Stanley House sits in the centre of the bustling Cornish fishing village of Port Isaac. The pasty shop is next door, the Golden Lion pub is just across the road, and the harbour and (at low tide!) the beach are a few seconds’ walk down Fore Street.   There are a number of other family-friendly pubs and restaurants in Port Isaac and neighbouring Port Gaverne, all within walking distance. 

Port Isaac itself is on the North Cornwall coast, about 1 hour 20 minutes’ drive from Exeter.   Polzeath, Daymer Bay, Rock and Padstow are all a short drive along the coast to the west and Tintagel is close by in the other direction.   

Stanley House In Summary

  • Two double bedrooms and one twin bunk room – sleeps 6
  • Ground Floor – open plan kitchen with dining area and lounge.
  • Upper Ground Floor – up steps from ground floor level – 1 x double bedroom and bathroom with shower, basin and WC. Access to small, enclosed courtyard with artificial turf.
  • Second Floor – up narrow but enclosed staircase from Upper Ground Floor – 1 x double bedroom, 1 x children’s bedroom with built-in bunk beds.
  • Kitchen – electric oven, grill and hob, fridge, slimline dishwasher, kettle, washing machine.
  • Lounge – Smart TV, audio system.
  • Courtyard – washing line and pegs (also useful for storing paddle boards).
  • One well behaved dog welcome
  • Dedicated parking space at the top of the village – about 5 minutes’ walk (up a steep hill!). 
  • Please bring your own bed linen and towels.


More about Stanley House

Stanley House has a long history.  The building was once a corn chandlers, and for many years after that it was a bakery.  It was recently (and temporarily) converted into Janice’s  Nail Bar for the final series of Doc Martin!

The old shop is now the open plan living / dining area at the front of the building.  There’s a long bench seat under the window to sit and watch the world go by.  The lounge area has a large and comfortable sofa, shelves well stocked with books and board games, and a smart TV for family movie nights.  At the back of this main downstairs area, there’s an open plan kitchen with modern facilities and a breakfast bar.

Up a few steps on the upper ground floor, there’s a family bathroom and a double bedroom. There’s also a door here to the small enclosed courtyard – uses include hanging washing, drying beach kit and storing up to two large paddle boards! 

The steep staircase at the back of the house leads to the master bedroom.. On the same level is a children’s bedroom with built in bunk beds. 

The narrow streets of old Port Isaac date from a time before anyone had to worry about either driving or parking cars.  Driving at the bottom of the village can be a challenge, and many of those who come to stay in the village have to park in public car parks.  We are lucky, first, because there’s space to pull up briefly on the road directly outside Stanley House (very useful for dropping off and picking up). and second because we have a dedicated parking spot at the top of the village, next to Outlaw’s New Road restaurant (about 5 minutes’ walk from the cottage, up a fairly steep hill). 

Please note

  • No smoking inside or outside the property.
  • Sorry, no dogs
  • The stairs to the first floor bedrooms are narrow and steep (as is in the nature of traditional cottages in Port Isaac).   There are 13 steps to this level. Young children would need a stairgate to close off the top of the stairs (there is a stairgate at the property) and the steepness of the stairs would be a problem for anyone with mobility issues or for whom steep stairs present difficulty. If you have any questions regarding accessibility, please get in touch with us.

Our regular changeover day is Friday.  Departure by 10am and arrival not before 4pm.  If you would like to arrive or depart on a different day, please enquire.

In order to reduce cost and fuss, we ask that you bring your own bed linen and towels and our weekly tariffs reflect that we do not have the cost of laundry.

Places to go

Just down from the harbour, the Platt and (at low tide) the beach are perfect spots to relax.  In the spring and summer months the outside bar at the Mote serves drinks (including Pimms!) at the Platt. For a small village, there are plenty of places to eat.  Michelin-starred Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen is just a few doors away, the Golden Lion pub (featured in Doc Martin and Fishermen’s Friends) is opposite Stanley House and the Mote pub and restaurant and the Slipway restaurant are also close by at the bottom of the village.  At the top of the village, Nathan Outlaw’s ‘New Road’ restaurant offers another fine dining choice and the Angry Anchovy is a popular pizzeria if you prefer something more child-friendly. A short walk to Port Gaverne offers up further choices with the Pilchards at Port Gaverne café restaurant and the Port Gaverne Hotel gastropub, one of the best gastropubs in Cornwall. 

It’s not just dinner that is covered here; Nicki B’s pasty shop next door to Stanley House the apartment will tempt you into stocking up for your picnic lunches and Noah’s café on the other side gives another place for coffee, croissants and smoothies in a wonderfully traditional building. Port Gaverne is just down the road and has a fantastic watersports outfit, Cornish Rock Tors which is a centre for sea kayaking, coasteering, SUP and sea swimming guides.  Port Quin, in the other direction, gives a little inlet for kayaking and snorkelling at high tide. Roughly 5 miles away is the famous surfing beach of Polzeath, with the gentler shores of Daymer Bay and Rock just around the corner from there..


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October – December 2022
Christmas / New Year 2022
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January – April 2023
Easter 2023 onwards
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  • Changeover day is Friday – weekly bookings run from arrival from 4pm on a Friday until departure by 10am on the next Friday.
  • Rates for long weekends available on enquiry.


Dedicated parking space at the top of the village – about 5 minutes’ walk (up a steep hill!).

There are new, programmable electric radiators throughout the cottage.

One well behaved dog welcome

No smoking inside or outside the property

In order to reduce costs, we ask that you bring your own bed linen and towels (don’t forget beach towels if needed…)

There is a very well-stocked Co-op at the top of the village that is open long hours