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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.
Children: Due to the close proximity of the cliff and the sheer drop we feel that this hazard makes the cottage unsuitable for children.
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.
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!