AN UNINSPIRING drab brick fort which was once made to keep Britain safe from Napolean hides an incredible surprise in its interior.
The 19th-century tower on the Sussex coastline doesn’t look like much from the outside – but the three-bedroom property has been described as “one of the most original and soul-stirring modern homes in Britain.”
With a modern-day drawbridge, two elegant spiral staircases and a wrap-around roof terrace, this stunning property is now on the market for £1.25 million.
Situated by the Sussex coast, the views of the sea from this award-winning property are breathtaking – especially since the area is classed as an Area of Outstanding Beauty.
The Martello Tower Y has been described as an “exemplary” property, which was built 200 years ago to protect Britain against the Napoleonic invasion that never came.
The mix of modern and rustic architecture inside make the house so unique – along with its high brick-wall interiors and beaming skylights.
Climbing up the metal staircase, viewers enter into the unusual home where there is a wood-burning stove to cosy up to in the living room.
Each of the three bedrooms is situated between the inner funnel wall and the outer curved wall, while lightwells are found throughout the property.
The spectacular property has its own terrace, which has 360-degree views of the surrounding sea and countryside.
The roof extension, in the words of the designer Duncan Jackson, “echoes the sculptural interior of vaulted brickwork creating congruency between the contemporary and historic”.
Before it was converted into a house, the tower would have been used by troops and coastguards during wartime – until it was decommissioned in the 1870s.
Rightmove’s property expert Miles Shipside said: “This strikingly unique tower is one of the finest conversion projects I have ever seen.
“It beautifully combines its rich history and modern finishes with effortless charm.
“The innovation is second to none and I am hugely impressed by how sensitively the collaborators have dealt with the property. It’s a real gem.”
After the conversion in 2010 by the architect Stuart Piercy, the property has been given a string of prestigious accolades, including the RIBA Award of 2010.
Other forts built in the same period have also been on sale, after being converted into stunning houses.
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