Victorian Coast Defense Forts Transformed Into Luxury Hotels
In the middle of the 19th century, Lord Palmerston ordered the construction of three Solent forts to protect Britannia’s most important naval base against attacks from Napoleon the III’s navy. Several hundred years later, Mike Clare, former Chairman and CEO of Dreams Plc, has now removed all the ”guns” and transformed these forts into exclusive island retreats.
The company which boasts a large portfolio of iconic and unusual venues across the UK also includes these three forts which are part of its ”Amazing Venues” collection: Horse Sands Fort is a museum and living heritage centre, No Man’s Land Fort, once complete, will be transformed into a 27 bedroom Hotel & Spa and the much smaller Spitbank Fort (7,000sq ft) has already been transformed into an 8 bedroom suites luxury Hotel. Following a £3 million makeover, the Spitbank Fort offers its guests an exclusive and unique experience that they’re sure to be talking about for years to come.