Dating back to 1867, No Man’s Fort, Solent is one of the most unique hotels in the UK. Situated off the coast of Portsmouth and just 1.4 miles from the Isle of Wight, this island property was once a Victorian sea fortress and the awe-inspiring two storey tower now stands alone on the water. Re-opened in April 2015 as part of a multi-million pound refurbishment carried out by AmaZing Venues, the fort’s original features have been gently enhanced transforming the stronghold into a palace fit for the most discerning traveller.
Part of a collection of three Solent Forts, No Man’s Fort was first erected to protect the coast of Portsmouth from France’s Napoleon III and over the coming years they were prepared for war and were fully armed during the First World War, though never actually used. De-armed in the 1960s, the forts were privately sold in the 1980s and have since featured in numerous popular television shows such as Doctor Who. The unique properties changed hands again in 2012 when they were bought by Mike and Carol Clare the founders of AmaZing Venues and painstakingly transformed into luxury retreats.
Now one of the country’s most sought after places to visit for those searching for an unbeatable experience, No Man’s Fort is the largest of the three forts and offers 22 rooms, 5 function suites and the reimagined Mess Hall can seat 200 guests for the party of a lifetime. With its own lighthouse with breathtaking views across the Solent, the fort’s outside space still offers guests an outdoor paradise through the perfectly manicured garden and outdoor hot tubs. Inside the fortress guests can find both relaxing and action packed activities. For those intent on putting their feet up, the sauna and sun deck are accompanied with a choice or bars and the timber clad hot house provides a unique barbequing experience not to be missed.
For the more adventurous, No Man’s Fort’s position delivers the ideal base for RIB rides, yachting and water sports and the action doesn’t only start on the waves, the fort also has its own Lazer Battle Arena to set the destination even further apart from the average break. Perfect for parties, weddings and events, individual rooms can be booked for a couple or group, or if it’s an extra special occasion, the entire fort can be hired for a few days of treasure hunts, water sports and entertainment and the private nightclub.