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DOG FRIENDLY COTTAGE, PORT GAVERNE, CORNWALL

Venus Cottage

A bright cottage with open-plan living space and balcony

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

Understandably one of the most popular holiday cottages in our collection, Venus sleeps four in spacious and bright surroundings and is located in the beautiful hamlet of Port Gaverne. Here you can enjoy beautiful sea views from the first floor living area and private balcony. Venus Cottage offers a classic self-catering holiday on the ‘Doc Martin’ coast.

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

Venus Cottage has pride of place in our terrace of reverse-level cottages in the heart if Port Gaverne. It shares a similar layout to its neighbours Marigold Cottage and Courtyard Cottage, but with one elevation facing the sea it has the benefit of great views from its balcony so you can enjoy watching the comings and goings of the cove, and beyond that the beach and wild Atlantic. At the same time you’ll feel very much part of our seaside village community, close to the pub and café.

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

Venus Cottage is ideal for a family of up to four — but couples also love it for its exclusive feel and the benefit of being able to spend hours relaxing on the balcony. Dogs are very welcome here, especially as this is one of the few beaches in Cornwall that allows dogs all year round. You also have your own allocated private parking.

In and around Venus Cottage

Six slate steps lead up to Venus Cottage from the quiet winding lane that runs between the property and the excellent pub. Venus is named after one of Port Gaverne’s old pilchard luggers — which also gave its name to the Venus Cellar from which these cottages were converted, and the heritage is very much in evidence. As you enter you are greeted by the spacious and bright interior of the open plan living area, with the kitchen-diner around the corner. A combination of carpets and stripped floors combined with an original open beamed ceiling add a touch of history.

Full-length double doors lead out to the balcony from the lounge, where you can enjoy stunning sea and beach views and watch the comings and goings of the cove. The balcony overlooks the pub garden — great on a summer’s evening for watching the world go by and the sun setting over the sea. Stairs lead down to the bedrooms, complete with spacious wardrobes. Through the King bedroom a patio door leads to the sheltered shared courtyard garden with a slate terrace, ideal for sunbathing and relaxing away from the beach. The twin bedroom opens out onto a slate patio opposite the pub’s beer garden. A family bathroom completes the accommodation.

Out and about

Venus 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 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 just opposite 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 and delicious local ales, or there’s the seasonal Pilchards café right by the beach with plates for sharing, teas and coffees.  Alternatively stroll into Port Isaac in a few minutes where you’ll find lots more foodie options to suit all tastes and pockets, including not one but two of Nathan Outlaw’s restaurants.

Things we love…

Venus Cottage is comfortable and very relaxing. We love the abundance of original artworks, carefully collected by the owner’s family over many years, and the open beamed ceilings have been preserved in this building at the heart of Port Gaverne. But the star of the show has to be the view — as well as looking out over the sea and beach here you get a lovely sense of being part of the quiet coastal hamlet. Get some provisions in and it really doesn’t matter if you lose your car keys for a week — share a conversation with neighbouring travellers, enjoy the privacy of your balcony, have an evening BBQ on the beach, amble to the pub or café, stroll to Port Isaac to look for dinner, or hike the stunning coastline. Real holidays don’t get much better than this.

Venus Cottage sits in the terrace next to three other cottages; Marigold, Coutyard and Torca. Each one can accommodate four guests, so this makes a great option for holidaying with friends. Have a look at all of our Green Door cottages and apartments in Port Gaverne here.

Wonderful
Lovely week spent at Venus Cottage. Big thanks to the owners and cleaners for providing such a well appointed and spotlessly clean cottage! A wonderful base for exploring this magical part of the UK.
Tim, Sue & Wilf — November 2023
Features

Retreat Features

  • Free Superfast Wifi
  • Private parking
  • Wonderful views from lounge and balcony
  • Miles of coastal walks on doorstep
  • Moments from the beach
  • Hop, skip and a jump away from the nearest pub
SLEEPING
Principal bedroom: king bed
Bedroom two: twin beds

Both with access to communal garden area or patio

All bed linen and bath towels provided
COOKING & DINING
Well equipped kitchen
Dishwasher
Dining table and chairs for four
LIVING & RELAXING
Open plan lounge/kitchen/diner
Private balcony and patio area overlooking the pub beer garden and cove
Smart TV
Free superfast WiFi
Bluetooth speaker
BATHROOM
Bathroom with shower, bath, hand basin, toilet
Bathroom towels provided
OUTDOORS
Private balcony and patio area
Access to shared, enclosed communal garden
PARKING
Allocated parking for one car
Communal EV charging point
BABIES & TODDLERS
Travel cot and highchair on request (cot linen on request)
PETS
Up to two small well behaved dogs welcome
UTILITIES
Washing machine
HEATING
Gas central heating throughout
Woodburner (free logs provided)
ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES
Friday standard changeover
Short breaks available, September — April. Changeover days are Monday and Friday.
Check in after 3pm
Check out before 9:30am
ACCESSIBILITY
These properties are two storey and are ‘reverse level’
Access to the front door is up six steps
Stairgates are fitted at the top of each staircase
Please contact us for more information
Location

PORT GAVERNE

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

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.

Beaches
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

Polzeath

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

Coasteering

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
  • Wonderful

    Lovely week spent at Venus Cottage. Big thanks to the owners and cleaners for providing such a well a appointed and spotlessly clean cottage! A wonderful base for exploring this magical part of the UK.

    Tim, Sue & Wilf — November 2023
  • Brilliant space

    What a week — blue skies everyday. Wonderful sunsets every night enjoyed from the fabulous Venus cottage view. Second time here — can't believe we haven't come back earlier — what a lovely cottage. Brilliant space, so well equipped and totalling relaxing. Great (but hard) walks to Port Quin from Trebarwith Strand (taxi out) and around The Rumps, Polzeath. Thank you for a lovely stay.

    Anne, Bill & Ellie — June 2023
  • A really fabulous getaway

    Venus Cottage was beautiful, overlooking the bay and watching the waves from the view. A really fabulous getaway for a week. We especially loved to watch the sea with a cup of tea in hand. Loved walking into Port Isaac to grab a pasty whilst wandering the gorgeous town. (Got a sneak peak into the filming of Doc Martin too).

    The Bishop family — February 2022
  • A splendid Christmas

    We've had a splendid Christmas holiday staying in Venus Cottage — equipped with everything that was needed. The location is perfect — overlooking the sea and next to an amazing pub! We've walked the coastal path, tasted Tarquin's gin on a regular basis and enjoyed a fabulous Christmas lunch in the Port Gaverne Hotel. Thank you for making our stay so enjoyable. Would love to return during the summer months.

    The Vaughans — Christmas 2021
  • Enjoyed our stay enormously

    As always, we have enjoyed our stay enormously. We have been coming for over 35 years and it gets better. Had a wonderful break, with quite a lot of lovely sunshine too. We'll come again!

    John & Marilla — November 2021
  • A pleasure

    Delighted to find that nothing changes in Port Gaverne except the colours of the skies and the ever-moving sea. And what a pleasure to experience all of this from the balcony at Venus, where the surroundings are as beautiful as the views.

    Mr Stedall — September 2021
  • Fabulous

    Our first stay in Port Gaverne and Venus but definitely not our last! Fabulous location for sunsets from the balcony. The beach is great and we enjoyed all the water sports on offer, plus walking into Port Isaac around the cliffs. So much to do!

    The Perrett family — July 2021
  • Watch the world go by

    Perfect to sit on the terrace and watch the world go by. Busy little place considering the size of it which makes it fun. Ate at the hotel, enjoying locally caught fish including lobster. We we fairly unlucky weather wise but did observe one beautiful sunset — I can only imagine how stunning it would be after a dry sunny day.

    The Care family — July 2021
  • Wonderful

    Wonderful place to stay as always and plenty of memories made.

    The Hinsons — June 2021
  • Heaven

    Just one word — Heaven. Port Gaverne, though small is perfectly formed and manages to be very peaceful and calm. The cottage is excellent — everything you could possibly need is provided. Then there is the view from the comfy sofa out of the patio doors — wow! The colours, the sounds and the patterns of the sea and sky are just breathtaking whatever the weather. Thanks to all at Forever Cornwall and especially Mick. Hope to be back.

    Anne & Jon — May 2021
  • The most perfect of locations

    We have enjoyed a wonderful week in the most perfect of locations. The view across the cove is delightful — always something to watch, whatever the weather. Enjoyed some great walks — Tintagel to Boscastle must be one of the most dramatic. Having stayed in this cottage as a child in the 60s and 70s it is great to be back — really appreciate the comfortable furnishings. We will be back next year.

    Caroline & Jeremy — May 2021
  • Much needed break

    We've had the most wonderful and much needed break in this fabulous cottage. So peaceful and comfortable. Watching the sea in the day and evening has been so good for the soul. We can't wait to come back.

    Annie & Mike — April 2021
  • Beautiful views

    Lovely cottage, beautiful views. Thank you, we will be back.

    Tim, Maddy, Emma & Holly — August 2020
  • So special

    Another wonderful holiday at Venus. Thank you to everyone who makes it so special for us! This is my family's happy place; my boys have grown up holidaying here and it feels like every stone and flower holds a memory for us. My parents stayed in Rashleigh so it was extra special for us. Mostly just happy to be here, watching the sea, going on the beach and having family time! Thank you again everyone.

    The Brickland family — May 2019
  • First class accommodation

    This is excellent accommodation with amazing views over the sea, especially at night as the sun sets. A clean, bright and welcoming cottage that is equipped to an exceptionally high standard. The balcony is a great spot and there are some amazing local cliff walks. The Port Gaverne Hotel is an excellent place to chat and relax with friends, old and new. Altogether, it was a great holiday with first class accommodation and we will be back next year!

    Mr & Mrs Rodney — May 2019
  • Gorgeous

    Somebody has designed and supplied a gorgeous, comfortable place for us with everything that we could need. We love our time there. Thank you.

    The Russell family — June 2018
  • Ticks all the boxes!

    Beautifully appointed cottage with stunning sea views. Clean and comfortable. Ticks all the boxes!

    The Hogg family — June 2017
  • We thoroughly recommend this cottage

    We have been staying once or twice a year in Port Gaverne for some 30 years now, mostly in Venus. The apartment is beautifully equipped and furnished in a stunning position over the beach, but within a 15 second walk of the excellent pub next door which provides very good food, a roaring fire and a welcome for dogs. We thoroughly recommend this cottage.

    The Speller family — February 2017
  • A great stay

    We had a great stay at a great time of year — a bit quieter than usual, but that made it all the nicer. Venus was well equipped with everything we needed for a great weekend trip.

    The Badham family — December 2016
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