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Doyden Castle

Port Quin, Cornwall

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Many people dream of living in a castle, high up on the cliffs, regally surveying the ocean or stepping out through Gothic archways onto the springy turf and looking down from their citadel onto the valley below. Happily, the National Trust has made this dream a possibility and Doyden Castle is about as close to a fantasy destination as you could imagine. In fact, despite its crenellated tower and arched windows, this building is neither a true castle nor a folly. It was built in about 1830 as a kind of pleasure house by an infamous and wealthy bon-viveur from Wadebridge called Samuel Symons. Here he would entertain his friends to nights of feasting, drinking and gambling (the ample wine-bins in the cellar survive to this day). Its chequered history only adds to the dramatic experience of staying in this little fortress on the edge of the cliffs.

The popular beaches of Rock, Polzeath, Port Isaac are all within 4 miles.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
sitting/dining room with open fire.
First floor
double bedroom (with 6' bed which can also be a twin on request).
Other floor
Cellar floor: entrance door to kitchen/diner, utility room, shower room, separate lavatory.
Visitor notes

Heating: Night storage heating, eco electric radiators and convector heating included.

Approach to cottage: The partly walled track to the Castle is quite narrow in places, please take care. Arrival in daylight is advised.

Parking: Access by car to unload/load; at other times please park at Doyden House, a five minutes walk away.

Accessibility: The stairs within the castle are quite steep.

Logs/Charcoal: The fire will be laid for you on arrival with enough fuel to get you started. Pre-ordered fire starter kits and additional pre-ordered logs will be left in the cottage for guests upon arrival. Further purchases can be made by calling the Contact Centre during your stay.

Fire starter kit - 1 x bag eco-logs, 1 x net of eco kindling, 1 x box of eco-firelighters for £11.

Further supplies of eco-logs at £4.50 per bag, eco kindling £3.50 and eco-firelighters £3.50.

Offers: Free admission to Tintagel Old Post Office subject to seasonal opening hours.

Short breaks bookable within 4 weeks of the start date all year at this cottage.

Further details provided upon booking. Local Suppliers: Guest discount offered to NT guests by outdoor activity providers Cornish Rock Tors www.CornishRockTors.com and Outdoor Adventure www.outdooradventure.co.uk

Hazards for children

Due to the close proximity of the cliff and the sheer drop we feel that this hazard makes the cottage unsuitable for children.

Cottage details
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Let starts
Monday
Min stay
3
Dogs allowed
No
Cottage ref
011101
Acorn rating What's this?
5
Features
  • Open fire / stove
  • Beach nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Romantic
  • Remote location
  • Unique
Facilities
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Shared telephone
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
Accessibility
  • If you would like a copy of the access statement for this cottage please call the booking office on 0344 335 1287
  • Hazards for children

Nearby

Things to see and do nearby

South West England
Two women drawing a huge sun on the sandy beach at Kynance Cove, Cornwall. © John Miller

The South West region is probably England's most well-known holiday hotspot, being home to some of the most famous seaside resorts. Pretty villages and harbours in Cornwall, many with sweeping sandy beaches, such as St Ives, Polzeath and Port Isaac to name but a few, give way to sophisticated seaside resorts in Devon and Dorset which include Bournemouth, Torquay and Ilfracombe. The history of this region is unrivalled; Wiltshire's spectacular downland and the stone circles at Avebury and Stonehenge, through Hardy's Dorset, dramatic Dartmoor and gentler Exmoor, to the mining landscapes of Cornwall and West Devon, which are now recognised as being of international significance, having been awarded World Heritage Site status in 2006. The Trust protects 370 miles of the coastline in Devon and Cornwall and, wherever you are in the two far western counties, you're never more than 25 miles from the sea. As well as this peninsula, the Trust also cares for much of the countryside in Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset and a wide array of fascinating properties to visit and explore. Not surprisingly, perhaps, this area is also home to the widest selection of National Trust holiday cottages.

North Cornwall
Doyden NT Cottage overlooking Padstow Bay. © Paul Watts

The north coast is where the tremendous force of the Atlantic Ocean crashes against the mighty cliffs of Cornwall. With waves incessantly beating against the rocks below, the coast path provides some of the best walking in Europe and dramatic views.

North Cornwall also boasts several fine, sandy beaches, with the same massive rollers providing some of the best surfing in the country. The Trust has 22 holiday cottages and apartments in this wonderful part of the county including three at Park Head, a remote headland just a mile to the north of Bedruthan Steps but only six miles from Padstow, and three at Pentireglaze, close to the sandy beach of Polzeath. Further round the coast are the dramatically situated Doyden House and Castle and the picturesque hamlet of Port Quin. Port Isaac, Port Gaverne and Boscastle are all charming villages with lots of atmosphere and perfect as holiday bases.

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Attractions
  • South West Coast Path
  • Wadebridge
Activities
  • Bird watching
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • horse riding
  • walking
  • coasteering
  • kayaking
  • surfing.
National Trust places to visit
Tintagel Old Post Office
Tintagel Old Post Office One of the Trust's most delightful medieval buildings, enhanced by a cottage garden
Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps
Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps Dramatic coastline with views over massive rock stacks
Boscastle
Boscastle Picturesque harbour and village on the north Cornish coast
Lanhydrock
Lanhydrock Magnificent late Victorian country house with extensive servants' quarters, gardens and wooded estate
Trerice
Trerice Elizabethan manor house with fine interiors and delightful garden
Lawrence House
Lawrence House Beautiful Georgian town house

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Anonymous
    • April 2014
    • -------------------------------------
    Unique experience

    Staying in a castle was a unique experience. The views were outstanding. Nothing could have been any better.

  • Mary Buxton
    • March 2014
    • Derbyshire
    A castle all of our own!

    It was so different. A castle all of our own! The feeling of pleasure we had every time we entered.

  • Claire Browne
    • December 2013
    • Warwickshire
    Loved every minute of it

    Doyden Castle was a dream place to stay - we had booked our stay over a year earlier (this being the first available week) and we loved every minute of it! What made this place special.................The remote location and the very quirky nature of such a unique little castle - truly a priviledge to stay in!

  • Myra Bennett
    • November 2013
    • Hampshire
    Beautifully prepared

    The location, obviously. Couldn't be bettered. And the castle, a very difficult shape, has had great attention paid to making it as comfortable as possible. Lovely kitchen, beautifully prepared cottage. Thank you.

  • Sophie & Steve
    Honeymoon

    A magical week for our honeymoon

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Supplements
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  • A non-refundable £10 charge is not included, and will be added to the total price of your holiday to cover the cost of accidental breakages
  • Unfortunately we cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email cottages@nationaltrust.org.uk to enquire about future cottage bookings and reservations.
  • As part of the annual pricing review of all its cottages the National Trust reserves the right to move individual cottages up or down the price bands and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for certain cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.

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