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South Hill Felixstowe Suffolk IP11

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Mortgage calculator Ref: IPS160199
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • 2 receptions

Historic Napoleonic Grade II Listed Martello Tower, converted into a striking private residence

History Formerly a Martello Tower dating back to 1810, The Q Tower was an important element in the defence of the south-east coast against the threat of invasion from the continent during the Napoleonic War. 103 Towers were originally built across Britain, of which 29 exist along the East Coast to defend the entrance to Harwich Harbour. Although never used in combat, latterly in WW2 The Q Tower was fitted with a spot light and used to relay messages in case there was an invasion along the Eastern Coast. To date many of the Martello Towers have been converted into museums, private residential homes and at times used for military exercises or remain derelict. The Q Tower has been described by English Heritage as having one of the most well maintained and complete Moat Walls and is Grade II Listed. The Q Tower obtained its name as those along the East Coast were designated a letter of the alphabet.

The Property The Q Tower is a historic private residence positioned in an elevated position within Felixstowe and enjoying unrivalled panoramic views along the coastline and out to sea. The Q Tower is one of Felixstowe’s five remaining Martello Towers which has been converted into a striking private residence. The successful conversion carried out in 1947 has resulted in versatile accommodation which retains many historical features. Internally the property is reminiscent of much older fortifications with two stone spiral staircases set within the walls and a central masonry column providing vaulted ceiling support. The Tower is of brick construction, with unusually large windows and doors for the style of property. The ground floor is predominantly open plan, incorporating a wonderful kitchen/breakfast room with AGA and family living area with French doors opening to the garden. The adjoining former explosives store is now a formal dining room with vaulted ceiling. There is also the original light passage utilised as a pantry/ coat room, along with a secondary entrance hall and well-appointed family bathroom and shower room. We note that there are also three cellar compartments. To the first floor is a master bedroom which features a stairwell to the roof of the tower and has the original principle entrance with Draw Bridge and walkway connecting to both the internal and elevated gardens. There are two further bedrooms, a formal drawing room with vaulted ceiling and fitted with wood burning stove and a cloakroom off the landing area where there is a secondary staircase to the rooftop. At present our clients use the roof of the Martello Tower as a superb vantage point all year round with views along the sea front and out to sea.

Agents Note: The Q Tower is subject to a restrictive covenant that relates to the sight lines of the surrounding properties. For further information please contact the agent.

Annex The annex comprises of an entrance lobby, cloakroom, fitted utility/kitchen area, living room/study, two bedrooms and a shower room. Attached to the annex is a double garage complete with inspection pit. It is worth noting that our clients converted the original outbuilding (previously used as a coffee shop/museum) into the auxiliary accommodation that has great potential for inter-generational living or could be utilised as a home-office for the self-employed.

This property has 0.7 acres of land.


The outside of the Tower is particularly impressive being surrounded by a dry moat wall and there is an effective two tier garden that enjoys fantastic views but also wonderful privacy and seclusion. The Q Tower is accessed via a private gravel driveway flanked by two cannons. The garden is primarily laid to lawn with mature planting. The outer/raised garden is set on top of the original moated wall defence providing panoramic views and there is a draw bridge providing access to the first floor accommodation of The Q Tower. The overall plot measures approximately 0.7 acres. It is important to note that the ability of the annex to provide a useful source of secondary income through holiday lets will be an attractive feature to prospective purchasers.

Services: Mains electricity, water and drainage. Oil fired central heating.


The Q Tower is situated in the popular Edwardian seaside town of Felixstowe. Felixstowe is part of the historic Heritage Coastline offering a wealth of botanic and ornithological interests. For those who like walking, this area is especially appealing with miles of unspoilt beach that is renowned for great natural beauty. The Q Tower enjoys close proximity to the town and high street amenities and yet enjoys great privacy. There are numerous sailing opportunities on the Deben and Orwell rivers, as well as popular golf courses and prestigious lawn tennis club. The nearby towns of Woodbridge and Ipswich offer further shopping facilities. There are some excellent schools in the area, including Orwell Park, Woodbridge, The Royal Hospital School, Ipswich School and Ipswich High School for Girls.


Follow the A14 into Felixstowe and at the roundabout, junction 60, take the first exit onto Candlet Road/A154. At the next roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Garrison Lane and continue to the next roundabout. Turn left onto Undercliff Road and across a small roundabout, then turn left onto South Hill. The Q Tower is half way up South Hill, after the bend, on the left.

Other Features

  • Historic Napoleonic Martello Tower dating back to 1810
  • Grade II Listed
  • Striking Private Residence
  • 3/4 Bedroom Property & Two Bedroom Annex
  • Entrance Hall
  • Kitchen/Breakfast Room With AGA & Pantry
  • Dining Room & Family Room
  • Two Tiered Garden With Dry Moat Wall
  • Elevated Position With Views Of Sea front
  • Located In Popular Edwardian Seaside Town Of Felixstowe
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