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Castle on the Well | Unique Luxury Castle | Exmoor, North Devon

Castle on the Well

South Molton, Exmoor, Devon, UK

Resting on prehistoric Druid stones and built on the site of a 6th century chantry, this unique luxury castle-like dwelling on the edge of Exmoor is sure to enchant from first sight. Combining crenellated walls with mullioned windows, a breathtaking copper dome room and over an acre of blooming gardens, Castle on the Well feels as though a fairytale dwelling has landed right here in the north Devon countryside.



Fusing traditional shooting lodge charm with a modern country twist, Castle on the Well hides within a patchwork of pretty Devonshire countryside bordering Exmoor National Park. Once the site of a chapel said to have been built by St Petroc, this unique self-catering home has been sensitively restored to luxurious specifications and designed wholly to embrace its ancient roots. Inside, harmony ensues, and whether squirreled away in a reading nook or enjoying a raucous lunch with the family, treasured memories are guaranteed.


Lovingly restored to exude a homely, yet design-led interior, soothing greys and earthy tones sweep through this rare North Devon dwelling. A home where both introverts and extroverts can be equally at peace; large, airy spaces soon twist into quiet corners, too cosy to contemplate leaving. Stolen moments are at the heart of Castle on the Well, and there’s no better place to spend a little together time than on the curved sofas beneath the Turner-inspired Venetian plaster dome. Come dusk, the sleeping quarters comprise three double bedrooms that ensure luxury for the whole family.


The ramparts of this castle-in-miniature are sure to see children tear around the grounds with shouts of flaming dragons and brave princesses, meanwhile, grown-ups can enjoy the serenity that life in the South Molton hills can bring, with an ice-cold, local gin in hand for good measure. Wildlife lovers will be in their element here, and misty mornings will see rabbits and pheasants picking their way between the wildflowers, while the nearby North Devon coast will reward explorers with seals, dolphins and maybe even a lost mermaid or two.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 6 guests
    From £1,995 per week, £1,495 per short break
  • Alternative group optionsUp to 2 or up to 4 guests
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsThere are three double bedrooms and a family bathroom with bath and shower on the first floor of Castle on the Well; the master with super king-size bed, along with a further bedroom with king-size bed and one with super-king size zip-and-link bed (that can be arranged as a twin), all with views of the Devon countryside. There is an additional shower room with WC on the ground floor.
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  • FeaturesFire pit
  • PetsTwo well-behaved dogs are welcome on prior request
    Each pet is charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilyYes, children and babies are very welcome. A cot and highchair are available on prior request.
  • PracticalitiesThere is ample private parking on site. The kitchen includes a Rangemaster cooker with hob, dishwasher, coffee machine, fridge, freezer and washer-dryer. There is also an office area for remote working. Due to the wildlife pond in the garden and surrounding farmland, parents and dog owners are advised to supervise children and pets. The garden is not enclosed.
  • Homestay includesWelcome hamper of local produce, luxury bed linen and towels, kindling and firewood to get you started, recipe books...House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more
  • Private cateringSeeking a celebratory dinner or fully catered escape? Our recommended caterers will work with you to create personalised menus for your stay. Details are shared through our house book on confirming your booking.
  • RetreatsFrom foraging weekenders to crash courses in cold-water therapy, our bespoke retreats bridge the gap between luxury and back-to-nature philosophies. Create a hand-crafted stay that puts connectivity at the fore.
  • Other informationProperty terms and conditionsFrequently asked questions

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A perfect symmetry; the curved sofas reflect the dome above
Hunting lodge meets modern country home at Castle on the Well in North Devon

Prices & Availability

South Molton

A busy pannier market and vibrant community spirit make up pretty South Molton. This gateway to Exmoor is an ideal base for exploring North Devon; ramblers will be spoilt for choice, with the Two Moors Way and South West Coast Path all within easy reach.

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South Molton
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Getting there

  • On the Map Castle on the Well is nestled in the North Devon hamlet of Charles, 9 miles from Barnstaple and not far from the popular seaside resorts of Woolacombe and Croyde.
  • By Car The property is located around an hour north of Exeter, 2 hours from Bristol and 4 from central London.
  • By Train The closest train station is Barnstaple, 10 miles from the property, which has regular connections from the rest of the country. 
  • By Air Exeter Airport is 40 miles and an hours' drive away from Castle on the Well; Bristol International Airport is 80 miles and an hour and 40 minutes.

From the owner

“Close to the coast but still secluded, Castle on the Well is a perfect spot both in the summer and to hunker down in the cooler months. It has become a firm favourite for family celebrations and our go-to place to come to press the reset button away from everyday life.”

From the owner

Finding Castle on the Well was a purely chance occasion which has resulted in much hard work over the last few years to get it to where it is today. Meeting many incredible people along the way, it has become a very special retreat for our family.

The house's origins date back to the 6th century when the Welsh missionary St Petroc, who evangelised Devon and Cornwall, came to visit this site. According to folklore, St Petroc carried some of the Hoar Stones from Wrick down to St Petroc and piled them around the well. Many of them can be seen around St Petroc still, including the well cap stone in the domed living room.

During the reign of Henry VIII, the house was left to fall into ruin until a small cottage was built in 1825, then a larger house resembling what you see today built in 1924. By 2005 this unique property had become derelict once again.

We took ownership of Castle on the Well just a few years ago and it has not been without it’s challenges, however, has become a place we have come to love and spend time with our two young girls, family and friends.

Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in South Molton with an insider’s perspective.

RHS Rosemoor, Great Torrington

To Do

RHS Rosemoor, Great Torrington

Quiet woodlands, a flame-hued hot garden, manicured topiary and a lake as calm as glass (to mention just a few of the draws!); a visit to the Royal Horticultural Society´s Devon garden is a delight throughout the whole year.

The Masons Arms, Knowstone

To Eat

The Masons Arms, Knowstone

Exposed timber beams, sweeping views of wild Exmoor National Park, Michelin starred food and a local pub atmosphere make The Masons Arms an absolute must for guests visiting North Devon.

Tarr Steps, Dulverton

To See

Tarr Steps, Dulverton

A medieval clapper bridge crossing the River Barle with plenty of enchanting woodland walks surrounding. The Tarr Farm Inn, which you´ll pass on the way to the steps, is an excellent spot for a sunny tipple after a walk.

Brendon Manor Horse Riding, Lynton

To Do

Brendon Manor Horse Riding, Lynton

Gallop across the moors to places hard-reached by foot on a guided hack with the experienced folk at Brendon Manor Horse Riding. For guests with their own horses, the stables also offer bed and breakfast livery.

Guest Testimonials

The property was beautiful and really well thought out and well equipped. Great attention to detail with every aspect and the gardens were really well cared for and great fun for our young children to explore. We had a great time and would definitely recommend.

A beautiful property which was full of style and quality and so well stocked for us - everything was perfect! Thank you for such a comfortable stay, we have returned home feeling very relaxed.

Unique extras

From private chefs to luxury at-home spa therapists and adrenalin-fuelled retreats, once you’ve booked your stay we’ll introduce you to our owner-recommended suppliers to create a truly bespoke, memorable escape.


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