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Harold Tower, Fort Anne Road, Douglas Asking price £3,950,000

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  • Outstanding Gothic Design Castle, circa 1830
  • Commanding Position on Douglas Head Overlooking The Bay
  • Enjoys Considerable Privacy with Mature Walled Grounds of 3 Acres
  • Beautifully Renovated, Principal Residence has 3 Bedrooms with Potential for 5
  • 3 bed Guest House and 2 Bed Guest Cottage
  • Workshop, Garaging, Stores
  • Formal Gardens and Walkway Down to South Quay


An outstanding gothic design castle, circa 1830, occupying a commanding position on Douglas Head overlooking the bay. Located approximately half a mile from the town centre, enjoying considerable privacy with mature walled grounds, extending to approximately 3 acres (1.214 hectares). Beautifully renovated, Principal residence currently has 3 bedrooms with potential for 5, 3 bed guest coach house and 2 bed cottage, garage, workshop and stores. Formal gardens with walkway down to South Quay.


Harold Tower, Fort Anne Road
Douglas IM1 5BN
Sale Type: For Sale
Ref #: DR0658

ISLE OF MAN

The Isle of Man is a British Crown Dependency situated equidistant between England and Ireland in the Irish Sea. It has favourable strategies with respect to corporate and personal taxation. It has a highly developed financial services sector, a strong e-gaming, e-commerce, aerospace, bio-tech and manufacturing base. There are a number of incentives and regulatory controls in place to encourage and develop growth. There are a number of incentives and regulatory controls in place to encourage and develop growth. The Isle of Man offers 0% rate of corporation tax for most businesses, no capital or inheritance tax, personal tax of 20% and tax cap policy subject to five year election. There is no property stamp duty and also low betting and gaming duty. Located at the centre of the British Isles, the Isle of Man is a picturesque and safe environment in which to make the ideal location to live and establish business. London airports: 60 minutes; Dublin: 40 minutes; Manchester & Liverpool: 40 minutes; Glasgow & Edinburgh: 60 minutes; Geneva (Seasonal) 120 minutes

LOCATION

From the Sea Terminal, follow Bath Place and across the lifting bridge over the harbour. Turn right along the South Quay and take the first left up Fort Anne Road. Harold Tower can be found immediately after Ravenscliffe Lodge on the sea ward side.

HISTORY - HAROLD TOWER

Harold Tower dates from 1833 – when the plot was sold for the purpose of constructing a house. The work may not have started immediately but is likely to have been within a few years and it was shown on Sherwood’s map of 1849 and shows the Tower form as seen today. We believe the name was used from the outset, in reference to ‘King Harold’, although this is unsubstantiated. The dedication to Harold, in grounds that had previously been part of the former Nunnery estate, may be a gesture of recompense.

STRIKING DESIGN

Its build and hexagonal tower design was a statement of confidence and sense of worth dating from the mid-19th century. The house enjoys a striking appearance with imposing castellation and a flourish of architectural features, with distinctive windows, arched internal openings and ornamental relief by the front entrance. The house was once occupied by John Martin, the painter of "The Plains of Heaven", and was used as a hotel during the war years.

LISTED BUILDING

Harold Tower is a registered building and is listed on the protected building register under the Isle of Man Town and County Planning Act 1991 – The Registered Buildings (General) Regulations 1991.

POINTS OF INTEREST

The property has been in the present ownership since 2005 and an extensive and methodical programme of restoration was carried out between 2009 and 2012. The new cottage build was completed in 2013. As part of the restoration International Interior Designer, Jean-Louis Mainguy was commissioned to advise on the project, including choosing and sourcing of materials, furniture, fabrics and colours together with bespoke hand blocked wall coverings and handmade carpets throughout. Stained glass expert Robert Bullock was commissioned to make all the stained-glass windows. Isabelle Day, a London artist, was commissioned to undertake all the interior painting of cornices frames, trompe l’oeil, centre roses and external coat of arms. The village workshop was engaged to create the dining room floor in French oak and ebony to imitate the reclaimed parquet floor from the lounge and hall that came from the world famous Palace Lido ballroom. The kitchen is fitted with Wolf® range cooker, Sub-Zero® built in side by side fridge freezer with ice maker, hand painted Loxley units, integrated Miele dishwasher and Miele coffee machine. Full control 4 home automation and media system installed – with integrated speakers around the house. Control panel in kitchen and remote in cinema room – but also controllable from any smart phone or tablet. Advanced Grade 3 alarm system has been installed. Extensive use of Onyx, fine marble and granite in all bathrooms. All fittings are Hansgrohe Axor range – with three 300mm rain dance showers. Hot water system is a commercial specification of 3 x instant hot water condensers which fire up consecutively as needed to produce approximately 100 litres of hot water per minute at a pressure of approximately 3 bar (meaning all showers can be on at the same time with no loss of pressure). Heating system is integrated into the control 4 home automation. New gas main pipe fitted into the property. New large gas fired boiler. Works during renovation included extensive re-roofing, re pointing and a complete inside strip and re build (including injections to stop damp, re insulation etc). New LED flood lights fitted all around outside of building, tower, drive and gardens. Outside BBQ area is top of the range Californian Lynx system – stainless steel outside kitchen fittings (including basin, bar, refuse and storage). BBQ is fitted into main gas supply.

ACCOMMODATION

ENTRANCE

18' 8'' x 12' 6'' (5.69m x 3.81m) Approx.

Steps up to arched entrance door with feature stained glass leaded lights. Original coat of arms on each side carefully restored by hand by artist Isabelle Day.

HALL

Impressive original stone flagged floor which was carefully removed piece by piece, cleaned, underfloor heating fitted and then replaced. Coved ornate original ceilings, imposing staircase and galleried landing leading off. Large handmade brass lantern feature.

CLOAKROOM/WC

Contemporary design with designer WC, courtesy lighting and stone wall feature.

OCTAGONAL RECEPTION HALL

13' 9'' x 13' 9'' (4.19m x 4.19m) Approx.

Woodblock floor from Palace Lido ballroom. Five sets of double doors leading to reception rooms. Accent cove lighting.

DRAWING ROOM

22' 0'' x 14' 5'' (6.70m x 4.39m) Approx.

Impressive hand carved fireplace with marble stands and hearth. Parquet wood block floor reclaimed from the Palace Lido ballroom. Ornate, coved ceiling, wall and light points, hand painted Trompe L’oeil to alcoves and heaters, full wall of made to measure hand built wood and glass cabinets. Antique Venetian chandelier. 3 full height windows.

DINING ROOM

17' 1'' x 22' 0'' (5.20m x 6.70m) approx.

Handsome wood block floor in French oak and ebony to imitate parquet in adjacent hall and drawing room. Ornate coved ceiling, wall light points, Zuber Grand Duche Collection wall coverings in block printed velvet. Antique Venetian chandelier and wall sconces.

SUN ROOM

39' 4'' x 10' 6'' (11.98m x 3.20m) Approx.

Shaped with a predominately curved wall with expansive window area affording beautiful views across the harbour and bay beyond. Jerusalem stone floor with underfloor heating. Zuber hand blocked wall paper with hand painted finish, fitted bar with marble top, cabinetry below, fridge, illuminated shelving and impressive exposed Manx stone wall.

SUN TERRACE

From the sun room, French doors lead out to a raised balcony and secluded sun terrace with a swimming pool below the wooden decking. Wooden bar with fitted top of the range Californian Lynx gas BBQ system, plumbed into main gas supply, a stainless steel outside kitchen with sink, refuse and storage areas.

Kitchen/Diner

20' 0'' x 15' 1'' (6.09m x 4.59m) Approx.

Fitted hand painted Loxley units in cream to floor and wall level. Granite worktops, drawers, twin sink, Quooker® boiling water tap. Wolf® range electric oven with 6 ring gas hob and griddle and extractor, fan assisted Miele microwave oven and warming drawer, Sub-Zero® built in side by side fridge freezer with ice maker, integrated Miele dishwasher and Miele coffee machine. Solid oak central-island with drawers, integrated speakers to ceiling, tile floor. Stairs to lower ground floor.

BACK KITCHEN/UTILITY

Base and wall units, laminate worktops, single drainer stainless steel sink unit. Miele dishwasher, fridge freezer, wine cooler, covered ceiling, LED lighting. Tile floor. Accessible via steps from main kitchen.

HALLWAY

Under stairs storage cupboard. Radiator. Coved ceiling. Low level LED lighting.

BEDROOM 2/GYM

16' 1'' x 21' 4'' (4.90m x 6.50m) Approx.

Dark oak wood flooring. LED spotlights. Coved ceiling. Wall mounted control 4 entertainment system with ceiling speakers. Door to outside patio.

EN-SUITE BATHROOM

Luxurious curved en-suite with Triangular shower in a steam room with 2 inset tiled seating chairs and 2 ceiling mounted rainfall showers with central hand held attachment. Villeroy & Boch low level WC with back lit onyx inset. Bespoke marble wall mounted vanity wash hand basin. Caleido mirrored vertical radiator with hanging. Chrome towel rail. Marble tiled floor with unique decorative inset and underfloor heating. Contrast onyx and marble tiled walls with matching floor tiles to window surrounds. Door to outside. Frosted glass door to:

CHANGING AREA

6' 3'' x 5' 7'' (1.90m x 1.70m) Approx.

Wall sized towel/robe shelving. Grey stone tiled wall. Onyx tiled bench with designer radiator below. Oak wood flooring.

CINEMA ROOM/BEDROOM 5

20' 8'' x 14' 5'' (6.29m x 4.39m) Approx.

Dark oak wood flooring. Blue suede fabric covered walls with in built sound proofing. Coved ceiling. Vent Axia extractor system. Custom lighting. Potential to easily convert to another good sized bedroom.

WINE CELLAR

12' 6'' x 6' 3'' (3.81m x 1.90m) approx.

Temperature controlled. Vast array of bespoke hardwood wine storage shelving. Unique decorative pebble tiled flooring. Designer light fitting and accent strip lighting.

STORE

4' 11'' x 5' 3'' (1.50m x 1.60m) approx.

Wall shelving and coved ceiling.

UTILITY 1

6' 11'' x 5' 3'' (2.11m x 1.60m) approx.

Cream fronted base / eye level units with laminate wood effect worktop. Tiled splashback. Integrated fridge. Tiled floor.

UTILITY 2

10' 2'' x 15' 5'' (3.10m x 4.70m) approx.

Fitted base / eye level grey fronted units with laminate worktop plumbed for washing machine and vented for tumble dryer. Single drainer stainless steel sink unit. Large fitted storage cupboard with sliding doors incorporating media systems and clothes hanging. Tiled flooring. External entrance to utility area.

GALLERIED LANDING

18' 4'' x 12' 6'' (5.58m x 3.81m) approx.

Ornate coved ceilings, beautiful stained glass window to front aspect, stairs to turret office and onto roof terrace/flag pole.

MASTER BEDROOM

22' 0'' x 14' 9'' (6.70m x 4.49m) Approx.

Stunning dual aspect Master suite, bespoke décor with Zuber wall covering and handmade carpets throughout, high coved ceilings, door into:

MASTER EN-SUITE

13' 9'' x 13' 9'' (4.19m x 4.19m) Approx.

Exceptionally beautiful octagonal bathroom with dual aspect windows taking views across Douglas Harbour. Fully tiled onyx walls and floor, large walk in shower with overhead rain shower and his and hers shower attachments, very large double ended sunken bath tub with illuminated surround, his and hers wash hand basins with vanity units below and marble splash backs and work surfaces, low level wc, heated towel rails, underfloor heating and door into:

EXTENDED DRESSING ROOM/BEDROOM 4

13' 9'' x 13' 9'' (4.19m x 4.19m) Approx.

Coved ceilings, a range of hand built closets, wardrobes, display cabinets, drawers and a seating area, an island dressing area with granite worktop, bespoke carpet to match the Master bedroom (The dressing room has been extended and could be scaled back to create a generous additional bedroom), door into:

EN-SUITE BATHROOM

9' 6'' x 9' 10'' (2.89m x 2.99m) Approx.

Fully tiled walls, side aspect view across the gardens and out to sea, mosaic & tiled bath tub (both inside and out) with rain shower over, low level wc, contemporary pebble shaped freestanding wash hand basin, tiled floors.

BEDROOM 3

17' 1'' x 14' 1'' (5.20m x 4.29m) Approx.

An excellent size dual aspect bedroom with coved ceilings, carpeted floor, door into:

EN-SUITE SHOWER ROOM

9' 6'' x 8' 2'' (2.89m x 2.49m) Approx.

Fully tiled walls, rear aspect view across the gardens, large walk in shower with overhead rain shower, low level WC, contemporary pebble shaped freestanding wash hand basin, tiled floors.

OFFICE SUITE

13' 9'' x 13' 9'' (4.19m x 4.19m) Approx.

A superb triple aspect octagonal office suite with spectacular sea views, hand built office furniture and wall panelling, handmade bespoke carpeted floor and stairway access to the roof terrace flag pole.

ROOF TERRACE

Panoramic views from Douglas Head out to sea and continuing round to Snaefell. Access to the tower flag pole, turreted stone walls.

3/4 BED GUEST COACH HOUSE

The Coach House is a gated courtyard residence within the grounds of the Harold Tower Estate. Measuring approximately 2400sqft in size and boasting many period features including a stone turret exterior and original medieval window arches this property compliments the Castle and grounds it is surrounded by. The Coach House was once two cottages sharing the private gated courtyard however it now comprises of the space required for a generous family home, the current Vendors have created a 3/4 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 2 reception room dwelling that has been modernised and maintained to an excellent standard both inside and out.

GROUND FLOOR

Vestibule Porch – 7' 10" x 6' 2" (2.39m x 1.88m) approx. Lounge – 23' 0" x 15' 9" (7.01m x 4.80m) approx. Kitchen – 15' 9" x 11' 2" (4.80m x 3.40m) approx. Dining Room – 22' 7" x 13' 5" (6.88m x 4.09m) approx. Utility Room – 15' 4" x 14' 1" (4.67m x 4.29m) approx.

FIRST FLOOR

Master Bedroom - 16' 0" x 15' 7" (4.87m x 4.75m) approx. Dressing Room/Bedroom - 4 – 12' 6" x 10' 4" (3.81m x 3.15m) approx. Family Bathroom – 13' 4" x 12' 6" (4.06m x 3.81m) approx. Bedroom 2 – 13' 10" x 12' 0" (4.21m x 3.65m) approx. Bedroom 3 – 12' 6" x 10' 2" (3.81m x 3.10m) approx. Family Bathroom (2nd one) – 9' 11" x 8' 6" (3.02m x 2.59m) approx.

2 BED COTTAGE

The most recent addition to the Harold Tower Estate completed in 2013. The property provides 2 bedrooms, spacious open plan accommodation with a neutral but modern style, fitted with a wood burner. The property is nestled in a quiet corner of the development in a lowered position therefore maintaining privacy.

GROUND FLOOR

Entrance Vestibule – 4' 3” x 8' 6” (1.3m x 2.6m) approx. Hall – 5' 7” x 13' 1” (1.7m x 4m) approx. Lounge – 18' 4” x 12' 6” (5.6m x 3.8m) approx. Open Plan Kitchen – 12' 10” x 5' 7” (3.9m x 1.7m) approx. Bed 1 – 9' 6” x 10' 2” (2.9m x 3.1m) approx. Bed 2 – 6' 7” x 10' 2” (2m x 3.1m) approx. Bathroom – 8' 10” x 6' 7” (2.7m x 2m) approx.

OUTSIDE

The house is approached through wrought iron electric gates, leading from Fort Anne Road. The Coach House is immediately on the left hand side with the cottage, double garage, workshop and stores grouped together away from the principle residence. Harold Tower is approached along a tarmacadam driveway to a large forecourt set around an impressive water feature. The drive is flanked by ornamental stone retaining walls with sloped lawns and trees, yet is afforded a stunning view across Douglas Bay. Greenhouse - 45' 11" x 11' 10" (14m x 3.6m) approx. Garage block - 35' 5" x 16' 5" (10.8m x 5m) approx. 2 double garages with loft storage above. Workshop - 39' 4" x 16' 5" (12m x 5m) approx. Storage lockup - 36' 1" x 6' 7" (11m x 2m) approx. Two additional stores.

TENURE

Freehold.

SERVICES

Mains water, electricity, drainage, gas central heating to principle residence and Coach House. The cottage has an oil fired central heating system.

RATES

Main House: Rateable Value: £284.00 Rates Payable: £2,407.00 (approx.) Coach House: Rateable Value: £224.00 Rates Payable: £1,899.00 (approx.) Cottage: Rateable Value: £116.00 Rates Payable: £2983.45 (approx.)


Harold Tower, Fort Anne Road
Douglas IM1 5BN
Sale Type: For Sale
Ref #: DR0658

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Harold Tower, Fort Anne Road
Douglas IM1 5BN
Sale Type: For Sale
Ref #: DR0658
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