Doyden Castle

Port Quin, Cornwall

Doyden Castle looks more like a castellated folly than a proper castle. Once used in the BBC drama Poldark, it overlooks Lundy bay and was built in 1830. Access is by a narrow cliff-edge track (not for those nervous drivers), but if you want a little time on your own battered by the wind this is the place for you.

Accommodation is on three floors and consists of Cellar floor entrance and bathroom, ground floor sitting room/dining room, and first floor bedroom.

Doyden Castle was built as a retreat for local businessman Samuel Symons, where, it is reputed the partying and gambling were quite excessive!

 Samuel Symons knew how to have a good time

A boozer, gambler and all-round party animal, Symons took hedonism so seriously he built a castle in which to rave.

More than 170 years later, Doyden Castle still overlooks Lundy Bay and the sleepy Cornish hollow of Port Quin, a village so deserted that permanent residents could meet in a phone box without rubbing shoulders.

Though his ample wine bins remain on the lower ground floor as testament to the good times, things have quietened down considerably since Symons drank his last.