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  • Cottage
  • Watermouth, near Ilfracombe
  • FHJ

Watermouth Castle - West Tower Apartment


out of 10

  • 4

  • 2

  • 1

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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 first floor.
Living/dining room: With Freeview TV and DVD player.
Kitchen: Galley style with gas cooker, microwave and fridge.
Bedroom 1: With mahogany double half-tester bed.
Bedroom 2: With twin four-poster beds.
Bathroom: With shower over cast-iron castle bath, and toilet.

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 2022, 2018


Coastal Within 1 Mile

Cot Available

Customers' Choice

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

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  • Essex

  • Couple


out of 10

We had a wonderful week; the view from the tower as the sun set was breathtaking, lots of walks locally and a lovely little cafe in the bay and a pub/restaurant within easy walking distance. Having the castle grounds all to ourselves when closed was an added bonus as the grounds are lovely. There’s a small indoor pool with allocated private times which we used. The apartment was well equipped and comfortable. A very peaceful, relaxing experience.

26 Sep 2022


  • Oxford

  • Family


out of 10

The staff where great  but the apartment was so damp it smelt so bad and the bedding Being able to access the park at any hour was great to, with a two year old especially. I think though older children would become board quickly. I think if the place had not been so expensive for the week I would not have minded so much but it was very expressive and not up to scratch for that amount of money unfortunately.

4 Jul 2022


  • Bristol

  • Family


out of 10

Great apartment, fully equipped kitchen for 4, though on the smaller side. All other rooms a really good size, with huge master bedroom! The photos on the website are old, so living room carpet and furniture was actually much better/newer than it looked online! It was clean with loads of storage in the bedrooms. The pool was nice as each apartment had an hour each morning to themselves but could also go later in the day shared. The views were lovely of the harbour. The owners were very friendly and gave lots of help, recommendations etc. The theme park was really enjoyable, especially for younger children - no white knuckle rides but lots of old fashioned fun! All of the staff were chatty and helpful. The park has some very steep parts, which made me a bit paranoid about brakes on the pushchair etc, but the views and gardens were so beautiful so worth seeing it all if you can, plus doing the fun toboggan run at the top! Our phone signal was non-existent but wifi was excellent in apartment and you can also access different wifi the park if needed. I would recommend to check out the opening days/timings as they are different to what you might expect, but all explained in their website and leaflets though. Our 3 year old didn't want to leave, and neither did we!!!

2 Jul 2022

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