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The Water Tower


Truro, Cornwall

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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.

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

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.

Heating: Rointe digital electric heating system.

Parking: Private gravel forecourt.

Garden: Shared garden with Engine House.

Telephone: Limited reception for mobile telephones.

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

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.

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

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!

Hazards for children
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  • Beach nearby
  • Pub nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Romantic
  • Quirky
  • Garden appeal
  • Unique
  • Freezer
  • Television
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • WiFi
  • DVD
  • Fridge
  • 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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  • 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


Comments from past visitors

  • Anonymous
    • July 2016
    • Unknown
    Great holiday

    Great holiday, well appointed kitchen and facilities. The 50 stairs are a great way to keep fit. It has been a good base for visiting local attractions. Batcam not showing bats roosting or much evidence of their presence but we have seen them flying out of the tower roof about 9.30pm. One day saw four and another evening saw 10 or so.

  • Kathy Haynes
    • March 2016
    • Evesham
    Made enjoyable..

    The Water Tower was an amazing place to stay. It had been very imaginatively furnished and was warm even though it was March and cold and windy.

  • Anonymous
    • February 2016
    • Unknown
    Exceeded all expectations!

    We arrived in the dark - cold and wet and entered a 'magical' place. The circular staircase took myself and my friends daughter to 3 beautifully presented warm and cosy rooms, with everything we could need. The 'outside' downstairs bathroom with its whirlpool bath was a delight. The NT exceeded all our expectations in making the Water Tower a very special place to stay. The surrounding grounds and NT restaurant were a bonus. Ab Fab!

  • 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
    • Oxfordshire
    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.

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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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