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Hadlow Tower / Walter May


Hadlow Tower in Kent was built as a folly and considered the tallest Victorian example of its kind. Except it was built out of jealousy, or so the story goes, by Walter May, a local landowner and merchant, whose wife supposedly ran away with a farmer, according to UK magazine Country Life. He added it in 1838 to Hadlow Castle, which his father built in the late 18th century.

May wanted to make an even bigger statement, so he added a 12 metre lantern to the top, bringing the height to 53 metre. Now, after all these years, it serves a slight more noble purpose—it has been converted into a home, and an impressive one, at that.

A Grade-I listed structure, the folly is now a 324 square metre residence that has been carefully restored and refurbished in recent years. There are nine stories in total, five of which make up the main living accommodations and include four bedrooms, three of which have ensuite bathrooms, plus another bathroom.

Listed by Strutt and Parker in the village of Hadlow, the property will entertain offers of £2,000,000 or more — via Curbed

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