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Is this Britain's most booked room? Clavell Tower booked till 2019

The Landmark Trust, which owns the striking Clavell Tower overlooking Kimmeridge Bay in Dorset, says as soon as new dates are made available, they are quickly snapped up.


Tourists wanting to stay in a stunning clifftop tower will have a long wait - as it is booked solid until July 2019.

The striking Clavell Tower overlooking Kimmeridge Bay in Dorset has inspired literary greats including Thomas Hardy and PD James.

And it has proved so popular that its owners, the Landmark Trust, say as soon as new dates are made available, they are quickly snapped up.

Clavell Tower overlooking Kimmeridge Bay in Dorset, which is booked for the next 18 months until July 2019 

The tower's owners, the Landmark Trust, says as soon as new dates are made available to the public, they are quickly snapped up

The Grade II listed 40ft tower, which was built in 1830, was saved from a watery grave more than a decade ago and opened to the public as a quirky holiday let in August 2008.

Ever since then it has proved incredibly popular and currently has an 18-month waiting list - because that's as far ahead as the trust's booking calendar goes.

The preservation charity spent £900,000 to have the tower painstakingly dismantled and rebuilt 85ft inland after coastal erosion left it perched perilously close to the edge of crumbling 120ft cliffs.

All of the folly's 16,272 stones were carefully photographed and numbered so it could be rebuilt stone-by-stone and as accurately as possible in its new position.

The preservation charity spent £900,000 to have the tower painstakingly dismantled and rebuilt 85ft inland. Pictured is the cosy kitchen and dining area 

The rooms in the tower are set over four storeys. It only has enough space to comfortably accommodate two people at a time 

All of the folly's 16,272 stones were carefully photographed and numbered so it could be rebuilt stone-by-stone and as accurately as possible in its new position. Pictured is the stunning new lounge 

The bedroom, on the third floor, has a door onto a balcony that circles the whole building and the seating area on the top floor offers a fantastic vantage point

A screengrab from the Landmark Trust's website showing how Clavell Tower is booked solid throughout 2018 and the first part of 2019 

Experts believed in its previous position, 19ft from the edge, it would only have been another five years until the ground beneath it crumbled but now the trust has bought it another 200 years.

Clavell Tower, on the Smedmore Estate, was built by Revered John Richards Clavell as an observatory and folly.

After he died in 1833 and passed the estate to his niece the tower became a destination for picnics and family expeditions.

Thomas Hardy is said to have courted his first love, Eliza Nichols, there and used it as a frontispiece for his Wessex Poems.

To book a stay at Clavell Tower costs from £466

From the 1880s until 1914 it served as a lookout post for the coastguards but it was then left empty and became increasingly derelict.

PD James was inspired to write her book The Black Tower after seeing it in 1973 and the tower was painted black for the TV adaptation of the book in 1985.

After four years of fundraising and a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the complicated project to move the tower began.

The transformed tower now offers accommodation for two with a bathroom, bedroom, kitchen/dining room and lounge over four storeys.

The bedroom, on the third floor, has a door onto a balcony that circles the whole building and the seating area on the top floor offers a fantastic vantage point to watch the changing light, weather and sea from the cosy hideaway.

The South West Coastal Path runs along past its door and guests have a ten-minute walk from the car park to the tower.

A spokesman for the Landmark Trust said: 'Clavell Tower is definitely one of our most popular properties.

'Ever since we opened it in August 2008 it's just been chock-a-block.

'It has quite a dramatic story to it as we basically took it away from the edge of the cliff and put it back together again further back - that essentially bought it another couple of hundred years.

'The location is stunning - being able to stare out at the sea while lying in bed is quite spectacular.

The South West Coastal Path runs past Clavell Tower's door and guests have a ten-minute walk from the car park

The next set of bookings for Clavell Tower will be made available in the next few months. They will be for July to December 2019 

'People do have to be really organised and think far ahead to have a holiday there, but because it's so popular people know they have to be prepared.

'As soon as we release new dates they get booked really quickly. I would advise people to ring up within the first hour or two of the dates being released.'

Clavell Tower can be booked for a three-night weekend, four-night midweek break or a week and prices start from £466.

The next bookings for July to December 2019 will be made available in early spring this year. 

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