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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. Opposite Doyden Castle you’ll find our other holiday cottage Stable Cottage and our collection of holiday apartments in Doyden House.

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

Here are some other cottages in the same region that you might also be interested in Skippers Cabin and The Birdcage.

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.

Parking: Access by car to unload/load; at other times please park at Doyden House, a five to 10 minutes walk away.

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

The stairs within the castle are quite steep.

Garden: There is no garden, although it is possible to sit outside the castle.

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 but guests can use the WiFi connection in the communal area at nearby Doyden House.

Logs/Charcoal: Environmentally friendly briquettes for use on the fire can be bought at the time of booking or whilst at the cottage.

Offers: Guests will benefit from a late Sunday checkout of 4pm.

Free entry to Tintagel Old Post Office on production of booking details subject to seasonal opening hours.

Local suppliers: Discount offered to National Trust guests for these outdoor activity providers offering kayaking, surfing, coasteering and much more Cornish Rock Tors and Outdoor Adventures.

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
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Min stay
Dogs allowed
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  • Open fire / stove
  • Beach nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Romantic
  • Remote location
  • Unique
  • Dishwasher
  • Shared Telephone
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • DVD
  • Fridge-freezer
  • 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


Things to see and do nearby

A magnolia blooming at Trengwainton Garden, Cornwall © Stephen Robson

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 you will be set for life!

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place to visit
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  • South West Coast Path
  • Wadebridge
  • 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 Picturesque harbour and village on the north Cornish coast
Lanhydrock Magnificent late Victorian country house with extensive servants' quarters, gardens and wooded estate
Trerice Elizabethan manor house with fine interiors and delightful garden
Lawrence House
Lawrence House Beautiful Georgian town house

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Mike Bellamy
    • February 2016
    • ....

    Made enjoyable...The dramatic cliff-top location, the quirkiness yet quality of the property and its isolation. In an ideal world, we prefer a bath with a shower incorporated within, especially after a long days' walk, but in this particular property there are always going to be limitations.

  • Pancoust
    • December 2015
    • ...
    Excellent location

    The staff were very helpful and friendly, the property was wonderful and the location excellent. Overall we thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of our holiday.

  • Schanda
    • October 2015
    • ----
    Made enjoyable...

    Doyden Castle is the most spectacular place we have ever spent our holidays. Thank you for making this possible!

  • Judge
    • July 2015
    • Unknown
    Made enjoyable....

    Best tranquil romantic stay in doydon castle Cornwall. Keep up the awesome work NT

  • Conway
    • July 2015
    • Unknown
    Guaranteed peace and quiet

    Doyden Castle is in a fantastic location on the Cornwall coast. There is no WiFi or phone connection so there is guaranteed peace and quiet! The scenery is amazing - with sea on three sides, which is lovely.

  • Linda Prentice
    • March 2015
    • Notts
    Perfect place

    Location. Scenery second to none. The beautiful building tons of history. Lovely lovely place. Absolutely perfect. Can't wait to go again. Only minor problem the toilet stairs need more head room. But still a perfect place.

    • February 2015
    • England
    Wonderful position

    The Castle was in perfect order when we arrived. On the day of departure we saw the caretaker, who was a lovely lady, and thanked her for helping to make our stay perfect. Have walked past Doyden Castle on the Coastal path many times and have always wanted to stay there. It is in the most wonderful position on Cornwall's lovely North Coast.

  • Anonymous
    • February 2015
    • --------------
    Excellent cottage

    Cottage in excellent order when we arrived - and warm! A "castle" on top of a cliff in North Cornwall is special for anyone, I imagine.

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What it will cost

Prices include:

  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
  • We cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email to enquire about future bookings and reservations.
  • The National Trust reserves the right to move cottage prices up or down and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for 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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