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The Watch Tower

Paignton, Devon

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Entered through a large wooden door in the side of Compton Castle, the Watch Tower is a fascinating building built into the curtain wall. Arranged over three floors and with steep and narrow stairs between each one, this holiday cottage has been carefully converted and retains much of the character of this exceptional historic building.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
bathroom with shower over bath, separate lavatory, steep stairs leading to first floor.
First floor
bedroom (double), narrow, steep stairs leading to second floor.
Other floor
Second floor: open-plan kitchen/dining/sitting room.
Visitor notes

Heating:Night storage heating included.

Parking:Cars must be parked on the grass outside the castle gates at all times. It is possible to load and unload quite near to the Watchtower although luggage will have to be carried a short distance.

Accessibility: The Watch Tower is set over 3 floors with narrow stairs.

Please Note: It is advisable to take a torch if arriving after dark. The key to this cottage if collected has to be picked up before 6.30pm.

Hazards for children

Due to very steep, narrow stairs we feel this cottage is not suitable for children.

Cottage details
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Let starts
Friday
Min stay
3
Dogs allowed
No
Cottage ref
012004
Acorn rating What's this?
3
Features
  • Pub nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Romantic
  • Unique
Facilities
  • Television
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio

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.

Torbay
View of the Dart Estuary downstream from Greenway, Devon, which was the holiday home of the crime writer Agatha Christie between 1938 and 1976. © Andrew Butler

Torbay is known as the English Riviera - and not only because of its mild climate. Its beaches and scenery have made this one of our most popular holiday destinations. Stretching from Torquay in the north, through Paignton to Brixham in the south, the scenery is a marked contrast to the rest of Devon, with an extraordinarily vibrant land ablaze with with the colours of the red sandstone cliffs, exotic semi-tropical plants growing in the warm atmosphere and the myriad greens and blues of the river estuaries burrowing their way deep into the pastoral landscape. National Trust properties in the area include Coleton Fishacre, with its magical garden and Art Deco holiday home and Greenway, the former holiday home of Agatha Christie with its secret garden and evocative house. Other National trust properties include Compton Castle and Bradley Manor and there's an endless list of other attractions to suit all ages including sandy beaches with excellent walking, watersports and boat hire, the resorts of Torquay, Brixham and Paignton, Paignton Zoo and Dartmouth Steam Railway.

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Attractions
  • Living Coasts
  • Paignton Zoo
  • Kents Cavern
  • Pennywell Farm
  • Totnes Rare Breeds Farm
  • Woodlands Leisure Park
  • Cockington Village
Activities
  • Walking
  • fishing
  • cycling
  • horse riding
  • bird watching
  • canoeing.
National Trust places to visit
Compton Castle
Compton Castle Dramatic fortified manor house and small formal garden
Bradley
Bradley Delightful medieval manor house, set in woodland and meadows through which the River Lemon runs
Greenway
Greenway Greenway house and garden on the River Dart: 'the loveliest place in the world'
Coleton Fishacre
Coleton Fishacre A luxuriant garden by the sea, with an Arts and Crafts-style house, featuring Art Deco-influenced interiors
The Church House
The Church House Fine two-storey granite building dating from c.1537
A la Ronde
A la Ronde Quirky 18th-century house with fascinating interior decoration and collections

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Mrs Carrie Spyrou
    • August 2013
    • Buckinghamshire
    Beautiful & peaceful

    We were delighted with our stay at the Watchtower. It was beautiful and peaceful.

  • Zoe Mitchell
    • May 2013
    • Buckinghamshire
    Exceeded our expectations

    We had a wonderful time in The Watch Tower which exceeded our expectations. The cottage was both in excellent order for modern living and a glimpse into ancient Castle life.

  • David Giles-Redshaw
    • April 2013
    • Milton Keynes
    Spectacular!

    Totally breath taking! The pictures don't do it justice, had the most fabulous time and worth every penny. Spectacular!

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Prices

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The detail

Prices include:

  • VAT at the current rate
  • Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)

Supplements
(not included in the price table above)

  • 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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