From the outside, it may not look like much, but just wait until you step inside this historic fort for sale
Built as a defensive fort during the French Revolution, this historic structure has undergone an award-winning conversion and the results are nothing sort of spectacular.
Found on the Suffolk coast in the quiet village of Bawdsey, Martello Tower Y is a luxury three-bed home with breathtaking 360-degree views of the coast.
Listed for £1.25 million, the conversion, which was undertaken by Piercy & Company and Billings Jackson Design, was recognised by RIBA no less.
Accessed by a metal staircase that ascends to the first floor, you're greeted by the spectacular circular stairwell that connects the home's two levels. Large picture windows draw in light, illuminating the stunning exposed brickwork.
On the top level, the exquisite open-plan living room steals the show, with a glass roof extension framing views of the rolling landscape as far as the eye can see.
A circular island in the kitchen zone reflects the building's curved architecture – we love how the flagstones have been artfully arranged around it. A historic recess in the brickwork has even been utilised as a handy storage space for crockery and glasses.
There's no doubt that this 19th-century property would make a truly special place to entertain, with sliding glass doors opening out to a picturesque terrace, creating a versatile indoor-outdoor living space.
All three bedrooms are located on the ground floor, where light is cleverly drawn in through glass wells inserted into the brickwork. One bedroom even features a built-in camera obscura which reflects the seascape onto the walls!
Also on this level are two study spaces and two bathrooms, each with a stunning wood-clad barrel roof.
Once described by The Guardian's architecture critic Jonathan Glancey as "one of the most original and soul-stirring modern homes in Britain", this exquisite property is definitely one of a kind.
Ideal for those looking for a slower pace of life in the countryside, the fort lies on a quiet stretch of the Suffolk coastline in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Currently, the unique dwelling provides a substantial income as a holiday let, so if you don't fancy being king or queen of the castle, you could always reap the benefits of a lucrative rental.
Hunting for a home with history? Martello Tower Y is on the market for £1,250,000 with the Modern House.
Images: Modern House
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