View towards the unique property
Bedroom/lounge with panoramic views
Cosy seating area with river views
Kitchenette/diner area
Kitchenette/diner area
Dining area
View towards the watchtower
Sunset over the property
Far reaching views
Far reaching views
1 / 10  View towards the unique property
2 / 10  Bedroom/lounge with panoramic views
3 / 10  Cosy seating area with river views
4 / 10  Kitchenette/diner area
5 / 10  Kitchenette/diner area
6 / 10  Dining area
7 / 10  View towards the watchtower
8 / 10  Sunset over the property
9 / 10  Far reaching views
10 / 10  Far reaching views

The Watchtower

Barnstaple (1ml W), Devon
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Sat
No Dogs
3 star
Waterside views
Complex of properties
Enclosed garden / patio
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Beach within easy reach
Towels included
Cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • A grade II listed watchtower with beautiful views over the River Taw
  • Situated just a few miles away from the seaside village of Instow
  • The perfect hideaway for a romantic couples escape
  • Close to some of North Devon’s most glorious sandy beaches
  • Set high on a hill, which benefits from breath-taking sunsets
  • Close to the charming, market town of Barnstaple for shops and entertainment
Property code: WATCT

This beautiful, unique watchtower offers fabulous views and provides a true hideaway for those looking to spend quality time together on a romantic break close to the North Devon coast.

Perched high on a hill with stunning panoramic views, this unique and quirky Grade II listed property is a fantastic hideaway for couples with a desire to escape and explore. The Watchtower’s location means you can climb the stairs and gaze out over the River Taw and its surrounding fields and hills from the bedroom/living area. Close to beaches, towns and seaside villages, you will be spoilt for choice each day when deciding on your next holiday adventure.

The open-plan living areas both upstairs and downstairs are light and airy, as the beautifully shaped traditional windows allow natural light to flood in. The space is cosy and relaxing, perfect for returning to after a day spent exploring local treasures. The kitchen is without an oven, but instead has a microwave for quick meals and the property is surrounded by a range of pubs serving food. On warm evenings, head outside into the garden which is shared with those staying in the other two properties on-site. Watch the sun set over the rippling river whilst enjoying a BBQ supper alfresco.

A pannier market, shopping centre and fascinating local museum lie just 1.5 miles away in the local town of Barnstaple. Here you can also enjoy delicious food at one of the many different restaurants, pubs and cafes. Sand and surf are just 8.5 miles away at Saunton; take a picnic and settle down in the dunes to shelter from the refreshing sea breeze, or don your wetsuit and dive in. If roaming blooming flowerbeds and kitchen gardens are for you, head 8 miles to Tapeley Park. Stop off in the seaside village of Instow on the way home for a meal in one of the many fabulous waterfront eateries.

  • 1 bedroom
  • 1 shower room with WC
  • Open-plan living
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Electric included
  • Night storage heater
  • TV/DVD
  • Regret no pets
  • Regret there is no oven or washing machine
  • Microwave oven, sink and a small fridge
  • Shared garden seating and BBQ
  • Cot available
  • Enclosed garden
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • Beach 4 miles, pub within walking distance, shop 0.5 miles.

This property is personally managed by Jolie.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 14 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Shaun 7th March 2020

Perfect spring getaway, giving the feeling of isolation perched on the brow, catching all the weather, brisk wind or gorgeous sunshine while admiring the views. Everywhere is down hill to begin but shops or Tarka trail countryside are within walking distance. March brought winds and rain in low clouds then gorgeous sunshine, watch it drift by in waRead morermth and isolation or be prepared and explore. Hide

Reviewed by Stephen 28th November 2019

Arrived to find tower had been pre heated and lovely and warm Mr Patel met us and gave us information on the local area and places to eat and drink and visit fabulous stay and would recommend

Reviewed by Lorraine 19th October 2019

We had such a good half term week here. It was clean and we had everything we needed. I liked the idea of no cooker or washing machine as this meant I had a complete break. The location was brilliant with different places we visited only 30 minutes away and the owner was welcoming and very helpful. Would definitely go back.

Reviewed by Robert 16th September 2019

The Watch Tower was everything we wanted. Quirky and in wonderful location. The host, Mr Patel, is very charming and a great source of information

Reviewed by Mandy 9th September 2019

This property is ideal for 2 people who love walks or cycling and enjoy peace and quiet. it has lovely views (especially sunsets) and the owner is very friendly and informative of places to see and eat.

Reviewed by Tim 7th September 2019

What an amazing place for a romantic weekend and within easy reach of so many lovely places.

Reviewed by Paul 31st August 2019

Peaceful,relaxing,spectacular sunset,perfect place to be with the one you love.

Reviewed by Sue 3rd August 2019

Amazing little quirky property! Kitchen could use a thoughtful makeover to maximise space available. Otherwise brilliant. Owner (and neighbour) was friendliness and courtesy itself, offering very helpful suggestions as to various local destinations.

Reviewed by Allan 22nd June 2019

Beautiful location with views out across the estuary. The property owner, Mr Patel, was very helpful and came across to welcome us on our arrival and made us feel welcome.

Reviewed by Jack 18th May 2019

Fantastic week in the watchtower with everything we need and for a great price. Almost certain well be back...

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