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Last sonar dome from Royal Navy destroyer gets £50,000 becomes glamping pod

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The last remaining British sonar turret of a Royal Navy Type 42 destroyer has been rescued and converted into a glamping pod.

Toby Rhys Davies, 49, has spent £50,000 to transform the naval relic into luxury residence at his quirky campsite in Redberth, South Wales.

The 50-year-old dome built to detect rival U-boats and submarines using sonic waves is the last of its kind British-owned — with the others on the bottom of the sea or in foreign lands.

Both HMS Sheffield and HMS Coventry – which were sunk in the Falklands War – boasted of the device.

Apple Camping owner Davies said the turret now part of his creation was one of four turrets built for Type 42 destroyers. The copy he has in his possession was a ‘spare’.

The other three were on active boats, including HMS Sheffield and HMS Coventry, both of which are now at the bottom of the Atlantic after being sunk during the 1982 Falklands War.

The last remaining British sonar turret from a Royal Navy Destroyer has been rescued and converted into a glamping pod. Toby Rhys Davies, 49, has spent £50,000 to transform the naval relic into luxury residence at his quirky campsite in Redberth, South Wales

The 50-year-old dome built to detect rival U-boats and submarines using sonic waves is the last of its kind British-owned — with the others on the bottom of the sea or in foreign lands.  Both HMS Sheffield (above after being hit) and HMS Coventry - which were sunk in the Falklands War - boasted of the device

The 50-year-old dome built to detect rival U-boats and submarines using sonic waves is the last of its kind British-owned — with the others on the bottom of the sea or in foreign lands. Both HMS Sheffield (above after being hit) and HMS Coventry – which were sunk in the Falklands War – boasted of the device

The third dome is still on a ship, but that ship is owned by the Argentines, Davies said.

The Type 42 HMS destroyers, also known as the Sheffield class, were a class of fourteen guided missile destroyers first ordered in 1968 and launched in 1971.

The Royal Navy used this class of destroyers for 38 years between 1975 and 2013 before being replaced by Type 45 destroyers.

After narrowly avoiding active duty in the Falklands War, Mr Davies saved the sonar dome last November when a friend with naval connections suggested he might put it to good use.

The glamping site owner previously made headlines for his conversion of a former Etihad airbus and a 1970s Jetstar into two other luxury residences.

His latest project took eight months and cost Mr Davies £50,000, with the first guests getting the chance to stay in August.

Apple Camping owner Davies said the turret now part of his creation was one of four turrets built for Type 42 destroyers.  The copy he has in his possession was a 'spare'.  Above: the inside of his creation

Apple Camping owner Davies said the turret now part of his creation was one of four turrets built for Type 42 destroyers. The copy he has in his possession was a ‘spare’. Above: the inside of his creation

After narrowly avoiding active duty in the Falklands War, Mr Davies saved the sonar dome last November when a friend with naval connections suggested he might put it to good use

After narrowly avoiding active duty in the Falklands War, Mr Davies saved the sonar dome last November when a friend with naval connections suggested he might put it to good use

The project took eight months to complete and cost Mr Davies £50,000 with the first guests getting the chance to stay in August

The project took eight months to complete and cost Mr Davies £50,000 with the first guests getting the chance to stay in August

Mr Davies said: 'I was on holiday when I got a call from someone associated with the Royal Navy.

Mr Davies said: ‘I was on holiday when I got a call from someone associated with the Royal Navy. “He told me he bought this sonar hull and he thought maybe I could make something out of it.” Above: the leisure interior

Now the three-bed underground pod is finished with a kitchen, bathroom and even has underwater light and sound effects to complete the atmospheric abode

Now the three-bed underground pod is finished with a kitchen, bathroom and even has underwater light and sound effects to complete the atmospheric abode

Davies said: 'The shell of this thing is absolutely solid, it's built to withstand bombs, so it was a bit of a job to make some adjustments to make it livable'

Davies said: ‘The shell of this thing is absolutely solid, it’s built to withstand bombs, so it was a bit of a job to make some adjustments to make it livable’

Mr Davies said: ‘I was on holiday when I got a call from someone associated with the Royal Navy.

“He told me he bought this sonar hull and he thought I could make something out of it.

“I was already planning to do something underground and we were thinking about making hobbit houses, but when I saw the sonar hull, it was better than anything else I’d looked at.

“The shell of this thing is absolutely solid, it’s built to withstand bombs, so it was a bit of a task to make some adjustments to make it livable.

“We spent three weeks with disc cutters shaping it and taking bits off it and we broke several tools to make portholes.

Davies added: “People absolutely love it and parents love it as much as their kids.  'We had a couple who decided to stay indoors and put the kids outside in the tents'

Davies added: “People absolutely love it and parents love it as much as their kids. ‘We had a couple who decided to stay indoors and put the kids outside in the tents’

The new property also has an outdoor seating area so families who choose to stay there can dine alfresco

The new property also has an outdoor seating area so families who choose to stay there can dine alfresco

Davies added: ''There are so many nice little features, like the periscope effect holes looking out to the flower meadow, the old diving equipment decor or the sonar sound effects as you descend into the hull on the spiral staircase'

Davies added: ”There are so many nice little features, like the periscope effect holes looking out to the flower meadow, the old diving equipment decor or the sonar sound effects as you descend into the hull on the spiral staircase’

“It’s a serious tool.”

Now the three-bed underground pod is finished with a kitchen, bathroom and even has underwater light and sound effects to complete the atmospheric abode.

Davies added: “People absolutely love it and parents love it as much as their kids.

“We had a couple who decided to stay indoors and put the kids outside in the tents.

“There are so many nice little things, like the periscope-effect holes overlooking the flower meadow, the old diving equipment decor or the sonar sound effects as you descend the spiral staircase in the hull.”

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