Trenton: A stunning radio tower on Jersey is available to rent, for just $41 per person. Set on a clifftop on Jersey’s south-west tip, the cylindrical building was built during WWII by occupying Nazis forces. It was designed to look like one of the typical 18th century granite towers found in the area.
After an extensive renovation, the six-storey property now features three double bedrooms with en suite shower rooms, a kitchen and a lounge area with floor-to-ceiling windows. In low season, the self-catering radio tower – which sleeps six – comes in at $1,711 for a week’s stay, working out at just under $41 per person per night.
- A TV, microwave, refrigerator and oven.
- Given its remote location, there is no WiFi available in the property. Though there is parking.
- Surviving features in the property from the 1940s include a concrete staircase and a steel door to the ground floor. There are also observation slots on the seaward side.
Hotel’s history dates back to 1941
- The holiday home’s history dates back to 1941 when the German High Command was ordered to convert the Channel Islands into unassailable fortresses. The numerous artillery batteries that were set up needed an effective system of fire control, and so a comprehensive system of naval direction-finding and range-finding towers known as Marinepeilstäden unde Maßstellen were planned.
- Only three towers were completed with the rental Radio Tower ‘MP2’. Constructed of reinforced concrete, MP2 measures 58.3-foot-high with walls of 6.5-foot-thick. At the top of the tower, there was a small cabin housing radio direction-finding equipment that enabled German vessels to obtain their bearings. MP2 was adapted for use by the States of Jersey Harbours and Airport Committee in 1976.
(With inputs from Agencies)