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Thrift Cottage

An intimate self catering cottage for 2, close to the beach

Sleeps 2 in 1 bedroom (+ cot) Saturday arrival One well behaved dog welcome Short breaks available
The Retreat

Thrift Cottage is small but perfectly formed, making it the ideal retreat for a romantic getaway. Thrift sleeps two in cosy surroundings, and comes complete with a well stocked kitchen, and an open plan living space with views out onto the bright courtyard.

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.

Thrift Cottage is part of a delightful collection of restored 18th Century Cornish buildings, and was originally part of a large cob barn used by local fisherman for centuries. It has now been adapted into a cosy one bedroom cottage retaining its history, whilst being refined into a modern holiday retreat perfect for couples.

The accommodation is spread across one ground-floor level; the open plan kitchen complete with Delabole slate floor, and dining/living area look out onto the courtyard garden, allowing access to the sun loungers for catching some rays or perfect for an evening barbecue. The double bedroom leads into a shower room, which provides a compact and intimate holiday cottage. Parking is conveniently available in a private car park nearby.

Thrift is the smallest of this group of properties and therefore the exposed beams, comfortable furnishings and tasteful lighting create a snug and inviting atmosphere perfect for relaxing after a windy coastal walk.

The beautiful, secluded cove of Port Gaverne lies just next door to the winding lanes and whitewashed cottages of Port Isaac. A sheltered inlet on the North coast of Cornwall, this quaint little village has a small sandy beach at low tide, rock pools and caves, cliff walks with magnificent views and stunning sunsets.

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

Romantic Cottage Port Gaverne - Thrift Cottage by Forever Cornwall

Thrift Cottage is one of several properties nestled in Port Gaverne, and offers a tranquil haven to enjoy the perfect holiday in Cornwall.

We have had a lovely week based here at Thrift. The cottage was clean, very comfortable and very well equipped. Everything so well organised! Thank you so much for the goodies - such a thoughtful touch! We have been very lucky with the weather. We feel really relaxed after such a lovely week and the accommodation to return home to each night was perfect!
Marilyn & Tony — August 2022

Retreat Features

  • Less than two minutes walk to the beach
  • Moments from the award-winning village gastropub
  • Unlimited superfast wifi
  • Coastal footpath on your doorstep
  • A short stroll to Doc Martin's Port Isaac
  • Michelin-starred restaurant just a short walk away
Principal bedroom: double bed

All bed linen and bath towels provided
Living & relaxing
Smart TV
Superfast Wifi available
Bluetooth speaker
Cooking & dining
Well equipped kitchen
Washing machine
Dining table
Tea towels provided
1 bathroom with shower, hand basin, toilet
Bathroom towels provided
Arrivals & departures
Saturday standard changeover
Short breaks available, October - June. Changeover days are Monday, Friday and Saturday.
Check in after 4pm
Check out before 10am
Gas central heating throughout
Babies & Toddlers
Travel cot and highchair on request (cot linen available on request)
One well behaved dog welcome
Parking & Garden
Access to shared, enclosed communal garden
Outdoor seating and sun loungers
Allocated parking for 1 car
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.
  • 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.

Things we love

  • Thrift is in a largely untouched Cornish coastal hamlet, Port Gaverne, that is full of seaside charm
  • Restaurant Nathan Outlaw is less than ten minutes walk away - book a table well in advance for an eating experience like no other
  • Trebarwith Strand is a sweeping bay just a few miles from Thrift, and is perfect for a day at the beach
  • Cornish Rock Tors, the local watersports specialists are well worth speaking to if you want to experience the coastline from the sea!
Guests Say
  • Perfect!

    We have had a lovely week based here at Thrift. The cottage was clean, very comfortable and very well equipped. Everything so well organised! Thank you so much for the goodies - such a thoughtful touch! We have been very lucky with the weather. We feel really relaxed after such a lovely week and the accommodation to return home to each night was perfect!

    Marilyn & Tony — August 2022
  • Perfect location

    Thanks for the welcome pack, it was very thoughtful. Great week - perfect location. Recommend Thrift to family and friends.

    Jim, Dee & Rory — June 2022
  • Cottage was perfect, comfortable and spotless

    Great, relaxed and peaceful stay. Thanks for the treats and wine - much appreciated. Adore Port Gaverne! Cottage was perfect, comfortable and spotless - thank you.

    Brenda & Mike — April 2022
  • Comfortable, well-equipped and clean

    Lovely relaxing week. Thrift was a comfortable, well-equipped, clean accommodation and slept well. We walked miles! To Port Quin, Trebarwidth Strand, Rock to Polzeath and the coastal path at Padstow. Amazing views! Enjoyed pasties at various locations - all good!

    Jacky & Ian — March 2022
  • Thrift was perfect

    Fab long weekend! Very lucky with the weather, we walked to Port Quin from Isaac. Thrift was perfect and the pub had the most amazing beef roast. Thank you for the wine and the biscuits.

    Don, Jay & Milo — March 2022
  • Beautifully clean

    We have had a wonderful time re-visiting all the places we went on our honeymoon in 1989. We still visit Cornwall each year and never tire of the beautiful walks and always have a surprise - this year baby seals popping into Port Gaverne for the day. Thrift has been perfect for us, so well equipped with all you need and beautifully clean on arrival. Thank you so much.

    Simon & Julie — November 2021
  • Wonderful cottage

    Fab week, lots of coast path walked and only one day of rain! Wonderful cottage, full of everything you may need - even dog bowls when we realised we had forgotten ours! We arrived in the early hours of Monday morning (2am) and found that our outside light had been left on for us, and also an inside light - it was really appreciated, not to mention the goodies. Thank you.

    Lynne & Dave — October 2021
  • Perfect for us

    A much awaited holiday with our family who were staying in Marigold. Thrift was comfortable and perfect for us. The rain and wind did not dampen our spirits and we found 'the treasure trails' in Padstow and Port Isaac great fun with an eight year old grandchild. We enjoyed days in Boscastle, Tintagel and Padstow and family enjoyed paddle boarding and bodyboarding. Many thanks for the goodies!

    Alison — October 2021
  • Another enjoyable holiday

    Our third visit to Thrift and another enjoyable holiday. Plenty of crab and Cornish beer. Everything great at cottage, all we needed. Visited all the usual spots and a new trip to Lundy Bay. Thank you for the wine, milk and biscuits!

    Ronnie & Yvonne — October 2021
  • A wonderful Indian summer

    A wonderful Indian summer here in Port Gaverne. We have enjoyed lots of walks in both directions and a lovely takeaway meal of fish and chips from The Mote. We visited Tintagel Castle to see the new bridge and Pencarrow House - very quirky and worth a visit, as well as Rock.

    Margot & John — September 2021
  • Already planning our return visit

    We have had a wonderful stay in Thrift cottage and have absolutely fallen in love with Port Gaverne itself. We swam and paddle boarded nearly every day and ate in Pilchards and the Port Gaverne Hotel multiple times - incredible food. Tintagel is a beautiful place to visit and walk around with ruins and stunning views. Port Gaverne to Port Quin is a stunning walk along the cliffs; we came back inland route through beautiful farm land. Already planning our return visit next year!

    Jack & Abi — September 2021
  • A great week

    Had a great week - each day filled with something different. The coastal walks and scenery are great - if a bit windy at times. Padstow was a great day out - Tintagel and Eden Project stand out. I am sure we will return!

    Keith & Tzanka — August 2021
  • A fabulous week

    We've loved our week away in Thrift - and we fully intend to return! This cottage has everything you need! Highlights for us have included: coastal walks soaking up the sunshine and taking in the stunning coastline, Tintagel exploring King Arthur's castle and Merlin's Cave on the shoreline, Land's End eating pasties and enjoying the views and the show at the Minack Theatre - simply magical. A fabulous week spent celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary.

    The Turners — August 2021
  • Another lovely stay

    Another lovely stay in Port Gaverne in Thrift Cottage. We were very lucky with the weather and enjoyed all our usual haunts and restaurants. Daymer was gorgeous as usual, although sea this year quite a bit colder than it usually is. Luckily we had invested in wetsuits - we're not getting any younger! Having pre-booked several weeks before we managed meals out in our favourite restaurants and once again, had a wonderful meal in The Dining Room at Rock. Many thanks.

    Alan & Patricia — July 2021
  • Beautiful cottage

    A wonderful stay here at Thrift Cottage in Port Gaverne. Our first holiday in Cornwall, and definitely not our last. Beautiful cottage, well equipped and has made a perfect base to explore the local area. Highlights have included: fish and chips from The Old School Hotel in Port Isaac while we sat and listened to the Fishermen's Friends, a lovely circular walk from Port Isaac to Port Quin, cycling the camel trail from Wadebridge to Padstow and some gorgeous days on the beach at Daymer and Constantine Bay. Bella (our golden lab) has had a fab time too! Many thanks from the three of us.

    James & Mary — June 2021
  • Peaceful stay!

    We have had a lovely, peaceful stay in Thrift! We enjoyed the bakery in Port Issac and were more than grateful for a warm pasty to toast our chilly hands! Loved exploring on the beach and being a literal stone's throw away, the location was handy. Overall, this was a lovely stay for our very first holiday together. Thanks Thrift!!

    Katie & Jack — November 2019
  • Cosy and comfortable

    A cosy and comfortable place to stay for the week! It was also great to be able to bring our dog! The weather was mixed but we had some lovely walks in our favourite place. Arriving to fireworks in the evening was also an added bonus! Thanks for the welcome pack, Thrift has been lovely.

    The Shewell-Coopers — October 2019
  • Hope to return!

    We really enjoyed our late break in Cornwall. Thrift cottage had everything we needed for our visit and the welcome pack was a nice touch! All of the facilities in the cottage were of a good quality and all we needed and the location is excellent! Parking and access were also great for us. We hope to return!

    The Bramwells — October 2019
  • As quaint as ever

    Another lovely holiday for us here in Port Gaverne! We were very lucky with the weather, it was perfect. Port Issac doesn't change and it is as quaint as ever. On our last evening we were joined by hundreds of other fans of Fisherman's Friends, the famous shanty singers, for their charity event - huge fun! As usual we had some fabulous meals, travelling all over to different restaurants. The Port Gaverne Hotel is excellent, as well as Rick Stein's in Padstow! On arrival, the welcome back was a very nice touch and Thrift cottage is very comfortable. No doubt we will be back again!

    The Mowats — July 2019
  • Thrift is a jewel!

    Our time spent at Thrift was wonderful and special due to the thought the owners had given to make our stay the best it could be. All of the amenities were of top quality and we were comfortable from day one. During our stay the weather was rotten but the beauty of Cornwall shone through each day. We had many delicious meals at the hotel across the road and had many lovely walks along the cliffs and many trips to Port Issac! This was a lovely holiday for me and my wife - thank you. Thrift is a jewel!

    Dave & Constance — June 2019
  • Ideal

    A lovely little cottage. Clean and comfortable. Ideal location.

    The Davis Family — March 2018
  • Comfortable and well equipped

    We have stayed at Thrift Cottage in the past; it is very clean, comfortable and well equipped.

    The Phipps — May 2017
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