No.2 Martello Tower
About the home
The Martello Tower was part of a chain of 74 built along the South Coast around 1806 to prevent invasion by Napoleon and the French. Each circular Martello was designed with a high entrance door, cannon on the top capable of firing in any direction and accommodation for a 24 strong garrison.
The Tower is built from 1/4 million bricks with walls which range from a massive 13 foot thick on the seaward side to 6 foot on the landward side. The 2 narrow original windows are still present on the middle floor. Extra windows were added in the 1960's when the Tower was converted to residential use.
The Tower has modern spacious accommodation spread over three floors but retains many original features, including vaulted brick ceilings, ammunition store and even the original door to the top with a hatch to pass cannon balls through.
Only 25 Towers now remain standing on the South Coast and only 10 are residential. No.2 has all the best features of any of the Martello conversions and is the only south coast Tower available for short term holiday let.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Warren/Sunny Sands, 300m|
|Will consider:||Corporate lets|
|Access:||Car not necessary|
Nearest amenities: 1km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Log fire, DVD player, Sea view|
|General:||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||3 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom and 1 en suite|
|Furniture:||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seating for 6, Lounge seating for 6|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Balcony / Terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Climbing frame, Swing set, Trampoline|
Further details indoors:
The Tower is accessed via an external staircase up to the original middle floor entrance. The doorway leads into the open plan living space comprising modern kitchen, lounge and dining area. This circular room features a central brick pillar which supports the vaulted ceiling and benefits from a wood burning stove, comfy sofas and large circular oak dining table. Patio doors lead to the balcony with views over Folkestone Harbour and the garden.
Downstairs there is a double bedroom in the original vaulted ammunition store and a wedge shaped twin room (with ample space for additional cot). The family bathroom boasts a large Victorian roll top bath and separate shower.
The top floor is reached via a stone staircase set in the Tower wall. The gun level top room has a partitioned off double bedroom and en suite shower room. The remaining majority of the circle is an additional living room which has windows on the top of the parapet and a conical roof.
From on high panoramic views can be enjoyed including the White Cliffs of Dover, the shoreline and beaches and the town. On a clear day you will even glimpse the White Cliffs of France and Calais 22 miles away. More to the west you will see Dungeness, Fairlight and the North Downs disappearing into the distance. All quite spectacular!
Further details outdoors:
Ample car parking is available on private driveway.
The property is surrounded by a large secluded garden which has lawned areas, mature trees and fish pond.
The garden has decked areas, a barbecue for guest use, garden furniture and children's playhouse and large trampoline.
**** Strictly no smoking ****
No stag parties / hen parties
The South East England / Kent region
Kent, the Garden of England, is, as you would expect, a rural county with lots of open countryside. The cathedral city of Canterbury is well known as a site of historic interest as well as a good shopping centre!
Kent is the Gateway to Europe with Calais only a short ferry or Eurotunnel train trip away.
The Folkestone / East Cliff, Folkestone area
The town of Folkestone was once a bustling Victorian holiday destination and evidence of the Victorian spendour is still in evidence with the Leas promenade being an ideal location for an evening walk with a view. Below the Leas is the Lower Coastal park which has recently been regenerated and now forms a scenic landscaped area with open air theatre and large children's adventure playground. During last Summer 'Dave' the dolphin became a daily visitor just off the beach and has become a local celebrity!
Folkestone is still a lively fishing port and the local catch can be enjoyed fresh from the fishing boats and from the seafood stalls surrounding the harbour.
In nearby Hythe is the terminus of the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway which is well worth a visit for adults and children alike. The Royal Military Canal stretches out from Hythe, the canal being a wide defensive ditch built at a similar time to the Martello Towers.
For animal lovers the two zoo parks of Port Lympne (featured in the CBBC TV series 'Roar') and Howletts are close at hand. White Cliff Country around Dover is within easy reach and Canterbury is only 20 minutes away by car.
It goes without saying that there are beaches galore to enjoy within an easy walk of the Tower, the very closest being the 'Sunny Sands' and the Warren.
How to get there
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Travel to Folkestone on the M20 and leave at junction 13. Turn right (3rd exit at the junction roundabout) and take the 1st exit at the next roundabout. Following the main road at the foot of the hills take the 1st then 2nd then 3rd exits from next roundabouts.
Then following signs for Harbour, Warren and Martello Tower Visitors Centre after about 0.3 km turn off the main road (actually going straight on) into Wear Bay Road. Follow the road until sea is on your left and about half way down the hill turn right into the Martello Tower drive (between houses 63 and 64). The postcode is CT19 6PX for Sat Navs.
If travelling from the continent the Martello Tower is about 10 minutes from the Channel Tunnel terminal and the Ashford International (Eurostar) station is about 20 minutes drive away.
Activities near Folkestone
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Beach or lakeside relaxation
17 Nov 2012
A wonderful and unusual holiday home. No. 2 is in a great location with lots to do nearby, places to visit and superb clifftop walks. Spend time enjoying the view from the top, day or night it's beautiful. We would definitely recommend.
04 Nov 2012
If you love the history behind Martello Towers this is an amazing place to stay - close to great walks & the unexpected delight of Folkestone Harbour. We loved the early morning light & views and blustery weather. The tower is well equipped - especially the kitchen. It could be a great holiday with children - so long as you can cope with a lot of stairs!
28 May 2012
a wonderful place to explore and a great conversion- the stone steps to the top really gave that historic feel and the panoramic view was excellent. The welcome parcel made it even more homely and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the tower and walks around the surrounding area. We stayed with 2 children both over 7., they havent stopped talking about it and neither have we. Fabulous!
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 6|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Summer 2012||27 Jul 12||30 Aug 12||£ 1500||£ 225||£ 275||3 Nights|
|Autumn 2012||30 Aug 12||22 Dec 12||£ 1000||£ 150||£ 200||3 Nights|
|Holiday 2012/13||22 Dec 12||3 Jan 13||£ 1500||£ 275||£ 275||3 Nights|
|January 2013||3 Jan 13||3 May 13||£ 1000||£ 150||£ 200||3 Nights|
|May to July 2013||3 May 13||26 Jul 13||£ 1100||£ 160||£ 220||3 Nights|
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Weekends - 3 nights Friday to Monday
Midweek - 4 nights Monday to Friday
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