Martello Tower - stay in a unique Suffolk holiday home

Published: Wednesday 11th Jun 2014

Written by: Suffolk Secrets Team

Martello Tower, Shingle Street - the most unusual holiday home in the UK?

Fancy a cottage holiday in one of the UK’s most unusual properties? The Martello Tower at Shingle Street is still available for holiday rentals during summer 2014.

Martello Tower AA truly is a unique Suffolk property offering breathtaking 360 degree views from its rooftop, taking in Orford to the north, saltmarsh and reedbeds to the west, and three other Martello Towers and the far-reaching coastline to the south.

Situated in Shingle Street, a tiny hamlet on the heritage coast, Martello Tower AA was built in approximately 1810. It was one in a long chain of Martello Towers built along the south and east coasts of England to defend the country against what was felt to be an imminent threat of invasion by Napoleon. During the Second World War some of the towers were used as lookout posts and a number of soldiers were billeted in the tiny hamlet of Shingle Street. Martello Tower AA at Shingle Street then lay empty for many years but was bought privately in 1972 and converted into a residential property.

Located in the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty),  Martello Tower offers a wonderful base for a Suffolk cottage holiday offering ample walking opportunities along the shingle shoreline and through the surrounding countryside. This area is also home to a vibrant wildlife population including herons, egrets, barn owls, fallow and muntjac deer, badgers, foxes and numerous other birds.

Martello Tower sleeps 8 people and is still has limited availability week commencing Friday 8th and 15th August 2014 (as at 11/06/2014). For more information and to check availability click here or phone Suffolk Secrets on tel: 01502 722717.

Suffolk Secrets Team



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