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Overview

Buoyed by the success of the Port Gaverne Hotel and the vibrant Pilchard's Café, owner David Barnard snapped up the former Bay Hotel just up the hill in Port Isaac in late 2018.

The Victorian villa, known as Wenn House in the TV series Doc Martin, reopened as a inn in April 2019 following a top-to-toe refurbishment and now boasts a bar, restaurant and nine bedrooms. It stands opposite Nathan Outlaw's eponymous restaurant above the charming fishing village and enjoys stunning views north along the coast to Tintagel, best enjoyed from the sun-trap front terrace (book early) and the bedrooms with balconies.

With an informal inn and a lively, all-day café, the Stargazy focused on fine dining from the start and with a high-profile chef at the stoves, the trio of eateries (all very different) rocked during the summer of 2019, aided by the innovative tuk-tuk service shuttling guests up and down the hill. Port Isaac is now Cornwall's latest gastronomic hotspot.

Rooms from:

9 Doubles £110

Good to know

All credit cards accepted

Alfresco dining

Parking limited; village car park opposite

Water & waves

The coastal views from the Stargazy are stunning and the inn is smack on the coast path - follow it for 4 miles to Polzeath Beach, one of Cornwall's best surfing beaches.

Port Isaac

Stroll down to the harbour and wander through the narrow streets and 'alleys' lined with charming whitewashed cottages.

Tuk-Tuk

Take the free tuk-tuk service down to Port Gaverne - explore the cove before lunch on the terrace at Pichards Cafe.

Rooms

Nine refurbished bedrooms ramble across the two upper floors of this fine Victorian villa - the best are the spacious front rooms with balconies and beautiful sea and coast views.

Rooms range from standard doubles and twin to a family room and the premium doubles with views. All are similar in decor with seaside hues, comfortable beds with oversized headboards and quality linen and down, painted pine furnishings, gilt mirrors and bedside lamps, Smart TVs and Nespresso machines. Spruced up bathrooms vary in size, some are compact, but expect decent showers or baths, Molton Brown toiletries and bathrobes.

Breakfast will certainly set you up for the day - feast on fresh pastries and fruits and a hearty full English prepared using top-notch local ingredients.

Restaurant & bar

Following a hugely successful first summer season with a high-profile chef who immediately put the inn on Cornwall's culinary map, the Stargazy entered the quieter winter period with owner David Barnard seeking a new talented chef to maintain the momentum and the inn's fine dining reputation into 2020.

In February, the kitchen was gutted and redesigned and the dining areas were given a revamp in readiness for a big Spring opening with a new head chef. With the inn currently closed due to the Coronavirus lockdown for the industry, revealing the new chef and menus has been put on hold.

However, you can expect the Stargazy to be serving modern takes on British classics with intriguing flavours and textures and cooked with flair and creativity. Seasonality plays a massive part in the kitchen and both tasting and bar menus will focus on the best Cornish ingredients, including fish from Port Isaac day boats and lobster from pots in the bay, to artisan cheese makers and farms producing top quality beef and lamb.

Things to do

Long Cross Victorian Gardens at Trelights (the only public gardens on the North Cornish coast) remain in the original Victorian garden layout, with trees, shrubberies, rock garden and pool - all climatically and horticulturally well adapted to their seafront location with strong salty winds.

Trerice is a delightful, small, secluded Elizabethan Manor House built in 1571, with fine fireplaces, ceilings, furniture and clocks. Famed for its barrel roofed Great Chamber, it also has lovely flowering gardens and an old Cornish apple orchard, as well as an experimental Tudor garden.

One of the most fascinating and complete Victorian houses in the country, Lanhydrock is full of period atmosphere. Don't miss the servants quarters for a real 'Upstairs Downstairs' experience. The garden has a stunning collection of magnolias, rhododendrons and camellias, and 364 acres of park and woodland sweeping down to the River Fowey.

Getting here

Directions

Nearest railway station: Bodmin

Taxi from station: 40min

Drive: Wadebridge 21min; Newquay Aiport 44min; Launceston 38min

Address

The Terrace, Port Isaac, Cornwall PL29 3SG

Enquire to book

To make a booking, please use the form below or you can call our reservations team on 020 8161 0100. Our phone lines are open Monday – Friday, 9am – 5.30pm.

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