The Watertower

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Shut your eyes, make a wish and create your own fairy tale in this iconic, one-of-a-kind romantic retreat set on the edge of Dartmoor with commanding views and quirky, stylish interiors – loved by children and grownups alike.

At a Glance

From £737 for a long weekend or mid week break.
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Gorgeous, iconic and unique are just a few ways to describe this incredible retreat. Part of a former Victorian hospital on the edge of Dartmoor, The Watertower rises high into the sky and has the most majestic views over the rolling fields of the South Hams and Dartmoor to the sea beyond. Super romantic and peaceful, you’ll feel like a princess (or prince) climbing the narrow, winding stone staircase to your very own eyrie in the sky making it perfect for couples. It’s also fantastic for families as little ones love the magic and adventure of staying in a tower – let their imaginations run riot as they unleash their inner Rapunzel or knight! Spend your days soaking in the sunshine watching the ever-changing skies and inquisitive house martins that swoop and dive, whilst at night enjoy the fabulous star-filled skies. Just perfect.

To make the most of the stunning views, the gorgeous living space is on the seventh floor. With exposed stone walls and glossy wood flooring, the owner has really made the most of the original features. A super squidgy leather sofa and an extra large seat for one (or two for evening cuddles) provides plenty of sitting space to look out the glass doors onto the balcony to the simply jaw-dropping views beyond. On balmy evenings, open the door wide to see the countryside change from green to golden as the sun sets, with just the sound of the house martins and distant sea in your ears.

In addition, at the very top on the eighth floor you’ll find a fabulous library with 360 degree views – perfect for escaping for a little bit of me time and curling up with a book, or an ideal spot for the creatively minded to let the pen, or palette, flow. For those times when you just want to sit back and catch up with that T.V series or if the kids want to watch a movie, there’s a fab cinema room on the sixth floor complete with original velvet cinema chairs, film posters and a huge screen. Don’t worry about packing the popcorn – there’ll be some waiting for you!


The compact but lovely kitchen is on the first floor and comes complete with a breakfast bar (with super stylish lights hanging overhead), the blackest of black Smeg retro fridge freezer, DeLonghi coffee machine and everything else you might need. We love the contrast between the dark walls and cupboards, white metro tiles and the eye-catching brick wall. On the ground floor is the entrance hall and dining room where you’ll find a pretty wooden table with a pew and bench, or why not carry your meal to the sitting room and enjoy a picnic feast watching the sun set?


There are two bedrooms at The Watertower. The master bedroom is situated on the third floor and boasts a fairytale four poster bed and swathed in shades of turquoise with twinkling fairy lights to complete the look. Next door is a handy loo so you don’t have to tackle the stairs during the night. The second bedroom, on the fourth floor, is more of a laid-back affair and makes a perfect day bed if there are just two of you or ideal for little ones, with double doors leading out onto a balcony and the views beyond.


The Watertower has a super sexy pitch black bathroom, offset with copper furnishings, a deep and luxurious bath tub for two and a huge walk in shower with rainfall shower head.


There’s WiFi throughout The Watertower so should you need to keep in contact with the outside world you can.

Outdoor space

Outside you’ll find a small courtyard garden, whilst of course there’s the stunning balcony off of the sitting area with those amazing views. Additionally, guests are free to enjoy the gorgeous maintained gardens, tennis courts, boule pitch and croquet lawn within the grounds of Moorhaven. There are two parking spaces next to the front entrance.


One well-behaved dog is very welcome at The Watertower, we charge £35 per dog per week or short break.

Accessibility at The Water Tower

Being a Victorian water tower, the retreat is spread over eight floors with one room per floor. The stairs are a mix of narrow, stone, winding stairs (like you find in old castles) plus newer, narrow wooden stairs on the last three floors. If you have limited mobility, or have any questions regarding the stairs, please do give us a call on 01872 553 491.


Little ones absolutely adore The Watertower and love to play dungeons, dragons and princesses but do be aware of the stone staircases.


There are two private parking spaces provided.

In the area

The Watertower sits within the grounds of Moorhaven village. Formerly a collection of Victorian hospital buildings, they were all converted into homes and became a village during the 1990s. The Tower is in the most commanding position in centre of the village, but due to its elevated position it is very peaceful. The hospital grounds have been maintained to an immaculate standard and are a communal space for everyone to enjoy.

This area is perfect for walkers, with footpaths leading straight on to Dartmoor from The Watertower – perfect if you have a dog with you, whilst it’s also a fantastic spot for cycling too. Horse riding is also available nearby as an alternative way to explore the surrounding moorland.

If you like being on water, the River Dart is great for canoeists whilst there are beaches nearby to enjoy such as Bigbury and Bantham. Salcombe and Dartmouth are also exceptional sailing destinations.

Buckfast Abbey is well worth a visit. This Benedictine monastery is free to enter and has lovely gardens to explore. Nearby Totnes is crammed full of independent shops, places to eat and Devon’s largest food market which takes place on the third Sunday of every month.

The South Devon Railway, which runs between Totnes and Buckfastleigh by steam train, is a lovely way to see the countryside. The Barbican and Hoe – the historical part of Plymouth by the water – has great cafes, restaurants and galleries to explore as well.

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Short breaks:

  • Mid Week Breaks (Mon to Fri) cost 75% of the weekly rate.
  • Long Weekends (Fri to Mon) cost 75% of the weekly rate.
  • Short breaks are not available at Christmas and New Year.


  • A 13 deposit & £38 booking fee secures your dates.
  • Payment of balance is due 8 weeks before your holiday starts.
  • There is a charge of £35 per pet per week or short break
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