Freston's Fairytale Concrete Castle
A dream to turn a water tower into a castle has enjoyed a fairytale ending.
Once upon a time, Jamie and Lorna Wright lived just down the road from the looming concrete water tank on the Shotley peninsula. They often day-dreamed as they drove to Swilland Mill, in a not so far away land, that they could turn it into a special place for visitors to this enchanted part of Suffolk.
After begging, borrowing and building their fortune, Jamie set about converting the 1950s building into a modern day castle, offering guests a unique experience overlooking the river Orwell, and miles and miles of open farmland.
Today it is a perfect stop off for up to 18 people, staying over seven floors where they can soak in the views, wallow in a hot tub, or chill out indoors, while using it as a base to explore this extraordinary corner of Suffolk.
Finished to meticulously high standards with a contemporary feel, the Concrete Castle boasts a cinema, dining room, large kitchen, high end bathrooms/showers, comfortable bedrooms, and a wide open living area with large screen TVs and pool table.
Situated at Freston crossroads, the Concrete castle is within walking distance of a pub, a church and the historic Freston Tower, all of which you can spot from the roof top terrace.
A little further afield is Suffolk Food Hall, the picturesque Pin Mill, and up to Shotley where the marina houses the Shipwreck restaurant, bar and also the Ganges museum. There are also the famous 19th century Bristol Arms pub, the Shotley Rose, and hidden away in Harkstead is a gorgeous beach and a traditional English pub in the Bakers Arms.
There are dozens of walking trails across a pensinula steeped in history and culture, or you can hop on a foot ferry across to Harwich and Felixstowe.
Holbrook is a short drive, or bike ride, and that is on the way to Alton Water, with a myriad of activities at the park.
But the Concrete Castle is so warm and wonderful it is an ideal place to enjoy with your friends or family without even stepping outside.
And all will live happily ever after.
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