Build sandcastles and stay at Sandy Castle in Southwold!

Published: Wednesday 17th Jun 2015

Written by: Leah Smith

Sandy Castle was originally built as a workshop - a joiner used the workshop initially, then Hughes Electrical bought the property. Hughes mainly used the property for storage and the upstairs was used as a workshop for their television repair man. Hughes then decided to let the property to George Smith, a local man from Southwold, who sold fruit and vegetables from the workshop area on the ground floor.

In more recent years the former Foxtail Lily Flower Shop lady was leasing the property when she was approached by a couple who wished to buy the property.

The new owners wanted to covert the storage building into a small but easy to maintain town centre apartment/town house with garage parking facilities. The plot itself was only eight square metres. They appointed Brian Haward of Haward Architects, the same architect who worked on Southwold Pier and other local conversions.

Once built, Sandy Castle won the RIBA East 2009 Ingenuity Awards for its design and quality. These remarks were made by the jury -

"An ingenious and airy house shoehorned into a tiny backland site. The building might have been there for years and has an ageless quality - we could all learn lessons from this sophisticated design and the high quality execution".

Sandy Castle is a fantastic holiday cottage offering a little bit of luxury. The accommodation comprises a unique walk-on glass roof terrace ideal for watching the sun go down in the warmer months and a games room consisting of a pool table and dart board. The property is reminiscent of an upside-down style house with the living accommodation on the first floor and the bedrooms and bathroom on the ground floor.

Why not start your holiday with a morning coffee on the roof terrace overlooking the surrounding rooftops? From here you can start your day by walking just a few yards from Sandy Castle to Southwold High Street. Some of our favourite must-see places to visit include the Adnams Cellar and Kitchen Store for those who wish to sample some of our Adnams Ales, Gallery Thea if you wish to take home a little keepsake of your holiday and for those craving a more energetic walk why not visit Southwold Pier and take a stroll along the promenade?

Bookings for Sandy Castle can be made via the Southwold Lettings or Suffolk Secrets websites. Prices start from £510 for a full week or £380 for a short break. To book or for more details please click here or call 01502 725409.

Leah Smith



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