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8 bedroom detached house for sale

Fort Anne Road, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM1

Under Offer £3,950,000

Property Description

Key features

  • 4 - 8 bedrooms
  • 3 reception rooms
  • 3 - 6 bathrooms
  • Outbuildings
  • Period
  • Coastal
  • Listed
  • Secondary accommodation
  • Waterside
  • Private Parking

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

An outstanding gothic design castle, circa 1830, beautifully renovated and occupying a commanding position on Douglas Head overlooking the bay. The property is set in a private location with mature walled grounds extending to approximately 3 acres and includes a Coach House and Guest Cottage

Harold Tower dates from 1833 - when the plot was sold for the purpose of constructing a house. The work may not have started immediately but is likely to have been within a few years and it was shown on Sherwood's map of 1949 and shows the Tower form as seen today. It is believed its name was used from the outset in reference to 'King Harold', although this is unsubstantiated. The dedication to Harold, in grounds that had previously been part of the former Nunnery Estate, may be a gesture of recompense.

Its mid 19th Century hexagonal tower design was a statement of confidence and sense of worth in keeping with its time. The house enjoys a striking appearance with imposing castellation and a flourish of architectural features, with distinctive windows, arched internal openings and ornamental relief by the front entrance. The house was once occupied by John Martin, the painter of 'The Plains of Heaven', and was used as a hotel during the war years.

The property has been in the present ownership since 2005 and an extensive and methodical programme of restoration was carried out between 2009 and 2012. The new cottage build was completed in 2013. As part of the restoration International Interior Designer, Jean-Louis Mainguy who was commissioned to advise on the project, including choosing and sourcing materials, furniture, fabrics and colours together with bespoke hand blocked wall coverings and handmade carpets throughout.


The Isle of Man is a British Crown Dependency situated equidisant between England and Ireland in the Irish Sea. It has favourable strategies with respect to corporate and personal taxation. It has a highly developed financial services sector, a strong e-gaming, e-commerce, aerospace, bio-tech and manufacturing base.

There are a number of incentives and regulatory controls in place to encourage and develop growth. The Isle of Man offers 0% rate of corporation tax for most businesses, no capital or inheritance tax, personal tax of 20% and tax cap policy subject to five year election. There is no property Stamp Duty and also low betting and gaming duty.

Located at the centre of the British Isles, the Isle of Man is a picturesque and safe environment in which make the ideal location to live and establish business.

London Airports: 60 minutes; Dublin: 40 minutes; Manchester & Liverpool: 40 minutes; Glasgow & Edinburgh: 60 minutes; Geneva (Seasonal) 120 minutes (times approximate)


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05 September 2017

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