A man’s home is his castle, or so the saying goes. In this instance, however, a man’s home is a castle — and quite possible the last word in residential luxury.
If you’ve been yearning to fulfil all your aristocratic ambitions, Harold Tower is the place for you. In buying this property, not only do you get a castle that was built in 1833 — with a complimentary cannon on the front drive, no less — you also get to live on the vibrant, rapidly gentrifying Isle of Man.
From their incredible tax benefits to their lack of speed limits, this is an island that knows what it’s doing — and allows you to live like a King regardless of whether you have a castle or not. A hotspot for motoring enthusiasts, wouldn’t your vintage Ferrari just look great parked next to that cannon?
Of course, if you’ve left your crown and sceptre at home, buying a castle might seem a little daunting, ostentatious even. And with it comes images of dark draughty hallways, damp dungeons and Hamlet’s father’s ghost. Gladly these are not worries that plague Harold Tower. With a full restoration completed in 2012, this particular castle has all the creature comforts of a city-centre penthouse.
Expect a top of the range kitchen to help throw those extravagant dinner parties, and a cinema room with fully reclining chairs.
Speaking of dinner parties, rarely will you find a dining room that makes a statement such as this. Even when the novelty of the decor has worn off, there’s a wine cellar large enough to keep a king and all his men jolly.
It’s almost perfect for entertaining. Remote, regal and with eight bedrooms for family and friends, Harold Tower boasts breathtaking views from its hexagonal tower, overlooking both your bay and 3 acres of land. You can also spot your coach house and guest house from the vantage point.
Knight Frank have featured Harold Tower in their new ultra luxe publication, International View, where it has been crowned as one of the best British properties on the world market right now. And that’s little wonder; it’s a castle that would make anyone feel like royalty.
Harold Tower, Douglas Head
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