Don your tux and your Sean Connery accent, because you're going to need a helicopter or boat to access this hotel on the coast. And, did we mention that you will also be sleeping on a super-king bed in converted gun emplacements?
The Spitbank Fort Hotel, is one of a trio of converted mid-Victorian forts off Gosport, UK, that, after braving both World Wars, has earned its retirement as a luxury accommodation for the military-chic. With a package called "From Spitbank With Love," it's clear that the Spitbank Fort Hotel is gladly embracing its James Bondian references.
Although originally fully armed, the three "Palmerston's Follies" that were completed in1878 were only used once for their original purpose (of defending against the French) after the defeat of France in WWII. After being heavily damaged in an air offensive shortly after, they were de-activated and decommissioned in 1956.
The three forts are now under the ownership of Mike Clare (and his company Clarenco), and after a £3 million makeover, the Spitbank Fort is the first (and smallest) of three to be finished. The other two—Horse Sands Fort and No Man's Land Fort—will soon be converted into a museum and an additional hotel and spa, respectively.
Spitbank Fort Hotel. Photo via mirror.
No Man's Land Fort.
All this talk of fortification and battle got you worried about cabin fever? We challenge you to get bored: With amenities that include recreation rooms, hot pool, spa, bar, restaurant and an onslaught of nooks and platforms to imbibe the views of the Isle of Wight, you'll never want to land ashore again.