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The Watchtower,

Barnstaple (1ml W), Devon
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Sat
No Dogs
3
star
Waterside views
Complex of properties
Enclosed garden / patio
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Beach within easy reach
Quirky
Towels included
Cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • A grade II listed watchtower with beautiful views over the River Taw
  • The perfect hideaway for a romantic couples escape just a few miles away from the seaside
  • Set high on a hill, which benefits from breath-taking sunsets
Property code: WATCT

This beautiful, unique watchtower offers fabulous views and provides a true hideaway for those looking to spend quality time together on a romantic break close to the North Devon coast.

This charming watchtower is set high on a hill above the River Taw, less than a mile from the market town of Barnstaple and its array of pubs, shops, restaurants, cinema and a theatre. The long sandy beaches of Westward Ho! Saunton and Croyde are within easy reach too and are popular surfing spots if you enjoy watersports. To make your break extra special you could take the iconic day trip across to Lundy Island from nearby Bideford or enjoy long evening walks through the Braunton or Northam Burrows, where you’ll be sure to witness romantic sunsets when the weather allows.

Step through the front door of the property and into the open-plan accommodation, which due to its unique nature offers a great setting for guests who wish not to cook during their break. The downstairs open-plan kitchen/diner offers a electric oven, microwave and fridge. On the floor you will also find a shower room with WC. Stairs take you to the first floor where a beautifully decorated open-plan lounge, double bed, woodburner effect fire, TV/ DVD awaits. It’s here that you can truly appreciate the beautiful views across the river too.

Outside there is a vast enclosed, shared lawn garden with seating and BBQ for you to enjoy. On sunny evenings you can relax outdoors and watch the sun set over the river. There is parking for two cars.

  • 1 bedroom
  • 1 shower room with WC
  • Open-plan kitchen / diner
  • Electric oven, microwave, fridge
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Electric included
  • Night storage heater
  • TV/DVD
  • Regret no pets
  • Regret there is no washing machine
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  • Shared garden seating and BBQ
  • Cot available
  • Enclosed garden
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • Beach 4 miles, pub within walking distance, shop 0.5 miles.

Jolie Cleave

This property has been let with us for over 15 years and is managed by Jolie.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 32 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Patricia, 18th July 2020

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Fantastic property which had just undergone an amazing refurbishment just before our stay. All new equipment, kettle, toaster, fridge, oven and hob. Brand new shower and toilet, the whole place looked 10x better than the photos. Mr Patel met us to show us in and gave Information on the local area. Amazing sunset and sunrise views from the watchtoweRead morer. Would recommend to stay here at any couple Hide

Reviewed by Shaun, 7th March 2020

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Perfect spring getaway, giving the feeling of isolation perched on the brow, catching all the weather, brisk wind or gorgeous sunshine while admiring the views. Everywhere is down hill to begin but shops or Tarka trail countryside are within walking distance. March brought winds and rain in low clouds then gorgeous sunshine, watch it drift by in waRead morermth and isolation or be prepared and explore. Hide

Reviewed by Evelyn, 24th January 2020

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Reviewed by Stephen, 28th November 2019

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Arrived to find tower had been pre heated and lovely and warm Mr Patel met us and gave us information on the local area and places to eat and drink and visit fabulous stay and would recommend

Reviewed by Lorraine, 19th October 2019

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We had such a good half term week here. It was clean and we had everything we needed. I liked the idea of no cooker or washing machine as this meant I had a complete break. The location was brilliant with different places we visited only 30 minutes away and the owner was welcoming and very helpful. Would definitely go back.

Reviewed by Robert, 16th September 2019

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The Watch Tower was everything we wanted. Quirky and in wonderful location. The host, Mr Patel, is very charming and a great source of information

Reviewed by Mandy, 9th September 2019

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This property is ideal for 2 people who love walks or cycling and enjoy peace and quiet. it has lovely views (especially sunsets) and the owner is very friendly and informative of places to see and eat.

Reviewed by Tim, 7th September 2019

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What an amazing place for a romantic weekend and within easy reach of so many lovely places.

Reviewed by Paul, 31st August 2019

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Peaceful,relaxing,spectacular sunset,perfect place to be with the one you love.

Reviewed by Caroline, 24th August 2019

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Reviewed by Sue, 3rd August 2019

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Amazing little quirky property! Kitchen could use a thoughtful makeover to maximise space available. Otherwise brilliant. Owner (and neighbour) was friendliness and courtesy itself, offering very helpful suggestions as to various local destinations.

Reviewed by Allan, 22nd June 2019

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Beautiful location with views out across the estuary. The property owner, Mr Patel, was very helpful and came across to welcome us on our arrival and made us feel welcome.

Reviewed by Jacqueline, 1st June 2019

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Reviewed by Sue, 25th May 2019

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Reviewed by Jack, 18th May 2019

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Fantastic week in the watchtower with everything we need and for a great price. Almost certain well be back...

Reviewed by David, 11th May 2019

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Awesome place Awesome building Awesome views Awesome value for money Awesome hospitality Who could ask for more Mr Patel was so easy to get on with so friendly welcoming and helpful highly recommend the watchtower barnstable definitely be staying again

Reviewed by Brian, 27th April 2019

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Delightful property in a very pretty location. Comfortable and compact with all necessary equipment. Welcoming hosts and there are larger properties on the same site if required. Amazing conversion of an old watchtower made a very enjoyable stay.

Reviewed by trevor, 20th April 2019

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Brilliant setting for a quiet long weekend, other than on arrival we did not see a sole around us other than Birds and Sheep. Location we could not fault easy to get around via car or walking. Would definitely stop there again.

Reviewed by Andrew S, 6th April 2019

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Reviewed by Simon, 16th March 2019

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This is a quirky charming place to stay with fabulous views over the Taw estuary. Wonderfully quiet and a profusion of birdsong to wake up to. Walks along the South-West Coast path (The Tarka Trail) are just a few minutes walk away. Easy reach of many good places to eat. Great area to visit.

Reviewed by Georgina, 19th January 2019

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Reviewed by Julia, 23rd December 2018

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This cottage provided a very affordable, cosy and comfortable base for exploring the area. The views over the field and River Taw were lovely and although it is located on the edge of town it is a quiet location. The 'basic' kitchenette was in fact well equipped, with microwave, small convection oven, sandwich toaster, regular toaster, good sized fRead moreridge and freezer. We visited in winter, so didn't make use of the outside picnic tables. A lovely property and would happily stay again. Hide

Reviewed by Helen, 16th November 2018

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Had a lovely weekend away at the Watchtower, lovely cosy place and very peaceful. We had everything we needed there. Mr Patel, came and introduced himself and gave us a few ideas on places to visit/eat, which was very nice of him.

Reviewed by Christopher, 3rd November 2018

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As above a nice clean property

Reviewed by Indie, 13th October 2018

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Was a beautiful place to stay, in a very lovely area. Nice and small and cosy!

Reviewed by Lynne, 6th October 2018

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Enjoyed a lovely week at the Watchtower, peace and quiet even in the midst of storm Callum. There was everything we needed in the kitchen and the main room was light and airy during the day, warm and cosy in the evenings. Nice comfy bed with crisp cotton sheets. Nice views, nightly visits from hedgehogs and a tawny owl in a nearby tree made our weeRead morek. Hide

Reviewed by Susan, 29th September 2018

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Reviewed by JANET, 8th September 2018

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The location was lovely and it was very peaceful and relaxing. The views were lovely

Reviewed by Tracy, 1st September 2018

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Lovely unique place to stay, secluded but still can walk to nearby pubs. Lots of light and great views from upstairs.

Reviewed by Kathleen, 25th August 2018

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Lovely , cosy little tower ... the renevation is most impressive ! We had a super relaxing week , quiet yet very central location . Mr Patel is extremely kind and caring host and we would definitely recommend this property . Very good value for the cost .

Reviewed by Ian, 11th August 2018

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A lovely secluded getaway in north Devon, the watch tower is a wonderful converted folly with bags of history and great views, perfect for a couple looking to unwind

Reviewed by Cindy, 28th July 2018

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