Doc Martin’s fictional home in Cornwall goes on the market for £1.25m

Beautiful Fern Cottage, the setting of fictional ITV character Doc Martin, is for sale.

The estate houses the home and practice of Doctor Ellingham on the show (Image: Jam Press/John Bray Estates)

British comedy-drama Doc Martin stars Martin Clunes as the titular doctor who cuts a grumpy figure as he adjusts to life as a general practitioner in a new field.

But given where he lived, it’s hard to see what the character had to be grumpy about.

The house, which houses the fictional Doctor Ellingham, has sold for £1.25million – and it’s quaint enough to soften anyone’s outlook on life.

Fern Cottage has been the bloodthirsty doctor’s home and workplace for the past nine seasons, drawing tourists from around the world to flock to have their photographs taken in front of the iconic home.

With the tenth and final series airing later this year, the new owner must be ready for the attention he is bringing to the property.

If you can handle the photo ops, the pretty Grade II Listed Fisherman’s Cottage is in a spectacular location.

Beautiful Fern Cottage, the setting of fictional ITV character Doc Martin, is for sale

Fern Cottage is right on the coast and has incredible views (Image: Jam Press/John Bray Estates)

Perched on Roscarrock Hill above picturesque Port Isaac Harbour, the two bedroom property offers panoramic views over the village and out to the Atlantic.

While Doc Martin fans will be familiar with the outside, they might not recognize it inside, as filming at Doc Martin’s GP practice actually takes place at nearby Roscarrock Farm.

The bedroom at Fern Cottage

The property features two bedrooms with exposed stone detailing (Image: Jam Press/John Bray Estates)

The house itself has 717 m² of living space with a dining room, living room, toilet and galley kitchen on the ground floor and space to park two cars in front of the house.

Walk upstairs to two double bedrooms and a family bathroom or enjoy the coastal lifestyle in the tiered garden to the rear.

The living room at Fern Cottage

The interior looks a little different than what Doc Martin fans might expect (Image: Jam Press/John Bray Estates)

It is offered for sale furnished and as a business with advance bookings, the current owners of Fern Cottage rent it out as a holiday rental and are making a healthy income from being so close to the coast.

Screen appearances aside, Port Isaac is a hotspot for tourists and locals alike.

Tourists and media film Doc Martin at Fern Cottage

Tourists and fans regularly stop for a photo op where the ITV comedy-drama was filmed (Image: Jam Press/John Bray Estates)

Known for its beautiful narrow winding streets and traditional Cornish cottages, it has a rich history.

A busy fishing port from the Middle Ages to the 19th century, there are still some who work in the port – although these days the economy largely depends on hospitality.

The dining room at Fern Cottage

Aside from the screen appearances, Fern Cottage is a lovely home in its own right (Image: Jam Press/John Bray Estates)

The Fisherman’s Friends still perform regularly in the nearby harbor, and renowned chef Nathan Outlaw has two restaurants in the village, including a two-Michelin star restaurant.

Josephine Ashby of John Bray Estates said: “There are so few properties that come on the market with a direct view of Port Isaac’s historic harbour, especially one with such television splendour.

‘It is also beautifully presented and has a strong rental income as well as parking and a large garden.’

According to Rightmove, properties in the region are selling for an average of £663,000 – up 40% since 2019.

Apparently everyone wants to escape to the sea like Doc Martin. Hopefully for residents, however, the person buying this place won’t seem so reluctant to be there.

View the property listing on the John Bray Estates website.

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