This is a Tower Vacation Home in Hampshire, England that’s sure to make you feel like letting down your hair!
The three-story “folly” (as they call it across the pond) has stunning arched windows and the storybook-perfect “castle roof” that we all imagine when we think of knights. Inside, however, are all the comforts of the 21st century including a living room, kitchen and bathroom, and a perfect tower bedroom featuring an interior stone seeped in character. You can book your stay at Choose Cottage!
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Tower Cottage in Hampshire, England
The arched door + those robin’s egg blue cabinets = Perfection.
Steps to the next story!
Lovely living, dining and relaxing space.
Love the little wall cut-out for the vase. Clever!
I could sleep here! That exposed wall is just breathtaking.
I also just adore those arched windows.
Clean and simple bathroom.
That’s where you want to relax (or stargaze!)
Yes, those are the views you get!
Outdoor eating under a big lovely tree!
Related: Lochside Follies Tower Cottage
From the landlords:
For couples who fancy a romantic getaway and something out of the ordinary, this detached 19th-century listed folly stands in the garden of the owners’ house and enjoys wonderful views over the pretty village of Hambledon, the birthplace of cricket, and full use of a 30ft indoor heated swimming pool, (open April to October) is perfect. This Georgian Grade II listed property was built in 1832 and is situated in the South Downs National Park making it perfect for stargazing… Shops 200 yards, pub 400 yards.
Small fitted kitchen. Shower room with toilet. Steep, narrow-tread stairs to first and second floor. First floor: Cosy living/dining room with electric fire. Second floor: Pretty double bedroom with attractive antique pine furniture.
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A folly is a building built for ornamental purposes, often built to look like something it isn’t. Basically an architectural garden sculpture. Usually on large estates with enormous gardens and landscaped grounds.
Thanks, Marc 🙂
Yes, thank you, Marc. I have often wondered about the word “folly”. Thank you for sharing this. 🙂
Usually, as I was told as a youngster, built via/for an “aristocrat” who had far too much money to burn and if it didn’t work then what the hell. Hence the term folly as numerous buildings turned to custard, so to speak.
Wow! That’s precious! I would love to stay there for a while. It’s so homey and warm and inviting. Just lovely!
I loved it too 🙂 Too cool!
Rapunzel, Rapunzel let down your hair…! Lmao…! OK…! I’m sorry it just struck me funny when first seeing this tower house… It is though a very nice tower, and as I can see they have used stone to build it, I would think it to be very fortified, and able to withstand almost anything, including the tests of time…! It’s interior, is well appointed with all that is needed to make living in it comfortable, and whimsical init’s thought out floor plan… It is a beautiful little tower for sure….!
That’s the first thing I thought of too!
Wouldn’t probably stand up to a good earthquake though. Think about what happened to Christchurch in 2011. Refer: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_Christchurch_earthquake
Christ Church Cathedral (yes that is spelled correctly)
Before pic: http://www.richard-seaman.com/Wallpaper/NewZealand/Cities/ChristchurchCathedral.jpg
After pic: https://leelcampbell.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/983455-christchurch-earthquake.jpg
Eric, We don’t get earthquakes in the UK; well not anything to speak of anyway. We sometimes get a slight rumble every couple of years of so, and it usually makes the national news. I used to live in Paraparaumu in New Zealand and they have real earthquakes there. The New Zealanders wouldn’t even notice a UK earthquake!
Well, well, well… small world. I live in Paraparaumu, been there for 35 years…
Oh, and you do get earthquakes… just not big enough to register on peoples consciousness. 😇
We lived in Kaimanawa Street behind the big statue of the virgin Mary.
I loved it there and we only repatriated to the UK for complex family reasons which have all resolved now. I wish that we hadn’t bothered, and just stayed there instead. I don’t miss the Whitetails though!
I ran the London Marathon in 2016 and caught the tube in with a chap named Michael from Raumati. As you say, “small world”.
Looks like a lovely place to stay
That it does 🙂
Whoh, £339/night ($500). Actually it might be worth the money.. just imagine the stories you could tell your friends! And that roof deck! Totally open to the sky, trees far away, loungers to lay flat on. Now THAT’s a stargazing space.
Haha certainly a “once in a lifetime” adventure!
Yeah, probably bankrupt me staying there just one night. LOL
I was going to stay there until I saw it’s 400 yards to the pub. Way too far.
Hahaha, Jeremy 🙂
I think I just fell in love. What an enchanting little place.
Enchanting is the perfect word 🙂
It’s fabulous, darling!
Have been lucky enough to stay in a genuine tower house – long weekend – and while this looks good it is a genuine folly. The walls are nowhere near thick enough for a proper tower house, 8 feet at the base going down to about 4 feet at the top. No garde-robe either or fireplaces for heating in winter (they get really cold in winter) and where are the arrow slits – archers would have had a field day besieging this. This is definitely some wealthy persons idea of a tower house, and I reckon would appeal to anyone brought up on a diet of Hollywood mediaeval residences. Great interior decor as well.
Lovely! Looks as though the castle disappeared, and all that was left was the tower. It looks like a merry ol’ English cottage inside and out–although I realize that those who are accustomed to seeing the real thing can be critical of new construction. I think it’s awesome!