DURING the Second World War, people were glad to avoid one particular Dorset property. But now, visitors are happy to fork out to stay.
Commissioned in early 1941, the Transmitter Bunker, in Ringstead, is proving popular with county visitors.
The Grade II-listed property, which retains the concrete walls from its previous use, is available for booking on the travel site, Sykes Holiday Cottages.
And far from being the sparse, dank bunker you might imagine from 1941, it now boasts two bedrooms, an open-plan living space with an open fire, shower room with a heated towel rail and a dishwasher.
The listing reads: “You can practically feel the history emanating from every part of the property with original features throughout.
“Formerly the home of one of two transmitter blocks serving RAF Ringstead during the Second World War, the Transmitter Bunker was part of the Chain Home radar, a coastal early warning system which stretched from Cornwall in the West to Norfolk in the East.
“The station was commissioned in early 1941 and finally decommissioned in 1956.
“The renovation has had regard for the fact that the Bunker is listed Grade-II, with the original concrete walls and other features retained.”
The quirky accommodation has proved popular, with dates largely sold out for the rest of the summer – and reviewers have sung its praises.
“I will miss that splendid view,” wrote one. “The property is quirky but beautiful and well equipped.”
Another said: “I loved the history of the building, and the way the bunker has been refurbished, while keeping the original feel.
“The views over the sea from the living room and patio are remarkable. Excellent for a holiday – and even better if you’ve got an interest in World War II history.”
For more details, visit sykescottages.co.uk.