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Watermouth Castle - West Tower Apartment in Ilfracombe, Devon

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sleeps 4
2 rooms

Watermouth Castle - West Tower 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.) West-facing, overlooking the harbour. Living/dining room. Galley kitchen. Double bedroom with mahogany half-tester bed. Bedroom with two single four-poster beds. Bathroom with large cast-iron castle bath, 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 Chargeable
  • 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 2008
Very friendly staff, superb views from the all the rooms and surprisingly warm apartments given their size despite sometimes cold weather.
Aug 2009
Unique, well furnished, well equipped apartment. Quiet, with stunning views. Very comfortable four poster beds & gorgeous bath. Great location and free use of castle attraction ( and grounds at night) was such a bonus as was the private pool.
June 2009
Very helpful friendly staff, nothing was too much trouble. The cleanliness was fantastic, every area cleaned and tidied to the highest standard (even the gardens). The swimming pool was fantastic and again very clean and tidy. The accommodation was spacious and comfortable (a few items were well worn and maybe needed replacing). We even had the use of a free DVD library which was very welcome on the 1 day of rain which we had. Our third time at this property and definitley not the last.
July 2009
High novelty factor, great swimming pool, convenient for local beaches and attractions. Access to small theme park.
Oct 2010
It was well furnished and staff were great.
Aug 2010
Good size property but small kitchen. Lovely Bedrooms especially the small 4 posters in the kids room. Excellent to have the pool.
July 2010
Everything was as described, efficient and charming!
July 2010
Novelty of staying in a castle and the bonus of using the park in the evenings.
Aug 2011
Excellent location and exciting to be living in a castle. friendly welcome. Good fun to have access to grounds after all others leave. swimming pool great bonus for cooler days. park aimed best at under 8 but older children enjoyed the crazy golf / maze etc so still good for them. Easy access to walk coastal path and plenty of delicious cream teas near by.
Oct 2011
Excellent location, views and staff. We had a great time, and would definitely be returning again.
Sept 2007
This holiday was one that both myself, my husband and grandchildren will remember for ever. The castle, the staff, everything was perfect.
May 2007
Wonderful place - cannot fault it! Everyone we came into contact with was so helpful, friendly and welcoming!
May 2008
It was our second year there and we have since re booked again for next year! All the staff at Watermouth castle & park were very friendly, helpful and went out of their way to make our holiday special. Thank you!
June 2008
A beautiful setting, fantastic views and the accommodation was spotless on arrival.
July 2008
Watermouth Castle is an excellent base to tour North Devon. The park and swimming pool provide you with everything you need to not have to travel out and about if you want a complete rest.
Oct 2008
Wonderful location. Enjoying an Autumn break with unreliable weather, it was great to have an indoor pool and on site entertainment for the children included in the price. We hope to visit again.
Sept 2012
Fantastic locationand amazing castle and grounds, all loved by our two year old son.
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