Rose Cottage

A charming cottage with a south-facing garden, close to the beach

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

Rose Cottage is a cosy ground-floor property that comfortably sleeps four, and enjoys a lovely south-facing garden that borders a small stream, as well as access to an enclosed communal garden. A stone’s-throw away from the beach, Rose Cottage is perfectly placed to enjoy the charm of Port Gaverne.

Short breaks are available on selected dates between September – April. (Friday or Monday arrival, 3 night minimum). If your desired dates are not bookable online please contact the team here.

Rose Cottage boasts an open-plan living/kitchen/dining room, with a large window and window seat, which makes the area light and spacious. The king bedroom has garden views and the twin bedroom includes another window seat for watching the world go by. Contemporary bathroom fittings and tiled floors enhance this cottage and the local art and fittings throughout the cottage give the place a sense of its history and locality.

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

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This pretty single-storey cottage comes with beamed ceilings and an open aspect onto its own private rear garden, perfect for barbecues on summer evenings.

The rear garden borders a stream which flows from the hills down to the nearby beach, although safely fenced off making this ideal for young children or pets, the sound of running water accompanies anyone who is relaxing or playing in the garden. A nearby slate bridge creates access to the private parking and an easy route to the beach itself.

Rose Cottage is part of a delightful collection of restored 18th Century Cornish buildings that were originally fishermen’s dwellings and now make eight attractive self-contained holiday cottages positioned around a sunny courtyard garden, and just a stone’s throw from the beach.

Nestling in the beautiful, secluded cove of Port Gaverne on the north Cornish coast, Rose Cottage offers a tranquil haven to enjoy your self-catering holiday in Cornwall.

Owned by the National Trust, Port Gaverne is a sheltered inlet on the North coast of Cornwall that has a small sandy beach at low tide, rock pools and caves, cliff walks with magnificent views and stunning sunsets.

So glad we found this
Amazing stay and lovely weather, this truly is an amazing place. Very sad to leave but will hopefully be back next year. So glad we found this and our second visit was amazing and memorable!
Ruth, Will & Mabel — July 2023

Retreat Features

  • Free Superfast WiFi
  • Private parking
  • Enclosed garden
  • Ground floor living
  • Well equipped kitchen
  • Moments from the beach
Principal bedroom: king bed
Bedroom two: twin beds
All bed linen and bath towels provided
Well equipped kitchen
Dining table seating four
Tea towels provided
Ground floor accommodation
Open plan lounge/kitchen/diner
Smart TV
Superfast WiFi available
Bluetooth speaker
One bathroom with shower over bath
Hand basin, toilet
Bathroom towels provided
Private rear garden that borders a stream
Access to shared, enclosed communal garden
Outdoor seating is available in both gardens
Allocated parking for one car
Communal EV charging point
Travel cot and highchair on request (cot linen available on request)
Up to two well behaved dogs welcome
Washing machine
Essential cleaning items
Gas central heating throughout
Friday standard changeover
Short breaks available, September — April. Changeover days are Monday and Friday.
Check in after 3pm
Check out before 9:30am
Single storey property
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

  • Rose Cottage is seconds from nearest beach, which is dog-friendly all year
  • Nearest shop for amenities is in neighbouring village 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

The port gaverne guide

Port Isaac Outlaw's Fish Kitchen close to Forever Cornwall holiday cottages

A foodie's favourite

In the heart of the hamlet, the Port Gaverne Hotel and Restaurant serves up Cornish produce — and it’s delicious. Try a range of gins, taste local ales and let the bar staff recommend a fine wine, as there are plenty to choose from.

Stroll from the Port Gaverne holiday cottages along to Port Isaac and experience exquisite dining at Restaurant Nathan Outlaw. Famed for its seafood taster menu, this Michelin starred restaurant is the perfect place for a celebration or romantic treat for two. If you’re accompanied by children, who may not appreciate Mr. Outlaw’s finest cuisine, follow your nose to the Angry Anchovy for excellent pizza and Cornish craft ale. There are also plenty of other places serving fresh seafood, such as Fresh From The Sea at the top of town.


Port Gaverne Cove - near Forever Cornwall holiday cottages

Sheltered cove right on your doorstep

Port Gaverne’s dog friendly beach is a small one, but wait for the tide to go out and you’ll be rewarded with sand between your toes, rockpools to explore and caves to discover. See for yourself with our Port Gaverne webcam with live footage of the cove. For those with a taste for adrenalin, this sheltered cove offers some excellent guided coasteering too — get hold of Cornish Rock Tors who will guide you along cliffs and through the water. They also offer wild swimming sessions, kayaking and stand up paddleboarding, as well as plenty other land-based activities. The cove is moments away from our cottages and apartments in the area, so walk sandy footsteps back up to your retreat, or wrap up in a towel and get the wood burner going to dry out.

Walking Holidays in Port Gaverne Cornwall

Coastal footpaths and clifftop walks

North Cornwall is famous for its dramatic, rugged coastline and Port Gaverne is no exception. Whether you head east or west, you’re greeted with stunning coastal walks — or head inland for circular strolls. Take the coastal footpath and walk east up the coast towards Tintagel, which will take you past some fantastic beaches, often requiring a walk down to their sandy shores but certainly worth the trip. Head west along the coast in the opposite direction and up the footpath to Port Isaac for a great coastal walk that’s not too long or strenuous, just up to Port Quin and back again.

Between Port Quin and Polzeath is a fabulous stretch of the coast path, jutting right out into the Atlantic and offering some really spectacular views. All of the coastal footpaths are dog friendly, but there are some steep sections so make sure you keep the lead handy.

Port Isaac harbour as seen from Forever Cornwall holiday cottages nearby

Port Gaverne and Port Isaac

With Port Gaverne beach literally on your doorstep, and Port Isaac beach just a 20-minute stroll, there’s no shortage of sheltered coves within walking distance. These beaches are small, picturesque and family and dog friendly — a great way to while away an afternoon at any time of year. Port Gaverne beach is flanked by Port Isaac headland and ‘The Main’ (Port Gaverne’s headland), which tend to protect the beach from the big Atlantic waves. Port Isaac beach has a breakwater, so is generally a calm harbour with picturesque fishing boats dotted around.

Beaches Padstow Area Polzeath 26 August 2016 2. Matt Jessop


An inspiration for poet Sir John Betjeman, Polzeath is a wide sandy beach about six miles from Port Gaverne. The village of the same name has plenty of restaurants and amenities to fuel a fun-filled day at the beach. With lifeguards on duty during summer days, a surf school on hand and plenty of rockpools to explore, Polzeath is the ideal place for a beach day.

Beaches Padstow Area Daymer Bay 26 August 2016 2. Matt Jessop

Daymer Bay

Daymer Bay is a very sheltered beach about 8 miles from Port Gaverne. It sits in a sheltered spot at the mouth of the Camel Estuary, with calm waters and a long stretch of golden sand, and was one of poet John Betjeman’s favourite locations in Cornwall — it’s not hard to see why. One of this beaches great features is that it’s dog-friendly all year round too — and the wide open space makes it perfect to tire a four legged friend out!

Trebarwith, Adamgibbard

Off the beaten track

Follow the coastal footpath to the east, or drive the road out of Port Gaverne and park up at Tregardock Farm. From here, it’s around a 20-minute walk and a bit of a scramble over some rocks to reach the sandy, quiet beach of Tregardock — be sure to check the tides beforehand! If you don’t fancy the walk, keep driving until you reach Trebarwith, with pub, shop and carpark, making it a little more family friendly and accessible — but a bit busier too. Both have an air of the undiscovered about them though, with waterfalls, caves and rockpools to explore, as well as being a little quieter than the likes of Polzeath.

Food & drink
Pub at Port Gaverne near Forever Cornwall holiday cottages

Port Gaverne eateries

Port Gaverne has an extremely good food offering given the size of this tiny hamlet. Two of the best are in the heart of the hamlet — The Port Gaverne Restaurant and Hotel and The Pilchard’s Cafe, both of them are just off the beach. The Port Gaverne Restaurant and Hotel serves up excellent gastropub food and fine wines, or rinse off sandy feet and call in at The Pilchard’s for some tapas-style light bites and freshly made lunches.

Port Isaac Outlaw's Fish Kitchen close to Forever Cornwall holiday cottages

Michelin-starred food

Neighbouring Port Isaac is filled with brilliant restaurants, but the most famous perhaps are those of Michelin-starred Cornish chef, Nathan Outlaw. The seafood tasting menu at Outlaw’s New Road is a real experience for anyone who appreciates good food — make sure you book in advance! If you’re after something a little more relaxed, wander down into the town to Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen, where fishermen and local growers dictate the menu daily. Housed in a 15th century fisherman’s cottage, you can still expect white tablecloths and superb service but with a more relaxed atmosphere.

Angry anchovy Port Isaac Pizza

Laid-back dining

Follow your nose to popular Angry Anchovy and take a seat for excellent pizza and Cornish craft ale. This dog friendly restaurant serves freshly made pizza, and despite its name, offers plenty of non-seafood options, too. If you’re hankering after a crab sandwich, head to the top of the hill to Fresh From The Sea. Husband and wife team Callum and Tracey catch crab, lobster, mackerel and Cornish varieties of fish from their own boat and have been championing sustainable fishing practices since 2003.

Buying local in Port Isaac

This little town with two Michelin-starred restaurants is, unsurprisingly, one of the best places to get hold of fresh seafood. There are several fishmongers in this tiny village where you can pick up freshly landed fish, as well as delis in the centre and farm shops in the surrounding area.

Find out more about buying local in with our handy Local Food Guide to Port Gaverne and Port Isaac

Things to do
Port Gaverne Stand up paddleboarding Rock tors


If you’re after an injection of adrenaline, you’ll need to speak to Ben at Cornish Rock Tors. North Cornwall’s coastline lends itself particularly well to coasteering and other adventurous sea sports like kayaking, paddleboarding and wild swimming. Cornish Rock Tors have equipment to hire if you know what you’re doing, but we’d recommend getting Ben to show you around the Port Gaverne waters.

Matt Jessop VCL Statue Tintagel North Cornwall

Tintagel Castle

The English Heritage Site of Tintagel Castle is often portrayed as King Arthur’s birthplace, with its Dark Age ruins, rich history of royals and mystical feel. Cross the footbridge and climb the 148 steps up to the island and walk through the wooden door that opens out to the Grand Hall, built by the fist Earl of Cornwall. Immerse yourself in the legend of King Arthur with the story slabs in the medieval garden, the bronze statue on the headland and search for the wizard Merlin’s face carved into the cliffs on the beach below.

St Nectans Glen

St Nectan’s Glen

With an unmistakeable air of magic, this woodland walk with three waterfalls and hermitage are a must visit at any time of year and in any sort of weather. Park your car and walk 20 minutes into the woods to discover the first and biggest waterfall — at 60ft, this impressive waterfall has carved its own path through the rocks and tumbles down into the pool next to the pathway. Walk into the pool (if you forgot your wellies, the shop will lend you some for free) to really experience the magic of this waterfall – and make sure you don’t miss St. Nectan’s Kieve, the sacred hermitage next to the pool.

North Cornwall Padstow 24 August 2016 5. Matt Jessop

Padstow Foot Ferry

Port Gaverne to Padstow is a good 30-minute drive. Head to Rock, however, on the other side of the estuary and marvel at the millionaire’s playground. Hop onto the Padstow foot ferry that carries its passengers across the mouth of the Camel Estuary, past the Doom Bar and on to Padstow. The ten-minute journey is much shorter than driving to the town, and a much more entertaining mode of travel. The ferry goes every twenty minutes, usually from Rock but sometimes from Daymer Bay on a very low tide.

Guests Say
  • Always pleased to return

    We have lost count of the number of stays we have had in 'Rose' and are always pleased to return. Unfortunately, the weather was not good, but we were happy to have a comfortable and congenial stay, as ever.

    Linda & Hilary — August 2023
  • So glad we found this

    Amazing stay and lovely weather, this truly is an amazing place. Very sad to leave but will hopefully be back next year. So glad we found this and our second visit was amazing and memorable!

    Ruth, Will & Mabel — July 2023
  • We'll be back

    Lovely stay as usual! Don't want to leave but we'll be back next year!

    Mike, Nicola, Tori & Aidan — July 2023
  • Wonderful week

    We have visited Cornwall more times than we care to remember but this is our first time at Rose Cottage and it has been a wonderful week. It provided everything we needed (and more) and we also had sunshine all the way! I am sure we shall return!

    The Mills — June 2023
  • Comfortable

    As comfortable as ever! Thank you.

    Neil & Jenny — April 2023
  • Emily aged 8 — April 2023
  • Perfect for all our needs

    Have had a lovely time. Think it's a beautiful spot — picturesque but rugged. Cottage is perfect for all our needs and we'd like to come again.

    Ian, Anne, Lola & Bumble — December 2022
  • Ideal base

    Such a comfortable cottage and an ideal base for a holiday in North Cornwall. So many lovely dog-friendly walks in the area — particularly recommend Lundy Bay to Pentire Point. We are certain to book for next year.

    Neil & Jenny — November 2022
  • Great for dogs

    Great holiday, lovely cottage, has everything you need. Fantastic location and great for dogs.

    Tracey, Julian, Ruby & Dexter — October 2022
  • Another lovely stay

    Another lovely stay here. Had a fab swim at Porthcothan - what a gem of a bay. Thank you for having us, we are back in the Spring and can't wait.

    Carrie, Sim & Ted the lab — October 2022
  • Home from home

    This is our third time at Rose Cottage and it feels like home from home. We love it here. It's perfect for the dog. Love the quietness of Port Gaverne with Port Isaac just over the hill if you want more. Everyone has mentioned great pubs and beaches, they're all worth a visit.

    Mrs Fothergill — September 2022
  • Very comfortable

    Very comfortable here in Rose and a good base for us for walking.

    Diane — September 2022
  • A perfect stay!

    Thank you for a perfect stay! Loved the walk from Tintagel to Trebarwith Strands - great for kids!

    Matthew, Danielle, George & Emily — April 2022
  • Spotless

    We would like to thank everyone who helped make our stay at Rose Cottage. Everything was spotless and there are no faults! It was a perfect spot to navigate through Cornwall's highlights. Thank you so much — we'll see you again.

    Sam & Alex — April 2022
  • Cosy Christmas

    We have had a lovely cosy Christmas in Rose. The walk to Port Quin was fab and the dog particularly liked the beaches here at Polzeath, Rock and Harlyn Bay. Also great for some winter swimming. We will be back again in the Spring — we love it here and can't wait to return.

    The Tarmey family — Christmas 2021
  • As comfortable as ever!

    Our umpteenth visit to Rose and as comfortable as ever! We love it here! Thank you so much.

    Neil & Jenny — October 2021
  • A little piece of heaven!

    As always, had a wonderful relaxing and fun-filled holiday with lots of sunshine this time! Enjoyed eating at St Kew, Barnaby's, The Lobster Shed and of course Pilchards and PG Hotel! Port Gaverne is a little piece of heaven!

    Sue, Jeff, Beth & Brax — September 2021
  • Brilliant

    We have been staying at Green Door Cottages for many years (at least 10, possibly more). Rose Cottage has been brilliant and enjoyed the outdoor spaces for the dogs. Don't miss the chance to swim in Port Gaverne - best spot in North Cornwall! The guys at Cornish Rock Tors are worth a visit and coasteering is something all should try. We will be back.

    Jason, Frances, Daisy and Rose — September 2021
  • A lovely spot

    Had a lovely relaxing time visiting the sights nearby. Rose Cottage is in a lovely spot and it provided all we needed. We were blessed with good weather which made all the difference.

    Al & Rose — September 2021
  • Look forward to visiting again

    Here we are again, enjoying this area of Cornwall which is ideal for our needs. We have enjoyed finding new places to visit, as well as the usual unbeatable beaches. We love staying here and look forward to visiting again. Thank you.

    Linda & Hilary — August 2021
  • A much needed break

    We had such a lovely stay as usual, weather got better towards the end of the week so were able to enjoy the beach! So relaxing, a much needed break away after the past 18 months. So grateful to be able to get here this year. Can't wait to come back again next year!

    Mike, Nicola, Tori & Aidan — July 2021
  • A perfect base

    We love this part of Cornwall and the cottage is in such a fabulous position. We've explored Trebarwith Strand, Tintagel, Polzeath, Constantine Bay and Daymer Bay. Love swimming here in the cove and walking along the coastal path. Great meals at the pub/hotel here, The Mote and Barnaby's in Padstow. Boat trips out of Padstow are great fun and we enjoyed body boarding. Thanks, the cottage has been a perfect base.

    The Slater family – July 2021
  • Really nice cottage

    Really nice cottage. Great walks on the coast path. Recommend The Chapel Cafe in Port Isaac, The Old School House and The Mariners at Rock. Trebarwith Strand is also a really lovely beach.

    Joy & Andy – June 2021
  • Our fourth time here!

    Wonderful as ever — our fourth time here! Can't wait to come back again.

    Ms Thorp — May 2021
  • Stunning scenery!

    A lovely stay in Rose and a thoroughly enjoyable holiday in Port Gaverne! A week of mostly lovely weather, great walks and stunning scenery! A super meal at the hotel too. We will return again soon.

    Viv, Fran & Bettie — May 2021
  • A welcome return

    A welcome return to Rose Cottage and Port Gaverne. A week of almost perfect sunshine. Have enjoyed lots of walks and trips to Caerhays Castle and Fowey.

    Robert, Sue & Effie — April 2021
  • Definitely recommend

    We had a great stay in your lovely cottage. Very comfortable, clean, well-equipped and cosy. We had some lovely big walks; the weather was mostly good. We had a delicious meal at Nathan Outlaw's restaurant and a great pizza at the Angry Anchovy. We will definitely recommend you.

    The Donaldsons — November 2020
  • Immaculate

    Lovely short break — house immaculate and comfortable. Hotel does a lovely Sunday lunch and weather great. Highly recommend it here.

    Maureen & Tricia — October 2020
  • Great location

    Lovely comfortable cottage, great location. Dogs loved all the walks we did. Will have to come back again when it's not raining!

    Gaynor & Andrew — October 2020
  • What a gem!

    What a gem! We have had the most wonderful time. Dog and toddler friendly — the cottage is perfect. Thank you!

    James, Lizzie, Charlie & Satty — September 2020
  • Lovely cottage

    Lovely cottage. I've been holidaying in Cornwall at this time for over 40 years — always a lovely time to come. The weather so far has been kind and yesterday was truly amazing. The sky was so blue, even feel as though I shall return with a tan!

    Caroline — March 2020
  • Warm and welcoming cottage

    Thank you for a really lovely few days in this warm and welcoming cottage which has everything we need. We have visited National Trust gardens (Trelissick and Glendurgan) — full of colour from the flowers everywhere! We were blessed with sunshine too.

    Colin & Elizabeth — March 2020
  • We hope to come again!

    We have had a great time despite the very windy weather! Thank you so much for providing such a cosy place to come back to after a hard day walking — we hope to come again!

    Debbie, Frank & Dottie — March 2020
  • Exceedingly dog friendly!

    This has been our third visit to Rose and it has been as comfortable as ever! We love the improvements to the double bedroom, which has made the room much more spacious! The cottage is in an ideal location to explore North Cornwall and the courtyard garden makes it exceedingly dog friendly! Thank you, we have had a lovely holiday. We plan to come back in 2020!

    The Smith family — November 2019
  • The most excellent week

    Loved staying at Rose Cottage, it is very well equipped, comfortable and clean! We have had a brilliant week here and managed to fit a lot of coastal walking in; our dog Lizzy will be glad to get home for a rest! We love Port Gaverne and Port Issac! We don't want to go home but alas we have to! We hope to be back soon and want to thank Green Door and Forever Cornwall for the most excellent week.

    The Jackson family — September 2019
  • We keep returning

    We keep returning to Port Gaverne because it is a delightful, restful and happy place to come back to. The walks are amazing, the beaches endless and the views are magnificent. We absolutely love Rose and so does our dog Rosie. We will be back, we have been coming here for years and will continue to do so.

    The Cole & Marshall families — September 2019
  • We will definitely return!

    Port Gaverne is a really lovely place, we had a great time here. The locals are so friendly and welcoming! We will definitely return in future and we loved the cottage!

    The Robinsons — June 2019
  • Rose is so lovely

    The beach in Port Gaverne across from Rose is amazing - from playing cricket, playing in the sea or just reading a book on the beach, it is enjoyed by the whole family. Rose is so lovely and we can't wait to be holidaying back by our favourite beach.

    The Lewis family — May 2019
  • Fantastic break

    We had a fantastic break in Cornwall; the cottage was perfect as was the location; everything was just so nice, we miss it already!

    Mr J Tillman — July 2018
  • Very comfortable and well equipped

    We have stayed at Rose Cottage a number of times. It is very comfortable and well equipped. Parking just metres away from the front door is a great bonus. Rose's location in Port Gaverne is fabulous — the beach is a two minutes' walk, as is the excellent Port Gaverne Hotel.

    Mr N Smith — April 2017
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