The Water Tower

Truro, Cornwall

At-a-glance details

  • Sleeps 2
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Preferred changeover day Saturday
  • Minimum stay 2 nights
  • Number of dogs welcome 0
  • Acorn rating 3 What's this?
  • Reference 011075

About The Water Tower

A stay like no other, The Water Tower’s interior is just as intriguing as its exterior…

Live out your own romantic fairy-tale in this Rapunzel-esque tower, once used as a reservoir in the 1860s. At four storeys high and yet with only one room on each floor, a stay at The Water Tower will be like no other. You’ll enter through arched barn doors and climb its winding staircase to intriguing, circular-shaped rooms with gothic-style windows. Standing proud on the Trelissick estate, it’s a fine example of the Victorian obsession for embellishing such utilitarian buildings. 

Make the most of your location on the banks of the River Fal, and explore the surrounding 300 acres of diverse countryside. There’s even a small beach on the estate too, where you can spend a day lazing on its sands. 

Take the nearby King Harry Ferry and journey along the river down to St Mawes, Falmouth and the Roseland Peninsula. You could also explore the area by canoe; Canoe Cornwall offer guided tours as well as archery and bushcraft sessions. 

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Features and facilities

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


Not accessible

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  • Ground floor

    Bathroom with whirlpool bath(reached via outside door by porch).

  • First floor

    Double bedroom.

  • Second floor

    Sitting room.

  • Other floor(s)

    Third floor: kitchen/diner with bat cam.

Notes for guests

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

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.

*WiFi: This is now available, but please note that intermittent connection problems can sometimes occur and should not be relied upon. We are pleased to provide free WiFi at this cottage which is supported by BT.

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 so you can watch the little creatures come and go.

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About the Acorn rating

We have applied a 1-5 acorn rating to each cottage to be used only as a guide that covers location, style of interior and facilities you may be looking for. The range runs from 1 Acorn at a more basic level such as Bird How which due to its stunning yet remote location doesn’t have a caretaker through to 5 Acorns at the highest level – such as Shute Barton.

Cottage pricing is not judged on the Acorn rating alone and as all our cottages are of an individual nature we recommend that all factors are considered when making your choice.

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