Perfect for spying on the neighbours! Three-bed home with PERISCOPE salvaged from a World War Two Royal Navy submarine installed inside goes on the market for £2.5million

  • Periscope House in  Old Portsmouth, Hampshire, is on sale for £2.5million with estate agents Strutt and Parker
  • The house comes with a hidden periscope that was salvaged from a Royal Navy X-class miniature submarine
  • The bottom of the periscope is suspended 4.5ft above the floor in the living room and goes up to the bedroom
  • The three-bedroom homes also features a futuristic kitchen, a swimming pool and a climate controlled garage

A quirky three-bedroom house with a secret periscope which was salvaged from a World War Two Royal Navy submarine has gone on the market for £2.5million.

The aptly-named Periscope House in Old Portsmouth, Hampshire, which is currently owned by a retired local businessman, is on the market with estate agents Strutt and Parker.

For those hoping to enjoy the magnificent views through the floor-to-ceiling windows, the waterside home comes with a hidden 10ft long periscope, which was built into the home when it was designed 15 years ago.

The aptly-named Periscope House in Old Portsmouth, Hampshire, which is currently owned by a retired businessman, is on the market for £2.5million with estate agents Strutt and Parker. Pictured: Living room, which features the periscope (top left)

For those hoping to enjoy the magnificent views through the floor-to-ceiling windows, the waterside home also comes with a secret 10ft long periscope (pictured), which was built into the home when it was designed 15 years ago

The hidden periscope (pictured) was salvaged from a World War Two Royal Navy X-class miniature submarine and allows the owner to enjoy close up views of the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour, The Solent and the Isle of Wight

The luxurious home is the perfect property for housing dinner parties, as it features a sprawling kitchen and living room space (pictured), with floor-to-ceiling windows and a roof garden to allow visitors to enjoy the views

Another stand-out feature inside the bespoke home is the Italian designed Snaidero Acropolis concentric kitchen (above) that featured in the 2004 Thunderbirds film and was built in kit-form by a German company

The naval-themed home (exterior pictured) has a unique mix of modern decor with quirky and traditional elements and boasts 4,000 square feet of accommodation

Perfect for spying on the neighbours, the working naval device, which cannot be retracted but does swivel 180 degrees, extends vertically to the floor above and also looks out of the master bedroom window. 

Another stand-out feature inside the bespoke home is the Italian designed Snaidero Acropolis concentric kitchen that featured in the 2004 Thunderbirds film and was built in kit-form by a German company.

The naval-themed home has a unique mix of modern decor with quirky and traditional elements and boasts 4,000 square feet of accommodation, a luxurious swimming pool and huge windows in most rooms looking out onto the harbour.

On the ground floor, the luxurious property boasts a garage, a large hallway that comes equipped with a lift, a guest suite annex for those who want to give their visitors some more privacy, a utility room and a stunning courtyard.

The first floor boasts a massive open-planned living space and kitchen, making it the ideal home for those who enjoy entertaining and hosting dinner parties, as well as a bedroom and a study.

The top floor features the last two sprawling bedrooms, which feature large floor-to-ceiling windows and offer stunning views, and also includes a roof garden for outdoor dining.

The naval-themed home boasts 4,000 square feet of accommodation (pictured), a luxurious swimming pool and huge windows in most rooms looking out onto the harbour

The bottom of the periscope, which contains the view finder and handles, is suspected 4.5ft above the floor in the open plan living room, which stands in front of stunning floor-to-ceiling windows that look out to sea

The working naval device, which cannot be retracted but does swivel 180 degrees, extends vertically to the floor above and also looks out of the master bedroom window

The stunning bathroom features a unusual mix of bright patterned fabrics and modern decor, including the rose gold steel bathtub and the modern walk-in shower

The first floor boasts a massive living space and kitchen (pictured), making it the ideal home for those who enjoy entertaining and hosting dinner parties, as well as a bedroom and a study 

Aerial views of the harbour from the luxurious house, which is currently owned by a retired businessman and is on the market for £2.5million

In the basement, the house boasts a stunning swimming pool, which is perfect for relaxing, and a shower room, meaning users do not have to trudge back upstairs to rinse off after enjoying the tranquil pool

The naval-themed house’s large windows and unusual working periscope allows the owner to enjoy close up views of the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour, The Solent and the Isle of Wight

The unusual property is mostly built from wood and steel and has a climate controlled garage with a viewing window into the hallway, meaning any classic car parked inside is framed like a piece of art.

Periscope House, which comes with underfloor heating, was built in 2005 after the owner bought a derelict garage on a cobbled street in Old Portsmouth.

The house had to squeeze onto the cheese wedge-shaped plot between two properties and so it was commissioned it to be built in kit-form in Germany. 

The property is currently owned by a retired local businessman, who is selling up so he and his partner can buy a plot of land to start another building project.

He said: ‘The plot of land is on a bend and is shaped like a wedge of cheese.

‘About 16 years ago when I bought it the site was a garage with living accommodation above it which was derelict.

‘The house is built into the space and it abuts against the two neighbour properties either side.

‘It is an unusual property because it is a German-built house that came in kit-form with a lot of wood and glass in it.

‘It has an amazing huge picture window which gives an incredible view of the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour and towards the Isle of Wight.

‘The interior I did myself. Having spent my whole life travelling around the world and visiting weird and wonderful places I used ideas from funky hotels or weird architectural places and put these ideas in the house.

‘It has 500-year-old oak floor with underfloor heating and I have used reclaimed 18th century Indian screens as well.

The working periscope (top right) is situated in the large open plan living and dining room, which makes it the perfect conversation topics for guests 

It is the ultimate house for spying on the neighbours, as the periscope looks out over other houses as well as the gorgeous sea views

The top floor features the last two sprawling bedrooms (one bedroom pictured), which feature large floor-to-ceiling windows and offer stunning views, and also included a roof garden for outdoor dining

The current owner, a retired businessman, does not know which WW2 Royal Navy X-class submarine the periscope (pictured) came from

The top floor includes a roof garden, which is perfect for any avid gardeners, as the green space offers room for various potted plans, and for outdoor dining

The house, which overlooks one of the world’s most historic harbour, has a number of unusual features including a stunning spiral staircase

The house features a unique mix of traditional and new decor, which were designed by the current owner, who was inspired by architectural designs he had been. Pictured: The open plan living and dining room

‘It is called Periscope House because when I bought the land the previous owner had this X-class submarine periscope which he gave me. I wasn’t in the navy and I don’t know anything about the navy.

‘We don’t know which X-class submarine it came off but about 100 metres away is the Royal Navy Submarine Museum and they have one in there.

‘It starts in the living area on the first floor and goes up into the master bedroom and it pokes out at the foot of the bed.

‘It looks out of the widow and if you turn it you can see Ryde on the Isle of Wight and all the ferries and aircraft carriers coming in and out of port.

‘It doesn’t go up and down but it does turn 180 degrees and you can look out to sea. It is a lot of fun. When people visit they always look through it, they can’t resist.’

Periscope House is on the market for £2.5million with estate agents Strutt and Parker.

Paul Machell, of Strutt and Parker, said: ‘Periscope House is an exceptional luxury property overlooking probably the world’s most historical harbour.

‘It has more than 4,000 square feet of accommodation, with full-height windows and skylights giving plenty of natural light throughout.’

Periscope House, which comes with underfloor heating, was built in 2005 after the owner bought a derelict garage on a cobbled street in Old Portsmouth. Pictured: The futuristic looking kitchen, which provides a social bar space

The large hallway on the ground floor comes complete with a lift, adding a modern touch to the traditional wooden flooring and doorways

The current owner said that the house is is called Periscope House ‘because when I bought the land the previous owner had this X-class submarine periscope (above) which he gave me. I wasn’t in the navy and I don’t know anything about the navy’

The unusual property is mostly built from wood and steel and has a climate controlled garage that has a viewing window into the hallway so any classic car parked inside is framed like a piece of art

The property is currently owned by a retired local businessman, who is selling up so he and his partner can buy a plot of land to start another building project. Pictured: Living room, The periscope seen to the top left

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