Historic naval fort goes on sale for £5million after being transformed into nine-bedroom hotel

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This nine-bedroom boutique hotel within a historic fort just off the coast of Portsmouth could be yours for a cool £5 million.

Stunning shots show the dock at Spitbank Fort as boats anchor to allow visiting guests to hop off and the view from the top of the fort.

Other amazing aerial images show the fort standing proud with the shimmering ocean surrounding it and the town of Portsmouth visible a short distance away on the coast.

The luxurious nine-bedroom hotel underwent a refurbishment sympathetic to its history and maintained many of the original features such as the vaunted ceilings and windows


The luxurious nine-bedroom hotel underwent a refurbishment sympathetic to its history and maintained many of the original features such as the vaunted ceilings and windows

The luxurious nine-bedroom hotel underwent a refurbishment sympathetic to its history and maintained many of the original features such as the vaunted ceilings and windows

A number of the original features of Spitbank Fort have been incorporated into the hotel or have been retained such as the old signage visible here and the 15ft thick granite walls

A number of the original features of Spitbank Fort have been incorporated into the hotel or have been retained such as the old signage visible here and the 15ft thick granite walls

A number of the original features of Spitbank Fort have been incorporated into the hotel or have been retained such as the old signage visible here and the 15ft thick granite walls

The hotel features a sun deck where you can recline and soak up the rays from this unprecedented British heatwave with a nice glass or bubbly or grasp the railings and enjoy the view or passing ships or nearby Portsmouth

The hotel features a sun deck where you can recline and soak up the rays from this unprecedented British heatwave with a nice glass or bubbly or grasp the railings and enjoy the view or passing ships or nearby Portsmouth

The hotel features a sun deck where you can recline and soak up the rays from this unprecedented British heatwave with a nice glass or bubbly or grasp the railings and enjoy the view or passing ships or nearby Portsmouth

In winter, you can sit by the fire pit and warm yourself with a nice glass of brandy and take in the stunning moody skyline or the panoramic views across the ocean to the Isle of Wight

In winter, you can sit by the fire pit and warm yourself with a nice glass of brandy and take in the stunning moody skyline or the panoramic views across the ocean to the Isle of Wight

In winter, you can sit by the fire pit and warm yourself with a nice glass of brandy and take in the stunning moody skyline or the panoramic views across the ocean to the Isle of Wight

This aerial shot of Spitbank Fort shows it is located in the middle of the Solent between the Isle of Wight and Portsmouth. It was previously used in World War One and World War Two to defend Portsmouth dockyard 

This aerial shot of Spitbank Fort shows it is located in the middle of the Solent between the Isle of Wight and Portsmouth. It was previously used in World War One and World War Two to defend Portsmouth dockyard 

This aerial shot of Spitbank Fort shows it is located in the middle of the Solent between the Isle of Wight and Portsmouth. It was previously used in World War One and World War Two to defend Portsmouth dockyard 

One of the most unique elements of Spitbank Fort is that the only way you can travel to it is by boat. The closes town is Portsmouth and London is approximately two hours away

One of the most unique elements of Spitbank Fort is that the only way you can travel to it is by boat. The closes town is Portsmouth and London is approximately two hours away

One of the most unique elements of Spitbank Fort is that the only way you can travel to it is by boat. The closes town is Portsmouth and London is approximately two hours away

Spitbank Fort is one of three historic forts in close proximity and offers a nine-suite luxury boutique hotel dating back over 150 years.

 It is currently listed by Knight Frank with a guide price of £5million.

The officer’s mess provides a 60 cover restaurant while the mature business turns over around £1.8m (net of VAT) each year.

The premises were extensively refurbished in 2012 with approximately £8m spent across Spitbank and No Man’s Forts.

The hotel also has a victory bar and wine cave, roof terrace, hot pool, sauna, fire pit and sun deck while it is licensed for civil ceremonies and weddings.

Activities include cocktail making, cheese and wine tasting, fishing and rib rides.

Easy to get to and from, Portsmouth Harbour train station is just two miles, while Lee-on-Solent Heliport has a 7 and a half minute flight time and Battersea Heliport has a 35 minute flight time.

Spitbank Fort is a sea fort built as a result of the 1859 Royal Commission. The fort is one of four built as part of the Palmerston Forts constructions. 

The secluded spot has a cellar bar and plenty of other things to keep people potential guests entertained such as cocktail making, cheese and wine tasting, fishing and rib rides 

The secluded spot has a cellar bar and plenty of other things to keep people potential guests entertained such as cocktail making, cheese and wine tasting, fishing and rib rides 

The secluded spot has a cellar bar and plenty of other things to keep people potential guests entertained such as cocktail making, cheese and wine tasting, fishing and rib rides 

The open brick work and wooden furniture make the room feel steeped in history. All three forts were built in the 1860s after concerns of a French invasion

The open brick work and wooden furniture make the room feel steeped in history. All three forts were built in the 1860s after concerns of a French invasion

The open brick work and wooden furniture make the room feel steeped in history. All three forts were built in the 1860s after concerns of a French invasion

Just in case you get bored of the sun decks and the fire pit there is also an open hot tub and Portsmouth and The Isle of Wight are just a short distance away

Just in case you get bored of the sun decks and the fire pit there is also an open hot tub and Portsmouth and The Isle of Wight are just a short distance away

Just in case you get bored of the sun decks and the fire pit there is also an open hot tub and Portsmouth and The Isle of Wight are just a short distance away

Located in the Solent, near Portsmouth, England, and is now a luxury hotel.

The four armour-plated forts were designed by Captain E. H. Stewart overseen by Assistant Inspector General of Fortifications, Colonel W. F. D. Jervois. Construction started in 1867, and was completed in 1878, at a cost of £167,300.

Its main purpose was as a further line of defence for ships that made it past the two main forts. 

In 1898 the role of the fort was changed to defend against light craft and the roof was fitted out with two 4.7” guns and searchlights. In the early 1900s all but three original large guns were removed. 

Minor upgrades to the smaller guns and searchlights continued through the years. 

The 150 year history of the distinctive nautical landmarks in the Solent

The huge cannons at Spitbank Fort as they were during the World War Two to defend Portsmouth dockyard and the approaching sea channels

The huge cannons at Spitbank Fort as they were during the World War Two to defend Portsmouth dockyard and the approaching sea channels

The huge cannons at Spitbank Fort as they were during the World War Two to defend Portsmouth dockyard and the approaching sea channels

Spitbank Fort, No Man’s Fort and Horse Sand’s Fort lay distinctively in the middle of the Solent, which lies between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight.

The tale dates back to more than 150 years ago after fears of a French invasion led by Napoleon III.

British Prime Minister Lord Henry Palmerston decided to commission the building of the forts in the 1860s- after concerns the significant Portsmouth dockyard would be a target for attacks.

The mighty structures took 15 years to build, by which time fears of a French invasion had largely abated.

The taxpayer funded structures left Palmerston with egg on his face- with critics dubbing them Palmerston’s follies.

Not much happened at the structures until World War One, but they were occasionally used as temporary army barracks. 

The forts were equipped with 4.7 and 6 inch guns for World War One but due to the sheer strength of naval defences the forts still didn’t see much battle action and then structures were left mostly dormant until World War Two. 

This is the period in history where the forts- which previously haven’t been well utilised or particularly effective- came into their own.

They became key parts of the defence of Portsmouth dockyard and took on significant enemy fire during the conflict.

One of the biggest threats at this time was from submarines, so a boom defence was rigged at No Man’s Fort and Horse Sand Fort.

 The fort was declared surplus to requirements in 1962 and disposed of by the Ministry of Defence in 1982, before further investment later in the 1980s.

Source: Solent Forts



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