The Fort

The Fort

Portsmouth, Hampshire

Accommodating 16-18 guests

The Fort

Portsmouth, Hampshire

Accommodating 16-18 guests

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WOW FACTORS

  • Hot Tub
  • Games Room
  • Gym
  • Billiard Room
  • Pool Table
  • Sea Views
  • Historic House
  • Private Location
  • Sauna
  • Log Fire
  • Staff
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IN SUMMARY

The Fort is the most exclusive venue on the south coast,and is its own private island for hire, available for exclusive use, special events, wedding receptions and corporate hire.The property can accommodate 16-18 guests and includes staff and food. The Fort has stunning views and full of fun including a hot tub, sauna, billiard room, fire pit and fishing!

Location - situated a mile off the Portsmouth coast, Spitbank Fort is one of four Napoleonic forts that dominate the Solent. Arrive at the Solent Forts Port Office in Gunwharf Quays where your crew awaits, then it’s full steam ahead, as you depart for Spitbank Fort – life jackets optional but cameras compulsory! There you will be greeted aboard the luxurious Spitbank with a chilled glass of Champagne. Portsmouth Harbour is the nearest main line station to the Departure Lounge and has superb travel connections direct to London Waterloo. Journey times are about 1 hour 40 minutes.

Per week from - £0 | Short breaks from - £0

KEY INFORMATION

ACCOMMODATION

16-18 Guests

BEDROOMS

Double Bedrooms: 8 Double Bedrooms

BATHROOMS

En-Suite Bathrooms: 8 En-Suite Bathrooms

RENTAL INCLUDES

Complete exclusivity
Champagne Reception on arrival
General Manager, Head Chef and crew
Open air hot pool with stunning views
Roof top sauna
Roof top fire pit
Wine Tasting Cellar
Roof top sun decks
Roof top champagne bar
Function Rooms
Class Lighthouse overlooking Portsmouth
Games Room (including poker room and darts room)
TV Rooms
Library
Smoking Room
Relaxation Rooms
Courtyard
Traditional Gym

CHILDREN

Not suitable for children

BBQ AND COFFEE MACHINE

BBQ: Yes a Gas Weber BBQ is provided
Coffee Machines: Nespresso Coffee Machine and Cafetiere

PETS

Sorry no Dogs or Pets allowed


ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES

Arrival Day(s): Flexible (minimum 1 night stay required)
Check In: After 11:30am
Check Out: Before 10:30am
Cautionary Damage Deposit: £1,000

ADDITIONAL SERVICES
(for which there will be an extra charge)

Ferry Services to the nearby Gunwharf Quays

RESTRICTIONS

Stag or Hen Parties allowed
Weddings (please enquire for prices)
No Fireworks 

THE ACCOMMODATION

Lower Level

Wine tasting cellar

Gym

Games rooms

TV rooms

2 W.C.

Upper Level

Eight luxury double bedrooms, all beautifully furnished to a 5 star standard, each with air conditioning, en-suite bathroom, fine furniture, large TV and stunning sea views

Kitchen

Reception room

Dining room

Sitting areas

Library

Desk area

W.C.

The Rooftop

Ten-person hot pool with stunning sea views

Two large sun decks

Fire pit

Sauna

One function room with ensuite facilities


History

Authorised for construction in 1860, the forts were built to protect the approaches to Portsmouth from an invasion by Napolean III. Although work commenced in 1867, this wasn’t completed until 1878. These forts have never fired a shot in anger and are more commonly known as the 'Palmerston Follies'.
Throughout the Government's 100 years of ownership, The Fort underwent several enhancements in response to various threats from the continent, including updates in military technology such as searchlights, anti-aircraft defences and more efficient guns.
At its base the first stones for The Fort lie 17ft below the low water mark. At its base, the walls of The Fort are 15ft thick.
It offers its own fresh water supply by means of its own artesian well. The well, dug 401 feet below sea level can produce 1400 gallons per hour and is still used today to provide the water supply.

The Fort has armour plating on its seaward side it is no mean feat of engineering.  The seaward side was originally armed with nine 12.5 inch muzzle loading guns, which were replaced in 1884 with more modern 12-inch breech-loading guns and these remained in service until after World War I.
The Fort was declared surplus to requirements in 1962 but was only sold by the Ministry of Defence in 1982. Since then the fort has been privately owned and has gone through many guises before finally coming to rest in the creatively sympathetic hands of Amazing Retreats where we intend to lovingly transform the fort into a unique luxury venue like no other!

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