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Torca Cottage

A comfortable cottage with lots of character, near the beach

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

Torca Cottage is a cosy space of grand proportions sleeping four guests. Its open vaulted ceilings, original sloping wooden floors and wood burning stove add to its lovely character. Two coastal-chic bedrooms are downstairs, whilst the upstairs is dedicated to light, airy open-plan living. The beach is a skip away, and there is a lovely shared and enclosed garden for you to enjoy.

Please note that Torca’s changeover day will change from a Saturday, to a Friday from January 2024. 

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

Tucked away at the end of our little row of cottages, Torca is still very much at the heart of the cove. It has direct access to the shared courtyard – great for chilling out with friends and family. It’s perfect for one or two couples or a family, and like all our holiday cottages at Port Gaverne it’s dog friendly.

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

In and around Torca Cottage

Take the slate steps up to the property from the small lane that runs alongside, and step into a wonderfully bright and spacious living area. Attractive wooden furniture and a beamed ceiling complement the open plan arrangement of kitchen, dining room and lounge. Whitewashed walls accentuate the local artwork, whilst inviting sofas to create a snug atmosphere around the wood burning stove. The open plan kitchen-dining area is very well equipped with a dishwasher and washing machine —  and a good sized dining table seating four completes the space.

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Down the carpeted stairs you will find the two spacious bedrooms, both airy and full of natural light due to large windows; one with twin beds, and the other with a double. The master bedroom gives direct access to the courtyard outside. Garden furniture and sun loungers make the slate terrace outside an ideal place to catch some sun on your doorstep — and parking is conveniently available in a private space nearby.

Out and about

Torca 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, bodyboards 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 are 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.

Things we love…

Torca oozes character with its quirky sloping floor, exposed beams and reverse level layout. Seaside village life is on the doorstep, with the beach and pub just down the lane. Enjoy an evening BBQ with friends and family in the shared courtyard garden. Imagine curling up in the lovely lounge with its whitewashed walls peppered with lovely local artwork, comfy coastal furnishings, and crackling wood burning stove… how cosy! The original stripped floorboards gently slope from one end of the open plan living room to the other, accentuating the unique character of this inviting cottage.

Just next door to Torca Cottage are Courtyard, Marigold and Venus — all of which sleep four guests. 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.

Very comfortable
Our first visit here and we were very comfortable. Facilities had everything we needed and we felt warm and welcomed. We will be back!
Ruth & Peter — October 2022

Retreat Features

  • Private parking
  • Free Superfast Wifi
  • Access to shared garden
  • Moments from the beach
  • Miles of coastal walks on doorstep
  • Rustic cottage feel
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
Superfast WiFi available
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 (due to change to Friday from January 2024)
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
Woodburner (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
  • Great charm

    Port Gaverne is ideally located, with the small bay right on your doorstep, along with the hotel/restaurant a stones throw from the front door. Port Isaac is just a short walk up the hill, offering plenty of restaurants and the famous Golden Lion pub, which overlooks Port Isaac. It's ideally located for day trips to some great locations, with plenty of dog friendly beaches. The accommodation felt spacious and clean, with the bedrooms and big bathroom located on the lower floor. The cottage has a great charm about it and it certainly felt like home.

    Simon, Evie & Obi — July 2023
  • Our 5th time

    Our 5th time in these cottages and as lovely as ever! We look forward to the next time.

    The Thorps — January 2023
  • Very comfortable

    Our first visit here and we were very comfortable. Facilities had everything we needed and we felt warm and welcomed. We will be back!

    Ruth & Peter — October 2022
  • Phylly the border terrier pup (age 6 months) — September 2022
  • Fabulous

    Another fabulous holiday in Port Gaverne at the Green Door Cottages, glorious sunshine every day - we have been lucky! Looking forward to our next stay at New Year's.

    Katie, Viv & Andy — August 2022
  • Lovely few days escape

    A lovely few days escape to Cornwall. Cottage was as expected, but lovely new bathroom and fluffy white towels made it extra special. The dog loved the beach and walks.

    Julian, Penny & Barnie the dog — February 2022
  • Everything we hoped it would be...and more!

    What a wonderful week! The cottage was everything we hoped it would be...and more! Perfect location, very well equipped and comfortable. So many attractions and beautiful places to visit without having to travel too far; it made for a very relaxing holiday which was just what we needed. Loved walking down to the beach at Port Gaverne each morning with our pup. Thank you for a great stay.

    Kirsten & Keith — November 2021
  • Very welcoming

    Everyone was very welcoming. Good food and drink, and walking. Weather much better than the forecast - what could be nicer?

    Richard — July 2021
  • Very well appointed

    A return to Port Gaverne after 30+ years. Torca was excellent - very well appointed and equipped. Thanks to all.

    Neil & Alison — May 2021
  • Fabulous

    Second time year at Torca. Just a fabulous, wonderful week of sunshine and fun. Back soon!

    Heidi & Jonathan — April 2021
  • Very comfortable and peaceful

    We have had a fabulous week down here in Port Gaverne. Weather has been fantastic and cottage is very comfortable and peaceful. Have visited Rock, Daymer Bay, Padstow and Trevose Head for wonderful beaches, especially for our dogs. We love this part of Cornwall and will definitely return. Thank you for the goodies. Hope to be back soon.

    Alison, Steve, Yogi & Billy — April 2021
  • Wonderful

    We have had a wonderful, relaxing time in this lovely cottage. On wet days we went to the Tate in St Ives, the Barbara Hepworth Museum and the Eden Project. We've done a lot of the south west coast path and really loved the path from Rock around the headlands. We felt so comfortable here and will be back in February we hope!

    Annie & Mike — October 2020
  • Soul-soothing

    Just what we needed post lockdown! Such a beautiful, soul-soothing spot. We've had sunshine and showers, cycled, swam in the bay and held our breath while the kids leapt in from the rocky ledges. Fell in love with Pilchards which we completely recommend - nearly managed to drink the cocktail menu - will have to return to complete! Thank you to all who look after these cottages and to Port Gaverne for the lovely, warm welcome.

    Rachel & family — August 2020
  • We will be back soon!

    We've had a lovely time staying in Torca after three months in lockdown. We will be back soon!

    Katie, Viv & Andy — July 2020
  • Wonderful!

    Our family and pooch had a fantastic time in Torca cottage and it has been great to explore the bay and surrounding areas! Had a lovely trip with "boaty" out of Port Issac. We were fortunate to see some of Doc Martin being filmed and we also enjoyed seeing "Fisherman's Friends" singing in the port last night! Wonderful, thank you!

    The Harkness family — July 2019
  • Couldn't be better

    This is the first time we have stayed in Torca as we normally stay in Jasmine! However it was lovely and couldn't be better. The weather has been on our side this week, sunny every single day! It has been a fantastic holiday and we hope to return next year.

    The Wells family — July 2019
  • We will return

    Finding Torca on the internet has led to a very short but extremely enjoyable stay! We were just thrilled to be here during the filming of Doc Martin and being able to experience this has been brilliant! The weather has been superb and we will leave feeling that Cornwall is always like this. We know this is not the case but in our minds it will always be sunny and reminiscing of our beautiful walks along the cliffs and the green paddocks, the cheeriness of everyone we met and the laughter of the similarities and difference between our cultures! We shall endeavour to return.

    Nicholls & Livingston families — June 2019
  • Fantastic area!

    What a great cottage in a fantastic area! This is our first visit but would definitely come back! Loved the harbour and the restaurants in Port Issac. The views and walks have been amazing, very enjoyable holiday.

    The Awbery family — June 2019
  • Home from home!

    We have stayed at the Green Door cottages on many occasions but this is our first time in Torca. As ever, this cottage has been a home from home for us! Not the best weather but our trips out in the local area and many walks proved most enjoyable! A tour around the Camel Valley vineyard proved to be excellent! Thank you for our tea and the welcome pack was much appreciated. Hopefully we will return in the future!

    The Perkins family — June 2019
  • 100% satisfied

    Beautiful, well equipped and homely place in wonderful location. We very much enjoyed our time at Torca, it felt like a home away from home. Would recommend it to anyone and hope to be back again. 100% satisfied.

    Mrs Carolus — October 2017
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