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The Water Tower

Truro, Cornwall

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This extraordinary tower is Trelissick's icon, and its 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 on

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: For any 3 night booking starting on a Thursday or a 2 night starting on a Friday, guests can benefit from a late departure on Sunday of 6pm, at no extra charge.

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 available on request: National Trust charcoal available 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
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Dogs allowed
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  • Beach nearby
  • Pub nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Romantic
  • Garden appeal
  • Unique
  • Freezer
  • Television
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • WiFi
  • 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’ll be set for life!

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place to visit
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  • foot ferry to Truro
  • Falmouth and St Mawes
  • car ferry to Roseland Peninsula
  • 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 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 Ancient and atmospheric house and garden set within an historic estate

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Jane Roberts
    • August 2015
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    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
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    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.

  • Anonymous
    • May 2015
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    Immaculate building

    What made the Water Tower special for me is that it is a unique, quirky, cosy and immaculate building in a peaceful, beautiful location. I loved being able to enjoy tranquil walks around the estate and along the creeks in the evening. Delightful to experience the rhythm of the estate going to sleep at night and then coming alive as staff, and then visitors, arrive in the morning. A great location, too, for venturing out to enjoy castles, gardens and coastline - all within a short drive. Loved the whole experience and had a superb holiday. Beautifully maintained and I am so pleased to have stayed here. I would have liked the Welcome Pack to contain some information about the Water Tower itself. Also, there is no reserved parking sign as there is with other NT cottages.

  • Anonymous
    • March 2015
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    High recommend!

    Tranquil, relaxing, romantic get-away. Spotlessly clean, thoughfully equipped and made to feel very welcome. Wonderful venue, would highly recommend. Thank you.

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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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