Friday, August 30, 2013

Martin Clunes’ guide to Doc Martin's Port Isaac

Martin Clunes’ guide to Doc Martin's Port Isaac

Jade Bremner
12:09 PM, 29 August 2013

Next week the grumpy doctor returns for more cosy drama in the quaint Cornish village of Port Isaac. Last season, an average of 10 million of us tuned into each week to see Doc Martin's misadventures on the west country coastline. In anticipation of another bout of beautiful scenes, we catch up with the doctor himself – Martin Clunes – to discover his five best spots to visit in the area...

1. Port Quin

The small cove and hamlet on the north Cornish coast is where Clunes likes to walk his dog, along the cliff overlooking the bay. Clunes says: “It’s an old fishing village along the coast from Port Isaac. There’s a beautiful crenelated folly there called Doyden Castle, built about 1830 by Samuel Symons, which we used as Pentire Castle at the end of season five."

2. The Edge

This little eatery overlooking the Port Isacc Bay and Port Gavern serves hearty English grub, including free-range produce from the neighboring farms and freshly caught fish from the ocean. “It's the restaurant at the top of the village where we have our wrap party at the end of each season,” explains Clunes. “They buy the food locally, in season, and support ethical farming. The views are amazing.”

3. Fern Cottage

Although you can’t actually go in, many people seek out the Doctor’s house on Roscarrock Hill in order to snap a picture outside. Clunes is particularly fond of its garden. “Doctor Martin’s house actually has two gardens,” says Clunes, “one that we use and one just up the cliff a little. When filming gets hectic and I need a bit of peace I can go up to the secret garden, look out to sea and get some space.”

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