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Cannon’s Folly

(Ref. 993881)

Kingsand, Cornwall Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 3 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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41 Customer Reviews

  • "Great Location."

    Warm, cosy, quiet & comfortable apartment. Had everything we needed, including plenty of hot water. Tea, coffee, milk & biscuits were much appreciated. New owner, Paul, kindly delivered bedding, so our son could join us, (we forgot to ask for a bottom sheet & towels). We sprayed the shower, gave it a rub & the black mould is no more. We also cleaned the patio windows, shame they were not sparkling on arrival. Patio set needs replacing, (rusty). Note - parking is in the lowest car park under the fort. Lifts were working fine & shopping trolleys available to help with luggage.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are pleased you enjoyed the holiday location and found the apartment very comfortable. With regards to the shower and patio window concerns, I have spoken with Paul and he assures me all was in order at handover, however my apologies if you felt that wasn't the case. Patio set was replaced recently, however it is exposed to sea elements so not unreasonable to expect some weathering. May I take this opportunity to thank you for booking Cannon's Folly and wish you the very best in your future holidays. Property Owner Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jayne4.1Apr 2024

  • "Second time we've stayed even the weather didn't spoil it lovely apartment lovely views and walks"

    Thank you for your kind comments. We are very pleased you enjoyed your New Year stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Barry5.0Dec 2023

  • "It was a very good layout and the views were outstanding apart from the lift breaking down when we got there and was not fixed all week and we struggled getting our luggage down the stairs and during our stay."

    Thank you for your feedback, it is always good to understand any concerns you may have experienced during your stay. We are pleased the apartment layout and views were to your liking, and sincerely hope you enjoyed the complimentary homemade Christmas Hamper. With regards to the communal lift, the Fort maintenance had not made us aware there was an Issue with the lift ,and haven't to date, so apologies, we were unable to pass this information on to you, however Paul (Apartment Maintenance) who had made contact with you, had made you aware he was have been more than happy to assist with any concern, with 5 minutes notice, regardless of day or time. He would have been more than happy to assist with luggage. May we take this opportunity to thank you for choosing Cannon's Folly for your Christmas Holiday Property Owner Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lydia4.7Dec 2023

  • "A wonderful holiday."

    The apartment was nicely furnished, very comfortable and well equipped. The view overlooking the sea was wonderful. We had an excellent time. Thank you

    Thank you so much for your very positive feedback. We are very pleased you had a wonderful holiday. Thank you for choosing Cannons' Folly Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kim5.0Sep 2023

  • "The property was lovely, exactly as described."

    Although it was compact, we did not feel on top of each other and the space has been utilised really well. The location is very secluded so if you want peace and quiet with uninterrupted views of Plymouth Sound, this is the place to be. There are few minor negatives which did not impact our stay and would not prevent us staying again. This is more for the owners knowledge so the matters can be rectified. The DVD player doesn’t work. The tumble drier doesn’t dry clothes. The property was quite dusty. The extractor fan was caked in dust and cobwebs. Some light fittings and around pictures was dusty as well. There is a light fitting in the bathroom, and a spotlight over the hob that does not work. Overall, we had a very pleasant stay and would recommend to anyone wanting a peaceful break.

    Thank you for your very kind comments, we will most certainly look into and address the concerns you have raised. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Katrina4.4Aug 2023

  • "Great stay, and very nice accommodation."

    Just little things like the light bulb in the bathroom didn't work, mold in the bathroom (between the tiles and under the silicone), the water pressure was very bad in the sinks, and the hot water during the shower could be hot. And high dust on the top of the mirror, doors, table lamps, etc. Otherwise, we were satisfied and thank you for the stay and welcome refreshments.

    Thank you for your kind comments with regards to your stay and accommodation. Little things will be investigated and addressed where possible. Maintenance works were recently carried out on the balcony, increasing the level of air particles, however we do apologise. May we take this opportunity to thank you for choosing Cannon's Folly Property Owner

    Reviewed by Terezie4.4Jul 2023

  • "Great apartment, clean and comfortable with outstanding views."

    Possibly my own fault not to ask whether the accommodation would be wheelchair friendly. We could cope with the apartment but access in and out of the building including the list was extremely difficult and therefore did impact on our over all holiday experience. Also the car parking was underground and having a roof box was impossible. So we had to secure another parking slot via the residents office.

    Thank you for your positive comments with regards to Cannons Folly. Paul (maintenance) is always on hand should you have any concerns, or require assistance. Open air car parking is available at the rear of The Fort. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Peter4.1Jul 2023

  • "Very comfortable, cosy, warm and clean property with stunning views of the approaches to Plymouth."

    Narrow approach road to the Fort which requires some caution and the longish walk from the car park to the lift along curved enclosed corridors to access the apartment requires the use of a trolley for bags and shopping

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Apr 2023

  • "We had a wonderfully quiet and comfortable week here, walking and watching the marine/naval activity."

    Praise for the interior design (decoration, furnishings, kitchen layout, TV size) and the general feel of the place. Only slightly awkward issue was the lack of a table to sit at for meals, but it was fine using the trays provided. A lovely touch was the cream tea that was waiting for us on arrival. We'll be back

    Thank you for your kind comments, which are highly appreciated. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Cannon's Folly, and look forward to welcoming you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tony4.4Apr 2023

  • "We picked this place for the view but unfortunately the windows were very dirty so I had to clean them myself inside and outside also the balcony chairs are rusty."

    DVD does not work .saucepans very scratched.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are investigating your concerns, and will be speaking to our maintenance team about the windows. We can confirm the balcony set was replaced at the end of 2022, and the saucepans are fairly new. We have checked the DVD and we have been assured it works (instructions can be found in the kitchen draw). We sincerely hope you enjoyed your holiday. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Adrian2.5Apr 2023

  • "Lovely apartment, with amazing views."

    Very comfortable and well equipped. Loved the scones and cream on arrival. Weather very stormy and saw amazing waves crashing in, war ships, submarines and ferries sailing by. Cannot wait to go back.

    Thank you for your lovely comments. Pleased you enjoyed. Very best wishes Property Owner

    Reviewed by Debra3.8Mar 2023

  • "First impression was, where is it ?"

    ?? the directions left a lot to be desired. Car parking was good but at the furthest point away from the room, that said there were no signs directing us to our accommodation or anyone to ask. The actual room was very interesting, very clean and tidy, with fantastic views. However the room was very cold with a very small storage heater which did not do much to help. We were unable to operate the halogen hobs despite every effort, hence every thing was microwaved, not ideal. Probably a nice summer stay for a young couple, would I return, no sorry.

    Please accept our sincere apologies for the issues you experienced while staying at Cannon's Folly and thank you for your feedback. In response : Our representative, Paul, contacts all guests prior to their arrival and offers a detailed directions video, this is sent either via whatsapp or email, to assist with arrival from the access road also showing where to park and access to the building. Apartment heating via an electric radiator, can be easily adjusted to suit and responds in a short time, however, there is also a mobile convector heater if required in the apartment. Electric Hob instructions are in the kitchen drawer as are the oven and slow cooker instruction manuals. However Paul, (rep) is always on hand to assist at short notice, for a visit or telephone assistance. I trust this addresses your concerns and may we offer our best wishes. Property Owner Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ann4.1Mar 2023

  • "Perfect place to get away from it all."

    Really enjoyed and the bed and linens were so comfortable.

    We think so too. So pleased you enjoyed. Thank you for your booking Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jan5.0Jan 2023

  • "Brilliant place to stay definitely a walkers paradise."

    Paul looked after us a lovely Christmas hamper was there when we arrived and Christmas decorations .Would recommend it .

    Thank you for booking your Christmas Break at Cannons Folly, we sincerely appreciate your kind comments. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Dec 2022

  • "Loved our stay there"

    So pleased you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for booking Cannons Folly Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Nov 2022

  • "Absolutely loved it."

    Will be coming back.

    Very pleased you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for booking Cannons Folly , we look forward to welcoming you back Property Owner

    Reviewed by Glen5.0Oct 2022

  • "Fantastic and secluded location, amazing sea views."

    Well equipped apartment and very comfortable. Kingsand and Cawsand within 30 to 40 mins walking distance along coastal path with a couple of nice pubs. Good location for both Cornwall / Devon Borders, Dartmoor National Park. Plymouth, Looe, Fowey and Mevagissey all with within easy reach.

    Thank you for booking Cannons Folly and for your very positive feedback. Very happy you enjoyed your stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jillian5.0Oct 2022

  • "Lovely apartment in a fabulous location."

    So many cottages make the mistake of using old worn out and uncomfortable furniture. This was not the case here, all the furnishings were really high quality and extremely comfortable for our stay. If I had to be critical, the fridge isn't really big enough for a self-catering apartment. I'd like to keep this place a secret for selfish reasons as it's so lovely. We hope to be back! Thank you!

    Thank you for your very kind comments, we do strive to maintain the fresh yet homely feel of the apartment. With regards to the fridge, this is the maximum size for the under-countertop space available, however I note your comments and will put this forward for review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Cannons Folly and look forward to welcoming you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Dawn5.0Oct 2022

  • "Absolutely perfect."

    Quirky accommodation which was extremely comfortable and the most fantastic views ever.

    Thank you for your lovely comments. We sincerely hope you enjoyed your time at Cannons Folly. Very Best Wishes Hilary (Owner) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Sep 2022

  • "On arrival at Cannon Folly we were immediately taken back by the beautiful location of this impressive building."

    The apartment though a bit smaller than the photographs suggest was certainly of an ample size for two people. It was well maintained, very clean and had a full array of equipment. Without a doubt, the main focus of the apartment is the view. It overlooks the southern end of the Plymouth Sound. For an entire week we enjoyed having our breakfast on the balcony with the beautiful blue sea glistening in the early morning sunshine, whilst sailing boats bobbed up and down in front of the small lighthouse on the plymouth sound breakwater. We also had the pleasure of watching the odd British Warship passing through. The Fort is very well maintained complete with private harbour and a small beach. However sadly only residents have access to the swimming pool. The location is within easy reach of Kingsand Edgecoumb park and also a small passenger ferry that takes you across to Plymouth. There are lots of boat trips that will take you for a little trip around the Sound as well as further a field. It's a perfect location if you like peace and quiet but to be honest if you have small children they would have to be well supervised as the harbour and the jetties are quite exposed. This was probably the best located seaside holidays we have had since we were young and before resorts became spoilt by over crowding. Cannony Folly is definitely on the top of our list for seaside vacations.

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2022

  • "Very disappointed to hear we were not able to use the swimming pool and tennis courts again this year."

    We have tried for the last two years to get this from Paul but was told tenants are not able to use them. We have stayed at Fort Picklecombe over 10 years with different owners/companies and was always given it. This year we did speak to one of the owners who told us that out of 103 properties 16 were privately owned only.... very disappointing to hear this and wonder what the future will bring here. We paid £1252.00 for a week and would expect to be able to use all the facilities. Cathy and John Presley

    Thank you for booking Cannons Folly, although it is always of concern should you have cause to raise a negative comment. The Apartment does not advertise the use of the Swimming Pool and Tennis Court, the Management Company at The Fort are very strict in making all the Apartment Owners aware the use is for Owners only, I am unable to comment on why other apartments have allowed you the usage in the past, but we are very aware of our obligations as Owners. Please accept our apologies if you feel you have been misled. I wish to thank you again for your booking and trust the Apartment was up to your expectations. Very Best Wishes Hilary (Owner) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Catherine4.4Aug 2022

  • "We enjoyed our stay at Cannons Folly."

    Great views and very peaceful within a perfect location for coastal walks. Paul the contact was extremely helpful with tips and advice to help our stay be perfect. Would definitely return.

    Thank you for your positive feedback, we are very pleased you enjoyed your New year stay at Cannons Folly and look forward to welcoming you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephanie5.0Dec 2021

  • "We have knowledge of the Fort well before it’s conversion to apartments - this little break was by way of a nostalgia trip."

    Cannons Folly provided us with an excellent ‘bolt hole’. The view from the balcony across the harbour in a storm was very powerful. The apartment was ‘sea themed’, comfortable and welcoming with it’s touches of Christmas, flowers, Cornish scones and Tip Tree jam. Liaison with the owner was very straightforward and, in these especially trying Covid times, the standard of cleanliness was first rate - thank you!

    Thank you for your kind comments, we were pleased to hear you story of historical visits to the Fort and hope it bought back some happy memories. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Dec 2021

  • "This was our 3rd visit to this property and still loved everything about the place, we will definitely come back"

    Thank you for your kind comments and frequent visits, we look forward to welcoming you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Nov 2021

  • "Cannon's Folly had all the facilities that you would want."

    The kitchen was kitted out excellently with everything that you need. The bed was extremely comfortable. The views over Plymouth Sound were stunning and the walks around the coast were beautiful.

    Thank you for your kind comments, we are very pleased and reassured you found the bed comfortable and the kitchen well equipped. We sincerely hope you enjoyed you stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Oct 2021

  • "Cannon’s Folly was a lovely property."

    Set in an old fort, the apartment is in an old cannon emplacement. The property feels cosy and is well appointed. We were able to sit out on the balcony and watch the boats/ships come up the Sound. There is access to The Coastal Path and lovely walks over the Kingsand, Cawsand and Mount Edgcumbe Estate - it is steep in places but worth the effort. We made great use of the Ferry at Mount Edgcumbe over to the Barbican, the crew were so friendly. Paul contacted us to let us know that the property was ready for us in advance 4pm so that we could get in early. We would highly recommend this property. Thanks Paul, we really enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Oct 2021

  • "The views from the apartment across Plymouth Sound were great and it was a treat just to sit on the balcony and watch all the activity."

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Sep 2021

  • "Loved staying in this unusual apartment."

    Very peaceful and relaxing. Clean and well equipped. The access was down a single track lane which was slightly off putting but worth it for the fabulous views over Plymouth sound.

    Reviewed by Elaine4.4Sep 2021

  • "The view was amazing and we had a great time at Cannons Folly."

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Aug 2021

  • "We had a lovely week holiday at Cannon's Folly - Fort Picklecombe, accommodation was superb and the decoration was very sympathetic to the age of the property."

    Above was noted by Cathy and John Presley on week of stay from 17th - 24th July 2021.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Jul 2021

  • "It was such a fabulous holiday made even better with the accommodation being excellent and the beautiful weather!"

    The apartment was so well equipped it had everything we needed.

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0May 2021

  • "It is a wonderful holiday let."

    Very relaxing space, has amazing views, The balcony is a great asset. Caretaker for this property was very helpful. Will definitely return.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0May 2021

  • "We've just returned from our second visit to Cannons Folly and it was just as breathtakingly beautiful as the first time."

    10 minutes away from the bustle of Plymouth yet peaceful and tranquil in its own grounds if you want quiet. Can't recommend highly enough.

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Oct 2020

  • "Very comfortable apartment, well equipped & ideal for two active people."

    The drive down to the fort is not for the faint hearted! Don’t arrive in the dark! Underground parking place is a long walk & internal steps make it unsuitable for anyone with mobility issues. However, fantastic sea views, always something to see with Navy vessels in & out. Great area for walks right from the door. Description omits microwave, small freezer & DVD player with good selection of films to watch. Comfortable bed, lots of bedding & towels, quality kitchen equipment. Would recommend highly.

    Reviewed by Julie4.7Oct 2020

  • "We loved every minute of the holiday."

    The view from the apartment was incredible and mesmerising and the walks around the area so beautiful. Would not be an appropriate accommodation for anyone with mobility issues as car park some distance from the flat. You can park the car near the entrance and there is a lift but was still quite a physical achievement to load and unload the car.

    Reviewed by Joanna4.7Oct 2020

  • "Great unique apartment with wonderful views"

    Reviewed by Sharon4.7Sep 2020

  • "Was a little off put by the fact the only lift to the flat was not working we managed the stairs but could imagine people with mobility issues would have and could struggle with the stairs."

    is a wonderful place very quiet and peaceful, well fitted out just what you need to unwind and relax great place to spend our 10th wedding anniversary.

    Reviewed by Jeremy5.0Sep 2020

  • "Had trouble accessing apartment."

    Finally someone had to come from Plymouth with a key. Also the lift was out of order and we had to carry all our stuff up 3 flights of stairs. We are in our 70's and this was a serious problem. In the end we left on the Thursday due to this problem. The apartment itself was fine , but the problems outweighed the benefits and spoiled our holiday. Very disappointing.

    Thank you for taking the time to complete your feedback following your recent stay at Cannon's Folly. We are sorry to hear you had trouble accessing the property, having spoken with the owner she has confirmed that there was not an issue with the key safe or a missing key and once she had arranged for her maintenance man to visit he was able to show you how the key safe worked and there was no further problem. Unfortunatley the lift was out of order for your visit, the owner was not aware of this and had she been notified at the time she would have been able to have this looked at, it has now been confirmed that the lift has since been fixed. Despite the points raised we are pleased to hear you enjoyed the apartment. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Roy3.1Aug 2020

  • "It was amazing."

    Had no problems or complaints. Beautiful views and everyone around were really welcoming and nice.

    Reviewed by Aaisha5.0Jul 2020

  • "We had an amazing break in a wonderful, unusual place."

    The apartment was exactly as described, so we were not disappointed. Whilst we were there (and just before we left) we had a couple of weather warnings for strong winds and rain, Sykes kept us informed at all times. They were easy to contact and always available and answered all our questions very quickly. I would recommend without hesitation

    Reviewed by Vanessa5.0Oct 2019

  • "When we arrived we could not gain access to the property because there was a fault with the front door."

    We telephoned your office and spoke to two people who sounded uninterested and the second one was rather sarcastic. He or she did act on the problem and a locksmith was sent out, but we expected a much better and more empathetic response to what was a stressful situation. It was difficult to get through to speak to a person as well - on all the occasions we rang. We were offered no apology at any stage and felt we were being inconvenient. In fact we sorted the problem out ourselves, as a resident was able to access the caretaker's cupboard of spare keys and let us in (prior to the locksmith being called). After we had gained access, we did try to get through to inform you, but we had hold for a long time and gave up. The locksmith's solution was a stop gap, but held for the week. On another occasion, before we arrived at the property, we rung the office to request a late check out on our final day. A message was left on my phone and, again, the tone of the person who left the message sounded sarcastic. I ignored this at the time, but when it happened again later I remembered it, so I am mentioning it now. I'm not sure 'Helpful' Holidays really lived up to its name this time.

    Thank you for taking the time to fill in our feedback request. We are so sorry to hear of the trouble that you had getting access into the property. We understand your distress and can only apologise for any inconvenience that may have been caused. We are happy that the problem was solved very quickly and the rest of your holiday was not ruined. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Matthew4.1Jul 2019

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  • All on one level
  • One bedroom: 1 x double bedroom
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living room with a kitchen, dining area and seating area with a sofa bed
  • Best for 2 adults and 2 children or maximum 3 adults.
  • Electric heating
  • Washing machine, fridge, electric oven and induction hob, Slow cooker, Telescope, Smart TV, Wifi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for one car in a reserved parking space (underground car park)
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 2.5 miles and pub 2.6 miles.

The property

Cannon's Folly is a stylish studio apartment in Fort Picklecombe, the striking 19th century former fort looking over the sea.

With amazing views all around along the Devon and Cornwall coasts, it is a fascinating spot to sit and watch the nautical world go by (binoculars provided).

Leave your boots and coats in the hall and head into the beautifully finished open plan living space with sofa bed where you can sit and observe the ever-changing scene of passing ships and the light shining over the waves.

Sliding open the doors to the balcony will bring the outside in.

The double bedroom is separated from the living area, from here you can take the opportunity to lie in bed and gaze at that view.

Bring your water sports and walking gear, which can be left in the outer hall, giving you the perfect opportunity to enjoy the beaches and sailing opportunities around pretty Kingsand and Cawsand, as well as walking the fabulous Mount Edgcumbe estate with its grand house and extensive gardens.

For the vibrant buzz of Plymouth, it's easy to catch a pedestrian ferry or the car ferry to the Ocean City, where you can go to the theatre, shop, eat out and visit the National Marine Aquarium.

With all this within convenient reach, as well as those timeless sea views to linger over, Cannon's Folly really is a stunning destination.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Plymouth 24 miles.

The twin villages of Kingsand and Cawsand, with narrow streets winding between pastel-coloured cottages, lie on the Rame Peninsula just 5 miles from Plymouth, but because the high ground of Mount Edgcumbe lies between, you are not aware of being near a large city. Instead, you can relax in the peace and quiet of village life, and look out over Plymouth Sound which offers calm waters ideal for watersports, fishing and bathing. Take a walk south along the coastal path to Penlee Point for the glorious views of Rame Head, towering above the sea, or, a walk north along the coast will take you to Mount Edgcumbe Park with fabulous views of Plymouth Sound. From Cawsand, take a ferry trip to Plymouth and visit the Aquarium, the historic Barbican or enjoy a spot of retail therapy. Just a mile west of Kingsand lies Whitsand Bay, with 4 miles of sandy beach and dramatic cliffs. You really are spoilt for choice in this ‘secret hideaway’.

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