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Our pick for Port Isaac - 2 The Old Bakehouse

Hidden down 'squeezy belly alley' in Port Isaac is a gorgeous two-bedroom apartment (a favourite amongst the Doc Martin crew). Here, sea shanties can be heard as The Fisherman's Friends perform nearby. We count down the top 10 reasons to stay at 2 The Old Bakehouse.


1. It can be found down “Squeezy Belly Alley”, famously the narrowest thoroughfare in Britain

If you are looking to immerse yourself in the Port Isaac lifestyle, you won't find a better location than 2 The Old Bakehouse. This stunning apartment is tucked away along the fondly nicknamed “Squeezy Belly Alley”: famously the narrowest thoroughfare in Britain (some people even have to walk through sideways!). Here you can enjoy a tranquil holiday, a stone's throw from everything that Port Isaac has to offer.


2. It's a favourite with the Doc Martin crew

If you want the best chance of spotting Doc Martin himself then this is the place to be. Filming often takes place close by at the Golden Lion pub or on The Platt. 2 the Old Bakehouse enjoys such a fantastic location that it has been used as a base for the filming crew themselves.


3. You are perfectly placed to catch the Fisherman's Friends singing on the beach

Here you are so close to The Platt, you can hear the voices of the famous sea shanty group, the Fisherman's Friends in the breeze. You will be able to walk right out the door and pick a prime position on the beach, complete with fish and chips and a local ale in hand, ready to watch the band perform on selected Friday evenings during the summer.


4. Foodie heaven on your doorstep

Port Isaac is the perfect destination for foodies. Just around the corner from 2 The Old Bakehouse is Nathan Outlaw's Fish Kitchen. Here you can enjoy an intimate dining experience with a smorgasbord of little plates containing the best, locally caught seafood. For a real treat, just up the hill is Restaurant Nathan Outlaw where you can enjoy a delicious taster menu complete with wine flight. Opposite is the Stargazy Inn, whose Head Chef, Andrew Sheridan appeared on BBC Two’s Great British Menu Finals in 2018 and 2019. For a Cornish pub experience, The Golden Lion is mere seconds away and the beautiful Port Gaverne Hotel and Restaurant is within walking distance.


5. The interiors are to die for

Recently renovated, 2 The Old Bakehouse is light and bright with a chic coastal theme. You will be in holiday mode as soon as you walk through the door. The open plan living space is perfect for spending quality time together and the two dreamy bedrooms ensure sweet dreams all round.


6. Just for two, me and you

This small, but perfectly formed apartment is ideal for couples or small families with one or two children. It is an affordable option with a week's holiday starting from just £395 and short breaks available from £277.


7. You can bring your four-legged friend

Dogs are welcome at 2 The Old Bakehouse by negotiation (please call the office). Here, you are so close to the dog-friendly beach, that you can nip out to give your four-legged friend a run before bed. It's also easy to join the coast path with plenty of routes to choose from. We recommend heading to the next bay along; Port Gaverne that has a small, sheltered dog-friendly beach.


8. It's easy to hop on the South West Coast Path

The South West Coast Path is just moments away and it covers some of the most scenic stretches of coastline in the country. You can walk to the pretty village of Port Quin past Lundy Bay and on to Polzeath. In the other direction, you can head through Port Gaverne as far as Tintagel if you are feeling energetic!


9. Discover Port Gaverne around the corner

The beautiful, but lesser known village of Port Gaverne is just a twenty-minute walk away from 2 The Old Bakehouse. Here you can enjoy a beach BBQ, a wild swim, coasteering, kayaking or paddleboarding session with Cornish Rock Tors and lunch at the pretty pub of Pilchards Café there. 


10. A magical place to spend the festive period

Port Isaac is a truly magical place to spend the festive period. Whether it's a bracing walk along the coast path followed by a steaming mug of hot chocolate or Christmas shopping on the cobbled streets and a trip to see the lobster pot Christmas tree, you are sure to enjoy a Christmas or New Year to remember here.


Enjoy a holiday at 2 The Old Bakehouse this summer for £845. September weeks are also available at £445.

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