Inside two iconic sea forts that are now luxury hotels
Two luxuriously redeveloped sea forts could be all yours, but you’ll need a boat or helicopter to reach them.
Spitbank Fort (nine bedrooms) and No Man’s Fort (23 bedrooms) are two Victorian-era sea forts that have been transformed into luxury hotels.
The 19th century structures were originally built more than 150 years ago to repel the threat of a French invasion, but now boast multiple bars, rooftop terraces, a lighthouse, a restaurant, a helipad and a spa.
The iconic forts are on the market for a combined £8 million and both offer stunning views across the south coast of England.
Rightmove’s head of commercial Alex Solomon said: “It’s great to see such diverse property available on Rightmove. Given Rightmove provides access to the largest commercial real estate audience in the UK, I am sure these iconic pieces of Britain’s military history will attract significant interest.”
These incredible aerial pictures show the forts standing proud with the shimmering sea surrounding it, with the city of Portsmouth just a short helicopter flight away on the coast.
Some of the most magnificent features of these remarkable buildings are the Hollywood-style roof terraces which offer stunning views across the south coast of England.
This leisure area also benefits from a hot pool, sauna, fire pit and sun deck – perfect for those long summer nights when toasting marshmallows are the order of the day.
Having been equipped with guns for World War One and fitted with a boom defence to ward off submarines during World War Two, the forts were disposed of by the Ministry of Defence in 1982.
Paul Barrasford, Director in Colliers International’s Hotels Agency team, added: “This is an incredible opportunity to acquire two of the most remarkable properties to come to the market in recent years. Commissioned by prime minister, Lord Palmerston, during his tenure between 1859 to 1865, the forts were built as a line of defence against enemy attacks on the Solent and Portsmouth.
“They took 20 years to build but were never used in battle as intended – instead they were repurposed as temporary army barracks before being decommissioned by the Ministry of Defence in 1956. In keeping with the unique nature of the forts and aside from buyers looking to continue the current use, we are expecting and would welcome interest from buyers looking to repurpose the properties to say, ultra-private residences, corporate retreats or exclusive use venues.”