The Dambusters used the bombing range to practice ahead of their famous mission in Germany.

Former RAF buildings rarely come on to the market, particularly sites with as much history as this control tower with ancillary buildings in Friskney.

The property sits on the Lincolnshire coast and was previously the base for RAF Wainfleet.

During the Second World War the bombing range was used by the Dambusters, with the squadron’s story being told in several books and in a 1955 film starring Michael Redgrave.

The Dambusters used the range to drop 11.5 pound practice bombs from 60 ft to get to grips with targeting at a low altitude. The 617 squadron went on to successfully attack the Mohne and Edersee dams in Nazi Germany in 1943 using bouncing bombs.

In 2009 the military left the site, which was bought by Wendy Pitcher and Will Roughton. Pitcher told the BBC: "It's just so unusual, a magnificent building, I think, and every time we come up I wonder why we are selling it."

The four storey control tower was built around 1975 and offers spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding agricultural land and the sea beyond. It contains a kitchen, toilet, five other rooms and an observation platform with its own balcony.  

There is ample opportunity for a Grand Designs style renovation of the property. The ancillary buildings were previously used as a kitchen, rest room, gym and offices, but could possibly be converted into holiday lets. There is no planning permission in place at present.

The 40 ft structure and its additional buildings are available for £300,000 to £350,000. It is being marketed by William H Brown after the property failed to meet its reserve when it went up for auction in 2014.

Nature enthusiasts will be in paradise as the area is a hub for wildlife, and is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest. This is due to the large quantity of resident and migrating birds that are found there.

While the property is secluded, there are still plenty of facilities nearby. Friskney provides a pub, primary school as well as a food store, but for more extensive amenities Skegness is less than a 20 minute drive away.

* DISQUS *
comments powered by Disqus