We pride ourselves on being a personal, family-run business. Our housekeepers/cleaners (all locals, from Delabole just a couple of miles away) have a long history of working for my family. Our handyman lives on site and can deal with any problems as they arise. Not only do they do a superb job, but they all take a great pride in their work.
We're all very friendly and welcoming, and are always more than happy to help guests out, in any way we can.
I grew up in Port Gaverne, in the local pub, The Port Gaverne Hotel, and became involved in the business in 2002. I've spent the intervening years rejuvenating the cottages and Tregudda apartments to the 4 Star Gold rating that they are today. Lots of hard work - but thoroughly enjoyable.
Although I now live just over an hour away on the edge of Dartmoor, I like to spend at least one day a week in Port Gaverne.
Mike, my husband, is Devonian through and through and grew up on Dartmoor (so I’m afraid to say he puts his clotted cream on his cream tea the wrong way round) – but he does venture over the border to Cornwall to help out whenever he can.
He’s a practicing Chartered Surveyor by day and property advice, rather than customer service, has traditionally been his forte. But he’s learning the ropes - and he’s even allowed to interact with guests these days!
The Green Door Cottages began life in the 18th Century when the Guy family settled in Port Gaverne and built 4 large fish cellars for the processing of pilchards.
Originally called Venus, Rashleigh, Union & Liberty (hence the name of two of our cottages), the fish cellar called Venus was converted into holiday accommodation at the beginning of the 20th Century and named the Green Door Cottages.
Thus began the long tradition of welcoming holiday visitors – and this still carries on to the present day! The Green Door (as it’s called locally) has been owned by my family for over 30 years.
Tregudda, in its stunning setting overlooking Port Isaac bay and Port Gaverne, was built as a private home at the beginning of the 20th Century.
Tregudda was our family home, staff accommodation and an annexe to the Port Gaverne Hotel, until it was converted into self-catering accommodation in the 1990’s.
We get a huge amount of pleasure from welcoming new, and seeing regular, guests many of whom return year after year - with their children, grand-children and even great grand children - to enjoy the cottages and the area. We are always on hand to help to make sure your stay is an enjoyable one.