Short stay in the tower is only for big spenders

Pricy break costs more than the Ritz ho­tel

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE -

The im­mac­u­late manor near Ash­ford, of­fers el­e­gance and lux­ury in man­i­cured grounds. A one-night stay in the lux­ury suite will cost you around £120, while two nights in a stan­dard dou­ble costs £315. Set in a pic­turesque set­ting on the Kent shore, Lodes­man Cot­tage at the North Fore­land Light­house in Broad­stairs has stun­ning views out onto the sea. A two-night stay in March will cost you £521. Hol­i­day­mak­ers keen on a Gothic get­away can now book up a short stay in a real-life Ra­pun­zel Tower – but at £700 for a two-night stay, it costs more than the Ritz.

The grade I listed Had­low Tower was built in 1838 hav­ing been com­mis­sioned by wealthy busi­ness­man Wal­ter May as a means to keep an eye on his wife who he sus­pected had been sleep­ing with a farmer in the vil­lage.

In the Sec­ond World War it was used as a land­mark by Luft­waffe pi­lots on their way to Lon­don and pro­vides spec­tac­u­lar 360 de­gree views across the Med­way val­ley.

The 170ft tower, off Had­low High Street, was in­cluded in the top 100 most en­dan­gered his­toric build­ings in the world in 1998 by the World Mon­u­ment Fund and can now be rented for week-long and short-break stays.

Paula Alexan­der, from Hol­i­day Cot­tage com­pare, said: “We do re­ally well for quirky and un­usual prop­er­ties. We have some ex­tremely un­usual places in­clud­ing light­houses around the UK and this is at the top.

“The tower ap­peals to the short­break mar­ket with more and more peo­ple choos­ing a short break rather than a week away.”

The five-floor tower was badly dam­aged dur­ing the great storm of 1987, leav­ing its then owner with a re­pair bill of more than £1 mil­lion.

A com­pul­sory pur­chase or­der from Ton­bridge and Malling Bor­ough Coun­cil then forced the owner to sell the prop­erty to char­i­ta­ble trust Vi­vat for just £1.

A £4 mil­lion restora­tion project was com­pleted in Septem­ber 2013, but when the Vi­vat Trust en­tered liq­ui­da­tion a pri­vate buyer is re­ported to have bought it for £425,000.

Sleep­ing six guests in three be­d­rooms, the restora­tion in­cludes an oc­tag­o­nal din­ing room and lounge with a large fire­place and a wood-burn­ing stove.

The tower of­fers guests a min­i­mum of a two-night stay, with prices from £700.

The real life Ra­pun­zel Tower of­fers guests a lux­u­ri­ous stay in a Gothic set­ting

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