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    Napoleonic Fortress

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    Property ref: S59605

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    • Bedrooms 9

    • Sleeps 18

    • Baths 8

    • Pets No

    • Wifi Yes

    • Hot tub Yes

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    About this property

    Imagine a sea fort full of history, the sound of seagulls and crashing waves, views of yachts and a sunset engulfed by the sea. Imagine a family party, a celebration, a wedding reception or an incentive weekend in a unique and impressive venue a mile off the coast. The Napoleonic Fortress in the middle of the Solent is this place.

    Originally designed to protect Portsmouth harbour from a French invasion, work started on Napoleonic Fortress in the 1860s, taking 17 years to complete. This venue will be the talk of the town and anyone attending an event here can't fail to be delighted and surprised at the pure drama of its unique setting.  The sympathetic refurbishment has kept many of the original features such as the windows, the vaulted ceilings and the gun emplacements, and as a result guests will be treated to three floors of both history and luxury.

    The conversion is impressive with a dedicated Champagne bar, a function room with incredible views, a Library, a gym, two rooftop sun-decks, a sauna, an open-air hot tub for 10 people and even a light house. In keeping with its private nature the Fort sleeps 18 in its 9 individually designed en suite bedrooms. Guests access the Fort by boat making it effectively a private island just two hours from London and close to Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. There's no other venue like it – for a lasting impression, this is the place.

    Rental Rates
    At Napoleonic Fortress we can offer an exclusive use package for up to 18 guests staying overnight. This package is to include:
    Exclusive use of the fort
    • Boat transportation from and to Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth
    • A dedicated Fort Captain, Executive Head  Chef & Crew to look after you & your guests
    • Welcome glass of Champagne
    • VIP historical tour
    • Full Fort Breakfast, buffet lunch 3 course gourmet dinner
    • Full use of all facilities on board
    • Entertainment & drinks packages available
    • Bare board/dry hire available on a Bespoke Package
    • 15% discount for extended stays
    • 10% discount at Gunwharf Quays  Designer Retail Outlet

    *Please note that rental rates quoted online for this property are just a guide price. For an accurate quote, please contact our concierge team.

    Good news! This property is available as a Vill’otel

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    It’s the perfect combo of the privacy of your own personal villa, with all the luxury and convenience of a hotel.

    What’s included?
    Breakfast, cleaning, welcome drinks and hamper, plus more! Check the Extras tab for all the details.

    With close proximity to Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight, Napoleonic Fortress offers guests a choice of fantastic shops, exhilarating activities and mouth watering restaurants.

    Gunwharf Quays is home to over 95 designer outlets and more than 30 bars and restaurants. The South Coast's premier shopping venue also boasts a fantastic 14 screen cinema and 26 lane bowling alley.

    The Portsmouth Historic Dockyard shows over 800 years of naval history, and there is lots to see including the HMS Victory, HMS Warrior and the Mary Rose Museum.

    The D-Day Museum is Britain’s only museum dedicated solely to covering all aspects of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France, on 6 June 1944.

    The Portsmouth City Museum is the museum of and for the people of Portsmouth. There are temporary exhibition galleries, which have a frequently changing parade of fascinating shows on a wide range of subjects.

    The Kings Theatre is an elegant Edwardian Playhouse in Southsea, Portsmouth showcasing Drama, Musical Theatre, Comedy, Rock n Roll, Classic Rock, Children's Shows, Soul, Motown, Pop, Folk Music, Jazz, Swing, Big Band, Ballet, Opera, Dance, Spoken Word, Alternative, Burlesque, Supernatural, and Clairvoyants plus much more.

    Isle of Wight
    The nearby towns of Ryde and Cowes offer a host of dining and entertainment centres and are accessible by boat. Guests coming from overseas will find a trip to the Isle of Wight is highly recommended.


    The Fort offers extensive entertainment space over three levels, plus a reconstructed lighthouse on its roof. The views from most of the rooms, and in particular the Crow's Nest, are breathtaking with Portsmouth's distinctive Spinnaker Tower across the water. Several dining rooms and bars provide individual areas for work and play, and for relaxation there is a poker room, library and study, TV room and bar billiards, not to mention the sun-decks and out-door hot-tub..... the list is endless.
    Perfect for private groups of family and friends, this is a place to celebrate in spectacular fashion. From wedding receptions to birthday parties, re-unions to house parties, whatever the occasion it will never be forgotten.
    Napoleonic Fortress also provides a unique venue for corporate groups. The inspirational and extraordinary surroundings offer the ultimate in privacy and exclusivity, as well as everything you could need for a successful event.
    The Fort can sleep 18 in the eight en-suite luxury bedrooms situated on the middle deck and the Crows Nest which offers the ninth bedroom if not being used as a function room, complete with 180 degrees across the Solent and balcony. Formerly home to 36 tonne cannon, the rooms have all been individually designed in a clean modern style, retaining the original feature windows as well as adding the usual mod cons such as TVs and wifi access. Of course each room has incredible sea views.

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    Nearby points of interest

    • Pickmere Lake
    • Bournemouth Beach
    • HMS Warrior
    • Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
    • Osborne House
    • HMS Victory
    • Hovercraft Museum
    • Brading Roman Villa
    • Dinosaur Isle
    • University of Portsmouth

    Local amenities

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    • The Spice Island Inn
      1 mile
    • Round Tower
      1 mile
    • Spinnaker Tower
      1 mile
    • HMS Warrior
      1 mile
    • Roosters Piri Piri
      1 mile
    • Carluccio's
      1 mile
    • Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
      1 mile
    • Gunwharf Quays
      1 mile
    • HMS Victory
      1 mile
    • The Mary Rose Museum
      1 mile

    Reviews (2)

    "Not often lost for words but Wow from start to finish. We have returned today from 24 hours exclusive use of the Fort for a friends surprise 50th birthday celebration and it was truly amazing. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff (all of whom were very knowledgable), accommodation, facilities, food etc all excellent."
    Sharon, Braintree
    "The fort is stunning, the staff could not have been more helpful and welcoming, the food was fantastic and the rooms were superb. We had ridiculously big grins on our faces from the moment we arrived to the minute we left."

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