Former RAF site transformed into holiday home

The control tower shortly after renovations were completed.
The control tower shortly after renovations were completed.

People looking for a holiday destination with a difference can now stay at the site of a former RAF weapons range in Friskney.

Historic RAF Wainfleet has been transformed into “modern and comfortable” holiday accommodation by farmer Will Roughton, who owns the site. It is being let through leading self-catering holiday company cottages.com

The glass observatory offers sweeping views of the nature reserve and over The Wash.

The glass observatory offers sweeping views of the nature reserve and over The Wash.

The iconic control tower now boasts en-suite bedrooms with modern comforts, and its large glass observatory offers sweeping views across the surrounding nature reserve and over The Wash.

Mr Roughton said: “With the redevelopment, we have tried to be as true to the site’s history as possible – including naming the rooms after planes that once flew here and displaying items of historical significance on the site, whilst also making the magnificent views accessible to all.”

Chris Otty, Regional Manager for cottages.com (Central England and North Norfolk), said: “We are delighted to welcome this unique complex of properties, which Mr Roughton has worked tirelessly to update and modernise, to the cottages.com family. With the combination of Will’s existing property development experience with our expertise of both the local tourism market and holiday letting in general, we believe that the estate will enjoy this new chapter in its life.”

The RAF site dates back as far as 1890 and was used during both the Cold War and the Second World War. It was closed in 2010 and sold three years later to Mr Roughton. The tower is ready to accept bookings now with further development on the site to include two two-bedroom bungalows alongside a one-bedroom bungalow and a games room once complete.