From the outside it looks like nothing more than drab, brick-built fort and a relic of Britain’s military past.
But step inside this 19th century tower and it’s a totally different story.
Martello Tower Y, tucked away on a quiet stretch of Sussex coastline, was built for a Napoleonic invasion that never came.
It was meant to repel the French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and as such dates back to the early 19th century.
But a complete refurbishment in 2010 has seen the property scoop a number of architectural and design awards, with English Heritage labelling the renovation as “exemplary”.
It has been described as “one of the most original and soul-stirring modern homes in Britain” – and it could be yours for a cool £1.25million.
The three-bedroom home has a completely re-sculpted interior which perfectly blends period features with modern, contemporary architecture.
It even has a modern-day drawbridge as well as a wrap-around roof terrace so buyers can take in that stunning seaside view, which is classed as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Inside, there are two elegant spiral staircases and a rustic, cosy atmosphere by the log-burner.
Each of the three bedrooms fits between the inner funnel wall and outer curved wall, while lightwells and skylights are found throughout the property.
The roof extension, in the words of designer Duncan Jackson, “echoes the sculptural interior of vaulted brickwork creating a congruency between the contemporary and historic”.
During its former life, the tower would have been shared by troops and coastguards in cramped, living quarters, with plenty of gunpowder and cannonballs for company.
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.”
There is a climb up a metal staircase to the first floor to get into the unusual home and there is a wood burning stive to cosy up next to in the living room.
On the second floor is kitchen/living/dining area, which opens out onto the stunning terrace.
The three bedrooms, two study spaces and two bathrooms are all on the ground floor.
The tower currently provides a substantial income as a holiday let.
This property is listed for sale with The Modern House.
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