Close My Favourites
Select up to 3 cottages to compare

The Water Tower

Truro, Cornwall

+ Add to favourites

Details

This section of the page features an image gallery, so if you're using a screen reader you may wish to jump to the main content.

This extraordinary tower is Trelissick's icon, and it's about as quirky a holiday cottage as you could wish for. Four storeys high, and yet with only one room on each floor, the Water Tower has fifty internal steps as the narrow spiral staircase winds up past each circular room and it is perfect for a romantic getaway.

The Water Tower was built in about 1865 as a reservoir for Trelissick House, with the height of the tower ensuring a good head of water for fighting fires. How typically Victorian for such a utilitarian building to be designed with such style and embellishments that it resembles the legendary tower of Rapunzel! This cottage shares a private garden with Engine House, away from the bustle of a busy and popular estate.

Explore the Fal Estuary and beyond without impacting on the delicate natural environment of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Park up the car and do all your travelling by river. Use the hop-on hop-off ferries to visit Falmouth, Truro and all points between.

We also have other cottages on the Trelissick estate including the nearby Ferris's Cottage and Quay Cottage. Further to the west of the estate you can find Old Lodge and New Lodge.

If you would like to go

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
bathroom with whirlpool bath(reached via outside door by porch).
First floor
double bedroom.
Other floor
Second floor: sitting room. Third floor: kitchen/diner with bat cam.
Visitor notes

Heating: Rointe digital electric heating system.

Garden: Shared garden with Engine House.

Parking: Private gravel forecourt.

Telephone: Limited reception for mobile telephones.

Please Note: We are currently developing BAT WATCH in the Water Tower. We have set up a monitor in the kitchen which relays pictures from a camera in a nearby bat colony. Watch the little creatures come and go!

Offers: Free entry to Trelissick, Glendurgan Garden and Trerice on production of booking details.

Catering: Homemade meals can be ready on your arrival at an extra charge.

Barbeque – provided on request, National Trust charcoal may be purchased at £5 per bag.

Local Suppliers: Canoe Cornwall offer good value and good quality. They provide archery, bushcraft and canoeing sessions on Fal and Helford.

Cycle Hire: This can be arranged throughExplorer Cycle Hire either before your stay or locally.

Hazards for children

Due to the long steep staircase in the tower we feel this hazard makes this cottage unsuitable for children under 12 years of age.

Cottage details
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Let starts
Saturday
Min stay
2
Dogs allowed
No
Cottage ref
011075
Acorn rating What's this?
3
Features
  • Beach nearby
  • Pub nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Romantic
  • Garden appeal
  • Unique
Facilities
  • Freezer
  • Television
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • WiFi
Accessibility
  • 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

Nearby

Things to see and do nearby

Cornwall
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’ll be set for life!

Cottage location
Key
Current cottage
Holiday cottage
National Trust
place to visit
Cluster of pins Shows number of grouped pins. Zoom in to see individual pins
Attractions
  • foot ferry to Truro
  • Falmouth and St Mawes
  • car ferry to Roseland Peninsula
Activities
  • Fishing
  • horse riding
  • walking
  • water sports.
National Trust places to visit
Trelissick Garden
Trelissick Garden Tranquil varied garden in fabulous position, with a superb collection of tender and exotic plants
Glendurgan Garden
Glendurgan Garden Superb subtropical garden, with special interest for families
East Pool Mine
East Pool Mine Impressive Cornish beam engines and industrial heritage discovery centre
Trerice
Trerice Elizabethan manor house with fine interiors and delightful garden
Penrose Estate: Gunwalloe and Loe Pool
Penrose Wooded country around Cornwall's largest natural lake and dramatic coastal scenery
Godolphin
Godolphin Ancient and atmospheric house and garden set within an historic estate

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Anonymous
    • February 2016
    • ....
    Made enjoyable....

    We just loved the water tower and it lay out , never done anything like this before , very quirky and have told all my freinds about it , and looking to join the national trust , thank you for a lovely weekend , looking forward to the next one.

  • Anonymous
    • December 2015
    • ....
    Made enjoyable..

    It was a very interesting location and the extra touches, i.e. biscuits, milk towels and toilet paper, were much appreciated.

  • Nei Tigwell
    • November 2015
    • ....
    Made enjoyable...

    The Water tower is a completely unique, very special sort of building in a fantastic location. We particluarly enjoyed the bat cam that had been installed. I liked being in a larger National Trust setting. Watching the general workings of a National trust location was interesting. Engaging people staying in cottages in some way with the running of the larger establishment would I am sure be a rich source of future volunteers.

  • Mike Norris
    • November 2015
    • .....
    Made enjoyable...

    The quirkiness of the Water Tower and the lovely Cornish location.

  • Anonymous
    • October 2015
    • Unknown
    Made enjoyable....

    The holiday cottage (The Water Tower) was a novel and interesting building, it was a great experience staying there. The quality of the property was exceptional.

  • Jane Roberts
    • August 2015
    • Unknown
    Made enjoyable by...

    The location of the cottage, the lovely walks around the estate especially in an evening and the fact we saw badgers and bats

  • Anonymous
    • May 2015
    • Unknown
    Top marks!

    Absolutely beautiful tower, gardens and surrounding area. Would highly recommend to family and friends. Looking forward to next 'special' trip away in September. Top marks National Trust! Thank you.

Stayed at The Water Tower recently?

We welcome your views on The Water Tower and these can be provided via our online survey.

Prices

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 cottages@nationaltrust.org.uk 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.

Check availability & book

Choose the dates of your holiday (Step 1 of 3)
  • * indicates a required field

Share