Facilities & Accommodation
Whereas the gardens outside the tower are easy to photograph, the inside is not only small but round, so taking realistic pictures is not easy. However, the spaces have been cleverly converted to give plenty of space for cooking, eating, bathing, sleeping, relaxing…
The ground floor is the kitchen/dining room, so wandering outside to the terrace with your breakfast/lunch/dinner is a matter of a few steps.
Inside, the dining area has a table, wooden bench and an original stone seat built into the wall with hand-carvings by a local mason. There is a large fireplace with a wood burning stove, and there is a sink in the window recess with the original stone cupboards set into the wall.
The cooking area under the stairs is sunk into the wall and has an electric hob and fan oven, with fumed oak and slate worktop, cupboards and storage shelves (one of which exactly fits a French baguette), and a fridge with ice compartment.
There is an espresso coffee machine, and the kitchen is well equipped for people who enjoy cooking (one of the owners is an award-winning food writer).
Basic store cupboard items such (tea, coffee, oil, condiments etc.), are provided so you don’t need to stock up from scratch for your stay.
The floor, walls and bath surround are lined with creamy white and grey marble and, as well as the wash hand basin, there is a large cast iron bath and shower. The bathroom is open-plan, i.e. when you walk up from the ground floor to the second floor, you pass through the bathroom. The toilet is in a separate closed room – the only door inside the tower.
The second floor is the main bedroom, with three windows giving glorious views out over the surrounding countryside. The bed is a standard Double – the largest we could fit in the circular rooms. There is a wash-hand basin and bidet, and a small wardrobe and hanging rails for clothes (not that you need many). Listen to the church bell ringing in the distance every morning, midday and evening.
From this bedroom the stairs go up to the third floor which is the attic under the pointed cone of the roof.
Attic / Upper Bedroom
This can be used either as a second bedroom with a futon seat/bed, or it can be used as a small sitting room with TV/DVD player in case of wet weather. It also makes an excellent writer’s retreat and many books have been written in this room.
The pool is a generous 10 x 5 metres with Roman steps and deep enough for diving at the deep end. There is a large terrace round about with a pool table, two parasols, and sun loungers plus cushions provided. Under the pool is a room which houses the washing machine, pool toys and the pool motor. The grounds are completely private and those wishing to sunbathe without clothing may do so without fear of intrusion. The pool is for your own exclusive use.
Relax in our private grounds with a tiled terrace with flowerbeds around the tower and the wide open spaces of the wild garden. There is a tiled terrace with flowerbeds around the tower and many wide-open spaces in the wild garden. The mature trees beside the tower provide a delightful dining area in dappled shade.
The large prairie is kept purposefully wild as it is a stunning example of chalk land meadow with many species of orchid in the early summer and wild herbs such as marjoram and pennyroyal later in the year. Culinary herbs have been planted in the flower beds around the tower for use by tenants. We have two barbecues – a large lidded one on wheels and a small table top charcoal barbecue perfect for two people.