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Watermouth Castle -Rhododendron Apartment

Nr Ilfracombe Grade 4 Star rating View Map
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From a touch of luxury to characterful heritage, experience one of our truly inspiring holiday properties.


With commanding views of the bays and cliff, this castle apartment is an attraction of its own.

"Views over bays and cliffs from a castle stronghold – a unique holiday opportunity . . ."

Watermouth Castle offers a rare combination of opportunities – for not only do visitors have the chance to live in a castle, but they also enjoy unlimited, free entry to one of the West Country’s premier tourist attractions during their stay. Within the splendid castle itself, there are six superb apartments, an indoor heated swimming pool, a museum, a choice of theme attractions, and some fascinating water displays. There is free wi-fi in the on site cafè and swimming pool area. Outside, the castle’s 50-acre estate features wonderful landscaped gardens, with plenty of space for strolling and relaxing, and glorious woodland walks. There are ducks and waterfowl to admire on the lake outside the walls, and beautiful views from the castle over Watermouth Bay and its harbour, where there are slipway facilities for visitors’ boats, as well as moorings for larger craft (by arrangement with the harbourmaster).
The castle is a true example of a Victorian folly, completed in the mid 19th-century by the Bassett family. Now extensively restored by the current owner, its self-contained holiday apartments are reached through an archway in the south court, where the indoor heated swimming pool is available exclusively to apartment residents. All of the properties have been decorated and furnished to a comfortable standard throughout, in keeping with the style and ambience of the Castle, and all feature four-poster, half tester or brass beds.
A separate part of the castle, open to the public, contains the fascinating museum collections, including a Victorian kitchen, animated displays, mechanical musical instruments, a large model railway and a unique arcade of pier slot machines, all in working order. In the underground theatre is the Water Spectacular, reputedly one of the best fountain shows in the world, a thrilling mix of lights, music and water. Outside in the grounds are further family entertainments, including traditional rides and slides, fascinating water features, children’s play areas, a ‘Gnomeland’, themed crazy-golf, and much, much more all of which earned Watermouth Castle a place in the finals of the South West Tourism ‘Large Visitor Attraction Of The Year’ Award in 2005.
Watermouth Castle enjoys an incomparable setting on rising ground, commanding views over the bays and cliffs of the magnificent coastline stretching away to the east. Take a woodland walk through the estate to the picturesque, award-winning village of Berrynarbor, or visit the coastal village of Combe Martin (less than 3 miles to the east) – famous not only for its sandy coves, inlets and majestic headlands but also as ‘the gateway to the Exmoor National Park’. Combe Martin offers a choice of shops and cafes, and one of Devon’s oldest inns! Ilfracombe is only a five minute drive away to the west, with a range of seaside attractions, good shops and a golf course, and visitors can enjoy miles of golden sand at nearby Woolacombe and Croyde Bay. Superb cliff-top scenery and beautiful wooded valleys make this one of North Devon’s most scenic areas – as well as a paradise for walkers. Shops 2 miles.
Note: Music may filter into the pool area from the antique Mortier organ between 10am and 6pm.

(First and second floor.) South-facing, overlooking south court to wooded hills. Living/dining room. Small kitchen. Double bedroom with mahogany half-tester bed and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Upstairs to second floor: Two twin bedrooms, all four-posters. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Electricity, gas, heaters in all rooms and bed linen included
  • Towels £3 per person per week by arrangement
  • Cot and high chair by arrangement
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Shared laundry room (coin-operated) with washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Wi-fi in onsite cafe
  • Shared payphone
  • Shared patio and garden furniture
  • Shared barbecue
  • Parking
  • Indoor heated swimming pool with Fitstar counter facility
  • Office facilities included fax/modem/photocopier by arrangement
  • No smoking
  • NB: Lake in grounds

Indoor heated swimming pool and sun lounge. Unlimited free entry to award-winning ’Watermouth Castle Family Attraction’ offering a wealth of experiences and entertainment for all ages. (open Easter– end Oct)

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  • Four Poster BedFour Poster Bed
  • Cot AvailableCot Available
  • HighchairHighchair
  • WifiWifi
  • Swimming PoolSwimming Pool
  • Car Parking AvailableCar Parking Available
  • Washing MachineWashing Machine
  • Coastal PropertyCoastal Property
  • Heritage CollectionHeritage Collection

Customer Comments

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 2015-10-24
    It was such a treat to stay in the Castle and the children loved it. Well-equipped although no dishwasher. There is no phone reception or wifi but to be honest we liked the break from reality! The canopy single beds are fun but as we had grandparents with us we had to use the single beds which we couldn't push together. The staff were friendly helpful and welcoming and the park is so charming. Lots to do in the area. The pool is great too. Highly recommended.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 2015-08-08
    The whole experience was very lovely. The place is great and with young children it is really lovely to have access to the theme park out of hrs to play crazy golf or just look round. The people that run it are very friendly and approachable. The only reason I gave an 8 for comfort was I sstruggled with the mattress and I had no phone signal!!!! Otherwise perfectly lovely!

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9.2 out of 10 – based on 6 reviews collected by Reevoo

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