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Watermouth Castle - South Court Apartment

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Nr Ilfracombe
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Situated within a castle, this apartment has access to a swimming pool, a museum, theme attractions, and fascinating water displays.

"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 (please note that the park, castle and facilities are closed in winter as from November 2016). 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. 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.

(Ground floor.) Facing the south court. Open-plan living room with fitted kitchen and dining area. Three bedrooms; one double with en-suite bathroom and two singles, each with single four-poster bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Z-bed (suitable for +1 child only)
  • Ground floor facilities

  • 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
  • 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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  • Ground Floor FacilitiesGround Floor Facilities
  • HighchairHighchair
  • WifiWifi
  • Cot AvailableCot Available
  • Swimming PoolSwimming Pool
  • Car Parking AvailableCar Parking Available
  • Washing MachineWashing Machine
  • Coastal PropertyCoastal Property
  • Heritage CollectionHeritage Collection

Customer Comments

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 09/04/2016
    We had a really fantastic time. I was a bit cold in the evenings( it was a chilly time of year so glad we took thick socks and dressing gowns) Our children aged 18 months 3 and 6 years thought it was the best holiday ever-a castle, a swimming pool and a theme park. What more could you want? All the staff were lovely. The views were amazing.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 31/10/2015
    With all the facilities available there was something for everyone to enjoy. The apartment itself was comfortable and homely and the staff were very friendly and helpful.

  • 4

    Confirmed guest, 26/09/2015
    The weather did not help but the rooms were draughty and cold.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; We are rather surprised and disappointed to receive the score of 4/10. When the guests were shown around the apartment on entrance, they were shown additional heaters already located in South Court. If required, additional heaters could have been easily provided. In reference to the score for value for money, there were 2 people in an apartment which sleeps 4 (5 if you have children). Obviously, had the party size been greater, the cost per head would have been lower, and perhaps the guest would have perceived a greater value? It is also quite a large apartment for just 2 people, which could have contributed to the cold feeling. All our apartments are thoroughly cleaned and laundered regularly, and often I have had guests compliment the high standards of cleanliness. The Owners of the business live on site, and could have been easily contacted night or day to rectify a heating problem. The office is manned (during office hours), and they have radio contact for the Owners and maintenance team. We are sorry that you did not voice your concerns at the time of your stay as this would have allowed us the opportunity to address the issue you have raised immediately. Going forward, wifi will be installed in all 6 apartments during the winter (2015) and we trust that our visitors will find this addition beneficial. As I say, we are disappointed, and of course we offer our most sincere apologies that this guest found the apartment to be draughty and cold.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 05/09/2015
    We had a fantastic time at South Court, the apartment was wonderful, the swimming pool was a great hit with my daughter! Having access to the theme park was wonderful and we took advantage of playing the crazy golf when the park was shut which was brilliant. The location was great and we would definitely return again!!

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 29/08/2015
    Loved this place we have young children so used park at night when shut kids loved it playing crazy golf. Pool clean and warm .Room was clean and beds comfortable kids loved the small 4 poster beds suited us

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8.5 out of 10 – based on 8 reviews collected by Reevoo
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