History comes to life inside this Suffolk Martello tower – transformed into a holiday home with a dramatic rooftop terrace.
Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, close to the rural hamlet of Bawdsey, the former fortress dates back to the 1800s and was one of a chain of towers built to keep Napoleon’s forces at bay. The colossal adaptive reuse project was overseen by architects Piercy & Company. Now named The Found, it is available to rent via Unique Home Stays from £2,195 per week.
The UK holiday home’s three-metre-thick walls are made from almost a million bricks. They wind around a huge central brick shaft, creating circular interior spaces across the structure’s three floors.
If that sounds imposing (and a bit dingy) fear not: openings channel light into The Found’s interiors while maintaining its historic exterior.
Three bedrooms fill the ground floor, while the living room is on the first level, complete with a cosy wood-burning fire. Finally, a spiral staircase leads up to the rooftop level, with 360-degree views of the rugged shingle Suffolk coast.