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Rising up out of the higgledy-piggledy of old Port Isaac, now famous for the Doc Martin series, the Grade II-listed Birdcage is a remarkably charismatic building. Two centuries old, pentagonal, three-stored and with a terrace reached through the bathroom, this former cobbler's shop has tiny rooms and a staircase that slims down to just over a foot wide in places. If you're looking for an unusual and extraordinarily picturesque cottage with views of the harbour from the bedroom and sitting room, then The Birdcage is for you.
The cottage's layout
- Ground floor
- kitchen with door leading to bathroom.
- First floor
- sitting room with multi-fuel stove.
- Other floor
- Second floor: double bedroom.
Heating: Night storage heating included, convector heating and free eco logs for the stove included.
Garden: Enclosed, pretty terrace with views over the wall to the sea. Access to the terrace is through a low door from the bathroom.
Parking: Access to cottage is by foot - there is no adjacent parking.
Parking available in the village lanes or in one of the public car parks at the top of the village.
New Road car park is long stay - 24 hours costs £4.70. All coins accepted from 10p to £2.
Weekly tickets - £28.00 (for cars only) can also be purchased via RingGo – call 01872 88 44 66 - but can’t be purchased at the Pay and Display. You can also pay by text or online.
Please Note: This gem of a cottage is small and compact. It has a very steep, narrow staircase 43cm at the narrowest point.
Offers: Free admission to Tintagel Old Post Office subject to seasonal opening hours.
For any 2 night stay starting on a Friday, or 3 nights starting on a Thursday, guests can benefit from a late departure time on the Sunday of 6pm, at no extra charge.
Accessiblity: The Birdcage is unsuitable for those with impaired mobility.
Local Suppliers: Guest discount offered to NT guests by outdoor activity providers Cornish Rock Tors www.CornishRockTors.com and Outdoor Adventure www.outdooradventure.co.uk
Not suitable for children
Due to very steep, narrow stairs we feel this cottage is not suitable for children.
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- Min stay
- Dogs allowed
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- Open fire / stove
- Beach nearby
- Pub nearby
- Coast nearby
- Double bed
- If you would like a copy of the access statement for this cottage please call the booking office on 0844 335 1287
- No children allowed
Things to see and do nearby
- South West England
The South West region is probably England's most well-known holiday hotspot, being home to some of the most famous seaside resorts. Pretty villages and harbours in Cornwall, many with sweeping sandy beaches, such as St Ives, Polzeath and Port Isaac to name but a few, give way to sophisticated seaside resorts in Devon and Dorset which include Bournemouth, Torquay and Ilfracombe. The history of this region is unrivalled; Wiltshire's spectacular downland and the stone circles at Avebury and Stonehenge, through Hardy's Dorset, dramatic Dartmoor and gentler Exmoor, to the mining landscapes of Cornwall and West Devon, which are now recognised as being of international significance, having been awarded World Heritage Site status in 2006. The Trust protects 370 miles of the coastline in Devon and Cornwall and, wherever you are in the two far western counties, you're never more than 25 miles from the sea. As well as this peninsula, the Trust also cares for much of the countryside in Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset and a wide array of fascinating properties to visit and explore. Not surprisingly, perhaps, this area is also home to the widest selection of National Trust holiday cottages.
- North Cornwall
The north coast is where the tremendous force of the Atlantic Ocean crashes against the mighty cliffs of Cornwall. With waves incessantly beating against the rocks below, the coast path provides some of the best walking in Europe and dramatic views.
North Cornwall also boasts several fine, sandy beaches, with the same massive rollers providing some of the best surfing in the country. The Trust has 22 holiday cottages and apartments in this wonderful part of the county including three at Park Head, a remote headland just a mile to the north of Bedruthan Steps but only six miles from Padstow, and three at Pentireglaze, close to the sandy beach of Polzeath. Further round the coast are the dramatically situated Doyden House and Castle and the picturesque hamlet of Port Quin. Port Isaac, Port Gaverne and Boscastle are all charming villages with lots of atmosphere and perfect as holiday bases.
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place to visit
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- South West Coast Path
- Bird watching
- horse riding
National Trust places to visit
- Tintagel Old Post Office
- One of the Trust's most delightful medieval buildings, enhanced by a cottage garden
- Picturesque harbour and village on the north Cornish coast
- Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps
- Dramatic coastline with views over massive rock stacks
- Magnificent late Victorian country house with extensive servants' quarters, gardens and wooded estate
- Elizabethan manor house with fine interiors and delightful garden
- Lawrence House
- Beautiful Georgian town house
Comments from past visitors
- February 2014
- January 2014
Polly & Sam
- March 2009
Andrew & Deb Deeprose
- November 2008
Mr. & Mrs. T
- September 2008
What it will cost
- VAT at the current rate
- Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
(not included in the price table above)
- A non-refundable £10 charge is not included, and will be added to the total price of your holiday to cover the cost of accidental breakages
- Unfortunately we cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0844 335 1287 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire about future cottage bookings and reservations.
- As part of the annual pricing review of all its cottages the National Trust reserves the right to move individual cottages up or down the price bands and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for certain cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.