn on the heated radiator in the first floor bathroom."

    adjusting the temperature on the heating was also hard to work out and it was too hot in the house. other than that we loved it and would rebook

    Reviewed by DavidOct 2021

  • "There were certain things damaged and required repairing , quite a few things in the kitchen cupboard were chipped and hadn’t been removed."

    Appreciate the house has been heavily used in the last few months but it requires some attention.

    Reviewed by JulietSep 2021

  • "Beautiful house in excellent location."

    Could have done with some written instructions on how to use heating system. John Bray staff were very helpful and considerate.

    Mr. And Mrs. Ivor MillarOct 2017

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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.

The property

Poplar Cottage is a beautifully presented traditional Cornish cottage nestled in the very heart of Port Isaac, a working fishing village on the North Cornwall coast.

The picturesque harbour is just a short walk away from the property, and its central location enjoys immediate access to a wealth of independent shops, galleries, cafés, pubs and seafood restaurants.

Retaining beamed ceilings and a traditional Cornish stone fireplace now housing a log burner, this magical cottage provides the perfect retreat for a family or group of friends looking to enjoy Port Isaac and the surrounding area.

Providing the perfect place to relax, the very well-equipped kitchen and open plan dining / sitting room are both homely and welcoming.

Acting as the hub of the house, this space is particularly social and is a great environment in which to unwind after a day exploring, and in the colder months, the log burner makes the room feel particularly cosy.

In the evenings, retire to the upper floors, where there are three bedrooms; on the first floor the double bedroom leads through to a comfortable single bedroom and shared bathroom – a wonderful set up for families with little ones.

Head up to the second floor and you will find a spacious master bedroom and a luxury en-suite bathroom.

The private and enclosed garden boasts both patio and lawn, both of which provide a calm oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the village.

Poplar Cottage is perfectly situated to take advantage of the thriving, ambient village life, and is just a stone’s throw from the beach where you can enjoy rockpool rambles, or perhaps a tipple of two in one of the waterside pubs.

Port Isaac is jam packed with independent shops, galleries and eateries, and you won’t find yourself short of things to do when visiting.

Further afield, Polzeath and its world renowned surfing beach is just a short drive away, whilst the boating and sailing hub of Rock is nearby, from which you can catch the ferry to Padstow should you wish.

Poplar Cottage is a quintessential Cornish cottage, and is the perfect retreat from which to enjoy all that North Cornwall has to offer.


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Ground Floor


  • Three bedrooms: 1 x second floor master double with en-suite bath, basin and WC, 1 x double, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with bath and shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Open plan dining area and sitting room with open fire.
  • Electric heating
  • Electric oven and hob, multi fuel stove, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV/DVD player, WiFi, telephone incoming calls only
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Secure parking for 1 car
  • Enclosed garden with patio, furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop, pub and harbour <1 mile.

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

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About the location


Polzeath 6 miles; Padstow 9 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. Only ten minutes drive from the beaches of Polzeath, Daymer and Rock, it is perfect for romantic and family holidays alike. There is ample parking at the top of the village.

Region Information

Please note: The single bedroom is accessed through the double bedroom.

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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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