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8 January 2013

Rather English - Stay in a Martello Tower

Part of a line of towers built to keep out Napoleon's French forces, the Martello Tower at Aldeburgh in Suffolk is now an interesting holiday cottage, rented out by the Landmark Trust charity, who do a fantastic job refurbishing historically-important landmarks and allowing ordinary people to live in them, albeit only for a week or so.

The Tower was built between 1808 and 1812, and stands just outside Aldeburgh, on the Orford Ness peninsula, a huge shingle spit on the Suffolk coast. The Landmark Trust acquired it in 1971, and let it out following restoration, as they have done ever since.

For more, see http://www.landmarktrust.org.uk/BuildingDetails/Overview/199/Martello_Tower

^Picture © foshie used under a Creative Commons license^

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  1. Highly recommended - stayed for a weekend in May 2010 and still remember it as being one of the best couple of days imaginable.

    You do have to repel boarders pretty vigorously mind you - the little "private" sign at the end of the bridge has no impact whatsoever on the inquisitive public.

  2. Thanks for your insight. I didn't actually stay here myself but have had many happy stays at Landmarks, and am pleased to hear this one hit the mark.