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Waves End

Port Isaac, Cornwall (Ref. 1020768)



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  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/By the sea Seaside
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

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9 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a great holiday at Waves End and Port Isaac."

    The cottage is full of old charm with a comfortable bed. It is very compact and not in my eyes suitable for 4 people. The bathroom is of very small proportions, it was fine for us but if you are of a wider build or disabled this really is not the place for you. A couple of things that also stood out was there was no useable dining table and chairs, as we could not for the life of us work out how the chairs unfolded and neither had anyone else as they were covered in a very thick layer of dust, we ended up eating our meals on a place mat on our laps really not ideal. One thing we did find unsafe was the bedroom window, it opened but the sash cord was missing so would not stay open it, not good for covid ventilation we found a block of wood to wedge it open but the danger was the frame was rotten and the small pane of glass was dropping. You should be able to open the windows especially as it was a warm week. Parking is not ideal but we managed, but please note paying fo a weeks parking does not automatically entitle you to a space , we had to queue everyday on returning for a space. I was fortunate enough to book Waves End last year before Sykes over inflated their prices, for the same time next year it is £300 more expensive and I certainly would not pay £1500+ for it! You can't blame covid and extra cleaning (because yes it was clean but not overly clean) for these price rises, it's greed. I have booked with Sykes for many years and always been really pleased with the properties, this is the first time I've had a gripe.

    Reviewed by CatherineSep 2021

  • "We loved watching the sunset in the harbour, the fresh sea food and the variety of walks."

    Reviewed by DelpheneSep 2021

  • "Accomodation not suitable for 3 adults, ‘bathroom’ tiny,sink on top of the toilet and had to keep the toilet door open whilst using it which is hardly ideal !"

    stairs steep, my partner is disabled and couldnt use the shower, lack of storage, reality was nothing like the pictures, my complaints are already on record, no mention of how steep the location is, a real workout to get back up the hill to the car, my disabled partner could not cope with it, we abandoned the holiday after 3 days, really disapointed with the experience waste of £750, Sykes unable to help us relocate which we tried to do.

    Reviewed by DanielJun 2021

  • "Really great time had in port isaac waves end cottage was great for 2 and cosy with all amenities."

    The only thing was on arrival the property smelt a little musty although with a window open and candle on the smell soon went. The hot water was boiling and could pose a risk. Would have been handy for a little note of what to do on departure with bins bedding etc. In all had a lovely time had and would recommend to others. Thank you

    Reviewed by JemmaJun 2021

  • "We were pleased with the reception provissions ie, coffee milk tea wine and cookies."

    WHAT does need to be addressed is the hot water system. The tempreture of the hot tap is excesive to the point of skolding. This can cause a problem with child use. The front door jams on the floor which restricts your entry. Needs attention. The shower doors can be adjusted to open more as this restricts movement. Easy to adjust. We know the parking is in fact at the top of town and did so but other people appear to ignor the rules and park outside the cottage blocking the view from the lounge window. The other compication was the television. This took some time to unravell using 'NOW TV' if you haven't seen it before. We love Port Isaac and enjoyed the 3 1/2 days of good weather but came home a day early due to the weather.

    Reviewed by RonSep 2020

  • "Great location, no parking so have to use main car park which is a bit of a walk and you have to pay although not too expensive."

    Can park outside to drop off luggage. Very small shower room but fine. Book tables for dinner before you go very limited choice and with new COVID rules no hope of getting in on the off chance

    Reviewed by DeborahSep 2020

  • "Cottage was lovely, clean and well equipped."

    Perfectly situated in the heart of the village. Could have done with a few instructions on where to leave rubbish and recycling and also on operating the (brand new) washing machine. Maybe you could please be a little more honest about car simply state “parking nearby” is insufficient and misleading. Your best - and, most of the time, only - option is the main town car park which is at least 15 minutes walk, half a mile away up those steep hills and is a substantial addition to your holiday cost. While nobody expects to stay in beautiful Port Isaac and park outside your door and it didn’t spoil our week at all, it might be a bit more of a problem for others and I think you really ought to be a little clearer with your description.

    Reviewed by AlanSep 2020

  • "We were not advised by Sykes that we would be woken every morning at 6am, by every ‘service/delivery’ van!"

    They parked outside this cottage. Slammed doors and shouted to each other. This was after finally getting to sleep after 1am, when the drunks had moved on from the bench next door!

    Reviewed by TrevorAug 2020

  • "Great location but parking is an extra cost."

    Nice touches were bottle of wine, cookies And doc Martin dvd set Cottage not really suitable for children above aged 10 as insufficient room on bunk beds and lounge/dining areas. Cooker dated Felt it was expensive even for peak season for the accommodation on offer.

    Reviewed by DavidAug 2020

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The property

Situated within striking distance of Port Isaac’s picturesque harbour and amidst the hustle and bustle of the popular fishing village is this quaint, former fisherman’s cottage, Waves End.

This charming holiday accommodation is the perfect base for families in pursuit of exploring this wonderful part of Cornwall and the fishing village, which doubled up at Port Wenn in the ITV television series Doc Martin, starring Martin Clunes.

Enter into the warmth of the pastel painted, stone-built cottage into the charming open-plan living room, which has retained a wealth of character to serve as a gentle reminder of its interesting past.

The characterful Range cooker set in an exposed brick fireplace takes centre stage before the welcoming seating arrangement, which you can look forward to curing up upon after an action-packed day.

The kitchen boasts a range of quality appliances, including an electric oven and hob, a microwave and a quirky fridge, certain to entice a spot of home-cooking, and the handy washing machine, so that you can easily freshen up your clothes after a wonderful day at the beach.

When sleep calls, head upstairs to find two light-filled bedrooms, comprising of a double bedroom and a bunk bedroom, both with sash windows, framing the pretty views of Port Isaac to wake up to each morning.

Immerse yourself in your surroundings further by taking a stroll through the charming fishing village, where you will be spoilt for choice by the selection of shops and pubs that awaits you.

Be sure to make a stop off at the nearby Golden Lion to delight in a hearty evening meal, complemented by a pint of great ale or head to the famous Nicky B's, to sample a delicious Cornish pasty.

Explore the maze of narrow streets, home to the narrowest thoroughfares in Britain, named the Squeezy Belly Alley, before stopping of at the picturesque harbour, where fishing and scenic trips can be taken during the summer months.

After enjoying the harbour side, start to climb up the Roscarrock Hill, forming the western edge of the harbour, where you will find a Methodist chapel, which is now the Port Isaac Pottery and Café, before you reach Fern Cottage, which was used as Doc Martins Surgery, in the popular TV series.

Keen walkers can use Port Isaac as a base in which to walk the famous South West Coast Path to enjoy the dramatic coastal landscape and to admire the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Heritage Coastline.

Neighbouring Port Gaverne offers a small sandy beach, as well as opportunities for sea-kayaking and coasteering days out courtesy Ben at Cornish Rock Tors, whilst slightly further away is Polzeath, the area's best surfing beach.

Alternatively, head inland to explore Bodmin Moor and its fascinating archaeological remains, offering superb countryside walks.

Other attractions within the nearby area include Merlin's Cave in Tintagel, Pencarrow House and Garden in Bodmin, as well as the Pentargon Waterfall in Boscastle.

With a plethora of things to do, Waves End is the ideal base for families to explore Cornwall.


  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x bunk
  • Ground-floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living room with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Electric central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washer/dryer, TV, Now TV, DVD player and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair and cot available
  • Parking 15 minutes walk away
  • Sorry, no pets or smoking allowed
  • Shop 0.3 miles, pub within 0.1 miles
  • Note: Check in is after 5pm

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About the location


Polzeath 6 miles; Padstow 9 miles

Port Isaac, one of the undiscovered treasures of Cornwall. 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 or on the beach during the times displayed.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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