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Now for sale: this spooky Gothic clock tower that’s straight out of a fairy tale

The Grade II-listed building was once visited by a young Princess Victoria

Written by
Faima Bakar

Ever wanted to live somewhere that looks like it’s been lifted straight out of a fairy tale (and a rather spooky one at that)? Well, if you’ve got £2.5 million to spare, you should know that this beautiful clock tower in St-Leonards-on-Sea has just hit the market – and it’s guaranteed to make you feel like a fairytale villain.

Built in 1830, Grade II-listed building was once the East Sussex town’s official timepiece. Many consider it a masterpiece of Gothic architecture: from the cast-iron fireplace to the castle-like battlements and the tower with clocks on all sides, not to mention the life-size statues dotted around the home.

The building style might look familiar to you, as the architects behind it – James Burton and his son Decimus – also played a part in designing Kew Gardens’ Glass House, the Hyde Park entrance and Regent Square in London.

The three-storey tower was restored in 1976 and has been fully renovated by the current owners. It has four bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and a formal dining room with tall arched windows and doors that open onto a terrace.

Many well-known people are also believed to have frequented the house and gardens, including the young Princess Victoria, as well as Alan Turing and Rudyard Kipling.

Want to know more about the property or even book in a viewing? You can check out the official listing here.

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