View towards the unique property
Bedroom/lounge with panoramic views
Cosy seating area with river views
Kitchenette/diner area
Kitchenette/diner area
Dining area
View towards the watchtower
Sunset over the property
Far reaching views
Far reaching views
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The Watchtower,

Barnstaple (1ml W), Devon
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Sat
No Dogs
Waterside views
Complex of properties
Enclosed garden / patio
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Beach within easy reach
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
  • Situated just a few miles away from the seaside village of Instow
  • The perfect hideaway for a romantic couples escape
  • Close to some of North Devon’s most glorious sandy beaches
  • Set high on a hill, which benefits from breath-taking sunsets
  • Close to the charming, market town of Barnstaple for shops and entertainment
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 microwave oven, separate sink for washing cutlery and a small fridge – there is no oven but fantastic pubs serving delicious food surround the property. 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 living
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Electric included
  • Night storage heater
  • TV/DVD
  • Regret no pets
  • Regret there is no oven or washing machine
  • Microwave oven, sink and a small fridge
  • Shared garden seating and BBQ
  • Cot available
  • Enclosed garden
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • Beach 4 miles, pub within walking distance, shop 0.5 miles.

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


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 22 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Jack, 18th May 2019

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

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

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

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 Simon, 16th March 2019

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 Julia, 23rd December 2018

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

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

As above a nice clean property

Reviewed by Indie, 13th October 2018

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

Reviewed by Lynne, 6th October 2018

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 JANET, 8th September 2018

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

Reviewed by Tracy, 1st September 2018

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

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

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 Lorna, 21st July 2018

Brill place to stay....was very pleased Would go back again. Loved the watch tower.

Reviewed by Chris, 9th June 2018

The Watchtower was a perfect place for us to have a welcome break. Nicely tucked away, yet close enough to all you need, it offers privacy, convenient location, lovely views, comfort, value for money, and a whole lot more. We would thoroughly recommend The Watchtower to any couple that are looking for a comfortable base close to all you need, yet wRead moreith the privacy we all desire. Everything was as described, the booking was simple, good communications regarding our booking made it all so enjoyable Hide

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