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Watermouth Castle - South Court Apartment in Ilfracombe, Devon

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Watermouth Castle - South Court 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.(Ground floor.) Facing the south court. Open-plan living room with fitted kitchen and dining area. Three bedrooms; one double with en-suite bathroom and two singles, each with single four-poster bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.
  • Z-bed (suitable for +1 child only)
  • Ground floor facilities
  • 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
  • Ground Floor Facilities
  • 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
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Oct 2009
Everyone was so friendly and helpful and everything was geared to young children. There were two TV’s, each with a DVD player. The reception was limited but the office had a large selection of excellent DVD’s for children we were welcome to use. We were welcome to use the whole theme park--except for the rides, which required an operator--when it was closed. Welcoming sums up the atmosphere pretty well.
April 2010
Recently refurbished - very well maintained castle!
May 2010
Spacious, well stocked with bed linen, kitchen utensils etc.
May 2010
Great location for exploring, superb facilities made even better by unlimited access to the theme park during closed time. Pool just right for the children.
July 2010
Spacious bedrooms, beautifully cleaned and very well equipped.
July 2010
Good for someone with limited mobility. Very comfortable and homely. Nice communal garden and seating area.
June 2011
Fantastic setting within the castle and park.
Oct 2010
An excellent place for young families. It has everything you could wish for, princess (or prince) 4 poster beds, lovely large double bedroom with en-suite, a fantastic pool (that we used every day) and you get entrance to the amusement park on top of all that! Outstanding value for money!
July 2011
Excellent for young families. Free access to team park very good and swimming pool is heated and good. Some excellent beaches near-by. Exmoor Zoo an excellent day out. Combe Martin very good fro rock pooling.
Sept 2011
A brilliant location, in a castle!!! Really cool grounds which you can go around even when the grounds are closed, still play in the park areas and crazy golf. Gnome land quite funny, good for i would say under 5’s. Nice pool, lots to do there even if weather rubbish!!! Would be good for grandparents to take the grand-kiddies or a family holiday. Would say for families with small children, or could use the apartments as a base to go out and explore. The apartments are well looked after, very clean with everything you could wish, very spacious, the owners let us look around a couple more, and they are all very spacious and clean. Highly recommend.
April 2012
Watermouth Castle is a wonderful place to stay especially with young children. The owners and staff are extremely friendly and helpful. ***** is my rating.
Aug 2012
This is a great place to stay if you have children we really enjoyed the park and the pool and staying in a castle.
Sept 2012
Excellent place to go with children.
Aug 2009
Great central location for all the amenities of north Devon. Good location, stunning setting, theme park at no cost for residents, swimming pool and comfortable spacious apartment.
May 2009
The staff were absolutely wonderful, very friendly and helpful. Any query was answered with enthusiasm and they always went that step further to assist. Have already recommended the castle to a couple of friend with children of a similar age to mine. The theme park exceeded our expectation - it help the attention and amazement of my children to the point that they would have gone every day given the chance. As it was I think we did go in 5 out of the 7 days. We will most definitely be visiting again. Could not fault the Castle or its staff.
April 2009
The property and facilities have lost none of thier charm after eight visits! Fab for children. Very friendly staff and owners.
July 2009
Well appointed with good supply of essential crockery, etc. Excellent access to Theme Park. Swimming pool was very popular. The water was warm and the area heated. Very good for families, our our six and seven year old grandchildren had a fantastic time. Excellent value with fantastic amenities close by.
July 2008
Accommodation and facilities at Watermouth castle are excellent, as a family we had a fantastic time and plan to return soon.
Sept 2008
Fantastic facilities-children loved the theme park. Owners very helpful and friendly. Will definitely return and would recommend to anyone with small children.
June 2008
The whole holiday was excellent. All the facilities were tip top, Watermouth Castle has everything you would need for younger children. They absolutely adored it. Would recommend this holiday to anyone.
June 2008
The whole holiday was excellent . All the facilities were tip top, Watermouth Castle has everything you would need for younger children. They absolutely adored it. Would recommend this holiday to anyone.
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