Understandably one of the most popular holiday cottage in our collection, Venus sleeps four in spacious and bright surroundings. 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 available, October – June. Changeover days are Monday, Friday and Saturday. Three-night minimum.

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.

Interior of Port Gaverne self catering cottage from Forever Cornwall

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.

Bedroom at Port Gaverne self catering cottage from Forever Cornwall

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.

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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
King bedroom
Twin bedroom
Both with access to communal garden area or patio
All linen provided
Open plan lounge/kitchen/diner
Private balcony and patio area overlooking the pub beer garden and cove
Flat Screen TV, iPod Dock, DVD player
Free superfast WiFi
Bluetooth speaker
Well equipped kitchen
Washing machine
Dining table and chairs for four
Tea towels provided
Bathroom with shower, bath, hand basin, toilet
Bathroom towels provided
Private balcony and patio area
Access to shared, enclosed communal garden
Gas central heating throughout
Woodburner (free logs provided)
Travel cot and highchair on request (cot linen on request)
Up to 2 small well behaved dogs welcome
£35 charge per dog
Allocated parking for 1 car
Friday standard changeover
Short breaks available, October - June. Changeover days are Monday, Friday and Saturday. Three-night minimum.
Check in after 4pm
Check out before 10am
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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. Hope to be back.
Anne & Jon — May 2021