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Watermouth Castle -Rhododendron Apartment in Ilfracombe, Devon

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sleeps 6
3 rooms

Watermouth Castle -Rhododendron 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 and second floor.) South-facing, overlooking south court to wooded hills. Living/dining room. Small kitchen. Double bedroom with mahogany half-tester bed and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Upstairs to second floor: Two twin bedrooms, all four-posters. 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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July 2009
We had a great time, there are fabulous views and beaches that knock spots off our European competition. Quaint castle accommodation with very friendly helpful staff. It was clean on arrival with plenty of products to keep it so. Lovely swimming pool which was clean and warm.
May 2010
Clean, homely accommodation with all the equipment we needed. The castle and gardens are excellent particularly for young children and the pub with small shop at the lodges next door is very handy.
Aug 2010
The castle and grounds we fantastic and the rides great for younger children.
July 2010
I liked the antique aura of the whole place.
May 2011
A comfortable apartment in an amazing castle; the gardens are beautifully laid out and maintained. The theme park is most suitable for children between say 4 and 10, not older. The surrounding countryside is beautiful, and Woolacombe must have one of the best beaches in England.
Aug 2010
We had stayed here before and standards were as high as they had been in the past.
May 2011
Excellent location and facilities particularly for young children who love the on site theme park and gnome land!
July 2011
Good holiday for families with young children, we were able to use the park facilities which kept the children occupied until bedtime.
July 2011
Fantastic location, Watermouth castle is a magical place for particularly young children. Although ours are definitely not young now and still insist on coming back. We think this year was our 10th visit. Some of their happiest childhood memories have been from holidays here. What greater recommendation can there be.
Aug 2011
The apartments were really clean and spacious. Children loved the four poster beds! Theme park was excellent and really good to be able to go in when you wanted and for free! This holiday was excellent and great for the children, plenty for them to do with the theme park and the pool. Lovely location too. Would definitely go back.
Aug 2009
4 poster beds, castle setting, very nice location.
May 2009
Fantastic accommodation in a wonderful setting, worth every penny. We will definitely go again.
July 2008
We have been to Watermouth castle about 8 times and we love it-very relaxing.
April 2008
Great place to stay with children. The free entry into the theme park and indoor heated swimming pool was a terrific added bonus to our holiday. The apartment was spacious and the staff extremely friendly and helpful.
Oct 2008
This is the second year we have stayed here and once again, a great time was had by all. The castle meets all of our expectations and more.
Aug 2007
The accommodation was excellent, the pool was very clean and warm. Open access to the park was one of the reasons for booking this holiday. We have been here before and will probably come back again.
Sept 2006
Excellent location for families with children upto year 5.
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