Doyden Castle

Port Quin, Cornwall
The exterior of Doyden Castle, Port Isaac, Cornwall
The exterior of Doyden Castle, Port Isaac, Cornwall
The view from Doyden Castle, Port Isaac, Cornwall
The view from Doyden Castle, Port Isaac, Cornwall
The sitting room at Doyden Castle, Port Isaac, Cornwall
The sitting room at Doyden Castle, Port Isaac, Cornwall
The kitchen at Doyden Castle, Port Isaac, Cornwall
The bedroom at Doyden Castle, Port Isaac, Cornwall
The bedroom at Doyden Castle, Port Isaac, Cornwall
The shower room at Doyden Castle, Port Isaac, Cornwall
The view from a window at Doyden Castle, Port Isaac, Cornwall
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At-a-glance details

  • Sleeps 2
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Preferred changeover day Monday
  • Minimum stay 2 nights
  • Number of dogs welcome 0
  • Acorn rating 5 What's this?
  • Reference 011101

About Doyden Castle

A little fortress at the edge of the cliffs on the Port Quin headland, with sea views all around.

Be king or queen of the castle when you stay in this intriguing cliff-top fantasy fortress. It was owned by Samuel Symons, an infamous bon-viveur, in around 1830 as a place to entertain his friends. Now, it plays hosts to an eccentric one-bedroom holiday home full of quirks from its past. Inside you’ll find arched gothic windows, a cosy open fire and even the original wine bins in the cellar. 

It’s set on a secluded headland of Port Quin where you’ll be encompassed by jewel coloured ocean views. Walk down the hill to Port Quin’s sheltered inlet where you go rock pooling, kayaking or fishing. 

For longer walks you can loop onto the South West Coast Path, which runs just past the front door, and hike to the higgledy-piggledy lanes of Port Isaac. To the east, you’ll find surfing beach Polzeath and foodie hotspot, Padstow. 
 

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Features and facilities

  • Cot & high chair not available
  • Microwave available
  • Fridge available
  • Freezer available
  • Dishwasher available
  • Washing machine available
  • Tumble dryer available
  • Telephone available
  • Television available
  • DVD available
  • WiFi* not available
  • Open fire / wood burner available
  • Garden not available
  • BBQ not available

Accessibility

Not accessible

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Layout

  • Ground floor

    Sitting/dining room with open fire.

  • First floor

    Double bedroom (with 6' bed which can also be a twin on request).

  • Other floor(s)

    Cellar floor: entrance door to kitchen/diner, utility room, shower room, separate lavatory.

Notes for guests

Access: The access statement is for guidance only. For up to date photos, please see those images in the main website page.

Due to the close proximity of the cliff and the sheer drop we feel that this hazard makes the cottage unsuitable for children.

The partly walled track to the Castle is quite narrow in places, please take care. Arrival in daylight is advised.

The stairs within the castle are quite steep.

Parking: Access by car to unload/load; at other times please park at Doyden House, a five to 10 minutes walk away.

Garden: There is no garden, although it is possible to sit outside the castle.

Telephone: There is no telephone at Doyden Castle, however guests can make outgoing calls from telephone in the hall at Doyden House.

WiFi: There is no WiFi at Doyden Castle but guests can use the WiFi connection in the communal area at nearby Doyden House.

Heating: Night storage heating, eco electric radiators and convector heating included.

Logs: Fire kits and supplies can be purchased at time of booking or whilst at the cottage. 

Fire starter kit comprises of: 1 x pack of six eco logs, 1 x net of kindling and 1 x pack of eco-firelighters

Further suppliers of eco logs, kindling and eco-firelighters can be purchased seperately.

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

Free entry to Tintagel Old Post Office on production of booking details subject to seasonal opening hours.

Local suppliers: Discount offered to National Trust guests at Cornish Rock Tors and Outdoor Adventures. These outdoor activity providers offer kayaking, surfing, coasteering and much more.

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About the Acorn rating

To help find the best cottage for you, we have created our own quality rating system for our holiday cottages called the Acorn rating. Ranging from 1-5 Acorns, the rating gives you an indication of a property’s facilities, fixtures and fittings, with five being the highest quality level. The Acorn rating is not connected to any other industry rating system that may be used for holiday cottages and is only to be used as a guide that covers location, style of interior and the facilities you may be looking for. We do not set our cottage pricing based on the Acorn rating we have given a cottage as all our cottages are of an individual nature. Therefore, we recommend that all factors are considered when making your choice. In addition, some of our cottages are curated to be sympathetic to their time period. This means that they might not have all of the aspects of modern living, but impress in so many other ways.

1 Acorn: simple living accommodation with basic furniture and fixtures fit for purpose and clean. Running water and a toilet are provided. There could be some limitations to heating and washing facilities – details of these will be stated clearly on the cottage's webpage. Bedding, linen and towels are supplied with a few exceptions, which are again clearly stated). Facilities for basic catering and living are provided. In general, a 1 Acorn cottage does not have WiFi.

2 Acorn: a mid-quality range of furniture and fittings. Bathroom facilities are basic or there may be a high number of guests to bathroom ratio depending on the size of the cottage. Very few 2 Acorn cottages have WiFi and the kitchen white goods and washing facilities are basic. Bedding, linen and towels are supplied in all 2-5 Acorn cottages.

3 Acorn: a good, standard offer. Generally it is correctly proportioned for the number of guests but could have a few compromises, for example a small kitchen, or a lower bathroom to guest ratio. The variety of white goods available will be better than a 2 Acorn cottage.

4 Acorn: these cottages have more premium furniture, fittings and lighting. Additionally the ratio of bathrooms to guests is likely to be higher, and the bathrooms would be more likely to have separate and spacious showers instead of showers over baths.

5 Acorn: a luxury accommodation offer with very few limiting factors. This is the highest offer available. It is well-equipped and has spacious facilities throughout the cottage or is set within an extraordinary location or building. The furniture is of a high standard, and has real comfort for modern living.

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