19th century fortress (and 21st century modernist showpiece) for rent

July 30, 2013 — 3 Comments

A defensive fortress from the Napoleonic era was converted in 2009 to a private residence -

martello tower

Made up of some 750,000 bricks, with immensely thick walls, Martello Tower Y was originally built in 1808 as a coastal outpost against an expected invasion from Napoleon’s France.  The years passed, the French attack never came, and the building fell into disrepair. It was totally derelict when renovations began, 200 years after its construction.

The 2009 renovation of the building, designed by Piercy & Company, won a host of architectural awards. English Heritage lauded it as “an exemplary and unique conversion of this type of building.”

Located on England’s Suffolk coast, with spectacular views of the ocean and neighboring wetlands, the tower can be rented by the week as a vacation home.

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3 responses to 19th century fortress (and 21st century modernist showpiece) for rent

  1. 

    This is stunning. As an owner (and occupier) of a round house myself, I really appreciate your posts!

  2. 
    Livon Diramerian July 30, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    There are many advantages to living in a round house: safety, health, conservation of energy, & in this example we have the view of the ocean, which gives better view since it is a round house.

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