These two holiday properties provide stylish and comfortable accommodation, and are situated in a quiet and very narrow street in one of Cornwall’s premier locations. Chicago House is a detached property spread over three floors and has its own pretty little courtyard garden, which is a real gem. Chicago Flat is spread over the two lower floors of the main house but is a separate property, and has its own little courtyard. The house has a rich history and has been home to notable writers and artists, and you can imagine the creativity flowing as they settled for dinner overlooking the maze of village alleyways that all lead down to the quaint working harbour below.
Port Isaac is a working fishing village where the boats leave the harbour daily and where you can buy fresh lobster, sea bass and many other fish for a special supper back at the house. The village sits in a sheltered cove and clings to the cliffs on either side of the beach. As unspoilt as you can get with no major building, Port Isaac retains its unique charm. Commonly known as Port Wenn to the many fans of the ’Doc Martin’ TV series, Chicago House has been used as a set for the show, providing the schoolmistress with somewhere to live. The ever popular TV series is still filmed in the village and you can regularly come across the actors rehearsing in one of the narrow alleys or on the harbour. A group of local fishermen formed a sea shanty singing group, and pretty much every Friday evening everyone heads for the harbour for the free concert that the group perform.
Port Isaac is located on Cornwall’s dramatic north coast and is a great base from which to tour this enchanted coastline. From Padstow to Bude, the coast is littered with pretty coves, stunning beaches and quaint villages, including Polzeath, and there is a great surf culture in this area. Also worth visiting are Boscastle and Tintagel, with its castle and Arthurian Legend, or the town of Bude with its wide sandy beaches. Inland you can visit Wadebridge and hire bikes at one of the many centres, and cycle along the Camel Trail, a flat, multi-use trail that hugs the shoreline of this tidal estuary as it heads inland towards Bodmin and towards the sea and Padstow. At Padstow, enjoy fish and chips on the quayside from Rick Stein’s Chippy (watch the gulls they love chips), or idle away an hour watching the boats in the harbour as you enjoy a Cornish ice cream.
The South West Coast Path is a must if you are into your walking, at times it can be tough but more than worth it for the outstanding views and peace and solitude it brings. This area of Cornwall, along with its abundance of water sports, is well provided with outstanding golf courses, from Trevone to St Enedoc and the Point at Polzeath. There are also some great spas and restaurants, including Restaurant Nathan Outlaw and his Fish Kitchen, located in a 15th-century cottage right on the harbour. Surfing, sailing, kayaking, horse riding and golf are all available locally. Beach 100 yards. Shop and restaurant 200 yards, pub 100 yards.
Chicago House and Chicago Flat can be booked together to accommodate up to 12 guests.