A historic round tower property in County Wexford is set to go up for auction in the next two months.
With an estimated price of €250,000, this coastal property, the Martello Tower North in Duncannon, in County Wexford, dates back to the early 1800s and offers prospective buyers an opportunity to own a unique piece of local history.
The Martello Tower North is described as a freestanding single-bay two-stage Martello Tower and dates back to approximately 1815.
Listed by Sherry FitzGerald Radford, the tower was built adhering to a standard prototype of the era, also seen in towers in Dalkey and Bray.
The tower was "dismantled" in 1837 to accommodate alternative use and requires extensive renovations, although its current owners have been upgrading the property in recent years, adding double-glazed windows on the ground floor.
They have also added oil-fired central heating and some upgraded sanitary facilities.
The property features an entrance hall that leads to a circular dining room boasting panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. The ground floor additionally features a living room, two small en-suite bedrooms, a guest shower, and a kitchen boasting a raised fireplace.
The living room additionally features two stairwells, with one stairwell leading to the basement, which is currently inaccessible, and the other leading to a large, open-plan circular room.
Another stairwell leads from the upstairs room to the roof level, where a panoramic viewing room is located. However, the room has fallen into disrepair in recent years.
Located on an elevated site, the Martello Tower offers spectacular views of the nearby Hook Lighthouse and the picturesque village of Duncannon.
The tower was one of a pair and served an important function in the early 19th century, acting as a defensive fort to guard against a potential invasion from Napoleon's forces.
Auctioneer Sonia Pallas told local outlet the New Ross Standard that the property is located close to several shops, restaurants, bars, and an award-winning beach in Duncannon.