This folly (I guess you could call it) was built in the 1920's by a war profiteer named Janos Reginald Salisbaker. It is a very tall structure (nearly 100 feet) but only about 45 feet square. Around it in a courtyard are the service buildings associated with the manorial estate. The tower is basically six stories tall, with one principal room per floor, accessed by a single spiral staircase rising the full height (except for the cellar, which has its own mural stair from the kitchen). There are additional rooms on each gable side -- eight stories of these. Access is by two external stairs to the first floor. Accommodation in the tower is limited and was built for Salisbaker's personal use; the nursery is not for children, but for his collection of reptiles and spiders. Interior fittings are very lavish, a sort of pseudo-baronial art nouveau.
Cellar. A vaulted storage space with a wine cellar and a separate central heating furnace at the west end. Stone stairs go up to the kitchen, this being the only access. The southeast corner contains the plumbing shaft that serves the whole building. The cellar is half underground and is surrounded by a foundation terrace of reinforced concrete.
The tower and its outbuildings are near Gelling, just south of the Farnisham road, and occupy a small sandstone plateau overlooking the Strandbeach. It is still owned by the family and is strictly private, but it does make a striking sight against the sea. The map below shows the precinct, which is surrounded by a high, unbattlemented wall. There is a gatehouse (porter, groundsman, and other permanent staff), a stable/garage next to it, and a tiny three-storied building on the north side containing servants' and guests' accommodation. Three additional mural towers serve as housekeeper's room, bodyguard room, and beach gazebo. Freestanding in the courtyard is the herpetarium, with aquatic reptile ponds behind it. This is the closest Farnish has to a zoolological facility, and is open to qualified visitors (write first for permission); Giles Salisbaker, the builder's grandson, has maintained the tradition of encouraging the appreciation of what most people consider vermin. The Bilbrook Meadow (12 acres) along the beach also belongs to the estate, but by law is open for public grazing of sheep and cattle (which also means tourist picnicking).