A Gothick octagonal tower
The tower stands 160 feet up, well back from the coast, with, it need hardly be said, views over the sea and island in every direction. The field is called Le Clos de Hercanty. Hercanty means ‘tilted menhir’, and one corner of the tower, tantalisingly, is built on a large half-buried slab of diorite. Moreover, on this boulder is carved a compass rose and a date, 1644, so something has been going on here for a long time. It seems that the menhir was once a navigation mark, next to which a small rectangular lookout was built. In 1821 Philippe Nicolle, who had just bought the field, added a light-hearted Gothick octagon with the present very pretty sitting-room on the first floor.