Harold Tower, Fort Anne Road, Douglas, IM1 5BN

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An outstanding gothic design castle, circa 1830, beautifully renovated and occupying a commanding position on Douglas Head overlooking the bay.

Located approximately half a mile from the town centre, enjoying considerable privacy with mature walled grounds, extending to approximately 3 acres (1.214 hectares).

Beautifully renovated, principal residence currently has 3 bedrooms with potential for 5, 3 bed guest coach house and 2 bed cottage, garage, workshop and stores. Formal gardens with walkway down to South Quay.

Isle of Man
The Isle of Man is a British Crown Dependency situated equidistant 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).

History – Harold Tower
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 showing the Tower form as seen today. It is believed the 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.

Harold Tower is a registered building and is listed on the protected building register under the Isle of Man Town and County Planning Act 1991 – The Registered Buildings (General) Regulations 1991.

Points of Interest

  • The property has been in the present ownership since 2005 and an extensive and methodical programme of restoration was carried between 2009 and 2012.
  • The new cottage build was completed in 2013.
  • As part of the restoration International Interior Designer, Jean-Louis Mainguy was commissioned to advise on the project, including choosing and sourcing of materials, furniture, fabrics and colours together with bespoke hand blocked wall coverings and handmade carpets throughout.
  • Stained glass expert Robert Bullock was commissioned to make all the stained glass windows.
  • Isabelle Day, a London artist, was commissioned to undertake all the interior painting of cornices frames, trompe l’oeil, centre roses and external coat of arms.
  • The village workshop was engaged to create the dining room floor in French oak and ebony to imitate the reclaimed parquet floor from the lounge and hall that came from the world famous Palace Lido ballroom.
  • The kitchen is fitted with Wolf® range cooker, Sub-Zero® built in side by side fridge freezer with ice maker, hand painted Loxley units, integrated Miele dishwasher and Miele coffee machine.
  • Full control 4 home automation and media system installed – with integrated speakers around the house. Control panel in kitchen and remote in cinema room – but also controllable from any smart phone or tablet.
  • Advanced Grade 3 alarm system has been installed.
  • Extensive use of Onyx, fine marble and granite in all bathrooms.
  • All fittings are Hansgrohe Axor range – with three 300mm rain dance showers.
  • Hot water system is a commercial specification of 3 x instant hot water condensers which fire up consecutively as needed to produce approximately 100 litres of hot water per minute at a pressure of approximately 3 bar (meaning all showers can be on at the same time with no loss of pressure).
  • Heating system is integrated into the control 4 home automation.
  • New gas main pipe fitted into the property. New large gas fired boiler.
  • Heating system is integrated into the control 4 home automation.
  • Works during renovation included extensive re-roofing, re-pointing and a complete inside strip and re-build (including injections to stop damp, re-insulation etc).
  • New LED flood lights fitted all around the outside of the building, tower, drive and gardens.
  • Outside BBQ area is top of the range Californian Lynx system – stainless steel outside kitchen fittings (including basin, bar, refuse and storage). BBQ is fitted into main gas supply.


Ground Floor

Entrance (approx. 18'8 x 12'6)
Steps up to arched entrance door with feature stained glass leaded lights. Original coat of arms on each side carefully restored by hand by artist Isabelle Day.

Impressive original stone flagged floor which was carefully removed piece by piece, cleaned, underfloor heating fitted and then replaced. Coved ornate original ceilings, imposing staircase and galleried landing leading off. Large handmade brass lantern feature.

Contemporary design with designer W.C. Courtesy lighting and stone wall feature.

Octagonal Reception Hall (approx. 13'9 x 13'9)
Woodblock flooring from the Palace Lido ballroom. Five sets of double doors leading to reception rooms. Accent cove lighting.

Drawing Room (approx. 22'0 x 14'5)
Impressive hand carved fireplace with marble stands and hearth. Parquet woodblock flooring reclaimed from the Palace Lido ballroom. Ornate coved ceiling, wall and light points. Hand painted Trompe L’oeil to alcoves and heaters. Full wall of made to measure hand built wood and glass cabinets. Antique Venetian chandelier. Three full height windows.

Dining Room (approx. 22'0 x 17'1)
Handsome woodblock flooring in French oak and ebony to imitate parquet in adjacent hall and drawing room. Ornate coved ceiling. Wall light points. Zuber Grand Duche Collection wall coverings in block printed velvet. Antique Venetian chandelier and wall sconces.

Sun Room (approx. 39'4 x 10'6)
Shaped with a predominately curved wall with expansive window area affording beautiful views across the harbour, bay and beyond. Jerusalem stone flooring with underfloor heating.

Zuber hand blocked wall paper with hand painted finish, fitted bar with marble top, cabinetry below, fridge, illuminated shelving and impressive exposed Manx stone wall.

Sun Terrace
From the sun room, French doors lead out to a raised balcony and secluded sun terrace with a swimming pool below the wooden decking. Wooden bar with fitted top of the range Californian Lynx gas BBQ system, plumbed into main gas supply, a stainless steel outside kitchen with sink, refuse and storage areas.

Kitchen (approx. 20'0 x 15'1)
Fitted hand painted Loxley units in cream to floor and wall level. Granite worktops, drawers, twin sink, Quooker® boiling water tap. Wolf® range electric oven with six ring gas hob, griddle and extractor. Fan assisted Miele microwave oven and warming drawer, Sub-Zero® built-in side by side fridge/freezer with ice maker, integrated Miele dishwasher and Miele coffee machine. Solid oak central island with drawers. Integrated ceiling speakers. Tiled flooring. Stairs to the lower ground floor.

Back Kitchen/Utility
Base and wall units, laminate worktops, single drainer stainless steel sink unit. Miele dishwasher, fridge/freezer and wine cooler. Covered ceiling. LED lighting. Tiled flooring. Accessible via steps from the main kitchen.

Lower Ground Floor

Under stairs storage cupboard. Radiator. Coved ceiling. Low level LED lighting.

Bedroom 2/Gym (approx. 21'4 x 16'1)
Dark oak wood flooring. LED spotlights. Coved ceiling. Wall mounted control 4 entertainment system with ceiling speakers. Door to outside patio.

En-Suite Bathroom
Luxurious curved en-suite with Triangular shower in a steam room with two inset tiled seating chairs and two ceiling mounted rainfall showers with central hand held attachment. Villeroy & Boch low level W.C. with back lit onyx inset. Bespoke marble wall mounted vanity wash hand basin. Caleido mirrored vertical radiator with hanging. Chrome towel rail. Marble tiled floor with unique decorative inset and underfloor heating. Contrast onyx and marble tiled walls with matching floor tiles to window surrounds. Door to outside. Frosted glass door to:

Changing Area (approx. 6'3 x 5'7)
Wall sized towel/robe shelving. Grey stone tiled wall. Onyx tiled bench with designer radiator below. Oak wood flooring.

Cinema Room/Bedroom 5 (approx. 20’8 x 14’5)
Dark oak wood flooring. Blue suede fabric covered walls with in built sound proofing. Coved ceiling. Vent Axia extractor system. Custom lighting. Potential to easily convert to another good sized bedroom.

Wine Cellar (approx. 12'6 x 6'3)
Temperature controlled. Vast array of bespoke hardwood wine storage shelving. Unique decorative pebble tiled flooring. Designer light fitting and accent strip lighting.

Store (approx. 13'9 x 4'11)
Wall shelving. Coved ceiling.

Utility 1 (approx. 6'11 x 5'3)
Cream fronted base and eye level units with a laminate wood effect worktop. Tiled splashback. Integrated fridge. Tiled flooring.

Utility 2 (approx. 15'5 x 10'2)
Fitted base and eye level grey fronted units. Laminate worktop plumbed for a washing machine and vented for a tumble dryer. Single drainer stainless steel sink unit.

Large fitted storage cupboard with sliding doors incorporating media systems and clothes hanging. Tiled flooring. External entrance to utility area.

First Floor

Galleried Landing (approx. 18'4 x 12'6)
Ornate coved ceilings. Beautiful stained glass window to the front aspect. Stairs to the turret office and onto the roof terrace/flag pole.

Master Bedroom (approx. 22'0 x 14'9)
Stunning dual aspect master suite. Bespoke décor with Zuber wall covering and handmade carpets throughout. High coved ceiling. Door into:

En-Suite (approx. 13'9 x 13'9)
Exceptionally beautiful octagonal bathroom with dual aspect windows providing views across Douglas Harbour. Fully tiled onyx walls and floor, large walk-in shower with overhead rain shower and his and hers shower attachments, very large double ended sunken bath tub with illuminated surround, his and hers wash hand basins with vanity units below and marble splashbacks and work surfaces, low level W.C., heated towel rails, underfloor heating and door into:

Extended Dressing Room/Bedroom 4 (approx. 13'9 x 13'9)
Coved ceilings, a range of hand built closets, wardrobes, display cabinets, drawers and a seating area, an island dressing area with granite worktop, bespoke carpet to match the master bedroom (the dressing room has been extended and could be scaled back to create a generous additional bedroom). Door into:

En-Suite Bathroom (approx. 9'10 x 9'6)
Fully tiled walls, side aspect view across the gardens and out to sea, mosaic and tiled bath tub (both inside and out) with rain shower over, low level W.C., contemporary pebble shaped freestanding wash hand basin, tiled floors.

Bedroom 3 (approx. 17'1 x 14'1)
An excellent size dual aspect bedroom. Coved ceiling. Carpeted flooring. Door into:

En-Suite Shower Room (approx. 9'6 x 8'2)
Fully tiled walls, rear aspect view across the gardens, large walk in shower with overhead rain shower, low level WC, contemporary pebble shaped freestanding wash hand basin, tiled floors.

Office Suite (approx. 13'9 x 13'9)
A superb triple aspect octagonal office suite with spectacular sea views. Hand built office furniture and wall panelling. Handmade carpeted flooring and stairway access to the roof terrace and flag pole.

Roof Terrace
Panoramic views from Douglas Head out to sea and continuing round to Snaefell. Access to the tower and flag pole. Turreted stone walls.

Guest Coach House
The three/four bedroom Coach House is a gated courtyard residence within the grounds of the Harold Tower Estate. The property boasts many period features including a stone turret exterior and original medieval window arches this property compliments the Castle and grounds it is surrounded by. The Coach House was originally two cottages sharing the private gated courtyard however it now comprises a substantial house in its own right with three/four bedrooms, two bathrooms and two reception rooms which have been modernised and maintained to an excellent standard both inside and out.

Ground Floor

Vestibule Porch (approx. 7'10 x 6'2)

Lounge (approx. 23'0 x 15'9)

Kitchen (approx. 15'9 x 11'2)

Dining Room (approx. 22'7 x 13'5)

Utility Room (approx. 15'4 x 14'1)

First Floor

Master Bedroom (approx. 16'0 x 15'7)

Dressing Room/Bedroom 4 (approx. 12'6 x 10'4)

Family Bathroom (approx. 13'4 x 12'6)

Bedroom 2 (approx. 13'10 x 12'0)

Bedroom 3 (approx. 12'6 x 10'2)

Family Bathroom (approx. 9'11 x 8'6)

2 Bed Cottage
The most recent addition to the Harold Tower Estate completed in 2013. The property provides two bedrooms, spacious open plan accommodation with a neutral but modern style, fitted with a wood burner. The property is nestled in a quiet corner of the development in a lowered position therefore maintaining privacy.

Entrance Vestibule (approx. 8'6 x 4'3)

Entrance Hall (approx. 13'1 x 5'7)

Lounge (approx. 18'4 x 12'6)

Open Plan Kitchen (approx. 12'10 x 5'7)

Bedroom 1 (approx. 10'2 x 9'6)

Bedroom 2 (approx. 10'2 x 6'7)

Bathroom (approx. 8'10 x 6'7)

The house is approached through wrought iron electric gates, leading from Fort Anne Road. The Coach House is immediately on the left hand side with the cottage, double garage, workshop and stores grouped together away from the principal residence.

Harold Tower is approached along a tarmacadam driveway to a large forecourt set around an impressive water feature. The drive is flanked by ornamental stone retaining walls with sloped lawns and trees, affording a high degree of privacy. The house is screened by mature trees, yet is afforded a stunning view across to Douglas Bay.

Greenhouse (approx. 45'11 x 11'10)

Garage Block (approx. 35'5 x 16'5)
Two double garages with loft storage above.

Workshop (approx. 39'4 x 16'5)
Power and light.

Storage Lockup (approx. 36'1 x 6'7)
Two additional stores.


All main services are connected. Gas fired central heating to the principal residence and Coach House. The cottage has an oil fired central heating system.


Main House
Rateable Value: £284.00
Rates Payable: approx. £2,407.00

Coach House
Rateable Value: £224.00
Rates Payable: approx. £1,899.00

Rateable Value: £116.00
Rates Payable: approx. £983.45

Travelling from the Sea Terminal, follow Bath Place and across the lifting bridge over the harbour. Turn right along South Quay and take the first left up Fort Anne Road. Harold Tower can be found immediately after Ravenscliffe Lodge on the sea ward side.

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