AN historic Battle of Britain radar station has emerged for sale for almost £1million after it was converted into an ultra-modern holiday home.
The Old Radar Station is located on St Boniface Down, near Ventnor, on the highest point of the Isle of Wight.
It was built in 1938 in the southernmost location of the British Isles as the threat of World War Two loomed.
It was crucial in helping the RAF defeat the Luftwaffe in 1940 as it detected approaching enemy planes.
The station was twice bombed due to its strategic importance.
It also played a key role during the D-Day landings monitoring both ship and aircraft movements, as well as tracking V1 flying bombs and “doodlebugs”.
The station was decommissioned by the RAF in 1961 but continued to be used as a communications centre for the Civil Aviation Authority until its closure in 1991.
It remained derelict until it was bought by Sarah Cheeseman and Howard Carter, an architect and interior designer who have converted it into a four bedroom holiday home.
The property offers breathtaking 360 degree views across the island and the English Channel.
It has a distinctive living room framed in aluminium with an island unit designed to look like an aircraft wing.
One of its standout features is a huge roof terrace from which to enjoy the countryside in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Next to the drive is a grass covered bunker which was part of a later radar system and has been turned into a store room.
The property has 3.4 acres of fenced downland.
In accordance with planning permission, it can’t be lived in full time, and must be used as ‘holiday accommodation’ only.
It has emerged on the market with estate agent Spence Willard with a guide price of £995,000.
The present owners let it as holiday accommodation for £300 per night.
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Zadie Margham, of Spence Willard, said: “The Old Radar Station was a derelict building before its current owners transformed it.
“They have breathed new life into the historical building by converting the disused station into a luxury holiday home.
“The home is located on the high point of the island and the unrivalled views of the countryside and sea are just stunning.
“It has to be a holiday home but this doesn’t mean the owner can’t spend significant chunks of the year here, they just need to have a main home elsewhere.
“This is a rare opportunity to enjoy a truly unique home, encompassing a fascinating heritage and a secluded setting.”
The Old Radar Station was one of 20 ‘Chain Home’ coastal early warning radar stations built by the Royal Air Force (RAF) before and during the Second World War to detect enemy aircraft.
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