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The Watch Tower

Paignton, Devon

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Entered through a large wooden door in the side of Compton Castle, the Watch Tower is a fascinating building built into the curtain wall. Arranged over three floors and with steep and narrow stairs between each one, this holiday cottage has been carefully converted and retains much of the character of this exceptional historic building.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
bathroom with shower over bath, separate lavatory, steep stairs leading to first floor.
First floor
bedroom (double), narrow, steep stairs leading to second floor.
Other floor
Second floor: open-plan kitchen/dining/sitting room.
Visitor notes

Heating:Night storage heating included.

Parking:Cars must be parked on the grass outside the castle gates at all times. It is possible to load and unload quite near to the Watchtower although luggage will have to be carried a short distance.

Offers: Guests will benefit from a late Sunday checkout of 4pm at this cottage

Accessibility: The Watch Tower is set over 3 floors with narrow stairs.

Please Note: It is advisable to take a torch if arriving after dark. The key to this cottage if collected has to be picked up before 6.30pm.

Hazards for children

Due to very steep, narrow stairs we feel this cottage is not suitable for children under 12.

Cottage details
Let starts
Min stay
Dogs allowed
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  • Pub nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Romantic
  • Unique
  • Television
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio


Things to see and do nearby

The exterior of Higher Brownstone Farm, Coleton Fishacre, Devon  © Mike Henton

Devon's a big and beautiful county with much to offer. From bucolic sleepy market towns to the miles and miles of coastline, much loved by surfers, swimmers, families, and walkers from all over the world, a trip to this special place will stay with you for ever. We have a great range of holiday options in Devon, from holiday cottages brimming with character and lovingly restored to our bunkhouses and bothies, all located on or near land in the care of the National Trust.

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place to visit
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  • Living Coasts
  • Paignton Zoo
  • Kents Cavern
  • Pennywell Farm
  • Totnes Rare Breeds Farm
  • Woodlands Leisure Park
  • Cockington Village
  • Walking
  • fishing
  • cycling
  • horse riding
  • bird watching
  • canoeing.
National Trust places to visit
Compton Castle
Compton Castle Dramatic fortified manor house and small formal garden
Bradley Delightful medieval manor house, set in woodland and meadows through which the River Lemon runs
Greenway Greenway house and garden on the River Dart: 'the loveliest place in the world'
Coleton Fishacre
Coleton Fishacre A luxuriant garden by the sea, with an Arts and Crafts-style house, featuring Art Deco-influenced interiors
The Church House
The Church House Fine two-storey granite building dating from c.1537
A la Ronde
A la Ronde Quirky 18th-century house with fascinating interior decoration and collections

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Judy Whitehouse
    • September 2015
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    Made enjoyable by....

    The location, we were in The Watch Tower at Compton Castle (it isn't on your drop down list of properties?) and it was quite unique.

  • Anonymous
    • August 2015
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    Made enjoyable....

    unique cottage peace and quiet beautiful countryside one tiny niggle- no bottle opener! otherwise everything perfect

  • Lloyd
    • July 2015
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    Made enjoyable...

    We loved it, perfect for what we were looking for. Remote and beautiful. Lovely, lovely place and really well equipped but not too overdone.. I dislike it when holiday cottages are too fancy.. this was done just right.

  • Elmer
    • July 2015
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    Well presented property

    As always the property was well presented. We liked the quirky location and the entry to the garden after hours. The location was beautiful and a great place to strike out to visit other NT properties and the coast. No, Thanks for a great holiday.

  • Kevin Edwards
    • July 2015
    • Somerset
    Good thrill!

    Quirky,facinating and even a little bit spooky the stay in the watch tower is certainly a great thrill. From the stunning views to your own rose garden and orchard at times you do feel your living a kings life!

  • Nina Hatch
    • April 2015
    • Worcestershire
    Made special by:

    Its character (being part of a castle wall) and its limited access to the general public A very special place and we were made so welcome by Mr & Mrs Gilbert the owners of the castle. Only regret- we were used to recycling at our previous NT cottage. We try to be as sustainable as possible but weren't encouraged at this site e.g. we know that you shouldn't put coffee grouts down the sink. We ended up taking all our recylclables home at the end of the week! Also an OS map in the welcome pack would have been helpful (again we expected this after our previous cottage).

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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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