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Watermouth Castle - Penn-Curzon Apartment in Ilfracombe, Devon

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3 rooms

Watermouth Castle - Penn-Curzon 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.) Living/dining room with sea views. Galley kitchen. Double bedroom. Bedroom with two single four-poster beds and vanity unit. Twin bedroom (one is a shorter child’s bed) with vanity unit. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.
  • 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)


  • Four Poster Bed
  • Cot Available
  • DVD player
  • Fuel and Power Included
  • Highchair
  • Shower
  • Telephone
  • 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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June 2010
Better than came across on the net - larger. Also property was exceptionally clean and very friendly staff.
June 2011
The castle is fantastic and brilliant for children. Great location for exploring Devon!
May 2011
Excellent property for couples with young children age range 3-8 years. Many people return, very welcoming. Good castle, museum and grounds. Excellent small pool and patio areas. Central for local sights and amenities.
July 2011
Excellent value for money, great location, good for kids, especially between aged 5 and 9.
Aug 2011
This is a marvellous location for an active family with children. Wouldn’t recommend the trip to Lundy Island for children. Combe Martin and ilfracombe were good as was Croyde Bay. The food in the Lodge restaurant was pretty good and very good value.
Oct 2011
The situation was fantastic and the children were entranced with the theme park. One of the beds in the apartment is shorter and only suitable for a child and with six adults it would be a squash.
June 2012
We stayed with our Daughter and her husband and our 3 year old Granddaughter. The castle and park are ideal for her age group with unlimited rides and games. We had a lovely time and the swimming pool is a big bonus. We would thoroughly recommend this venue to anyone with a young family.
May 2012
This is a fantastic location for people with young children. The apartment was clean and spacious, we all loved staying in a castle. The theme park and museum were great fun for both children and parents. Being able to access them for free and go after the park had officially closed was an amazing bonus. The owners and staff were extremely friendly and helpful. This place really is a gem and we will definitely be back.
May 2012
Had a fantastic holiday. Castle and facilities great for children - very safe and the pool was wonderful.
April 2012
Fantastic apartment- my children ( 2 and 4) were in paradise to every day walk in their "own" theme park.
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