'Gothic fantasy' Grade I-listed tower could be yours for £1.6million

‘Gothic fantasy’ Grade I-listed tower that is 5ft taller than Nelson’s Column could be yours for £1.6million after owner lowers price by £400,000

  • A Grade I listed tower has been lowered in price to £1.6million after failing to attract prospective buyers 
  • Hadlow Tower went on the market in 2018 but the asking price of the four bedroom home in Kent has been cut 
  • An ornamental boating lake and croquet lawn also comes with the building, which was constructed in 1838 
  • Its potential owner will acquire a ‘pure Gothic fantasy’ home of around 3,500 sq ft laid out across eight floors 

A 175ft converted tower home has been lowered in value after failing to reach the heights with prospective buyers.

Grade I listed Hadlow Tower went on the market for £2million in 2018.

But with no buyer coming forward, the owner has reduced the asking price of the four bedroom home near Tonbridge, Kent, to £1.6million.

The tower, which is 5ft taller than Nelson’s Column, comes with access to a boating lake and croquet lawn.

A 175ft converted tower home has been lowered in value after originally being placed on the market for £2million in 2018

The Grade-I listed Hadlow Tower, which is 5ft taller than Nelson’s Column, has now been lowered in price to £1.6million

The spacious living area contains a large television, sheepskin rug and quaint leather chairs and footstools. An array of striking images are also hung on the walls.

 The tower suffered damage in the Great Storm of 1987 but was purchased and underwent a £4.5million restoration using grants from the National Heritage Lottery Fund and English Heritage

Landowner and merchant Walter Barton May erected the tower in the grounds of Hadlow Castle, apparently to spy on his wife who was alleged to have run off with a local farmer. 

During World War II the tower was commandeered as a military look-out post.

It was later bought by the distinguished portraitist and war artist, Bernard Hailstone, who painted the Queen – as well as the last portrait of Sir Winston Churchill.

After suffering damage in the Great Storm of 1987, the tower fell into disrepair before it was purchased and underwent a £4.5million restoration with grants from the National Heritage Lottery Fund and English Heritage. 

The restoration won the prestigious Angel Award for the quality of its craftsmanship.

However, when its new owners The Vivat Trust went into liquidation, the tower was sold again.

Its new owner will acquire a ‘pure Gothic fantasy’ home of around 3,500 sq ft laid out over eight floors, with accommodation over five of them.

There are four bedrooms, with the master bedroom situated on the fourth floor. The room has a walk-in wardrobe, direct access to a roof terrace on an ancillary tower, and its own private bathroom above.

In addition, the tower has a drawing room, a dining room and kitchen/breakfast room on the first floor and a media room or hall, which is on the ground floor.

There is a fully serviced lift connecting the first four floors, in addition to two turret staircases.

Outside there is a private garden and parking and communal castle estate grounds with a croquet lawn and ornamental boating lake.

The tower lies on the edge of Hadlow village, which has good local services and access to London Charing Cross and Cannon Street via train services from Tonbridge and Sevenoaks.

Tucked away at the bottom of a winding staircase is a desk, complete with a vintage lamp and fashionable metallic globe

Long flowing curtains enclose a large double bed in one of the four bedrooms in the building, which can be reached at the bottom of a set of winding wooden stairs

The dining room is furnished with an eight-seat table, and a piano is nestled inside an alcove in the corner of the large space

The sprawling eight floor tower contains accommodation on five different levels with a fully serviced lift available for access

John Fisher, of state agents Sotheby’s Realty, said: ‘It is the most extraordinary family home and I think it will go to someone who wants a family home but one that is different, or to someone who just wants an interesting home in a lovely part of the world.’

He believes it could also suit someone who is returning to the UK from living abroad who wanted ‘something different’.

He said the sixth floor room, which is accessed by a modern spiral staircase, would make a ‘particularly grand home office.’

He added: ‘The seventh and eighth floors give access to the parapet-walkway, which affords the finest 360 degree panoramic views in Kent.

‘The tower has been used both as a family home and a holiday home by its current owner. I think they have enjoyed the tower but they’ve done that now and are moving on.’

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