The Observatory Tower
Tower | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
The Observatory Tower occupies the highest point in Falmouth, and the stunning 360 degree views from the observatory deck will capture your imagination. You simply will not want to leave. The deck is fully serviced with bar fridge, wine cooler and hot tap, ensuring you have all the facilities to hand, to enjoy this remarkable room with a view.
The Observatory Tower was built in 1868 to observe and record the weather. There is no better place from which to witness and photograph the landscape in all weather conditions. A camera obscura was built in 1955 and has been carefully restored to full working order. Viewings are available on request.
If you can break free from the Tower's charms then you are in for a treat. A few minutes' walk will see you into the town centre, abuzz with activity in the many cafes, bars, restaurants and shops. Explore the town's museums, gallerys, gardens and beaches, many within walking distance, or else accessible by good transport links. For the less energetic, take advantage of Falmouth's free shuttle bus service.
Falmouth has the third deepest natural harbour in the world, so why not take to the water to explore Flushing, Mylor, St Mawes, Truro or the Helford Passage? There are a number of ferry services available, or you may prefer to charter your own boat. From wherever you are though, you will not long be out of sight of The Observatory Tower on Falmouth's skyline.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Gyllyngvase Beach 2 km|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Newquay Airport 48 km, Nearest railway: Falmouth Town 1 km|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Double beds (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Further details indoors|
Accommodation in The Observatory Tower is arranged over 5 floors and is carefully planned to make full use of the modest space available.
A private bedroom, complete with ensuite wet-room, is situated on the ground floor. There is a separate utility room which leads to a small external courtyard at the rear of the property.
On the first floor is a flexible space used as a living room, but easily converted to a second bedroom when the wall bed is pulled down. This allows up to 4 people to be comfortably accommodated.
The kitchen on the second floor is both functional and interesting at the same time. The history of The Observatory Tower is depicted through photographs, plans and original weather reports, set behind a glass splashback. A bright and airy space, with rooftop views over Falmouth to north, south, east and west.
The main living room on the 3rd floor, with its large picture window overlooking Falmouth Bay, is a precursor to the top floor. Its funky sofa was specially designed to fit the space, with fabrics chosen to reflect the changes in the weather.
After scaling the 66 steps to the top, the observation deck on the 4th floor is what this building is all about. The 360 degree views are breathtaking and if you don't know what you are looking out at, the pelmet art above the windows will help you identify local landmarks.
The Observatory Deck also acts as a camera obscura, whereby the whole room acts as a camera. When the room is blacked out, an image of the outside view is projected on to the centre table. This was, and still is, a very popular form of entertainment and is still of benefit to photographers and artists alike. Viewings are only available by prior arrangement and subject to good weather conditions. Please enquire about the camera obscura when you make your booking.
|Further details outdoors|
The secure courtyard is small but perfect for storing bicycles, surfboards, etc
There is no other external space but you won't need it. Relaxing on the observation deck is outdoors enough, like being on the gallery of a lighthouse; it does feel quite surreal when birds actually fly past beneath you!
To fully enjoy your stay in The Observatory Tower you should be of reasonable fitness to climb the 66 steps to the top (more than once a day!)
Please bring your own beach towels, as those towels provided are not to be removed from the property.
Free car parking available in the quiet residential streets nearby.
The West Country region
Cornwall is an inspirational place to visit.
Whether it is the famous surf on the North Coast or the sailing waters on the south, Cornwall's beaches and coast path are breathtaking. Its world famous coastline draws watersport enthusiasts, walkers, couples and families alike, all with one aim in common - to enjoy the great outdoors this county has to offer.
Cornwall's climate is unique in England for its temperate conditions. It benefits from some of the highest levels of sunshine throught the year, although the sea breeze means it never gets uncomfortably hot.
Cornwall is home to some of the world's most inspirational gardens including The Eden Project and The Lost Gardens of Heligan. There is a wealth of English Heritage and National Trust properties in the area, as well as a host of other tourist attractions, to cater for all interests.
Cornwall has enjoyed a gastronomic renaissance in recent years, with high quality food served in restaurants, hotels, pubs and even beach cafes all over the county, and many are proud to make use of local produce wherever possible. Here, the well known establishments (Restaurant Nathan Outlaw at Rock; Jamie Oliver's Fifteen at Watergate Bay and Rick Stein's at Padstow), are increasingly rivalled by the less renowned and all are well worth a visit. Or, if you are only after a snack, Cornish pasties, ice cream and cream teas are always readily available.
You might also want to visit some of the local suppliers, such as Healey's Cyder Farm, St Austell Brewery, Camel Valley Vineyard, the Tregothnan Estate and Roskilly's Ice Cream to name but a few.
Falmouth is a bustling harbour town, with a rich maritime tradition, and as such there are many things to do, both in, on and close to the water. There are many ferries and pleasure cruises, connecting Falmouth to Truro, nearby villages (Flushing, St Mawes), gardens (Trellissick) and other places of interest, (the Roseland, the Pandora, Mylor). You may choose to charter a boat for the day, either with a skipper or without, and try your hand at sailing or fishing in the nearby waters of the Helford, Frenchman's Creek or Falmouth Bay. Or try your hand at watersports - you can learn to sail or windsurf in the Carrick Roads, or even take a minibus to the north coast to have a surf lesson! On shore, why not visit the National Maritime Museum, take a walk on the coastal path or spend the day on one of the local beaches - Gyllyngvase, Swanpool, Castle Beach and Maenporth are all only a short distance away.
Popular local gardens include the Falmouth Pavillions, Trebah and Glendurgan, which are easily accessible by bus or car. Further afield, you might visit the Seal Sanctuary at Gweek or Flambards in Helston, or venture north to Tintagel or Bude, or down to Porthleven and St Ives. You can even take a day trip to the Scillies!
Rent a Morgan for the day and wend your way through back roads and country lanes; see a performance at the Minack, or just wander around the shops, cafes, galleries and restaurants in town, and sample the many delights that Falmouth has to offer.
Whatever your age, stage or interest, Cornwall has something for everyone, and Falmouth is the ideal base from which to start your adventure.
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1 Jun 2014
"Fabulous! An incredible building, beautifully restored."
We feel privileged to have been guests in this fantastic, unique historic building. The views from the top of the tower are simply stunning both by day and night! Worth climbing the 64 steps for, esp… More
9 Feb 2014
What an amazing place this is!!!…I'm not sure if this is a good idea or not to write a review of the Observatory Tower because once you have stayed here and told your friends about it everyone will want to stay here and I won't be able to because it'll be fully booked!!!
We booked for a long weekend at the end of January during some of the worst storms this country has ever witnessed. I can assure you eating a meal and a few drinks at the top of the tower as the gales and rain thunder from the South Western approaches cannot be beaten, we will talk about that that evening for years, and years to come!
We unloaded the car outside the property, and then parked. I found street parking no problem just around the corner.
Exploring every room was a delight as every floor was decorated and fitted out to the very highest standard and we all fell in love with the place.
Falmouth is lovely with plenty of great pubs and places to eat.
We visited the Maritime Museum which was very interesting and well worth a few hours.
The Lizard was as wild and exhilarating as we expected, as was Mullion Cove.
As other reviews have mentioned the steps would not be suitable for everyone as moving around from floor to floor is quite a exertion, but as someone once said……”No pain No gain!”
Colin, Tony, Wendy and Wendy.
15 Dec 2013
"High quality and well worth a visit."
This place is truly amazing and renovated to the best standard i have seen.The views from the tower are fabulous. We have stayed in many places over the years and this is the best.
Falmouth itself has all the amenities needed.The town centre has many shops and banks.There are many places to vist in the surrounding areas so this place can be used as a base to tour cornwall.
The service we received was excellent from booking to departure and i would give it 5 out of 5.
On the whole this was a fantastic place to spend a holiday.I wish i had spent more time there and i will definately be going back hopefully next year.
25 Oct 2013
"WOW, Fantastic, amazing, brilliant, superb and more!"
The most wonderful place we have ever stayed in. Falmouth was interesting with everything within walking distance. Good places to eat, good shops and good sea fishing trips.
8 Aug 2013
"Fantastisch, atemberaubend schön!"
Wir waren eine Woche mit unseren Jungen 14 und 18 Jahre in diesem Tower.Die Aussicht von ganz oben über den Hafen und den gesamten Ort und die Umgebung.ist einmalig, Die Ausstattung ist ausgesproche… More
23 May 2013
"Unique Stay with all needed amenities"
Very unique and well equiped self catered accomodation. Lots of stairs but all worth the experience. Beds were very comfortable, kitchen had everything needed and the coffee and cookies were a welco… More
20 Mar 2013
"Wow, a truly amazing place to stay"
We stayed for my Husband's 40th Birthday and we could not have wished to stay in anywhere more breathtaking. The whole of this building is finished to the highest specification and the attention… More
5 Mar 2013
"Breath-taking views, wonderful restoration - real WOW factor!"
Well, I'm reluctant to write this review as I'd like to keep this wonderful secret to myself, but I owe it to the owners to celebrate their tasteful restoration of this quirky inland 'l… More
27 Aug 2012
"A quirky & unique place to stay!!"
Cornwall for our family is always special, and we look for a holiday let that has a sea view -WOW! We certainly got that!! We were a little concerned that the Observatory Tower would be a bit small fo… More
We thank you for your comments and are glad that you enjoyed your stay.
We have since changed the mattress in the master bedroom and the feedback we have had has been positive.
It is true that the front window opens onto the pavement as do all the other houses on the streets nearby. However, it can be securely opened to vent only. The adjacent ensuite also has a window which opens into the private courtyard and will also adequately vent the bedroom.
25 Jul 2012
"Fabulous - The most wierd and wonderful place we have ever stayed at."
What can I say? The observatory tower has a unique wow factor about it, right from the moment you see it and up to the observation deck (room) that has amaing 360 degree views of the area.The observat… More
Great feedback. Thank you.
We have since changed the mattress in the master bedroom and the response we have had has been positive.
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