Huge 218ft tall Victorian folly with 330 steps and own swimming pool on sale for £2.5million


STRONG-LEGGED home seekers have the chance to snap up a huge Victorian folly – for £2.5million.

Sway Tower – which is 218ft high and has 330 steps to the top – is on the market after owner Paul Atlas, 73, decided he wanted a change of scenery.

The four-bed, 14-storey home took 40 people over six years to build from 1879 and is said to be the world’s tallest non-reinforced concrete structure.

The Grade II listed property in Sway, Hants, overlooking the New Forest, has a 60ft swimming pool and tennis court.

Paul, who bought the folly for £2,650 in 1973, told The Times: “Nobody has ever sold a house like this before and no one probably ever will.

“I am 74 this year so I thought maybe we should have a change before we die.

“If people come up with the right offer we would sell it.”

The tower was created by former judge and barrister Andrew Thomas Turton Peterson, who splashed out £30,000 on it – around £3.5 million in today’s money.

When property developer Paul bought it, his first job was to clean up 18 tons of bird dung from its staircases.

He later ran it as a hotel and restaurant before he and wife Julie made it their home in 1995.

Paul has been trying to flog the house, known as Peterson’s Folly, for the past three years.

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