A Grade II listed building, it was built sometime during the mid 19th century in a wonderfully over-the-top Victorian Gothic style. I haven't been able to find much in the way of it's history (actually nothing, to be honest!), who built it or why, but it's elevated position overlooking the bay suggests wealth and fashionable eccentricity!
Comprising three storeys and an attic, the corners and front bays are flanked by round turrets with fake cruciform arrow loops and topped with machicolations. I had to look that last word up! It means openings by which missiles could be dropped from a parapet onto the enemy below...those damn Victorian peasants! ;)
The building comprises two houses, and may have been originally built as two rather than one huge dwelling. Interestingly, this was a time when our own seaside towns were becoming popular as holiday destinations due to the political situation with France. Instead of touring Europe, people with means were looking to our own shores in which to throw up Cottage Orne and other delightfully neo-rustic buildings in which to stay for the summer months. This may even have been an early property venture as lettings to entice the wealthier classes to stay and spend locally.
Now converted into flats, there are modern balconies in the recess of Cliff Castle, with modern bay windows to the left. The later addition of an Hansard roof houses an attic storey.
St Elmo on the right, detail above, retains an arcaded second floor. The windows consist of delighful intersecting glazing tracery, and are surrounded by projecting arches.
Situated on a sharp corner of Castle Hill, the photos above and below show the side elevation along with Cliff Cottage tacked alongside it.
Below is a view of the buildings from further down Castle Hill. The rounded wall is interesting because the flint & rubble end was originally a WW2 defence Type 24 Variant pillbox. The embrasures have been infilled, although close-up the outlines can still be seen, and I think it might have been built upon to give it more height. A wall has been tacked on to the right of it and a roof added to provide undercover parking.
And finally, a view of the corner of the building on Castle Hill, looking out over the sea. It's a bit dark so I may retake this one again...next time remembering to change the setting! ;)
A few more pics can be seen along with these in the Photo Gallery album.