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GOTHIC FOLLY, OCT half term availability Sleeps 16 Indoor Heated Pool, Jacuzzi,

Bedrooms 8
Separate WCs2
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House in Stockland,Honiton, South Devon, England, UK - Outstanding Rural Location, 15 Minute Drive To Jurassic Coast Beaches

"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 formally 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.

More Details

Georgina Lowe
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French, German
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Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
11 September, 2018

About Georgina Lowe

We're Mark & Georgina, owners of our home, Rower Fort. Guests have been coming to stay at Rower Fort for family holidays, celebrations, birthdays, anniversaries for 15 years. We love meeting them and seeing our home being used to create special memories. We usually stay on site in our own barn so that we can be available to help anytime.

Georgina Lowe purchased this farmhouse in 1990

Why Georgina Lowe chose Honiton

Rower Fort is a totally unique property - a thatched farmhouse, a gothic folly, a Moroccan style swimming pool, all in one!. The interiors are influenced from our travels to the Far East, Asia, India & Morocco. Stylish, individual and quirky. There is no other property quite like it. The location and views are amazing and guests love the remoteness and space.

What makes this farmhouse unique

As one guest described, we have "the most remarkably cited hot tub on planet earth" - make your way up the spiral staircase of the folly, to the roof to find our hot tub amongst the stars with breathtaking panoramic views. Or, have a relaxing, swim in your exclusive Moroccan swimming pool, heated by our own ground source heat pump to a lovely warm 32 degrees - all built by ourselves and our children when they were young!

Guestbook comments from the owner

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
Dec 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse around the Honiton around the Stockland

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 2 Separate WCs
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Toilet 2 - Toilet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
  • Ensuite with cast iron roll top bath to Bedroom 1. Shared with Victorian roll top bath and antique toilet to bedrooms 2 and 3. En suite bathroom with roll top baths to Bedrooms 5 and 8. 1 additional bathroom. 1 'telephone box' shower. Showers in swimming pool area
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 16 (8 bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 is spacious with King size bed. Bedroom 2 with twin beds. Bedroom 3 with super king bed. Bedrooms 4 - 8 double beds.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: No smoking. Pets considered subject to discussion with owner. Outside: Private indoor heated pool in separate building within the grounds (with roman end steps and constant depth 1.3 metres). Outdoor patio terrace with seating and BBQ. Hammocks for relaxing in the trees! Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bath sheets and hand towels are provided. The property is cleaned ready for your arrival. Additional cleaning or change of linen available on request and at extra cost.


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Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Honiton or Axminster
Nearest Motorway
14 Miles
M5 - Jct 24
Nearest Restaurant
3.5 Miles
Monkton Court Hotel
Nearest Beach
12 Miles
Seaton, Beer, Lyme Regis
Car: necessary


The World Heritage Jurassic Coast beaches of Lyme Regis, Sidmouth, Beer, Seaton are about 10 miles, (15 minute drive) away.


Nearest airport is Exeter International. A car is essential, unless experienced cyclists!


Rower Fort sits between Honiton, Chard and Axminster, all of which are between 6-10 miles away.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £500

Booking Notes:
A 30% non refundable deposit is payable on booking. The balance is due 14 weeks before the start of the holiday together with a £500 refundable cautionary damage deposit.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is usually Fridays, unless special arrangements for Christmas and New Year.

Notes on prices:
Prices quoted are for 7 nights. 3 and 4 night weekend bookings are available in low season, prices available on request.
Tariff includes linen, one set of towels per person, central heating, hot water, electric, and heated swimming pool

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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