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Salterton | Luxury Victorian Manor | Port Isaac, North Cornwall


Trelights, Port Isaac, Cornwall, UK

There was a time when folk were sent to the coast as a tonic. When the practice of "sea bathing" was remedy for everything from broken bones to wellbeing; the mineral content of the water recasting the seaside as a cure-all. Coastal villages like Port Isaac and Polzeath became meccas of the city elite seeking respite from the smog, and luxury Victorian manors like Salterton — now with a pool and fine interiors — were built as their hubs of recreation.



A period home with a modern edit, this Victorian manor is the triumph of an intentional restoration. There’s still all the blueprints of the era in the form of functional floorplans and tall ceilings that allow for the circulation of Cornwall's curative ocean air; but nods to the nouvelle, like the addition of a pool, mean that the luxury manse of today is a far cry from the times of etiquette manuals, gothic revivals, and Brontë sisters. With an interest in the creative arts, its new custodians might've been captivated by those brickwork piers and kaleidoscopes of glass, but they had a nostalgic agenda for the former hotel: it should become a family home, full of life, contextual in its seaside setting. And so emerged Salterton.


It has all the hallmarks of bourgeois: bay windows, ornamental coving, and fabrics that show a soft spot for brocade and velvet. Eclectic accents, too, mean gilded frames still hang above the mantelpiece, and a rich colour palette of burgundies and peacock blues reflect the prevailing tastes of the romantic era. But within these finely proportioned rooms, there’s just enough newness to anchor the manor in a century of design and innovation: a movie projector, maybe the most Upper East Side bathroom suite in the county, and a Bauhaus kitchen comprised of clean lines and hulking ingots of wood. Think of it as a holistic overhaul, a glimpse into the past that manages to be practically perfect for a modern-day seaside retreat.


It's a life of picnicking and beachcombing, of sailing and sharpening naturalist instincts on oyster shells and ammonites. Near the trad fishing village of Port Isaac, Salterton sits within a familiar morsel of the north coast of Cornwall that was backdrop for the fictional town of Portwenn in Doc Martin. Such an enlivening arts scene unfolds around the working harbour that it's not uncommon to hear the shanties of folk band Fisherman's Friends, or to come upon any number of national artists in the wild with their papers and pigments. And within touching distance of its colourful skiffs are some of the best seafood plates in the land; think crab linguine with rose harissa, and mussels with burrata and nectarines.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 14 guests
    From £4,750 per week, £3,595 per short break
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsThere are seven en suite bedrooms at this luxury Victorian manor, split between the first and second floor. There is an extra shower and WC in the pool house.
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  • FeaturesOutdoor heated swimming pool available May – September, games room with pool table, gym, firepit
  • PetsTwo well-behaved dogs are welcome
    Each pet is charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Time: 5pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilyBabies and children are very welcome. One cot and one highchair are available.
  • PracticalitiesThere is off-road parking for seven cars. The kitchen has an oven, induction hob, dishwasher, microwave, fridge, wine fridge, and freezer. The utility room contains a washing machine and tumble dryer. There is underfloor heating throughout. Please note that the pool is not enclosed, so do exercise due diligence if you are travelling with children or dogs. There are CCTV cameras at the entrance points to the property for security purposes. There is a sheltered pool area with a pool house, and an out-building containing the gym, office, and games room. The outdoor space has been planted with a myriad of bulbs, but has not yet matured. The house manager resides in a separate property within the grounds; while they have use of the private driveway, they will be discreet and not disturb your stay.
  • Homestay includesA luxury welcome hamper, iPad, Wi-Fi internet, Smart TVs and movie projector, Linn sound system, Nespresso coffee machine, Big Green Egg charcoal barbecue, fire pit, pool table, gym equipment (free weights, bench, exercise bike, yoga equipment, and cable machine), books and board games, luxury bed linens, towels, and bathrobes, and logs and kindling to get you started.House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more
  • Private cateringSeeking a celebratory dinner or fully catered escape? Our recommended caterers will work with you to create personalised menus for your stay. Details are shared through our house book on confirming your booking.
  • RetreatsFrom foraging weekenders to crash courses in cold-water therapy, our bespoke retreats bridge the gap between luxury and back-to-nature philosophies. Create a hand-crafted stay that puts connectivity at the fore.
  • Eco-friendlyElectric car charging point, solar panels, sedum roof, ground source heating, air source heating
  • RestrictionsPlease note the property best lends itself to multi-generational family groups, parties are not permitted.
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The lounge contains pendant drop lighting and eclectic antique pieces
A ribbon staircase ascends from the hallway
The bedrooms are a modern twist on a Victorian blueprint

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Port Isaac

You might recognise it from Doc Martin, but Port Isaac is something of a hub in the Cornish north, attracting foodies and culture-fiends in their droves; think sea-to-spoon menus, and a world-renowned folk band who might be sipping ale within its smattering of pubs.

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Getting there

  • On the Map This luxury Victorian manor is located in the hamlet of Trelights, near the famous working harbour of Port Isaac on the North Cornwall coast.
  • By Car Salterton is less than ten minutes from Port Isaac, one hour from Dartmoor, one-and-a-half hours from Exeter, and five hours from London.
  • By Train Bodmin Parkway station is thirty minutes away by car. There are regular trains from London Paddington with Great Western Railways, with a journey time of four-and-a-half hours.
  • By Air Cornwall Airport is thirty minutes away, Exeter Airport is one-and-a-half hours away, and London Heathrow Airport is four hours away by car.

From the owner

“For us, the location is the jewel in Salterton´s crown; its position overlooking Port Isaac is idyllic. On a Sunday, there´s no better way to round off the weekend than a visit to the village, and a supper of Cornish crab and crisp white wine.”

From the owner

We love how much character Port Isaac has, with its old cottages, fresh catch, and the chance of spotting our local folk band, Fisherman's Friends. The village is known for its excellent seafood, with fish caught daily and apportioned among the little restaurants and whitewashed pubs.

The house itself is a spacious Victorian build, and enjoys the unspoilt beauty of this part of the coast. It offers the ultimate in quiet and seclusion, set away from the busy beaches, and safely tucked behind closed gates. Its all en suite bedrooms and pool house mean there's plenty of places to relax, read, or play in peace; plus desks and a study for anyone who might choose to work remotely here.

Outside, bulbs were planted in their hundreds, and we are so excited to see what a few more springs and summers will do to the garden; its sheltered aspect means that we should have a flourishing array of pinks and greens. There's coastal walks from the door, and the best swimming spot on the north coast can be found in Port Quinn.

We think our house is truly special and hope that you see it as we do.

Bertrand & Sarah

Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in Port Isaac with an insider’s perspective.

Nathan Outlaw

To Eat

Nathan Outlaw

We recommend both of the outstanding Michelin-starred "elevated seafood" restaurants run by Nathan Outlaw: New Road and Fish Kitchen. We walk to the latter across the fields.

St Kew Inn

To Eat

St Kew Inn

In the pretty village of St Kew, good food and local ales can be enjoyed beside the log fire in our favourite dog-friendly inn. Its owners have even won awards for making space for nature.

Days out in North Cornwall

To See

Days out in North Cornwall

There are so many wonderful days out, from the Padstow to Rock ferry across the River Camel, to paddle boarding from Daymer to Hawker’s Cove, to strawberry picking at Trevathan Farm.

Saunas by the Sea

To Do

Saunas by the Sea

Nestled between the headlands above Polzeath Beach, this woodfired sauna encourages good health, balance, and tranquillity. The brave can even combine it with a dip in the sea.

Unique extras

From private chefs to luxury at-home spa therapists and adrenalin-fuelled retreats, once you’ve booked your stay we’ll introduce you to our owner-recommended suppliers to create a truly bespoke, memorable escape.


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