By Megan Slack
Rightmove has announced their most viewed property in January was a converted water tower in the market town of Ashby-de-la-Zouch in Leicestershire.
The tower, which is marketed by Fisher German, is currently listed on the real estate website for £595,000 and is described as a 'fascinating mix of contemporary and period architecture with superb views.'
This nineteenth-century tower is a pristine modern home, featuring three bedrooms, including a master bedroom suite with a mezzanine bathroom. There are two other bathrooms, along with a period reception hall, stunning oak and steel-spine staircase, and a living and dining kitchen.
Elements of this property's unique heritage remain visible throughout the tower- most notably through the transparent floor in the kitchen, which showcases the cast iron pipework that was used to drain the water tank when the building was in operation.
Upstairs, a reminder of the tower's rich history is evident in the exposed cast beams in the master bedroom, which includes the builder's name: 'W. Waller & Co Chesterfield'.
The tower, which dates back to 1853, may still stand as a staple above the town it previously served, though its exceedingly luxurious features have transported this landmark firmly into the contemporary day.
Similarly, the exterior blends the tower's original yellow brick construction in English bond with stone dressings, with a stylish curved glazing extension. The splendor of this design was later awarded an LABC award when it was recognized as the best re-use or conversion of an existing building in 2016.
The Water Tower also has a patio and a private garden that offers the perfect setting to a (post-pandemic) garden party with a twist.
In his discussion of this brilliantly bizarre property, Rightmove's Director of Property Data Tim Bannister shared: 'It's always fun to showcase quirky properties that stand out from the crowd, and this converted water tower certainly falls into that category.'
He continued: 'You don't need to be a property expert to see why it's garnered so much attention from the British public – it's a fantastic example of how innovative architecture can really reenergize and transform a period property.'
The Water Tower is currently under offer with Fisher German. Photographs courtesy of Rightmove.
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Megan is a News Writer across Future Plc's Homes titles. She has a background in national newspapers in the UK and has experience in fashion and travel journalism, which she previously practised whilst living in Paris and New York City. Her adoration for these fashion capitals means she particularly loves writing about contemporary styles and trends for Livingetc.
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