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Overview of Gothic Folly, Sleeps 16, Indoor Heated Pool, Hot Tub, Jurassic Coast East Devon

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Indoor pool, a heated pool
8 bedrooms, iron/ironing board, cots/infant beds, WiFi
TV, fireplace, DVD player, table football

Gothic Folly, Sleeps 16, Indoor Heated Pool, Hot Tub, Jurassic Coast East Devon

5.0/5 Exceptional

Popular amenities

  • Pool
  • Pet Friendly
  • Kitchen
  • Hot tub

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Contactless check-in
  • Sheets and towels washed at 60°C

Explore the area

    Popular LocationChard Museum15 min drive
    Popular LocationLyme Bay Winery16 min drive
    Popular LocationCastlewood Vineyard22 min drive
    AirportExeter (EXT-Exeter Intl.)24 min drive

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About this area


Located in Honiton, this castle is in a rural area. Chard Museum and The Gateway Theatre are cultural highlights, and some of the area's activities can be experienced at Lyme Bay Winery and Seaton Tramway. Travelling with kids? Consider Seaton Jurassic, or check out an event or a game at County Cricket Ground. Sailing and fishing offer great chances to get out on the surrounding water, or you can seek out an adventure with hiking/biking trails and mountain biking nearby.
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What's nearby

  • Chard Museum - 15 min drive
  • Lyme Bay Winery - 16 min drive
  • Seaton Wetlands - 21 min drive
  • Castlewood Vineyard - 22 min drive
  • Seaton Jurassic - 25 min drive

Getting around

  • Honiton Station - 14 min drive
  • Exeter (EXT-Exeter Intl.) - 24 min drive


  • Royal Oak Farm - 6 min drive
  • The Flintlock Inn - 9 min drive
  • Boston Tea Party - 11 min drive
  • Bella Pizza - 11 min drive
  • Lacemakers Cafe - 11 min drive
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About this property

Gothic Folly, Sleeps 16, Indoor Heated Pool, Hot Tub, Jurassic Coast East Devon

Family-friendly castle with indoor pool and spa tub
"Wow! The word doesn't do Rower Fort justice. What an incredible experience, from arrival to departure we were both overwhelmed and enchanted by this superlative location, and the warmth and generosity of wonderful hosts Georgina & Mark. We had the best sleeps ever in amazing beds with beautifully soft linen. Lazy evenings by the log fire and cozy breakfasts in the incredible kitchen with its huge homely table and Aga. We cannot recommend Rower Fort highly enough; you have to experience it. Very many thanks to Georgina & Mark - we will definitely be back'. The Carnaghans, Nov 2019 "This was a gathering of family and friends to help us celebrate our 50 years of marrigae and our 70th birthdays. It found us in this ideal setting of Rower Fort with excellent company and the very best of hosts. Attentive, thoughtful and considerate hosts. Thank you Georgina & Make and family" Nina and Family, 10th August 2018 "Visited Rower Fort for a 70th birthday and it was the perfect venue! Loved the pool, hot tub and the beautiful house. Everyone had a fantastic time. We went to the Stockland Fair and even entered the 'Egg Catching', great fun! Wonderful holiday and great family memories created. Thank you". Lynsey and Family, June 2018 "We brought our family here for our 50th wedding anniversary. The family arrived, we had lots to eat and drink - the sun came out and WOW! What a lovely place! Lots of room for 14 of us so we didnt trip over each other. The children just couldnt stay away from the pool. The views are simply amazing. I have to admit it took me a while not to get lost in the house. It is the most amazing place to stay and I am so glad that we booked it. Mark & Georgina thank you so much. This has been an anniversary to remember. I wish I didnt have to go home now". Jenny, Ian & family, May 2018 "A wonderful family weekend to celebrate a 50th birthday. Perfect venue, amazing views and where else but our own castle in which to watch a Royal Wedding! Sun, fun and family warmth. Thank you for letting us stay in your home xxx" Richard, Family & Friends, May 2018 "Well - what can we say about the hosue that has everything? So many delights, so many surprises. We had just such a memorable weekend. Thank you for everything". Nick, Philippa and friends 2018 2018 "Thank you very much for making our festive season very joyful in your stunning quirky home! We have all loved it very much and couldnt have asked for anything more. Your hosting has been to the highest of standards and nothing was ever too much. Wish you the happiest of years in 2018. Thank you" Caroline & Family December 2018 "Where do I even begin? Mark and Georgina were absolutely incredible, from start to finish. I stayed at Rower Fort with a group of friends for my 30th birthday. The Fort (personally I call it a castle), is so much more than the photos show, if that’s even possible. The kitchen, and lounge spaces couldn’t be more homely and accommodating, the bedrooms are absolutely superb, beautifully decorated, with the comfiest mattresses I’ve ever known. I honestly don’t think any of us have ever spent more time in water, whether that be the swimming pool - divine, I recommend bringing inflatables! The roll top baths - bring bubbles, or the hot tub - I’m not sure which was best, watching the sunrise with a cup of tea, or the sun set with a glass of champagne. From start to finish, our stay was magical, with the little touches from Mark and Georgina making our time even more spectacular. We’re already plotting a way to come back!" Natasha & Friends August 2017 "A fabulous weird and wonderful place. A Brilliant week with family. Lovely hosts and lots of memories made with our children who loved hide and seek, the pool and the hot tub. Thank you so much" S & V and Family June 2017 "We could not have picked a better location for our small wedding celebration. RF is a beautiful property set in picturesque English countryside. Our family of 15 enjoyed a splendid time together for meals at the long table,great for conversation amongst big groups, and swimming together in the beautiful indoor pool. The hot tub is also not to be missed, especially at night when the stars are out. M & G were amazing and responsive hosts - from giving directions to our next destination abroad to lending my brother goggles for the pool, to showing my family the incredible tank that sits on the property - they went above and beyond to make us feel welcome" A.S. New York USA June 16th 2017, Beautiful house! We all had an amazing time celebrating a 30th Birthday! Beds were so comfy. Hot tub with views were fantastic, and we loved the swimming pool. Loved the quirkiness of the house, finding new things every day. Georgina was a great host, very helpful and she made us incredible Birthday Brownies complete with candles! Really hope to come back one day" Sarah & Friends June 2017 "Thank you for a wonderful weekend in your beautiful house. The decor and facilities are fabulous, especially the pool and hot tub" Huge thank you Georgina & Mark for being so helpful & welcoming. We'd love to come back". Tom & Friends' birthday celebrations, May 21st 2017, Amazing 70th birthday celebration with all our children and grandchildren. Party of 14 in all. Mark & Georgina, you have an amazing place here and your kind hospitality knows no ends. Thanks for a brilliant week. Martin & Family May 19th 2017, Georgina & Mark are brilliant - helped us when we needed them and so very kind when one of our gang was unwell. The house is wonderful, so relaxing and felt so easy to be here. Its hard to leave this place - amazing weekend thank you!" David's 50th birthday May 12-15th 2017 "Great find for my surprise 60th weekend. Quirky, great great views and a kitchen table even bigger than ours! What a fantastic place - love the decor and wonderful moroccan influence. Loved the views from the hot tub. Hope to return with children, great fun." Sue & family, May 1st 2017 " Beautiful views, fun in the hot tub even in the rain! Fascinating house, beautiful setting, hot tub and pool key assets to our enjoyment for a long Bank Holiday weekend" Mr & Mrs A & Family Christmas 2016 "Just right for grandchildren, dogs & those a bit older! Unique & quirky and very comfortable. It made for a superb location for a real family Xmas. Thank you for all your help" October 14th 2016 "What an amazing place you have here! From Water polo to beer pong we did it all and had such fun. The views are incredible. I could sit in that hot tub for endless hours looking out. Every room is full of quirky surprises and it suited us perfectly. Hopefully we will be able to visit and stay again soon..." DS September 2016 "What an absolutely wonderful place. It is stunning! Iwas taken away for the weekend as a surprise and what a surprise. The Fort is fabulous. The beds are really comfortable, the pool and the hot tub were amazing and Mark & Georgina were great hosts (really enjoyed the Moroccan vegetables). Being in the hot tub when it was raining up the top of the trees was incredible and the stars and night were twinkly. Thank you both". K, K & L August 2016 "We went to Rower Fort with 13 immediate family members ranging from 5 years to 67 years. We never expected to please everybody all of the time, but Rower Fort did! Never a dull moment, always something to look at in the house, the pool and Jacuzzi were excellent. Georgina, Mark and their son, were so friendly it made for a very laid back week. The large kitchen table was the highlight every morning and evening. If you are looking for something different you wont be disappointed!!" Phil & family "Thanks to Georgina & Mark for a fantastic stay. The property is wonderfully quirky and your family are amazing hosts. We had a superb time". 15th July 2016 "Ab Fab place. Eclectic in the main!" 1st July 2016 "The house is wonderful - so many artistic itmes, thank you so much for letting us share it" June 2016 "What a way to celebrate a 60th birthday - had a fab time, spa & pool amazing. Thanks for wonderful time"April 2016 "Great house with everything you need. Superb pool and best positioned hot tub ever with splendid views. Owners very welcoming and helpful. A well enjoyed weekend" Dawn & family, March 18th 2016 "A wonderful week in a perfectly sized house - with amazing views...loved the way it feels. luxurious but not precious." February 2016 "Possibly the best placed jacuzzi on Planet Earth"! Rower Fort is a unique property for family holidays, reunions, weddings, special occasions and celebrations. Sleeping up to 16 it stands out as a holiday 'cottage' with a real difference. Dating back to 1827, the farmhouse was formerly within the estate of Sir Francis Drake. Rower Fort has been developed and offers a truly unique venue. The combination of the traditional farmhouse and part castellated folly tower, complete with battlements, is eclectic in style, original and imaginative. On top of the folly tower you will find the most remarkably sited hot tob you'll ever come across, from which you can enjoy the panoramic views by day and shooting stars by night. With ample living accommodation and a large kitchen table to seat 16, family and friends can sit, relax, chat and socialise.
Guest accommodation at this castle offers private pools and fireplaces. Kitchens offer fridges, hobs, microwaves and separate dining areas.

Bathrooms include a shower. Televisions come with DVD players.

An indoor pool and a spa tub are on site.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

Property manager

Georgina Hughes
Speaks English, French, German

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter

Social distancing

Contactless check-in
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Internet access

Things to do

  • Table football
  • Heated pool
  • Indoor pool
  • Hot tub

Family friendly

  • Children's toys
  • Cots/infant beds available
  • DVD player
  • Indoor pool
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Fridge
  • Separate dining area
  • Sofa bed

Languages spoken

  • English
  • French
  • German


  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Garden


  • Books
  • Games
  • Smoke-free property

Room amenities


  • Linens
  • Cots/infant beds available
  • Heating
  • Sofa bed


  • 7 bathrooms
  • Bathtub
  • Soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels


  • DVD player
  • TV

Food and drink

  • Cookware/dishes/utensils
  • Dining room
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Fridge
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Fireplace
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Private pool
  • Washing machine



Check-in time starts at 5:00 PM
Minimum check-in age - 25


Check-out before 10:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions; you will also receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account, which will enable you to manage your booking


Pets are allowed
Restrictions apply; for more information contact the property on the number on the booking confirmation

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Cots (infant beds) are available

Payment types at the property

Important information

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
This property accepts credit cards
Parties and events are allowed on site

We should mention

Guests can arrange to bring pets by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
A car is required for transport to and from this property

Property is also known as

Gothic Folly OCT Sleeps 16 Indoor Heated Pool Jacuzzi
Gothic Folly Isolated Sleeps 16 Indoor Heated Pool Hot Tub

Frequently asked questions

Does Gothic Folly, Sleeps 16, Indoor Heated Pool, Hot Tub, Jurassic Coast East Devon have a pool?
Yes, this property has an indoor pool. Pool types include heated pools.
Is Gothic Folly, Sleeps 16, Indoor Heated Pool, Hot Tub, Jurassic Coast East Devon pet-friendly?
Yes, pets are allowed at this property.
What time is check-in at Gothic Folly, Sleeps 16, Indoor Heated Pool, Hot Tub, Jurassic Coast East Devon?
Check-in begins at 5:00 PM.
What time is check-out at Gothic Folly, Sleeps 16, Indoor Heated Pool, Hot Tub, Jurassic Coast East Devon?
Checkout is at 10:00 AM.
Where is Gothic Folly, Sleeps 16, Indoor Heated Pool, Hot Tub, Jurassic Coast East Devon located?
Located in a rural location, this family-friendly castle is within 9 mi (15 km) of Blackdown Hills, Chard Museum and East Devon. Seaton Wetlands and Escot Park are also within 12 miles (20 km).
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Property conditions & facilities

5/5 Excellent

A great stay in a beautiful property
Thank you Georgina for being such an attentive host - we really enjoyed our stay!

5/5 Excellent

Quiet and Quirky
We were looking for something different to celebrate our 70th birthdays and our 50th wedding anniversary. With family and friends this property certainly fulfilled all our requirements and expectations making for an excellent weekend. The swimming pool and hot tub were extensively used by all and the kitchen area and lounge area gave that friendly party feeling where everyone could be at the same time with plenty of room . All the bedrooms were completely different and it was difficult to choose which to stay in. The interior had many quirky items that even included an ex prison cell door among too many to list. Although the property is located in a remote quiet area there were tremendous views with great walks for the dogs. Our hosts were away on holiday for our arrival but all was taken care of and we were able to meet them when we were departing. We would have no hesitation in recommending this property and judging by the visitors book comments many others have said the same. Excellent venue, Excellent host and a great stay.

5/5 Excellent

Golden Wedding Celebration
This was the perfect venue for us all It is a special property that can comfortably house fifteen people ranging in age from three years up to seventy nine years of age and provide them all with sufficient resources to keep them happily engaged for the whole weekend The well equipped comfortable kitchen where we shared all our meals and enjoyed each other’s company holds a special place in our memory as does the time in the beautiful swimming pool and sat in the hot tub up on the roof looking over the beautiful East Devon countryside Even the weather was perfect Georgina made us so welcome and was helpful and obliging Thank you we will be back

5/5 Excellent

Magical & Unforgettable Venue
Words can’t really do it justice but I will just say that Rower Fort seated at the top of a hill with amazing views in every direction is an ideal & very special & unique destination for a large group of friends & family including children & dogs. You walk in through the entrance porch into a fabulous welcoming kitchen which despite it’s size manages to feel cosy, with the biggest kitchen table I have ever seen & a great oil fired Aga & a separate electric cooker. Huge American style fridge freezer & separate large fridge. There is loads of comfy seating in the lounge & a further smaller lounge/games room. Both rooms have huge inglenooks. The style of the house is an eclectic mix with furnishings collected from all over the world. There is a strong Moroccan influence especially in the swimming pool building. The beds & bedding were sumptuous. The indoor pool is amazing & lovely & warm. The hot tub on the turret was so relaxing with 360 degree views of the surrounding countryside & sea on a clear day. The photos do not do it justice. Mark was great & extremely welcoming & very helpful with any answers to questions & practical help & advice, just a text message or call away. We went as a large family group to celebrate our sons 40th birthday & we couldn’t have chosen better. Thank you Mark & Georgina.

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