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The Observatory Tower

18 reviews
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2 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
4 guests
3 nights minimum
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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 activit...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.More
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Alen & Linda S
Languages spoken:English, Spanish
Response Rate:90%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:May 2012
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Reviewed 9 December 2018 via mobile

Fabulous building, amazing views and a real experience. Would thoroughly recommend. Thank you for your stay.

Date of stay: December 2018
Thank Sunshine784560
Reviewed 8 February 2018

Stayed here in January for a long weekend , the view from the observatory is amazing and gives you the chance to take in the views of Falmouth and afield . The property is well located for walks to the town and the main sea...More

Date of stay: January 2018
Thank harty52
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Reviewed 11 January 2017

Date of stay: January 2017
Reviewed 26 September 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed our week at the tower , the property is beautifully renovated with quality furnishings etc.. Spotlessly clean, loved the little extras flowers etc, everything you could need. We had a problem with the hot water but after contacting the owner it was...More

Date of stay: September 2015
1  Thank Ros R
Reviewed 9 April 2015

A beautiful and stunning holiday rental with a difference. The view from the top of the tower is worth the climb. Attention to detail is spot on in every aspect, a great place to stay. You also get fitter! Thankfully there is a beer/wine fridge...More

Date of stay: March 2015
2  Thank Claire O
Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: No
Cooker
DVD Player
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Fishing Nearby
Refrigerator
Washer
Central Heating
Dryer
Towels Provided
Dishwasher
Ocean Views
Freezer
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Cycling Trips
Iron
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
TV
Hiking Trips
Microwave
Good Nightlife
City Getaway
Linens Provided
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Horse Riding Nearby
Wi-Fi
Internet Access
Watersports Nearby
Toaster
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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.
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About the neighbourhood
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...
How to get there
Train - Why not start your holiday with a train journey to Cornwall? On your way to Truro, you will pass through some of the most picturesque and diverse landscapes in the country. On arrival, catch a connecting train to Falmouth Town (30 min). Alternatively, the Number 88 bus from Truro to Falmouth will drop you off at Bowling Green Park from where you will see The Observatory towering in front of you. Car hire and taxi services are also available outside Truro station. Drive - A30/A390 into Falmouth. Don't worry about directions as these are provided with your booking confirmation. The Observatory Tower is the highest point in Falmouth, but if you still can't find it just ask. This landmark building is muched loved by Falmouthians and visitors alike. Fly - to Newquay Airport, from w...
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