Spitbank Fort

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Forming part of the Portsmouth’s Solent Strait, Spitbank Fort is perhaps the only private island in Great Britain to be protected by walls six meters thick. Completed in 1878, Spitbank – along with two other forts - was intended to protect the heart of the British Empire from invading troops. The threat of invasion never materialized, with the forts standing empty for years to come. Recently converted to a luxury hotel, Spitbank Fort has since been restored to its former glory, providing guests with a private island experience they’ll never forget.


Rates
For exclusive rental of Spitbank Fort, guests can expect to spend GBP 5,000 per night for use of the Fort's 9 bedrooms and communal area. Food and beverages are subject to an extra fee. Fort Breaks for two (including a tot of rum, lunch, afternoon tea, a glass of champagne, dinner, an overnight stay and breakfast the following morning) start from GBP 499 per person. Please contact us for further details about the various packages Spitbank Fort has to offer.


Location
Nestled between the Isle of Wight and Portsmouth’s famous naval port, Spitbank Fort rises from the deeps of the Solent Strait to create an impressive mark upon the Hampshire seascape. Located two kilometers from Britain’s most celebrated coastal stretch and offering all the pomp of the old Empire, this private island is without doubt one of the most exclusive destinations in the United Kingdom.


Accommodation
Home to nine bedrooms each as luxurious as they are unique, Spitbank Fort is truly the pinnacle of indulgence. Eight of these rooms once formed integral parts of Britain’s air and sea defense systems, acting as gun emplacements to warn away enemy vessels. Since renovated, these rooms are now nothing less than decadence personified. Stunningly decorated to make the most of their historic charm, each of these rooms has a story to tell. Classic yet with a modern twist, these rooms offer all the mod-cons one would expect from a luxury hotel, including wireless internet, televisions and so much more. Choose between the Admiral Suites (king-sized beds, his and hers en-suite, luxurious living area and magnificent sea views) or the Commodore Suites (king-sized beds, en-suite and sea views) or for the ultimate private island holiday experience, arrange to stay in the Crow’s Nest, offering the very best of life on the ocean waves. Boasting its own balcony and panoramic view of the Solent, this is private island living at its very best.


Dining
With a general manager, head chef and professional crew all on hand to cater for your every gastronomic need, your taste buds are in good hands on this incredible private island. Consisting of an eclectic mix of the best of British and sea food with a continental twist, the contemporary fayre of Spitbank Fort is sure to sate your appetite, whether you opt for pure indulgence or choose to count the calories with a healthy option. After enjoying a hearty meal in either the opulent Officer’s Mess, the cool Crow’s Nest or out on the terrace, retire to one of the island’s bars to reflect on a magical day at sea over a glass of port and a hand-rolled cigar. With 3 bars and an endless combination of cocktails to choose from, you’re guaranteed a night to remember.

Activities
Spitbank Fort is the perfect private island for celebrating in style – a destination guaranteed to leave an impression all those who set foot on it and certain to provide guests with something to talk about for years to come. Whether you’re looking for book the ultimate boys’ weekend or a luxurious girly getaway, the professional private island team is on hand to take care of your every need. Take advantage of the sauna, enjoy a massage and make the most of the wine cellar with one of the excellent pamper packages or take to the seas on a fishing adventure, before throwing your catch of the day on the BBQ and indulging in a bit of male bonding over an evening’s whisky tasting. Whatever you want from your private island vacation, it’s all possible on Spitbank Fort.


Best Time to Travel
Thanks to the stunning array of indoor activities within the thick walls of Spitbank Fort, there’s fun to be had on this private island all year round. Whilst British weather is reliable only for being unpredictable, the months of May, June, July and August form the best chance to catch a fleeting glance of the sun and make the most of the barbecue facilities atop the Fort’s crow’s nest. A particular highlight is without question Cowes Week – the Isle of Wight’s annual sailing event. To truly get close to the action, contact us to organize your own high seas adventure, completing in Ocean Racer Class competition aboard your very own luxury clipper.


How To Get There
Only 90 minutes away from London, Portsmouth is served by a frequent and reliable train service, allowing for a stress-free connection for international guests travelling in to Great Britain’s bustling capital. Upon arrival in Portsmouth, guests will enjoy a champagne reception within the Royal Clarence Departure Lounge before boarding a small craft in order to make the short transfer to the fort itself. Alternatively, direct helicopter transfers can also be arranged, departing from most local airports. The necessary co-ordinates are as follows: N 50°:44'27.0, W 001°:05'45.8
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