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Marigold Cottage

Simple and tastefully finished cottage, close to the beach and village pub

Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms (+ cot) Saturday arrival Up to 2 well behaved dogs welcome Short breaks available
The Retreat

Marigold Cottage enjoys a spacious, bright and elegant open plan living space, with tasteful decor, furnishings and artworks. The cottage has a reverse level layout and the bedrooms below are also lovely and bright, comfortably sleeping four with easy access to the enclosed communal garden.

Short breaks are available on selected dates between September – May. (Saturday or Monday arrival, 2 night minimum). If your desired dates are not bookable online please contact the team here.

Marigold Cottage is the second in our little row of cottages and is a little bigger than its neighbours Courtyard Cottage and Torca Cottage. It’s (literally) a stone’s throw from the beach and is a lovely sociable space, so you’ll feel very much part of our seaside village community, close to the sea, pub and café.  This two storey cottage has a reverse-level layout with the front door accessing the living area on the top floor of the cottage, by way of slate steps. Marigold is the ideal cottage for a family, two couples or a group who want to holiday together in two or more of our other properties at Port Gaverne. Dogs are most welcome, and you have your own private parking space nearby.

Take a look at our webcam, it provides stunning live views of Port Gaverne beach.

Bedroom at Marigold Cottage Port Gaverne by Forever Cornwall

In and around Marigold Cottage

Marigold’s décor consists of exposed authentic beams, sturdy pine furniture and is carpeted throughout. The wood burning stove brings the rich history of this cottage to life. Upstairs you’ll find a large open-plan room with a generous lobby space for beach things, comfy sofas grouped around the TV and wood burner — and adjoining this is the good sized and very well equipped kitchen with family dining table. Views are out onto the shared courtyard garden on one side and a little village lane on the other, creating a light and sunny atmosphere.

Downstairs you will discover two bedrooms (one double and one twin). Both have traditional pine beds, comfortable carpets and plenty of storage space. Access to the shared garden and courtyard is via the twin room — and a family bathroom completes the accommodation.

Out and about

Marigold Cottage is one of ten delightful ‘Green Door’ properties nestled in the beautiful, secluded cove of Port Gaverne on the north Cornish coast. Owned by the National Trust, this sheltered inlet on the North coast of Cornwall has a small sandy beach at low tide, rock pools and caves, cliff walks with magnificent views and stunning sunsets. Port Gaverne is a popular destination come rain or shine. Take a look for yourself with our live Port Gaverne webcam. It’s just a short stroll from the famous 14th century fishing village of Port Isaac which you may recognise as Portwenn, the location of the famous TV series ‘Doc Martin’.

The South West Coast path is immediately behind the property and this entire stretch of coast has been designated both Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and Heritage Coast status.  You can walk east towards legendary Tintagel, or west past Port Isaac and tiny Port Quin cove to Pentire headland, Polzeath and the Camel estuary. Or simply stroll out to the dramatic headland right here for a perfect evening view. Port Gaverne is also one of the top wild swimming spots in Cornwall, and you can hire kayaks and SUPs on the beach, so pack your wetsuit, wellies and sunscreen and we’ll provide the fishing nets, body boards and walking maps!

For eating out, the multi award-winning Port Gaverne Restaurant & Hotel is just next door, dating back to the 17th century and specialising in local produce — particularly seafood and delicious local ales. Or there’s the seasonal “Pilchards” right by the beach with plates for sharing, teas and coffees.  Or stroll into Port Isaac with its growing foodie credentials, given that it’s home to famous celeb chef Nathan Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen.

Kitchen at Marigold Cottage Port Gaverne by Forever Cornwall

Things we love…

Marigold Cottage is easygoing, spacious and sociable. We love the dramatic open ceilings and original wooden beams that have been preserved in this building at the very heart of Port Gaverne.  The reverse level layout and open plan design of the living area makes great use of the natural light that floods in from windows on both sides of the building, contributing to the bright and breezy feel at this beachside cottage retreat. Enjoy an evening BBQ with friends and family in the shared courtyard garden, or on the beach — wander over to the pub or café, or stroll up to Port Isaac to look for eateries. Seaside village life doesn’t get much better than this.

Marigold Cottage sits between Courtyard and Venus, and is one of four terraced cottages along this little lane by the pub — each one can accommodate four guests, and each is a unique retreat, but with a similar layout. Have a look at all of our Green Door cottages and apartments in Port Gaverne here.

Just right for us
Thank you for a lovely holiday. We have had a great time staying here! Marigold has been clean and cosy and just right for us and our two dogs, Barney and Jasmine. We have done a lot of walking and picnics (even in January!). We have especially loved the walks in Tintagel, Daymer Bay, Polzeath, Wadebridge, Padstow, Port Quinn and of course Port Isaac...we could just do with another couple of weeks. If only! We will be back.
Helen & David — January 2022

Retreat Features

  • Free Superfast Wifi
  • Private parking
  • Miles of coastal walks on doorstep
  • Moments from the beach
  • Hop, skip and a jump away from the nearest pub
  • Access to communal gardens
Principal bedroom: double bed
Bedroom two: twin beds
All bed linen and bath towels provided
Open plan lounge/kitchen/diner
Flat Screen TV
DVD player
Free superfast WiFi
Bluetooth speaker
Well equipped kitchen
Washing machine
Dining table and chairs for four
Tea towels provided
Bathroom with shower over bath, hand basin, toilet
Bathroom towels provided
Saturday standard changeover
Short breaks available, October - June. Changeover days are Monday, Friday and Saturday.
Check in after 4pm
Check out before 10am
Access to shared, enclosed communal garden
Outdoor seating
Gas central heating throughout
Wood burner (free logs provided)
Travel cot and highchair on request (cot linen on request)
Up to two well behaved dogs welcome
Allocated parking for 1 car
These properties are two storey and are ‘reverse level’
Access to the front door is via steps
Stairgates are fitted at the top of each staircase
Please contact us for more information


Port Gaverne is right next to Port Isaac, of Doc Martin and Poldark fame. However, this little cove has an intimate charm all of its own, away from the crowds of its neighbour. Although the beach is small, it’s dog-friendly all year round — and wait for the tide to go out and you’ll be rewarded with sand between your toes, rockpools to search through and caves to discover. Take a look for yourself with our live Port Gaverne webcam. For those with a taste for adrenalin, this sheltered cove offers some excellent coasteering too – get hold of Cornish Rock Tors who will guide you safely along the rocky shore and through the water. They also offer wild swimming sessions, kayaking, and stand up paddle-boarding, as well as plenty other land-based activities – so if it’s an active holiday you’re after then look no further.

Travel times

  • Port Gaverne is about 17 miles from the nearest mainline station at Bodmin Parkway. Regular and convenient services run from all over the UK.
  • Port Gaverne is 20 miles from the A30, with a driving time from London approximately 5 hours with good traffic and Exeter is roughly an hour and a half away. Full details to plan your route will be available on booking.

Things we love

  • The property is seconds away from the nearest beach, which is dog-friendly all year
  • Nearest shop for amenities is located in picturesque neighbouring Port Isaac, 10 minutes up the road
  • Port Gaverne Inn is moments away, a great gastropub
  • Miles of glorious coastal walks await, right from your doorstep
Guests Say
  • Highly recommended!

    Great location with pub, restaurant and beach on the doorstep. Port Isaac is a short walk over the hill. Cottage was well laid out and appointed. Felt comfortable with the dog also. Highly recommended!

    Amber & family — April 2023
  • A beautiful and very comfortable place to stay

    This is our fifth time staying in various Green Door Cottages at Port Gaverne and Marigold certainly didn't let us down. It's a beautiful and very comfortable place to stay. The wildlife was lovely — we watched a pod of dolphins, saw a peregrine falcon and hand-fed a robin on the path to Port Quinn. All in all a lovely memorable holiday.

    Sue & Jim — December 2022
  • Good value

    Enjoyable week that was based around my sister Vivienne's birthday (milestone). All the group stayed in Marigold, Venus, Torca and Rashleigh cottages. Good value and all fit for purpose. Trips to Lanhydrock, Tintagel, parish church, Rock and St Mawes. Another great family stay, will be back soon.

    Robert, Susan & family — November 2022
  • Will definitely come back

    This is our second year back at Marigold, as it is great. We have swam in the bay many of the days here. Polzeath is another place we visited many times to go bodyboarding. One evening we went cliff jumping here at Port Gaverne which was scary but very fun. We also went to the witchcraft museum in Boscastle which was very interesting. We will definitely come back here for sure.

    David, Rachael & Ruby — October 2022
  • Excellent home comforts!

    Perfect size holiday home with excellent home comforts! Two weeks was perfect to enjoy the local area. The girls enjoyed popping down to the beach most evenings for rock pooling and throwing stones into the sea! Caught lots of shrimps and crabs on the beach. Hubby took our eldest kayaking with Cornish Rock Tors. Best local sandy beach is Polzeath - get there super early. Made the most of our English Heritage and National Trust membership while here. Visited Boscastle and Padstow - taking the ferry from Rock which was lovely. The girls thoroughly enjoyed themselves and we are very sad to be leaving. Thank you for making us feel so welcome!

    The Groom Family — August 2022
  • A glorious week

    We have had a glorious week, managing to do many sections of the South West Coast Path. Several walks up towards Tintagel - we've done circular walks which give a wonderful variety of landscapes and wildlife. The flowers - bluebells, pink campions, sea thrift, cowslips, primroses - superb. Fabulous week, wonderful weather, brilliant hosts. Sad to be leaving.

    Diane — May 2022
  • Just right for us

    Thank you for a lovely holiday. We have had a great time staying here! Marigold has been clean and cosy and just right for us and our two dogs, Barney and Jasmine. We have done a lot of walking and picnics (even in January!). We have especially loved the walks in Tintagel, Daymer Bay, Polzeath, Wadebridge, Padstow, Port Quinn and of course Port Isaac...we could just do with another couple of weeks. If only! We will be back.

    Helen & David — January 2022
  • As always, very cosy

    We have been coming to Port Gaverne for more than 25 years - nearly always stayed in Marigold, and sometimes Torca and Venus. Marigold suits us perfectly. As always, very cosy cottage - the beds are comfortable and plenty of hot water.

    Christine & Laurie — November 2021
  • Wonderful cottage

    Wonderful cottage, well located for swimming in the bay - stunning scenery. Pub in easy access for a nice drink, friendly atmosphere. We went to Polzeath most days as great for bodyboarding (great waves), and also decent cafes. Beautiful cottage, will definitely have to stay here again.

    The Crafts — October 2021
  • Our most favourite place

    Another wonderful stay in our most favourite place in Pip's lovely holiday home. We have almost stayed in them all - each are perfect, so clean and comfortable. Thanks to all for making it so nice.

    The Freemans — June 2021
  • Very restful

    Great cottage - loved it. Very clean and cosy. We had a very restful holiday. Wild winds, crashing waves and a few glorious blue skies. We've been to Port Gaverne a few times and love it.

    The McCartneys — May 2021
  • Spotless

    What a beautiful location! We really enjoyed our stay at Marigold. Lovely cottage and spotless. Easy walk to Port Isaac and out of the hustle and bustle. Shame we have to go home!

    The Stroud Family — September 2020
  • Absolute haven!

    What a fantastic place and location, the house was so clean and well presented. We fell in love with Port Gaverne. An absolute haven!

    The Thomson Family — September 2020
  • Super stay

    Super stay here, really cosy and well equipped cottage. Great location with the beach and inn being so close, and a very quiet courtyard for us to enjoy. Thank you!

    The Judd Family — July 2019
  • Great location

    Lovely comfortable cottage. Great location around a courtyard which worked well as extended family were also staying. Lovely harbour-facing eateries and great location for exploring the area.

    Dr Robbins — July 2018
  • Lots of space

    What a place. Light, airy and lots of space. Being 'upside down' took a little getting used to but was no problem. Kitchen was well equipped and all rooms were a good size. No suggestions for improvement because it was perfect. Definitely coming back next year.

    Mr Leyland — July 2018
  • Super relaxing

    A lovely comfortable cottage. Very clean and well equipped with all you need. We had a super relaxing holiday with our family.

    Mrs Heald — August 2017
  • Comfortable and friendly

    We have visited these cottages for nearly forty years and Marigold is our favourite with many happy memories. It is a very comfortable and friendly cottage. Lovely to come back to after a day out with an excellent pub across the way.

    Mrs Beck — March 2017
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