Welcome to Rower Fort, Stockland, Devon



We are 95% booked for available dates in 2019.   Please contact Georgina 07879 635198 to book our last remaining dates. 

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:

"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


"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


"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 Dec 29th 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 16th Dec 2018


"What an unusual, amazing building!  The entire family have had a great time using the pool many times per day - the warmest pool I have ever be in!  We haev enjoyed country walks and visits to the coast.  Mark & Georgina have been excellent hosts and always helpful.  Thank you so much".  Brenda, Tony & Family 4th-11th August 2017


" A fabulously weird and wonderful place.  A brilliant week with family celebrating a 70th birthday.  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, Si, Vicky & Family" 28th July-4th August 2017


"Thanks once again for being a great host with a 'nothing is too much trouble' ethic- it didn't go unnoticed! A great time was had by all at Rower Fort - what a house!  Lots of character and themed rooms which went down very well with the family - something for everyone.  The high tower roof top jacuzzi is a must, at night to catch shooting stars but also during the day to look at the wonderful countryside views.  The highlight for the children was the Moroccan themed swimming pool, which was extremely warm and great fun and relaxing for all, especially after a day out.  Lots to do around the area from coastal to inland and thanks to Mark the owner, who  made our stay comfortable and who was the perfect host if we ever needed anything.  We hope to be back!" Martin & family 21st-28th July 2017



"We could not have picked a better location for our small wedding celebration.  Rower Fort is a beautiful property set in picturesque English Countryside.  Our family of 15 enjoyed spending time together for meals at the large table (great conversation amongst big groups) & swimming together in the beautiful indoor pool.  The hot tub is also not to be missed, especially at night when stars are out.  Mark & Georgina were amazing and responsive hosts - they went above and beyond to make us feel welcome". C& K, 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, 10th June 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, 12-15th May 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, May 1st 2017


"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"


"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 14th Oct 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 Sept 2nd


"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 1st August 2016


"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, 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.