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Watermouth Castle - Bassett Apartment in Ilfracombe, Devon

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2 rooms

Watermouth Castle - Bassett Apartment description

"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 floor.) South-facing, overlooking the south court to wooded hills. Living/dining room. Small kitchen. Double room with brass bed. Bunk bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and
  • Elec, gas, heaters in all rooms and bed linen inc
  • Towels £3 pp pw by arr
  • Cot and h/chair by arr
  • TV
  • DVD
  • M/wave
  • Shared laundry room (coin-operated) with w/machine and t/dryer
  • Wi-fi in onsite cafe
  • Shared payphone
  • Shared patio and garden furniture
  • Shared BBQ
  • Parking
  • Indoor heated swimming pool with Fitstar counter facility
  • Office facilities inc fax/modem/photocopier by arr
  • 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)


  • Cot Available
  • DVD player
  • Fuel and Power Included
  • Highchair
  • Shower
  • Telephone Chargeable
  • Towel Hire - P.O.A.
  • Television
  • Swimming Pool
  • Car Parking Available
  • Bed Linen Included
  • Washing Machine
  • Coastal Property
  • Heritage Collection
  • Close to Sea
  • Owner Services Region

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Sept 2006
This was our second visit to the same accommodation. We love the relaxed surroundings and the easy access to local and non-local amenities.
May 2009
The description on the website did not do it justice.
June 2008
The ideal holiday venue for families with young children. If staying in a castle isn’t enough, then add in a theme park, a museum and a swimming pool and it makes an unbeatable combination.
Aug 2009
Accommodation was a bit ’tired’. Location was very good though.
May 2010
Pool was only a few feet from your apartment door which is ideal if you have youngsters. Theme park also on the doorstep.
Aug 2009
The people were really lovely and the accommodation was really nice and comfortable.
July 2010
Small but perfectly adequate apartment within a very interesting building.
Sept 2012
Great place to stay if you have little ones. Wandering around the castle grounds after the gates were closed to the public in the evening was good fun. The apartment looked a little tired in the photos online but on arrival, we were pleasantly surprised to find everything in good condition and very clean. Overall, I would definitely recommend a visit.
May 2012
Very well equipped, a propper home from home, the staff were very helpful and friendly.
April 2012
Fantastic accommodation. Love having the use of a swimming pool between only 6 apartments & being able to walk around the theme park of an evening to play crazy golf. Our second visit, even though we didn’t get to the beach this time due to the weather still a fabulous place to stay.
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