Mon Jun 18, 2018 London
X

The Steeple Times is an online magazine with a following of upto 880,000 unique views per day on our best day yet.

  • We have 91,000 daily subscribers by email.

  • We typically average around 320,000 unique views per day.

  • We currently have 65 contributing authors who range from students to the actor, writer and producer Steven Berkoff and the champion jockey Frankie Dettori.

Combining a mix of society's last word and both wit and wisdom, The Steeple Times covers food, drink and fine dining as well as luxury, travel, the arts, individuals of influence and current affairs in the United Kingdom, America and elsewhere. We are best described as being akin to "a cross between The Huffington Post and Private Eye".

 

The magazine's following is affluent, engaged and international. With 41% of readers coming from the UK and 38% from America, The Steeple Times also has strong presence within Canadian, Italian, German and Australian territories.

 

OPULENCE & SPLENDOUR

Luxury and the artsFrom houses to cars and from Hockney to van Dyck, a profile of the best and the worst

Five of the Best – Follies for sale

A selection of five of the best follies for sale in Britain and elsewhere

 

A folly is unlikely to make an ideal home for a family, but for someone a little more quirky – a writer or artist perhaps – they can easily make an ideal home.

 

Our selection of five of the best currently on offer follows:

 

Church Brow Cottage, Kirkby Lonsdale, Lancashire – £280,000 ($367,000 or €328,000) through Davis & Bowring

Five of the Best – Follies for sale A selection of five of the best follies for sale including ones in Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Lancashire and Connecticut, USAOriginally built by an eccentric vicar in the 1830s and spread over three floors, this Grade II* listed folly was restored by the now defunct Vivat Trust and opened as a holiday let by HRH The Prince of Wales in March 1993. It features in JMW Turner’s painting of what is known as ‘Ruskin’s View’ (sold for £217,250 in 2012) and includes one bedroom, a sitting room with a balcony, a kitchen and a bathroom. An informally landscaped leads down to the banks of the River Lune and access – on foot only – is via the adjoining graveyard.

 

Treia, Macerata, Marche, Italy – £337,000 ($441,000 or €395,000) through Cella-Shirley Immobilliare

Five of the Best – Follies for sale A selection of five of the best follies for sale including ones in Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Lancashire and Connecticut, USABuilt in medieval style in the 18th century, this “landmark building” outside the ancient walls of the town of Treia stands on a hill with about 2.5 acres of land including secular olive trees. A former farmhouse, the property needs complete renovation, currently consists of 8 rooms and a number of outbuildings and has been reduced in price from £440,000.

 

The Summer House, Alderley, Gloucestershire – £990,000 ($1.3 million or €1.2 million) through Knight Frank

Five of the Best – Follies for sale A selection of five of the best follies for sale including ones in Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Lancashire and Connecticut, USAGrade II listed and built circa 1770, The Summer House is a completely refurbished “perfect romantic weekend getaway” that is being sold fully furnished. Originally used as a small banqueting house by the great-great-grandson of Lord Chief Justice Matthew Hale, the 1,108 square foot Georgian property stands in 2.1 acres of gardens and woodland and features a sitting room, breakfast kitchen, two double bedrooms and a bathroom.

 

The Tower, Sway, Hampshire – £2 million ($2.6 million or €2.3 million) through John D. Wood

Five of the Best – Follies for sale A selection of five of the best follies for sale including ones in Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Lancashire and Connecticut, USABelieved to be the world’s tallest unreinforced concrete structure at 218-foot tall, Sway Tower – also known as Peterson’s Folly – was constructed between 1879 and 1886. The structure cost Andrew Peterson (1813 – 1906) some £30,000 (the equivalent of £3.4 million today) and came about after a medium told the Anglo-Indian barrister, socialist and spiritualist named that Sir Christopher Wren expected him to prove concrete could be used to create such an edifice. It now provides 4,707 square foot of accommodation over a total of 14 floors and includes 4 bedrooms, 3 en-suite bathrooms and a crucifix shaped ground floor with a drawing room, dining hall, sitting room, kitchen and conservatory. The top three floors of the Grade II* listed building are let to mobile telephone providers at an annual rate of some £34,000 and within the 0.7 acre plot, there’s also an indoor swimming pool, extensive garaging and a tennis court.

 

Woodstock Castle, Connecticut, USA – £24.4 million ($32 million or €28.6 million) through Christie’s

Five of the Best – Follies for sale A selection of five of the best follies for sale including ones in Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Lancashire and Connecticut, USADescribed as “just weird”, Woodstock Castle was built “for exotic women, exotic animals, both or neither” according to a 2008 feature by the Worcester Massachusetts Telegram. John Pizzi of Randall Realtors Christie’s International Real Estate takes a different view and describes the 18,177 square foot, 126-foot tall building as “majestic” and “a dream come true”. Used by its “colourful and impulsive” owner, importer-exporter Christopher W. Mark as a home for his family and his collection of emus, zebras and camels, this oddity comes with 9 bedrooms, an auditorium with a stage and 75 acres of land.

 

 

Subscribe to our free once daily email newsletter here:[wysija_form id=”2″]

 

Comments

3 comments on “Five of the Best – Follies for sale”

  1. Send in the wrecking ball at the final one and the neighbours would celebrate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s truly hideous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Welcome back, Matthew, and thanks for such a super spectrum of light-hearted reading. I’ve also been reading about Keith Vaz, and have therefore found the last half hour a total delicious guilty pleasure.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  • ob_flush(); ?>