The Water Tower, a converted Victorian tower on the Craigweil Manor estate near Chichester, is on a footpath leading to the beach of Aldwick Bay. Built of industrial brick, decorated with stilted arches, it was converted in 1984 when the water tank was removed. The 23ft sitting room was given an Adam style fireplace with marble hearth and a gas log effect coal fire. Now with three bedrooms, a tower room (currently fitted as a gym) and conservatory, it is for sale through GA Town & Country for pounds 250,000 (01243 826311).
The Quarter House, near Tenterden in Kent, is a Grade II listed thatched house with a couple of fireplaces wide enough for the stoutest Santa. The one in the drawing room of the 15th century three-bedroom house is more than nine feet wide so the owners have been able to fit in an old wooden settle within the brick hearth. The dining room fireplace is a more modest 6ft3ins wide. The two-and-a-half acre gardens include traditional cottage plants like honeysuckle, foxgloves, cow parsley and plum and damson trees. For sale through Phillips & Stubbs for pounds 265,000 (01797 227338).Reuse content