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The Tower

Praa Sands, Cornwall

From £994 p/w

  • Sea View: Yes
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Parking: Yes
  • Pets: No
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Beach: 200 Metres
  • Arrival: Saturday


Walk to the Beach

Take the footpath direct from Acton Castle to the coast and coves, some 200 metres.

Best thing about

The coastal views from the roof terrace of this 18th century castle.

The Details

  • Location

    Where is it?

    Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, surrounded by secluded, rocky coves, Acton Castle stands proud on the cliffs over Mount's Bay. The nearest rocky cove is 200 metres in front while Praa Sands, Prussia Cove and Perranuthnoe are further afield.

    Prussia Cove is between St Michael's Mount, Marazion, and the Lizard Peninsula. The picturesque cove sits on the eastern flank of Cudden Point. The dramatic coastline of Prussia Cove is made-up of three smaller coves called Piskies, Bessy's and Kings. The smaller beaches of pale gold sand, sheltered by the cliffs, offer the perfect spot for rockpooling and bathing at low tide.

    Climb the stile at the bottom of your garden and cross the field, and you will find yourself on the South West coast path. Eyes towards the sea, head left for a twenty-minute shoreline stroll towards Prussia Cove, passing the rugged Cudden Point and mystical Piskies Cove as you go. Alternatively, head right for the beachside village of Perranuthanoe, home to a sea facing café and gastro-pub the Victoria Inn where you can take a break from your walk with a well-deserved crab sandwich.

    For a day in the waves, drive the short distance to Praa Sands, a lifeguarded beach which has that special seaside buzz.

    Acton Castle:

    Built in 1775 as a country house, Acton Castle offers commanding views over Mount's Bay. The now Grade II special listed building, was created by John Stackhouse, an enthusiastic marine biologist. Stackhouse wanted a gentleman's retreat where he could carry out his botany. The scientist commissioned architect John Wood the Younger, who at the time, recently completed designs for the world famous Royal Crescent in Bath.

    Cornwall's most famous real-life smuggler John Cater, The King of Prussia, is known to have rented a farm at Acton Castle, and for a time, was the building's caretaker. When Stackhouse was not at the property, Cater took advantage of the empty space and used it as a hideout. Old Cornish tales say that smuggler's tunnels run from the castle to the coast although they have never been found.

  • The Property

    The Tower is a large Grade II special listed, duplex apartment, occupying the top two floors of Acton Castle plus a large private rooftop terrace with 360 views. Think large bedrooms with sea views, a sumptuous and complete refurbishment to match the grandeur of the building, matched to a hi-spec kitchen and bathrooms.

    • Grand, open plan living space with electric heating and spectacular rural and coastal views over St Michael's Mount.
    • Light-filled living space with adults snug area completed with two contemporary leather chesterfield sofas (one sofa bed, offering flexible sleeping arrangement), a chesterfield tub chair (cosy for two), vintage trunk coffee table and fluffy rug.
    • Spacious teens area with oversized corner sofa, 54" Smart TV with Freeview Play, access to Netflix and Xbox 360, Bluetooth speaker with door leading to rooftop terrace.
    • Board games area with a chabudai and four large cushions.
    • Airy, light-filled dining room with a long wood table, ten rattan chairs, Bluetooth speaker picture frame windows with tranquil views, natural stone floors with cosy underfloor heating, and a coat and shoe tidy with storage bench perfect for leaving your wellies by the front door.
    • Modern country kitchen with high beam ceiling, kitchen island, built-in tall fridge and tall freezer, induction hob, fan extractor, combi oven with microwave, dishwasher, Nespresso coffee machine, washing machine, tumble dryer, and natural stone floors with cosy underfloor heating.
    • Superfast Fibre Wifi.


    • Opulent master bedroom with en-suite, super king bed, two bedside drawers, built-in wardrobe, chest of drawers, dressing table and chair, chaise lounge chair, box window seating, electric heating and magnificent coastal views.
    • En-suite wet room with walk-in rainfall shower, WC, hand basin, heated towel rail and underfloor heating.
    • Second bedroom with en-suite bathroom, super king zip and link bed, two bedside tables, built-in wardrobe, chest of drawers, freestanding large ornate mirror, electric heating, box window seating and large picture frame window overlooking the manicured gardens and out to sea.
    • En-suite with bath, overhead shower, WC, hand basin, heated towel rail and underfloor heating.
    • Third bedroom with a king zip and link bed, two bedside drawers, wardrobe, chest of drawers, electric heating, and views of Mount's Bay.
    • Small third bathroom with shower unit, hand basin and heated towel rail. Please note; due to the uniqueness of the property, this room has a saniflo toilet and you cannot put too much down the toilet for the risk of blockages.


    • Spectacular rooftop terrace with breathtaking views over the communal gardens and Mount's Bay to St Michael's Mount. Large wood dining table and chairs, two sun loungers and coffee table.
    • Grand communal gardens with manicured lawns, sub-tropical planting, and ornamental fish pond.
    • Private parking for three cars and other spaces available.
    • Path down to the beach and coastal path.
  • Need to Know
    • Sorry, no smoking inside the property.
    • Sorry,no pets
    • Cautionary deposit of £750, due with full balance.
    • Please note, that the castle is approached by an unmade private drive.
    • Book a 3 or 5 night break and get an extra 2 nights free. This offer is available from November to Easter (excluding school holidays). To claim one of these offers, book a 5 or 7 night stay and use code 5FOR3 or 7FOR5 on the checkout page, or book by telephone on 01637 861005.
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Guest Reviews

"Beautiful property! What amazing views from every room, we loved the place. Lots of space to relax and decorated to a high standard. The roof terrace is stunning your own private space at the top of the castle.

T Hartles, May 2024
"The property was amazing and more than exceeded our expectations!"
S Lloyd, November 2023
"An amazing property, stunning inside and with unbelievable views from the roof terrace. The equipment in the kitchen was outstanding and a pleasure to cook in."
C Shearer, September 2023
"We had a fantastic time staying at the Tower. We loved the remote location which had fabulous views - especially from the roof terrace. The apartment was beautifully specified and decorated - staying was a joy."
G Tyler, July 2023
"Well presented and high level of quality accommodation."
J Russell, April 2023
"We had a wonderful holiday at Acton Castle. It exceeded our expectations. Such unusual property in a beautiful location. It had everything thing we needed and more."
C Edwards, December 2022
"We arrived with high expectations and it exceeded all of them. The property itself was immaculately clean, beautifully appointed and then the views!!! The location was equally impressive. We loved exploring the local beach but equally our walks along the coastal path to explore further afield on foot. In the car it was only 30 minutes to Sennen/Lands end and Lizard point. Would highly recommend this property for those wishing to explore this part of Cornwall."
C Bottomley, October 2022
"A great week at a fantastic place. One of the best holiday homes we've stayed in. From the location to the quality and attention to detail in the property itself - it was an unforgettable experience. Sitting on the roof with a drink - watching the sunset, then seeing the Milky Way and watching the International Space Station go over added to the week. We've only been back four days but are already missing the view!"
P Scott, September 2022
"Wonderful quiet place to spend time with family."
R Sibthorpe, June 2022
"Luxurious property in a fabulous location. We had a wonderful time and are looking forward to returning. The most comfortable beds and very clean. "
P Young, August 2021
"A magical experience in Acton Castle. The commanding views of the surrounding coast were spectacular and access to the cove made it feel like our own private escape."
C Fitzgerald, August 2021

Special Offers

Book a 3 or 5 night break and get an extra 2 nights free. This offer is available from November to Easter (excluding school holidays). To claim one of these offers, book a 5 or 7 night stay and use code 5FOR3 or 7FOR5 on the checkout page, or book by telephone on 01637 861005.


The Tower

The Tower

Praa Sands, Cornwall

From £994 p/w