A private boutique hotel floating in the Solent

Annie Lewis
·2-min read
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Photo credit: solent forts

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THE PROPERTY: Spitbank Fort is one of three floating fortresses built in the Solent nearly 150 years ago by the former British Prime Minister Lord Henry Palmerston, designed as sea defences against Napoleon and his French fleet. Now transformed into an isolated boutique retreat comprising nine guest suites, a spa and open terraces, the fort offers huge potential to any potential buyer. The smallest and most intimate of the trio, Spitbank still covers an impressive 33,000 square feet across three floors. The bedroom suites occupy the main level, along with the Officers’ Mess and Victory Bar, with the exception of the Crow’s Nest bedroom on the top deck, where guests can enjoy panoramic views of the Isle of Wight.

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Photo credit: solent forts

THE LOCATION: To reach Spitbank Fort, travel to Portsmouth via plane, car or train (direct rail services run from Waterloo and Victoria) and then take the 15-minute ferry service that runs out of Portsmouth’s Gunwharf Quays. Spitbank is the closest fort to the mainland.

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Photo credit: solent forts

THE INTERIOR: Extensively refurbished in 2012, with £8 million spent across Spitbank and her sister fort, the retreat has retained period features such as thick granite walls and its original cabin windows. Modern additions include a heated pool, sauna, fire pit and sun deck; plus, enjoy a tipple from the wine cave and watch the sun set across the Solent.

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Photo credit: solent forts

WHY WE LOVE IT: This unique opportunity to own a private island in one of the busiest waterways in the world offers investment and conversion potential, with a number of planning permissions already in place. A popular wedding facility that has also been used to host a range of corporate and leisure events, it provides huge scope for commercial and personal development alike.

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Photo credit: solent forts

BUY IT NOW: £4,000,000 at Solent Forts.

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Photo credit: solent forts