Towers, whether historic or modern structures, are rare architectural additions to homes of any design. A tower offers a compelling layout and interior to a property while also showcasing inspiring views from the top. From castles rich in heritage to contemporary manors, explore some of the most captivating tower homes from around the world.
England – A former hunting lodge, the signature design element of this home is its stone castellated tower. Inside, at the base of the tower, is a sitting room featuring a portrait window overlooking the English countryside and the Cirencester church. The property sits on 4.15 acres of land and includes the subterranean main house, swimming pool and coach house with a two-car garage and guest studio.
Princeton, New Jersey – Built by local architect Rolf Bauhan in the 1950’s and renovated in 2004, this stone manor features a unique tower that connects main home and guest quarters by a gallery bridge. The home is constructed from reclaimed materials including wide-plank floors and hand-hewn beams. Inside, there is a wood-paneled library, dining room with rustic brick floor, built-in buffet, farmhouse-style kitchen and master suite with Juliet balcony.
New York – Prominently featuring a tower as part of the main home, this regal stone estate overlooking Lake George is aptly named Highlands Castle. Radiating classic elegance, the castle features a combination of solid oak, travertine stone and natural flagstone flooring, gothic-arched custom doors of solid oak, a faux bookshelf secret passageway and 21 floor-to-ceiling windows in the Great Hall showcasing panoramic views of the lake and the Adirondack Mountains. The 8.7-acre property also boasts a carriage house, gatehouse, 2,000-foot driveway and is surrounded by a stone wall with gothic iron gates.
Colorado – An architecturally distinguished home, the Asterisk, named after its unique floorplan, is comprised of six adjoining barrel-vaulted vertical-walled branches. Rising above the home is an Anasazi-inspired sandstone tower featuring views of the Rocky Mountains. Spread over six floors, the home has three bedrooms, two loft spaces, a roof deck and is situated on 7 acres of land.
Belgium – A 54-room medieval castle, this towered home is nestled on almost 9 acres of lush countryside greenery. The sprawling residence features 15 bedrooms, 17 fireplaces, various dining rooms and lounge areas, a large kitchen and five mineral springs along the property. It was recently refurbished and restored with an overall automation system, alarm and video intercom system and double flow ventilation.