Jersey has the world's 'coolest' holiday homes
WHEN it was constructed in the 19th century, Kempt Tower’s architect was more concerned about building a structure that could withstand a possible French attack than creating a holiday getaway.
Little did he know that 183 years later the Martello tower in St Ouen’s Bay would rank as one of the top ten coolest and quirkiest coastal homes in the world, according to a holiday lettings company.
The Jersey Heritage tower, which dates back to 1834, ranked third on the list drawn up by HolidayLettings.co.uk. Second place went to a yurt in Japan while a one-bedroom apartment in St Ives, Cornwall, was crowned the overall winner.
Meanwhile, the Barge Aground – another Jersey Heritage property in St Ouen’s Bay – ranked seventh in the table which also featured a cave in Greece, a castle on the Amalfi coast and a converted lighthouse in Wales.
The 1930s property, which resembles a boat, is the former home of Islander George Lionel Cox.
Jo Hepworth, Jersey Heritage venues manager, said she was ‘delighted’ that Kempt Tower and Barge Aground feature on the online list of holiday homes.
She said: ‘The properties are unique and are both fantastic historical buildings that have been converted. I think the location of these two properties is what has put them on the list – they are both right on the beach and within the Jersey National Park and one of the most beautiful parts of the Island.
‘Barge Aground is such a popular property that it’s already fully booked for next summer. It’s very quirky and people sleep in bunk beds which just adds to the whole adventure of staying in such a historic property. You are able to wake up to the waves right outside the door.
‘It’s really important for us to be able to rent out the historic buildings in Jersey because we are able to generate revenue which helps us maintain the properties. It’s also a different way of learning about the history because people are able to create memories.’