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Offshore Property Opportunity - May The Fort Be With You!

Two amazing Victorian island forts are up for auction, providing an extraordinary opportunity fort enterprising investors.

Spitbank Fort in Hampshire and No Man’s Land Fort off the Isle of Wight, each have a guide price of £1m.

Spitbank sea Fort, a granite island, stands in the waters of the Solent about a mile south of  Portsmouth Harbour. The Fort is central for access to the whole of the South Cost of Hampshire and Dorset and The Isle of Wight is about three miles to the southeast. All easily accessible by your own boat.


This is one of three forts designed in the 1860’s to defend Portsmouth from naval attack by French ironclad warships. Its circular construction of mainly Granite, brick and stone and had its upper walls lined with thick armour plating, built to withstand high explosive rounds. The fort has therefore stood the test of time and sits in an utterly unique position in shallow water in front of the mouth to Portsmouth Harbour.

No Man’s Fort has a main entrance via the lower level and boat landing stage.

At an impressive 99,000 sq. ft. over 4 floors, No Man’s Fort offers a huge amount of space. Containing 23 en-suite bedrooms, crew quarters, multiple bars and restaurants and a number of multi-purpose rooms, No Man’s Fort offers a readymade Venue/Hotel or huge scope for conversion. It also comes with the benefit of a helipad in place and 2 landing stages for visitors by sea.

The roof deck has additional facilities like hot tubs, a fire pit, a bar, and Nordic bothy. There is also the Lord Nelson Pub, The Cabaret Bar Nightclub, and extra entertaining spaces are positioned on the lower and upper levels of the fort.  
David Leary of the Essential Information Group says:  “These two island forts have so much potential to be transformed into something amazing for anyone who is fortunate enough to buy them. They both need people who believe in their potential to bid for them.  
“Although these two properties are certainly fascinating, auctions are becoming an ever more popular option for many people to buy and sell traditional homes. The pace at which transactions come to fruition is growing in popularity, especially with those who may be keen to complete their move on a fast turnaround. It is always worth talking to a NAVA Propertymark member who will be able to offer support and guidance if you are considering buying or selling via auction.”


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