Port Isaac, Doc Martin’s Port Wenn 3 / 9 / 2013

Port Isaac, Doc Martin's Port Wenn

One of the best places to visit when you stay at Rooke Cottages is Port Isaac, just a few minutes away. It really epitomises the meaning of the word picturesque. A traditional fishing port huddled into the hills, full of character and Cornish charm.

It has also been a favourite for film and television productions over the years. Scenes from the Poldark series were filmed here and the movie, Saving Grace. In Nightmare Man, Port Isaac was even cast as a village in the Hebrides! But currently this Cornish idyll is being used for the well loved British series of Doc Martin. And a very British series it is with the star being a grumpy outsider, oh, and a mongrel dog…

Doc Martin at Port Isaac

Martin Clunes brilliantly portrays Martin Ellingham – a blunt, tactless doctor with no bed side manner at all – who moves to the fictitious Port Wenn. His promising career as a surgeon came to an end when he developed a phobia of blood and retreats to the ‘quiet’ of the Cornish fishing village.

There are some great characters and a will-they-wont-they love story which has endeared this series to many hearts. You can’t help but love watching it to see scenes you recognise! Lots of the business are still there just in different forms, the local fudge shop is portrayed as the Port Wenn chemist!

The series was created by Dominic Minghella and most of the filming carried out on location. The rest of the interiors are filmed in a barn near by. The cast and crew were filming in April and May of this year with a new series coming on to our screens in Autumn. It will focus on the Doc and Louisa’s turbulent relationship as they struggle with parenthood. I tell you that Louisa is a saint!!

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