Welcome to Rower Fort, Stockland, Devon






Please contact Georgina +44 (0)7879 635198 to book for 2020! 

Unique historic property - indoor pool - roof top hot tub  Sleeps 16 in 8 Bedrooms, stunning views - close to World Heritage Jurassic Coast, Lyme Regis, Branscombe, Beer. Suitable for groups, families, reunions, birthday celebrations, anniversaries, Christmas and New Year



What our Guests say about us:

"Happy New Year! We had a blast.  Great venue. Great company.  These occasions are Gold! Priceless life experiences that money cannot buy. Made better by superb venue.  Thank you xxxx". Debbie and friends January 2020


"After a wet arrival (UK weather!) we enjoyed a warm welcome from our hosts.  We made good use of the log fire, which added to the Christmas atmosphere.  Our first attempt using the Aga, for Christmas lunch was a huge success!  The greatest hit was the fabulous swimming pool, we all had great fun and it was lovely and warm.  Thank you for sharing your quirky fort!" The Phillips family 21-28th Dec 2019


"After nearly a year in the planning, completely unknown to my surrise 70th borthday turned out to be a family weekend and Rower Fort.  This has been the most wonderful occasion in the most wonderful place with my most wonderful family! Many thanks Georgina & Mark for providing everything we could have wished for and make this celebration so speical and for being great hosts". The Andersons, Dec 13th 2019


"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


"A memorable stay at a memorable hosue.  We had am excellent stay in your spacious quirky property.  The seven children ages 10 months to six squealing with delight encouraging each other to come and see.  They had exciting sleepovers tumbling into bedrooms together.  The other adultss (mine of us) including a great gran in her 90s had a very comfortable time, plenty of room to spread about or be togther.  The swimming pool was a great source of pleasure and enjoyment and used very often, especially as the weather was wet and windy.  Hot tub particulary appealing and the views amazing.  All through the house we discovered fascinating objects ranging from two tank shells to a family tree or a Glastonbury printed poster, to the table football.  Georgina & Mark are so friendly and helpful as well".  Lovell family October 2019


" What a fantastic venue for our 50th wedding anniversary and both our 70th birthdays.  We celebrated with very close friends and family - the kids enjoyed the swimming pool and hot tub and the adults enjoyed the liquid refreshments and plenty of food!  Everyone has enjoyed themselves and this can only be attributed to this wonderful venue with all its quirky ways.  Thank you Mark & Georgina for making a group of people very happy on this wonderful occasion". Denis, Iona & family & friends, October 2019


"what a fantastic & quirky okace the Fort is - the perfect location to celebrate with old friends" Ian & family, September 2019


"Well, 60 years on the planet had to be celebrated in style, and what style!  I wanted somewhere memorable to stay and certainly found it.  It could not have been better for a gathering of all ages.  Such a wonderful house.  We kept the pool and hot tub a secret and it was great fun to see everyones amazement when they saw the beautiful pool and fabulous jacuzzi.  Thank you for you very warm welcome and providing us with everything we could possibly need for a fabulous weekend.  Many happy memories made.  Jude & James, September 2019


"Holy Moly, where do we start?  Morrocan swimming pools, roof top hot tubs, antique toilets.  This Fort has it all!  Buckets if fun were had around the exceedingly large kitchen table, where discussions about brexit, BBQs and other where ohad.  Such fun.  Our mother chicken has plucked and clucked and our heart is alos now filled to the brim with happiness, much credited to the ambience of Rower Fort.  Putting pennies into the piggy bank for our next visit". Everest family, August 2019


"The perfect location for our extended family holiday.  THOSE VIEWS!!!!  The kids absolutely loved playing in the pool.  The grown ups loved the chillout time in the hot tub.  Most importantly we felt super relaxed - you are the perfect hosts in that you are there is we need anything but give us plenty of space to enjoy our time.  Many thanks for such a lovely holiday".  The Clargo Family, August 2019


"An experience of a lifetime!  Exceeded every expectation.  We were in total awe of the entire trip.  Wonderful hosts, beautiful views and a timeless feeling.. There is magic in the air here, like a fairytale!  Many memories made here that will not be forgotten.  A huge thanks to Georgina & Mark for creating this heaven on earth!"  Aimee & Matt, June 2019


"We've had such a lobely stay in a beautiful house. Love the quirky layout, gorgeous pieces of furniture and the homely kitchen.  This house was such a lovely place for us to reconnect as a group and celebrate 30 years of going on holiday together.  The pool, hot tub made is really special & the views from the top of the turret are stunning!  Thank you Mark & Georgina, Natalie & Jordan, June 2019


"Thanks for an amazing weekend - loved everything.  Lovely house, amazing pool.  Thanks for having us and being so kind & helpful".   May 2019


"what a great place - so many high points.  Dunscombe family, May 2019


"What a wonderful time we all had at Rower Fort.  Georgina was so welcoming.  A fantastic party house.  Age ranges from 25-89 and everyone had a great time.  Pool and Jacuzzi were well used in spite of Storm Hannah's best efforts.  A very relaxing house with comfort uppermost.  Thank you so much". Kendalls of Cardiff, April 2019


"Thank you Georgina & Mark for the incredibly warm welcome and assistance with our holiday to celebrate friendship and love and family.  You really went out of your way for us as visitors.  Your house is amazing and very relaxed.  We loved all the colour and eclectic atomosphere.  This is a place everyone whouls visit.  We hope to see you in Morocco!  Hot tub on a turret - what more is required!"  Tracey & David 4th November 2018


"Amaxing.  Joint 60th party in thei quirky fun castle surrounded by family and our best friends.  No better place to have spent a lovely long weekend.  Thanks very much Mark & Georgina"  Chris, 1st October 2018


"Fantastic place, fantastic time had by all!  Thank you so much.  Rower Fort is a wonderful place and we've laughed and partied hard!  Thank you"  Matt & Karen, 7th October 2018


" We all had an amazing time.  The property is so unique and lovely.  All I can say is Wow Wow Wow!  Fantastic stay in a fantastic house". Michelle and Family September 17th


" We have had a lovely holiday in Rower Fort.  Children and adults splashing in the pool every morning and several trips to the beaches together with good walks out of Branscombe.  We have been very happy in this huge idiosyncratic house and have enjoyed the warm welcome and guidance of Mark & Georgina.  Many thanks for a wonderful holiday". Richard & Family and Molly the dog! 30th August



"A great family home to celebrate an 80th birthday.  We loved the pool and hot.  Clean crisp linen and wonderful views" Rogers Family August 17th


"This was a gathering of family and friends to help us celebrate our 50 years of marriage 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


"We enjoyed our superb stay at Rower Fort.  Our highlights were the views, hot tub and of course the swimming pool.  Mark & Georgina were very accommodating and we appreciated the great hospitality.  We really appreciate your help and going above & beyond"  Sara & Family July 12th 2018


"I couldnt have asked for more.  The setting, the furnishings & the views exceeded expectations.  This is a place where memories are made. So grateful for your generosity.  We would love to visit again.  Thank you for being exceptional hosts".  July 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


"Possibly the best placed jacuzzi on Planet Earth"!


Rower Fort is a unique property for family holidays, reunions, special occasions and celebrations. Sleeping up to 16, Rower Fort stands out as a holiday cottage with a real difference.

Set within an area of outstanding natural beauty and enjoying outstanding panoramic views over the Blackdown Hills and south to the sea at Seaton and East Devon. Complete with hot tub, and a heated indoor swimming pool.

Dating back to 1827, Rower Fort is part stone-castellated folly tower and part thatched farmhouse, the farmhouse was formerly in the estate of Sir Francis Drake. The combination of a traditional thatched cottage and the Rapunzel-like folly tower is truly unique – eclectic in style, original and imaginative.

A hot tub with the best views in Devon

On top of the tower folly, within the battlements, is an open-air hot tub, the most remarkably sited hot tub you'll ever come across, from which you can sit back and relax in seclusion to enjoy the countryside by day, and shooting stars at night.

A Moroccan influenced heated indoor swimming pool.....

Our indoor 10 m length heated swimming pool with a roman end has finishings of the highest calibre. From our travels abroad to Marrakesh and its splendid Riyads, we have used -  Moroccan arches with handmade glass mosaics, huge oak beams, sandstone arhitectural salvage from Jaiselmer and handworked brass ornamental fittings. It has a large decking area to relax in with showers using inlaid marble and travertine tiles, its like no other swimming pool you have seen! It is super efficient energy saving using the latest ground source heat pump technology and energy conservation techniques. 






Rower Fort grounds & garden...........

With 12 acres of private land and space to roam, and for the children to play.  A patio terrace sitting area with barbeque facilities, from which to enjoy wonderful views, and sometimes available a rare, working World War II Sherman tank on which to clamber!


For those pimms moments we have a hammock between some trees to chill out in!

Around Rower Fort

Conveniently located a couple of miles off the A30, between Honiton, Chard and Axminster, it is perfectly  placed a short drive away from the East Devon and Dorset World Heritage Jurassic CoastlineBeer, Branscombe, Sidmouth and Lyme Regis, are all easily accessible.

The Perfect Venue
Rower Fort makes the perfect setting for family and friends get-togethers, holidays, reunions, and special celebrations. Sounds good? Read Guest comments from Rower Fort’s Visitors Book to see what our guests think.