The Chalford Roundhouse, a stone tower house

photo courtesy of Butler Sherborn

photo courtesy of Butler Sherborn

Taking a break from the cutting edge Solar Decathlon homes, today we have a small house from the past. The Chalford Roundhouse is one of five similar houses along the Thames and Severn Canal in Gloucestershire, England. They were built in the 1790′s to house the families of canal workers.

sitting room | photo courtesy of Butler Sherborn

sitting room | photo courtesy of Butler Sherborn

The Chalford Roundhouse was built of local stone. It is roofed with slate and has Gothic-style stained glass windows. Heavy oak beams support the floors. There are three stories plus an attic under the conical roof. With a diameter of just under 17′ (5.2 m), each floor measures only about 215 ft2 (20 m2). The lowest level was used as a storeroom and workshop, and the family lived on the two floors above. However, the occupants reportedly were not fond of the houses due to the limited space and the difficulty in furnishing the circular rooms.

Since then the house has been modernized and all four levels are included in the living space, though the attic has very limited headroom.

This small stone house is currently for sale through Butler Sherborn. The asking price is £375,000.

Photos courtesy of Butler Sherborn and Flickr user BazzaDaRambler.

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