Port Isaac

Sweet William

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With spectacular views over the small fishing village of Port Isaac and out to sea, Sweet William is a dreamy pad for romantic couples seeking a blissful seaside sojourn. A former fisherman's cottage, the 200-year old home has today been lovingly restored by its owner to become a haven of luxury, offering guests sigh-inducing views, sumptuous interiors, and quiet escapism. If you can bear to drag yourself away, slip into your sandals and head down to the bustling village harbour, made famous by Doc Martin and the shanty singing group Fisherman's Friends. With its shops, galleries, and world-class restaurants to sample, it never fails to surprise. Alternatively, pop in the car and head off to explore the wild beauty of the north Cornish coast and beyond - whatever you decide, you'll be hard-pushed to find a more quintessential seaside-lovers' escape.


Super-cosy, the pretty sitting room is serene and welcoming, with its original pale wooden panelling and beamed ceiling, and of course the beautiful sea view! Lounge on the voluptuous velvet sofa, catch up on your favourite box set or film on the Smart TV, or simply curl up on one of the leather occasional chairs with a good book and a glass of your favourite tipple. We just love the vintage pieces within the room, making it a characterful, peaceful spot, whether you're tucked away on blustery winter days or enjoying the warm summer sea breeze floating through the window on balmy summer afternoons. With all the charm of a two-hundred year old fisherman's cottage, you'll find quirky low ceilings and traditional features such as the original stairs which are steep in places.


The airy kitchen and dining area are a joy - from the budding chef to the trained professional, you'll find everything you need to conjure romantic meals for you and your loved one. With an electric induction hob, fan oven and grill, dishwasher and all the other essentials you might need, why not try your hand at some local seafood, bought straight off the boat?

There's a round table that seats four, so plenty of space, with a fire to keep things extra cosy.

A washing machine is available, shared with the owner's other property next door.


The light, airy bedroom lies tucked away upstairs. With three dual-aspect windows, wooden floors painted white and pale colours throughout accented with golden yellow tones, this is a beautifully cheerful room. We adore the bed knobs-and-broomsticks king size bed, swathed in luxurious linens, throws and cushions - the perfect retreat at the end of the day. Fall asleep to the sound of the sea and wake up to the call of seagulls, but don't rush to get up - after all, holidays are all about luxurious lie ins!


The pretty bathroom boasts a deep free-standing bath with a shower overhead, so whether you adore long soaks or want a quick freshen up, you're covered. There's a heated rail to keep towels warm and fluffy too. We just love the dark wooden floorboards, marble sink and of course those stunning sea views!

Outdoor space

To the front of Sweet William there's a sunny lawn, complete with table and chairs for a spot of alfresco dining. While away the hours gazing at fishing boats pootle in and out of the harbour and luxuriate under the summer sun, feeling the soft sea air tousle your hair. We couldn't think of anything nicer!

Babies and children

Babes-in-arms are welcome at Sweet William - call the office to book and please bring along your own baby equipment.


This is one of our pet-free properties.


Sweet William has WiFi, so if you need to stay in touch with the outside world you can.


There's a public car park 500yds away. Please bear in mind the walk includes steep inclines, with this in mind we would advise using luggage with wheels for ease. You'll be greeted by mesmerising harbour views following your walk to the cottage, ocean vistas well worth wandering for!

Eating out

For such a small village there are a surprising number of fantastic places to eat, including two Nathan Outlaw restaurants - Outlaw's Fish Kitchen and two Michelin starred Restaurant Nathan Outlaw (book as soon as you can in advance as it is so popular!). There are lots of other top-notch eateries such as The Mote and the 17th century Port Gaverne Restaurant. For something a little more laid back, head to The Golden Lion, The Krab Pot or The Chapel Cafe or for something to munch on the move, check out May Contain Nuts for a scrummy pasty. Ultimately seafood is very much the name of the game here, and you'll be spoilt for choice with at least twenty eateries around and about.


Set within such beautiful countryside, there's plenty to do in and around Port Isaac. From cliff top walks (Port Isaac to Port Gaverne is lovely and less than two miles), and strolling around the local galleries and shops to fishing trips from the harbour (during the summer season) and relaxing on nearby beaches such as Polzeath and Daymer Bay, you'll not want for things to do. You can also step out on to the fantastic Camel Trail or South West Coast path - perfect for walking and cycling. Just make sure to end in one of the cafes or tea rooms for a proper Cornish afternoon tea. Head east and you'll find beautiful Trebarwith Strand, iconic Tintagel and fascinating Boscastle. Head west and you have glorious Polzeath, Rock, Padstow and the Camel Estuary to explore. Take a trip inland and discover mysterious Dartmoor and see why this wild place has inspired the likes of Daphne Du Maurier and Winston Graham. The possibilities are endless!

Oh-so bright and beautiful, this luscious fisherman's cottage in iconic Port Isaac is a couple's paradise with stunning sea views.

At a glance

From £868 for a long weekend or mid week break.

Sleeps 2 | 1 Bedroom | Regret no pets

Key features

Al Fresco eating

Autumnal escapes

Celebratory stays

Picturesque village setting

Sandy beach nearby

Foodie breaks

Historic location


Sea views

Walking distance to a pub

Walking distance to the beach

Perfect For Couples

check in / check out days

Short breaks:

  • Mid Week Breaks (Mon to Fri) cost 75% of the weekly rate.
  • Long Weekends (Fri to Mon) cost 75% of the weekly rate.
  • Short breaks are not available at Christmas and New Year.


  • A 13 deposit & £38 booking fee secures your dates.
  • Payment of balance is due 8 weeks before your holiday starts.
  • There is a charge of £35 per pet per week or short break
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We know how gorgeous our retreats are, but don’t just take our word for it – here’s what previous guests say about Sweet William:

Amazing stay in an incredible location. Everything matched the descriptions & photos online, the property felt super comfortable & well kept, and the whole process of booking/checking in/staying/checking out was really stress free.

I loved Sweet William, and hope to return very soon. The position in the town is perfect, the view from the garden unbeatable, and very tasteful & comfy inside.

Wonderful cottage in an unbeatable location. Beautifully furnished and with incredible views from every window. We didn’t want to leave!

As a lone visitor, Sweet William was the perfect place for a few days R&R. December out of season, even better for peace and quiet.

A beautiful cottage! We really enjoyed our time here and wish we were staying longer. Lovely garden and views. We agree on the sun loungers too!

Enjoyed a great week of walks, with sun most days! Many thanks for the use of your lovely cottage.

Our first holiday in over a year. What a lovely cottage and location to come to. So much on our doorstep. Will be coming back again!

A hidden gem on the English Riveria! great location with the best views in Port Isaac by far.

Location doesn’t come much better than this. Beautifully decorated and good facilities. Have already recommended to friends. One thing to be aware of is that the staircase up to the bedroom is quite steep so may not be suitable for those with mobility issues or older couples.

A gorgeous cottage in a stunning location, with all the comforts one could wish for.

Perfect setting for our honeymoon after our fourth attempt. Love Port Isaac and am sure we will be back. Thank you.

We almost felt that we’d stumbled across a secret hideaway that nobody else would know about, just the most idyllic place!

A beautiful cottage in Port Isaac with gorgeous views across the bay.

Wonderful cottage superb location great for a couple stylish and cool. I would have no hesitation in recommending sweet william.I would go back there myself like a shot.An idyllic place to end our stay in Cornwall Please you have my permission to use these written words how you see fit.

We got engaged on our first night in Port Isaac and enjoyed a lovely week here celebrating and wedding planning. Very special, thank you!!

After finally getting married we spent our honeymoon here with our eight week old baby girl. Memories to treasure forever, thank you xxx

Has to be one of the best views over port Isaac - hidden away from the crowds but so close to the centre. The cottage is very tastefully decorated but with a real homely feel . The welcome pack was a very nice surprise and the best we have ever received in the UK. I won’t hesitate to use boutique retreats again.

'A beautiful cottage with breathtaking views - lovely touches on arrival of Prosecco, scones, Cornish cream and various other essentials' - September 2020

'Sweet William sits in what is probably the best position in Port Isaac. Great views from the garden!' - August 2020

'Great location in Port Issac with fabulous views of the harbour' - August 2020

'Thank you for a wonderful stay in your most beautiful cottage. The cottage was delightfully presented to a very high standard throughout and was perfect for a weekend getaway. The garden appeared to have the best view of Port Isaac and we enjoyed whiling the hours watching the sun glistening off the sea. The coastal walks in either direction uncovered new spectacular views and spots of blissful tranquility. We will recommend Sweet William to our friends and look forward to returning' - July 2020

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