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