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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.
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.
Telephone: There is no telephone at Doyden Castle, however guests can make outgoing calls from telephone in the hall at Doyden House.
WiFi: There is no WiFi at Doyden Castle however guests can use the WiFi connection in the communal area at nearby Doyden House.
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 Holidays Team 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 National Trust guests by outdoor activity providers Cornish Rock Tors www.CornishRockTors.com and Outdoor Adventure www.outdooradventure.co.uk
Due to the close proximity of the cliff and the sheer drop we feel that this hazard makes the cottage unsuitable for children.
Cornwall may be steeped in Celtic history yet it also offers the uncomplicated joy of a day spent by the sea. From the picture-box charms of the villages and towns of St Ives, Polzeath and Port Isaac to the raw natural beauty of the coast, one trip to this part of the world is often just the start of many more. Remember to pack some good walking boots and youâ€™ll be set for life!