Three sea forts built off the British coast to repel an invasion by France are on the market – for a combined price of £9 MILLION.
The sea based defences were built in the 1860s when the fear of an invasion by Napoleon III and his army was at an all time high.
The forts named after former Prime Minister Lord Henry Palmerston, are located off Portsmouth and are being sold by estate agent Strutt and Parker.
The cheapest of the three forts on the market is Horse Sand Fort which is priced at £750,000.
The fort was purchased in an abandoned state having been unoccupied for decades and was unstable requiring a painstaking renovation
Now basic construction is complete, Horse Sand is ready for a wealthy buyer with great vision to help it reach it’s full potential, and transform it into a luxury sea locked estate.
No Mans Fort is the most expensive of the three properties, having been put on the market for £4,250,000.
The fort is well known as a top of the range hotel called ‘Solent Forts’, with a total 23 suites, 7-bedroom staff quarters, private dining and a traditional English pub located inside.
It is the most developed plot having under went a multi million pound refurbishment back in 2015.
No Mans Fort also comes equipped with a rooftop terrace and bar, hot tubs, saunas and BBQ decks making it the dream location to throw an epic party or hold weekend events.
It is a 35 minute boat journey from Gunwharf Quays, or you can travel there by helicopter as the property has a helipad readily available for use.
On offer for an even £4,000,000 is Spitbank Fort which has nine luxury suites plus substantial staff accommodation.
It stretches across 33,000 sq. ft. over 3 floors, and has 15 ft. thick constructed granite walls.
The property shares all the same exclusive additions as No Mans Fort, also having been extensively refurbished in 2012.
Spitbank Fort is a 15 minutes transfer from Gunwharf Quays by boat making it the closest to the harbour out of all three locations.
James Mackenzie, Head of Strutt and Parker’s Country Department said: “We’ve been inundated with enquires for the Solent Forts, mainly from UK buyers wanting to create a private getaway.”
“Interested parties include those of the sailing fraternity who are already familiar with the water and those who want to create their own private playground”
“When it comes to isolated properties like a fort, you can be selective when it comes to allowing people to stay.”
“One of the most interesting aspects aside from their unique location, has to be the incredible history of these Napoleonic Forts.”
“Drawing fresh water from beneath the sea bed and their role in defending the coast from invasion attracts interest from far and wide.”
“When you buy into property like this, you’re buying a slice of British history which is utterly unique and truly special.”
“This interest doesn’t stem from domestic buyers only; for the international buyers, especially those from the States, the history sparks great fascination.”
“The opportunity to convert the forts into residential dwellings has attracted interest from media worldwide.”