Exterior | Watermouth Castle - Harbour Apartment, Nr Ilfracombe
Swimming pool | Watermouth Castle - Harbour Apartment, Nr Ilfracombe
  • Apartment
  • Watermouth, near Ilfracombe
  • FHP

Watermouth Castle - South Court Apartment


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Car parking on site
Coast within 1 mile
As a unique experience, guests get the opportunity to stay in a magnificent castle surrounded by wonderful landscape and gardens.

All on the ground floor.
Open plan living space.
Living area: With Freeview TV and DVD player.
Dining area.
Kitchen area: With gas cooker, microwave and fridge.
Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite bathroom with toilet.
Bedroom 2: With single four poster bed.
Bedroom 3: With single four poster bed.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.
Z-bed available (for flexible sleeping arrangements for a child).

Heaters included. Private parking.

All properties: Gas, electricity, bed linen and fibre-optic broadband included. Towel hire, £3pp. Cot and highchair available on request. Utility room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer (shared with other properties on site). Patio with garden furniture and BBQ (shared with other properties on site). 50-acre grounds (shared with other properties on site). No smoking. Please note: There is a lake and pond in the grounds.
Sun lounge and indoor heated swimming pool (10m x 4m, depth 1m to 1.5m, open 8.30am-9.30pm) both shared with other properties on-site. Free entry to ‘Watermouth Family Theme Park and Castle’ during times when attraction is open to the public (between Easter-end of October).

Watermouth Castle offers a rare combination of opportunities – for not only do visitors have the chance to live in a castle, but they can also enjoy free entry to one of the West Country’s premier tourist attractions during their stay, when the Park is open to the public. Within the splendid castle itself, there are seven 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 Basset family. Now extensively restored by the current owners, 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. Harbour Apartment (ref FHH) and West Tower Apartment (ref FHJ) are west-facing and overlook the harbour, Rhododendron Apartment (ref FHM), South Court Apartment (ref FHP) and Basset Apartment (ref FHL) overlook the south court towards the wooded hills. Penn-Curzon Apartment (ref FHK) has sea views from the living room, and Clock Tower Apartment (ref UKC2234) has sea views from the living room and bedrooms. Each property offers fibre optic broadband.
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. In the underground theatre is the Water Show Extravaganza, 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’, crazy-golf, a maze, the 250 meter Thunder Luge Toboggan Run, and much, much more.
In an area of outstanding natural beauty, 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. Beach 500 yards. Shops 2 miles, pub 1 mile.
Please note that music may filter into the pool area from the antique Mortier organ between 10am and 6pm.


    • Customers' Choice 2020


    Accessible Cottages

    Coastal Within 1 Mile

    Cot Available

    Ground Floor Facilities

    Grouped Property

    Highchair Available

    Historical Property

    Parking - On Site

    Swimming Pool - Shared

    Swimming Pool - Heated

    Unique Cottages

    Washing Machine



    Good to know

    Check in and check out times

    • Arrive after 15:00
    • Depart before 10:00


    • No pets allowed

    Car parking

    • On-site

    What's included?

    • Wifi
    • Electricity
    • Bed linen


    • No smoking, please

    Overall holiday experience

    Based on 14 reviews


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    • Leicester

    • Family


    out of 10

    This was our 5th time staying at Watermouth Castle and was as great as the previous ones. Customer service always excellent and every member of staff we encountered on the theme park were Brill. Highly recommended holiday 

    2 Oct 2022


    • Newbury

    • Family


    out of 10

    I can’t rate this place highly enough ( this is our 2nd stay here ) . The apartment is well equipped , spotlessly clean and the location is perfect . My 5 year old daughter had an absolute ball and having access to the park even when closed is perfect for energetic little ones . The pool is great , you get 1 hour a day allocated just to your party which is a different time every day , small criticism is some times the allocated time is in the middle of the day and obviously you may be out but there is free time where the pool is shared ( it can get crowded if everyone used it so we tried to stick to our hour - not every party adheres to the no jumping in pool rule and my daughter was nearly injured which was annoying ) Great location for beaches and days out and excellent chip shop in Combe Martin . 10/10 in all areas !!

    24 Aug 2022


    • Milton Keynes

    • Couple


    out of 10

    What a lovely place to stay, the brothers that run the castle are brilliant hosts. What would have made it even better is if we had taken our grandchildren, there is so much for them to do here. The castle is full of animatronics, a train set that would fill a living room, seafront and equipment interests of a time gone by. The theme park in the grounds is a must for any young family. Would stay again no problem.

    23 May 2022

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