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    Radio tower in Jersey built during WWII by the Nazis is now a stunning three-bedroom holiday home with stays from just £32 per person

    We’ve got some holiday let news you may want to tune into – a stunning radio tower on Jersey is available to rent, from just £32 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 £1,340 for a week’s stay, working out at just under £32 per person per night.
    Amenities in the property include a TV, microwave, refrigerator and oven. 
    However, given its remote location, there is no WiFi available. Though there is parking.
    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 (abbreviated to MP) were planned. 
    Only three towers were completed in Jersey, with this rental Radio Tower known as MP2.
    Constructed of reinforced concrete, MP2 measures 58.3 feet high with walls no less than 6.5 feet 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. 
    A glass panelled control room was added to the top of the tower from which a duty officer could monitor the radio traffic of all shipping passing through the entrance to the English Channel.
    This area is now home to a lounge and dining area with an outside observation deck. 
    The control room overlooks not only the stunning bay of St Ouen along Jersey’s west coast, but also the iconic Corbierè Lighthouse, built in 1873.
    If you arrive on the Island by ferry from the south coast of England, the lighthouse will be the first landmark you see.
    Surviving features from the 1940s include a concrete staircase and a steel door to the ground floor. There are also observation slots on the seaward side.

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