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Solent Forts

Muddy says: Ahoy there! Set sail out to sea for possibly the most unusual hotels in the UK… if not the world!

Solent Forts
The Solent Forts, also known as part of ‘Palmerston’s Follies’, were originally designed as protection against potential Napoleonic invaders, but after they were completed in 1880 the threat of invasion had passed (Whoops!)

The forts remained in-service until they were decommissioned in 1956 and have since undergone a number of uses before Spitbank Fort and No Man’s Fort became the iconic hotels they are today and are a ‘bucket-list must’ for any discerning traveller.

Solent Forts

Rooftop Sauna

Spitbank Fort is effectively its own private island and only available for exclusive use – with nine bedrooms suites, the fort offers panoramic views across the Solent to Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. This is the place if you want privacy and with only the odd yacht or seagull passing by, there certainly is a lot of it!

No Man's Fort

No Man’s Fort

Over on the slightly larger No Man’s Fort, there are 23 suites, each coming complete with its very own sea view. Guests to No Man’s are treated to a three-course dinner and tour as well as bed and breakfast as part of their stay. And while you may be cut off from the mainland, there is still plenty to do with five bars (including a Cabaret club), a spa, rooftop hot tubs, laser tag and rooftop fire pits – perfect for a balmy summer night overlooking the sea.

Solent FortsNo Man’s Fort is also available for exclusive use if you really want to ‘push the boat out’.

Even getting to the forts is unique – guests hop aboard a ride from Gunwharf Quays and travel across the Solent. A stay here is certainly one you won’t forget.

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