Blow the kids away with a real 18th-century castle. Tawstock Castle, with its Grade II-listed bailey (walled courtyard), is now an enchanting holiday let, sleeping eight. With fairytale turrets and an eight-acre park, it is surprisingly cosy inside and has 360-degree views over the Taw valley and Saunton Sands.
• 01386 701177, ruralretreats.co.uk. From £1,820 a week (£227.50pp), with 20% term-time discount until 23 May