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Anyone been to Port Isaac?

My sister and I are doing a girls' trip to the UK in May, mostly visiting Scotland, but we cannot resist a detour to Cornwall to see Port Isaac. Yes we are big Doc Martin fans. I am curious if anyone here has visited there and if so,where did you stay?

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Hi, Sasha: Yes, we stayed there last year (July) in a fisherman's cottage rental for a week. It's a place called White Pebble Cottage...nothing fancy, but about 75 meters from the harbor and cozy. Port Isaac was everything we hoped for - spectacular scenery, friendly locals, fresh seafood, great hiking...and to our great pleasure, largely unspoiled. PM me for more info - we would go back in a heartbeat!

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Sasha,

I'm also a Doc Martin fan and have been trying to plan a visit to Port Isaac for a few years (although not sure if I'll get there in 2014 though). Be sure to post a Trip Report when you get back.

It's unfortunate that this season will be the last, but I suppose all good things must come to an end.

Happy travels!

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Thanks, guys!

Roy, since we only have a couple of nights I am afraid we are shut out of most cottage rentals. But maybe we will like it so much we will go for a week next time, and then I can follow up on your recommendation!

Ken, I just started watching Season 6 and did not know it is to be the last. But I have to say it feels like it is time--the magic and chemistry between the players seems to have been lost. We'll see if it picks up, only have watched 1 and 2. But the scenery is still mesmerizing, and I want to go see it!!!!

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Sasha,

I'm sure there will still be re-runs of Doc Martin for the next few years. After all, I still watch Heartbeat every week and they stopped filming that long ago.

The scenery in Port Isaac looks fantastic so it will be a great place for photos.

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We are Doc Martin fans as well. We visited Port Isaac this September. We spent the night at the Boskenna Farm B&B near Mousehole and saw at play at the Minack theater. We drove to Port Isaac the next AM via Lands End-Fogged in unfortunately and got to Port Isaac by lunchtime. The roads in Cornwall are lined by hedgerows and more difficult to drive than even Scotland's wee roads to us. Also more traffic in Cornwall. We parked about 1/2 mile from town at the car park. Not a bad walk. There is a coastal walk that we wish we had done. Ate lunch at The Old School House Hotel- outside is set for Louisa's school. The local merchant's were friendly and helpful. We were there about 2-3 hours and felt we saw the Doc Martin places pretty well. Was fairly crowded but no lines. We drove back to our base hotel near Exeter on the A 30 I think. Long day but glad we saw Port Isaac and got good pictures.

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Fun tidbit...the folly on the cliffs where Mrs. Titchel (sp?) takes Martin and Louisa's baby when she looses her marbles, is listed as a vacation rental through the National Trust...happened upon it one day when I was cruising their webpage. Looks like a spectacular spot to spend a few days!

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Another fun tidbit - I googled Doc Martin's "surgery" and found it is really known as "Fern Cottage." The posting said that it was available for rental, but when I contacted the owner she said that it was no longer being rented out (perhaps due to upcoming filming?). Anyway, just by walking around the village, we saw "Bert Large's Van," the school (as was mentioned, the Old Schoolhouse - Louisa's school), the pharmacy (an ice cream shop), and numerous photos of cast members posing with the locals. Whether it's just a day trip or longer, I think anyone - fan or not - would enjoy the incredible scenery and atmosphere of Port Isaac.

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Anita, wouldn't it be great to stay in that folly? Unfortunately we won't be driving so need to stay right in the village. All the cottages I have looked at are weekly rentals only, at least that time of year, so we will have to pick a hotel or a B and B. the Old School Hotel is a great location and lots of atmosphere, but it is expensive and gets mixed reviews.

Any more recommendations?