A water tower in Leicestershire transformed into an award-winning three-bedroom home was the most viewed property for sale on listing website Rightmove in January.
This unusual luxury property, with a price tag of £595,000, has a glass floor in the kitchen that reveals original cast iron pipework used to drain the water tank when it was in operation.
The Grade II-listed tower dates back to 1853 and features a distinctive roof with a brick balustrade, a curved glass modern extension, and commanding views over the market town of Ashby-de-la-Zouch.
The former water tank in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, in Leicestershire was the most viewed home for sale on property website Rightmove
A circular section of the kitchen floor is glass, revealing below the water tower’s original pipework
Tim Bannister, of Rightmove, said: ‘It’s always fun to showcase quirky properties that stand out from the crowd and this converted water tower certainly falls into that category.
‘You don’t need to be a property expert to see why it’s garnered so much attention from the British public – it’s a fantastic example of how innovative architecture can really reenergise and transform a period property.’
The property won a Local Authority Building Control (LABC) award in 2016 for best conversion.
The conversion has seen the tower extended on the south and western sides, including curved glass windows in the living area on the ground floor and in the bedroom on the floor above.
The former water tank in Leicestershire is an award-winning home, with a kitchen floor that reveals the original cast iron pipework
The converted water tower now has a modern kitchen with white cabinets and integrated appliances
Making a dramatic statement: There is full height curved glass windows in the living room
One of the three bedrooms includes a mezzanine area with a designer bathroom on show
A cantilevered oak staircase with glazed balustrade leads to the mezzanine bathroom area
The bathroom area includes a double-ended bath with a freestanding mixer tap and a walk-in shower
The conversion was completed in 2016, with the finished property spread across three floors, with views across Ashby-de-la-Zouch. From the hallway, a pair of bespoke American oak doors open into the kitchen and dining area.
There is exposed original brickwork and stonework contrasting with high-gloss units. Within the kitchen’s limestone floor, there is a toughened glass panel, below which is a shallow brick-lined chamber that is lit and houses the retained water valve with the maker’s name.
A folding loft access ladder leads up into the tower’s former tank, which provides a useful storage area but could be used as a gym or studio, subject to planning consents.
An access hatch leads onto the roof, which has a brick balustrade and far-reaching views. Outside of the house, there is a garden with a lawn area, mature hedging and walls marking the boundaries.
Ben Longstaff, of estate agents Fisher German, which is handling the sale – told MailOnline Property that the current owners developed the property and their son now lives in it.
Mr Longstaff added: ‘The family are the developers and they went to great lengths to retain some of the original features, which they could have easily covered up. It makes the building stand out and fascinating to be in.
‘It feels like a high-end hotel that has been presented to a very high standard.’
Outside, there is a garden with a lawn area, mature hedging and walls marking the boundaries
Enjoy the view of the countryside: The curved glass windows continue upstairs in this bedroom
Making an entrance: A pair of bespoke American oak doors open into the main living area
The average price of a property in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, is £298,913, which is just shy of the £316,516 typical value of a home in Britain, according to Zoopla.
Ashby-de-la-Zouch had good access to the A50 and M1. Birmingham, Derby, Leicester and Nottingham are all within striking distance.
The main line railway stations of East Midlands Parkway and Tamworth provide services to London St Pancras and Euston respectively.
This bedroom has an arrow slit window with dressed stone surround, which provides a countryside view
The unique property is currently on the market for £595,000 via estate agents Fisher German